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January 22, 2016 Gas prices: Enjoy while you can, but don’t assume it will last SIDEWAYS THUMBS: Gas prices are crazy low right now and might get even lower in the coming weeks, but let’s temper our enthusiasm jus... more »»

Sorry, MLK

January 20, 2016 How are we doing when it comes to honoring Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream? It seems while this nation has come a long way in race relations, there is plenty of heavy lifting yet to do. more »»

Short Takes for Jan. 15

January 15, 2016 Going too far, Nanny State Nation THUMBS DOWN: The city of Hartford, Connecticut, is in the process of really putting its foot down on smokers, as legislation in the state General Assembly would... more »»

‘We must not be parochial’

January 14, 2016 To many who really pull for and care about rural Minnesota, the 2015 session was a disaster. And the cut is even deeper than normal considering that session was billed as Greater Minnesota-friendly. more »»

Short Takes (Quick-hit version)

January 8, 2016 The “Quick-hit” version of “Thumbs Up” is a new feature that will run periodically as a twist to the regular commentary normally published in this space on Fridays. more »»

Better late than never? Doesn’t give victims much solace

January 7, 2016 President Barack Obama this week put his foot down, sort of, on free-flowing gun sales. Took him long enough. This country has been dealing with the problem for years. Decade. more »»

At least change YOUR part of the world in 2016

December 31, 2015 Today is Dec. 31, the very last day of what has been another tumultuous year in our country, in our worl. more »»

Cy was a local treasure

December 23, 2015 Part of the annual end-of-the-year feature we put together every December includes a look at some of the local people who died during the year — to remember one more time those who, in their own... more »»

Short Takes

December 18, 2015 With a focus on security THUMBS UP: Our politicians (and those who aren’t “politicians”) have really narrowed their scope as 2015 winds down and we near ever closer to the 2016 election. more »»

Short Takes

December 11, 2015 Education reform THUMBS UP: Thank you, U.S. Congress for passing a new education law, allowing us to finally, after more than a decade, put the ghastly No Child Left Behind law in our review mirror. more »»

Trump isn’t right, but how wrong is he?

December 9, 2015 In the spirit of Donald Trump: “What the hell do we do” with Donald Trump? The bombastic presidential candidate, reportedly a Republican, brought his in-your-face bravado to CNN on Tuesday morning i... more »»

Short Takes

December 4, 2015 Expanded medical marijuana THUMBS UP: We applaud health officials in Minnesota who said Wednesday they will expand the enrollment in the state’s medical marijuana program so people with chronic... more »»

Short Takes for Nov. 27

November 27, 2015 The “Quick-hit” version of “Thumbs Up” is a new feature that will run periodically as a twist to the regular commentary normally published in this space on Fridays. more »»

Take your time when giving thanks this year

November 25, 2015 What are YOU thankful for this year? Considering all that’s going on around the world, your list should be a long one. more »»

Short Takes for Nov. 20

November 20, 2015 Charlie Hebdo THUMBS UP: We like Charlie Hebdo’s defiant cover this week that reads "They got the weapons -- Screw them, we got the Champagne!" The cover also shows a man drinking Champagne as it... more »»

They don’t make penalty flags big enough

November 17, 2015 It’s clear as day that an obviously-frustrated Minneapolis North Community High School football player purposely poked Minneota’s Isaac Hennen in the eye late in Saturday’s Class A Prep Bowl final. more »»

Short Takes

November 13, 2015 Embarrassment at Mizzou THUMBS DOWN: There are certainly much bigger things going on at the University of Missouri — things that speak to the moral fabric of the campus in terms of race relations ... more »»

Short Takes (Quick-hit version)

November 6, 2015 The “Quick-hit” version of “Thumbs Up” is a new feature that will run periodically as a twist to the regular commentary normally published in this space on Fridays. more »»

Short takes for Oct. 30

October 30, 2015 School testing SIDEWAYS THUMBS: Good to see Minnesota is really digging into school testing and vetting what school tests could be potentially eliminated, as the trend to reduce testing of student... more »»

What's benefit of banning lead shot?

October 30, 2015 To the editor: Allow me to qualify my following remarks by saying that I generally stand firmly in the corner of wildlife and habitat management by scienc. more »»



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