Prison-sentencing policies long overdue for change

The time for prison-sentencing reform is long overdue. Too many people have received ludicrously large sentences for small crimes, most especially for the possession of drugs. Many years ago, in the 1960s, long before marijuana was legalized or de-criminalized to a degree, some users of pot – especially in Texas – were sentenced to up […]


Trump just latest clown in three-ring circus

Like all crazy uncles, Donald Trump should come with a muzzle. The trouble with Trump is he’s not just the crazy uncle at the dinner table; he’s the nutty uncle running amok through the house, room to room, up and down the stairs, shouting nonsense, starting fires, alarming neighbors. Most other Republican candidates, with good […]


When it comes to illegal alien crimes, one is too many

As a young man, I traveled extensively to San Francisco. I went there both for business as well as pleasure. It was a beautiful city. I was always struck by the smells of San Francisco. Down on Fisherman’s Wharf the odor was definitely fishy or you could say the smell of the sea. Nearby was […]

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If you believe, pennies from heaven ensure loved ones safe

Linda Vouk Midas, Sauk Rapids God gave us our new baby boy, Tom, on a hot, muggy day in July. And as long as he had his thumb and blankie, he was happy. But it wasn’t long before this contented infant began to show a tendency toward mischief. He couldn’t have been much more than 3 […]


Deal with Iran better than no deal

Is the U.S. deal with Iran a diplomatic triumph or an unmitigated disaster? Only time will tell. Most likely it will prove to be neither. However, those who are calling it a catastrophe are exactly like those who ripped into the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) before and after that legislation was approved. Like the ACA, […]


Flo’s gotta go; so does the lizard

Flo’s gotta go. So does the lizard. So does the red-haired woman with the tool belt. And so do the hoofers in the big production number. And those people dressed up as vegetables, mustard bottles and cardboard boxes? Get rid of ‘em! You’d have to be living under a rock not to know what I’m […]

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Resident believes city planning strategies are inadequate

Henry Smorynski, Sartell Hopefully the Sartell City Council will come to the right decisions about the proposed Community Center related to its size, spaces provided and location. However, one cannot be confident of that conclusion happening in 2016. Sartell’s strategies for the planning of the Community Center have been inadequate and problematic from the beginning. […]