Cruel fiends flourish on Internet

Once again, we have a terrifying example of how the Internet can be used for unspeakable ends.

In this case, it’s the fiend in Cleveland, Ohio who, angry with his girlfriend, decided to take out his anger on a total stranger – a 74-year-old man walking on the sidewalk. The killer walked up to the elderly man and told him he was about to die because of his (the shooter’s) girlfriend. Then he shot dead the poor guy.

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What’s the deal with ‘real’ ID?

Minnesota is currently facing a federal deadline. On Jan. 22, 2018, Minnesota is required by the Department of Homeland Security to meet more stringent driver’s license security measures. If no action is taken by that date, Minnesotans will no longer be able to use their driver’s licenses to fly even domestic flights and will instead need a passport or other Transportation Security Administration-accepted ID. So how have we gotten to this point, and what are the prospects for the last few months of the deadline? It all has to do with a federal law called the “real” ID Act.

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Quit tweeting, listen to good advice

I promised the day after Donald Trump was elected, I would write words of praise if he ever does anything good.

Well, surprise surprise, two good things:


President Trump signed a paper exiling the crackpot isolationist ideologue Stephen Bannon from his seat on a committee of the National Security Council. It was a good thing to do. Thank you, Mr. President.

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Let’s make civics education a priority

With all of the political happenings in the news today, one would think voter participation and engagement in the United States is at all-time highs. Sadly, though, this is not the case. In comparison with the other nations of the world, the United States is remarkably low in rankings such as voter turnout. Minnesota is thankfully an exception with its high engagement, but other parts of the country are not as active. What is causing these problems, and what can be done to solve them?

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Picky eaters grow up to like even limburger

When I hear people sigh about their picky-eating grandkids, I always laugh.

“What’s so funny?” they ask.

“Limburger cheese,” I say.

Blank looks.

Let me explain: When I was a kid, my dad loved limburger cheese. He’d buy big blocks of it from a cheese-factory store down in Hasty. It smelled so bad, like a locker room filled with damp dirty socks, that mom made dad put it in a glass jar and store it in the shed. When we’d see dad walking toward the shed to fetch his putrid treat, we kids would yell, “Limburger! Run for your life!” And we’d make a mad dash upstairs while dad enjoyed his stinky delicacy at the kitchen table.

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Page program a great student experience

During the past week, March 27-31, I was able to spend a week down in St. Paul. It wasn’t for a family trip or for a high school competition but for a program I think more students and teachers should know about. This is the Minnesota House of Representative’s High School Page Program.

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Cheers! ObamaCare gets new lease on life

Three cheers for ObamaCare.

Well, OK then, two cheers; it needs fixing.

If ObamaCare is a “trainwreck,” RyanCare was a colossal dud, widely reviled by most doctors, nurses, hospital associations, senior-citizen groups, low-income earners and just about everybody else with any sense. It was so awful it didn’t even get high enough for a “death spiral” or swan dive. In fact, it was dead on arrival. Rep. Paul Ryan, like a failed Dr. Frankenstein, quickly pulled the plug on the monster’s feeble life-support system.

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Should the Supreme Court be partisan?

Last week, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, testified before senators during his confirmation hearing. A vote is expected in the Senate sometime in April. This is all in the ongoing fight to fill the seat on the Supreme Court that became vacant in February 2016 with the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

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