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Stop bad-mouthing cops

Those two words “Breaking News” instill instant dread these days. “Oh no! What now?!” we wonder, quaking, afraid to hear. It seems every day there is “Breaking News” about one atrocity after another, the next worse than the last. The latest, as of last Sunday, was the awful news of yet another mass shooting of […]

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Hillary Clinton should explain contradictions – and soon

Even though presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has not been recommended for indictment by the FBI, several comments by FBI Director James Comey have the potential to be almost as damaging to her campaign as a criminal indictment itself would have been. During her tenure as U.S. Secretary of State, Clinton used at least one private […]

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Do a good local deed; help with meal-packaging

It’s often said charity begins at home. That’s easy to forget with all the pressing needs throughout this all-too-tragic world these days. A good reminder of that adage is the upcoming “Feeding Our Communities,” a facet of the “Better Together” program of the Central Minnesota Community Coalition. From noon-8 p.m. Thursday, July 28 at Apollo […]

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A tip of the hat to Rice council members

The word politics derives from the term policy, and the etymology of the word varies only slightly from one source to another. Wikipedia says the word politics comes from the Greek meaning “the process of making uniform decisions applying to all members of a group. It also involves the use of power by one person […]

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Better safe than sorry, so heed bad-weather warnings

With the official start of summer on June 20, it’s a good time to review the importance of heeding bad weather conditions and warnings. On Sunday night, there were tornado warnings issued in parts of Stearns, Benton and Sherburne counties, and tornado-warning sirens blared loudly in many cities. Because tornadoes are fairly rare in Minnesota, […]

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Mass killers find legitimacy via Internet cults of death

In the days before Internet, the Orlando LGBT nightclub killer would probably have shot to death a spouse, a relative or a co-worker – one, two or maybe three murders to vent his rage. But nowadays, these Internet-savvy killers feel compelled to go “big-time,” killing as many people as possible to sate their seething hatreds. […]

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Please remember: Shop local!

Shop local! It should be obvious that shopping at local businesses strengthens local economies. Each dollar spent at a local business returns three times more money to the local economy than a dollar spent at a chain store and almost 50 times more than buying from an online mega-retailer. But there are many more reasons […]

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Art of compromise seems to be a dying art, or is it dead already?

The art of compromise, alas, seems to be a dying art. In fact, it may be dead, period. At least politically. We’ve come to expect disgusting, never-ending deadlock in the U.S. Congress, where virtually nothing major has been accomplished in the past seven or eight years. Of course, many who do not pay attention other […]