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Iowa proves polling’s follies, reveals political kaleidoscope

If the Iowa Caucus Day proved anything, it’s that these annoying polls are about as accurate as horoscopes in the National Enquirer. Polls may gauge what is on prospective voters’ minds, but they rarely predict precisely who will actually go to vote and who they will vote for. That’s especially true of caucuses. For weeks […]

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In milder winters, Minnesotans can forget dangers of cold

Once again, states out East have been hammered with severe blizzards – the kind more commonly experienced right here in Minnesota. We have been fortunate so far this winter, with very little snow and only five or six nights of below-zero temperatures. But let’s remind ourselves that winter is far from over and we could […]

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Tell legislators to squelch any more DARK Act bills

Once again, big money in politics is attempting to keep people in the dark. This time it’s an attempt to keep consumers (people) oblivious as to what is in the foods we eat. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) introduced a bill in Congress which would block any federal or state action to require labeling of foods […]

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Mail carriers deserve thanks just as soldiers, officers do

U.S. Postal Service deliverers are in some respects so much like law-enforcement officers and soldiers. They work in all kinds of weather, frequently outdoors, and they are so often taken for granted. Besides enduring nasty bouts of weather – blazing hot, bitterly cold, windy, wet, slippery – mail carriers are also subject sometimes to ankle-biting […]

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Long-overdue FAST Act will boost transportation

It’s just the shot in the arm Minnesota and 49 other states needed. Long overdue, this welcome boost is known as the FAST Act, which stands for “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act.” Up until now, the U.S. Congress would approve funding for transportation infrastructure projects and improvements in a stop-and-start herky-jerky fashion, bits of bills […]

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Christmas spirit can touch the hearts of everyone

Christmas means many things to many people, from devoutly religious people to those who just enjoy the cheerful camaraderie of the colorful season. The true meaning of Christmas, of course, is to celebrate the birth of the Christ child in a manger in Bethlehem more than 2,000 years ago. That world-changing event is appropriately reflected […]

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Obama ISIS speech a disappointment

President Barack Obama’s address to the nation Sunday evening was a disappointment because he did not say anything new regarding the threat this nation – and the entire world – faces from terrorists. Obama choosing to address the nation on Sunday, an unusual day for presidential pronouncements, led many of us to believe he would […]

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Klobuchar helps narrow state’s ‘digital divide’

There is a “digital divide” in Minnesota, and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar wants to do something about it. The “divide” is mostly between rural areas that often have no connections to the Internet and urban areas that do. Klobuchar helped secure $85 million in federal funds for Minnesota to be used for rural broadband development […]