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Jun 3, 2015
One of my favorite sports commentators, Tony Kornheiser, often screams out to his co-host, Mike Wilbon, on their TV show “Pardon the Interruption”: “Stop it, just stop it.” He says this when someone says something that is over the top or unbelievable.
Mar 25, 2015
Of all the issues affecting the black community, perhaps none is more pressing than the state of black leadership on both a local and national level.
Sep 18, 2014
Creating stable middle class neighborhoods should be the top priority of our political and civic leaders — a goal requiring quality public schools, reasonable taxes and low crime rates. The simple fact is that Minneapolis and St. Paul will not be healthy without a large and growing middle class.
Jul 23, 2013
Everyone agrees that Trayvon Martin’s death was a senseless loss of life. While we’ll never know all the facts, it seems likely that George Zimmerman did “profile” Martin when he first saw him. What happened after that will forever be unknown, and, in my mind, the facts were insufficient to convict Zimmerman.
Sep 27, 2012
How and where and when is it appropriate to reintegrate folks into civil society? Are the strategies we’re currently using appropriate and effective? What is the best approach? Over the past 40 years in this country, we have tried “Three Strikes and You’re Out.” We’ve tried longer prison sentences. We’ve tried determinant sentencing. We’ve tried numerous prison rehabilitation and education programs, including prison ministries. We’ve tried restorative justice, drug testing, work release programs, mentoring programs, and more. All of these approaches have a wide range of supporters and detractors. The results have been, at best, a mixed bag.
Sep 9, 2012
Reading Bonnie Blodgett's recent column about global capitalism ("What global capitalists didn't foresee," Sept. 2), I am reminded that there truly are no settled political, cultural or economic questions. If there were one, it surely would be that free markets are the most powerful force in raising individuals and countries out of poverty and increasing living standards worldwide.
Jun 5, 2012
Conservatives are inclined to be tough on crime and incarceration. Not incidentally, they’re also big fans of marriage, especially when children are involved. Yet doesn’t having a record make getting a good job extra hard – which in turn makes many men even less marriageable in the eyes of many women?
Nov 17, 2011
Starting from the reality-grounded premise that compromise is a necessary and honorable fact of political life – especially when different parties control different branches of government – what deals ought Minnesota conservatives seek in future legislative sessions?
Apr 25, 2011
Please join President Mitch Pearlstein and Center of the American Experiment’s Board of Directors as we celebrate the return of three Founders and former Chairs.
Dec 7, 2009
It’s safe to say we are two of the more conservatively inclined members of the board of directors of Greater Twin Cities United Way. It’s also safe to say we are acutely alert to the many new and immense financial pressures confronting Minnesota government.