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May 21, 2011
In recent weeks, the issue of who gets to define marriage -- Minnesota citizens or a handful of judges or legislators -- has been on the front burner. The debate has generated lots of heat but not much light. Now that the Legislature has endeavored to let the people vote on a constitutional amendment defining marriage, I suggest a few ground rules to ensure a fair and open exchange of views.
May 13, 2011
Doug Grow did his best on Wednesday to add some spice to an otherwise bland, but very important policy debate taking place at the Legislature. The headline to his article reads: "Surprise amendment stuns Senate during debate over health care costs."
May 5, 2011
The ability to read is a fundamental life skill, and is vital for success in today’s information economy. We must make basic literacy for all students an urgent priority, if Minnesota is to have the well-informed, self-sufficient citizenry a democracy requires. There is a better way, and we can look to the state of Florida to learn about it.
May 4, 2011
About a decade ago, a recording studio owner, Rod, responded to a request for proposals from the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office, which needed video-production services. Rod was confident he’d land the job. In the end, Rod lost to another bidder named Candy. Rod was surprised and disappointed.
May 2, 2011
Minnesota law, with few exceptions, bans Minnesota utilities from adding new coal-fired power to their generation mix. This ban creates substantial economic, environmental, and legal problems. Upon review, it’s clear that lawmakers should repeal the ban on new coal-fired power.
Apr 24, 2011
Today is Easter, the holiest day in the Christian calendar. The feast commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ: Christianity's founding event. Easter's date is linked with that of Passover, which marks a central moment in the life of the Jewish people -- their liberation from slavery in Egypt.
Apr 21, 2011
Editor’s note: The following column by my old friend Fred Smith is a friendly amendment to a column of mine that appeared in MinnPost on April 5. My piece centered on President Dwight Eisenhower’s famous Farewell Address warning, in 1961, about an emerging “military-industrial complex,” and argued that his admonition takes on a significantly different meaning when read in the context of what he said immediately before and immediately after. (In short, the former Five-Star General said we really needed the weaponry as the Soviet Union really was a threat.) Fred got in touch right afterwards and correctly noted that there was another critically important warning in Ike’s speech, albeit one which has received far less attention over the last half-century. I asked him to write about it, which he has done here with great insight.
Apr 18, 2011
INSIDE: Welcoming Home Three American Experiment Founders || CAE Report Investigates Green Energy Policies, Offers Recommendations for Promoting Affordable Rates || Governor Dayton Signs Bill to Create New Pathways for Teacher Certification, New Opportunities for Students || Legislature’s budget solution offers a more balanced approach || Back from the Brink: New Hope for Both Marriage and Divorce || Vintage American Experiment
Apr 11, 2011
This Roundtable points the way to making divorce—when it is, in fact, unavoidable—less damaging to all concerned starting with children. What it also does, even more importantly, is point to early Minnesota-based research and its potential for saving some portion of marriages in ways that most therapists, lawyers, judges and others in the field have never considered, or to be blunt about it, have never cared to consider.
Apr 10, 2011
These are tough times for Minnesota schools. In Lakeville, for example, the school board recently announced wrenching cuts of almost $7 million. Ninety-four teachers will lose their jobs, arts programs will suffer and a school will be closed. There was wailing and gnashing of teeth, but the board set its jaw: There's not a dime for anything extra.