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Apr 23, 2012
Chuck Colson’s life, as many people will recall, was entwined in Al Quie’s, about whom I was privileged to write a book four years ago. As very much continues to be the case with Minnesota’s former governor, Nixon’s uncelebrated “hatchet man,” who later founded Prison Fellowship following his own Watergate prison stint, was an American original. Better than that in regards to Chuck, who died Saturday at 80, it’s fair to say that few people ever make contributions so important following prologues so problematic. With a salute to what turned out to be a life invaluably lived, you may be interested in this excerpt from the Quie book, Riding into the Sunrise about how the two first became friends and brothers in Christ.
Apr 20, 2012
There is nothing politicians hate more, and few things the public benefits from more, than divided government.
Apr 18, 2012
Once upon a time responsible citizen oversight and engagement in local government was considered the cornerstone of a successful democracy. In the 1930’s this notion wasn’t just a philosophical exercise—it had real practical relevance. The great depression was creating extraordinary economic stress on citizens, and local government spending—pretty much the only government that mattered back then—demanded careful citizen attention.
Apr 18, 2012
Gov. Mark Dayton, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and DFL legislators have repeatedly said that passing a constitutional amendment requiring people to show photo ID to vote would end "same-day" voter registration. This is completely untrue.
Apr 13, 2012
Gov. Mark Dayton should call it a day and not appeal after two courtroom defeats in his unseemly effort to foist unionization on the small-businesspeople who provide home-based child care in Minnesota.
Apr 11, 2012
Family life in America is bad. You probably have some idea about this, but it’s worse than you think. How bad? The worst in the industrialized world for starters. Want a surreal indicator of this fact? Even children born to cohabiting (unmarried) parents in Sweden stand a lesser chance of experiencing their parents breaking up than children born to married parents in the US. Jaw dropping.
Apr 7, 2012
For Americans who don't share Christian beliefs, Easter—Christianity's holiest day—may mean little more than a family brunch and childhood memories of colored eggs hidden in all the usual places. To many of us, it's merely another Sunday.
Apr 6, 2012
The right to vote is not only cherished in America, but a hard fought achievement for many groups of people who have been disenfranchised during our history. Women, African Americans, and other groups have all at some time in our past been denied their right to participate in our self-governing society.
Apr 4, 2012
What do you call a work of “art” that insults its patrons, promotes invidious racial stereotypes, garners scathing reviews, and drives many of its viewers away in disgust? Government funded, of course.
Apr 4, 2012
Permit me to introduce a new and, I'm afraid, necessary acronym: KSB. Or, if you prefer the long form: "Kicking Sociological Butt."