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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.
Apr 5, 2011
With the United States armed forces now involved in three conflicts in the Middle East, I'm a bit surprised that hardly anything has been made of how this is the 50th anniversary of Dwight Eisenhower's farewell address as president, the one in which he famously warned of a "military-industrial complex."
Apr 1, 2011
In February 2007, Minnesota enacted legislation (known as “S.F. 4”) requiring renewable energy sources to comprise 12 percent of retail electricity sales by 2012, 17 percent by 2016, 20 percent by 2020 and 25 percent by 2025. Additionally, S.F. 4 subjects Xcel Energy, one of the nation’s largest power suppliers, to a 30 percent standard by 2020.
Mar 13, 2011
Who, exactly, aspires to soak the rich? You won't find that sentiment among those who aspire to achieve Katherine Kersten March 13, 2011 Why is Gov. Mark Dayton's proposal to jack up income taxes on "the rich" -- individuals earning more than $85,000 in taxable income and couples earning more than $150,000 -- going over like a lead balloon?
Feb 27, 2011
Here's a quiz: Who said that the prospect of a strike by a government union is "unthinkable and intolerable?" Who said, "It is impossible to bargain collectively with the government"?