Nov 26, 2010
There is no question that the new DNR commissioner should not be learning about mining on the job. He or she needs to understand that the economic impact domestically, and the environmental impact globally, of mining critical nonferrous metals in Minnesota would be very positive.
Nov 5, 2010
The poignant newspaper story was about the closing of a high school with a venerable history and carried the headline "The Demise of a Community Institution is Always Sad." Such ends truly are sad, even when they're still but a proposal. Great numbers of alumni and other partisans of North High School in Minneapolis fervently concur, even now that Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson has announced plans for a new North High to open in several years.
Sep 23, 2010
Lots of people here on earth – even more in the cosmos – have wondered how in the world Minnesotans elected Jesse Ventura governor a dozen years ago. But have you ever wondered how the other two major political leaders in the state at the time in 1998 were the senatorial odd couple of Rod Grams and Paul Wellstone, and how all three chaps respectively differed from one another by a mathematically impossible 359 degrees?
Sep 15, 2010
In 2005, the Onion reported this headline: "State of Minnesota Too Polite To Ask For Federal Funding." Gov. Tim Pawlenty is quoted in the article as saying, "Oh, we wouldn't want to bother the U.S. government -- they've got more than enough on their plate as it is."
Sep 6, 2010
On the off chance that you haven't been following regulatory proceedings of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) in your spare time, there's a growing controversy about something called 'net neutrality.' Which is exactly what, you ask?
Aug 15, 2010
There's serious talk once again in policy circles about whether too many Americans are going to college. For example, in introducing a roundtable on the subject late last year, the Chronicle of Higher Education (known as the bible in the field) noted a "growing sentiment that college may not be the best option for all students" in light of students' rising indebtedness and the increasing number of them "failing to graduate in four years."
Aug 8, 2010
Gov. Tim Pawlenty's decision in 2009 to balance the state budget through unallotment made for a yearlong political drama. Folks divided along ideological and partisan lines, making hay out of unallotment to score political points.
Jul 17, 2010
No sympathy, please, as nonprofit organizations like American Experiment lose donors all the time for a variety of reasons; that's the nature of the fund-raising beast. But on the same day last week that gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton released his 2009 tax return, including an itemization of his charitable gifts for the year, a long-time Center donor coincidentally (or not) announced he couldn't contribute anymore, as he was moving to Florida. A business owner nearing retirement age, he told me a few years ago that it made no tax sense for him to remain a Minnesota resident much longer. So after a spell, he's now formally on his way out.
Jun 1, 2010
Whenever I stay at a hotel and ask a doorman to kindly hail a cab, I tip him a buck. For under a minute's work, I figure it's fair. Problem is, I've been figuring this way for a long time now, and if a dollar was fair a decade ago, it can't still be, given not only inflation but unusually rough economic times recently for many service workers.