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Sep 6, 2011
Consider this a Labor Day vote for loyalty. Remember Aaron Feuerstein? He was the 70-year-old owner of Malden Mills Industries, the inventor and manufacturer of sophisticated textile products like Polartec fleece, whose factory mostly burned down in the biggest industrial fire ever in Massachusetts in December 1995.
Aug 28, 2011
In early August, hordes of youthful looters torched cars, assaulted passers-by, and smashed shop windows—carrying off flat-screen TV's, brand-name clothes, cameras and jewelry. These youthful marauders—who coordinated their looting and assaults by cell phone—seized the world's attention. The usual explanations of racism and poverty seemed to fall flat in accounting for their amoral free-for-all.
Aug 16, 2011
Many conservatives define our public-school problems in terms of teachers unions, administrator organizations, colleges of education, and the rest of the educational establishment holding oligopolistic sway. In essence, they are looking to governmental change to fix what are, in large measure, the results of social and spiritual problems.
Jul 31, 2011
Minnesotans have just emerged from an unprecedented state government shutdown. We're so preoccupied with the battle we've endured that we may not be paying much attention to the knock-down-drag-out next door in Wisconsin.
Jul 4, 2011
In 1926, on the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, one of our most ridiculed and misunderstood presidents journeyed to Philadelphia to deliver a speech. The president was Calvin Coolidge. "Silent Cal" was known as a man of few words, but some of the words he did utter remain well worth our time and thought. Still others deserve to be put in context.
Jun 24, 2011
While job growth and fairness are two key policy goals of Gov. Mark Dayton, his tax proposal hurts the job prospects of the very people he intends to help without ever creating a "fairer" distribution of income.
Jun 18, 2011
Evidence is growing that the American economy—and with it, the hopes, dreams and livelihoods of millions of our fellow citizens—is stuck in an increasingly disastrous slump. Two years after the recession formally ended, long-term unemployment is at the highest level since the Great Depression, and the unemployment rate hovers around 9 percent.
Jun 5, 2011
Recently, Minnesotans have been getting a story line about our state's budget impasse that runs like this: Mean-spirited, extremist Republicans in the Legislature are taking a cleaver to the budget. They're chopping vital services and callously shrugging off the needs of Minnesotans.
May 24, 2011
While all sides have less-than-ecumenical clergy (I seem to recall the president's former minister, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright), as someone who leads a conservative organization, my responsibility for speaking out when supposed conservatives say vile things is greater than when others do so.
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.