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Jan 16, 2014
There's nothing like bad bridgework to leave a body writhing and speechless.
Jan 13, 2014
The Bureau of Labor Statistics issued its jobs report for December, and the economists (including me) were dead wrong on this one. Instead of about 200,000 net new jobs, there were only 74,000 reported. While many had thought GDP would accelerate in the fourth quarter, average job growth was lower in the last quarter than the second quarter. Average weekly earnings fell in December. For the year as a whole, 7,000 fewer new jobs were created in 2013 versus 2012.
Jan 10, 2014
It’s an election year, so it’s time for yet another demagogic debate designed to divide.
Jan 9, 2014
It feels like we have become very spoiled — and as a result not grateful for the amazing life that is possible here in the great Northland. Or cognizant of what it takes to deliver reliable, affordable energy when we want it and (more importantly) when we need it.
Jan 8, 2014
A long time ago now, the late syndicated columnist William Raspberry was in the Twin Cities for some kind of program and a woman asked a modest question: “How do you fix poverty?” Raspberry, who was a gracious Pulitzer Prize winner, said something about how poverty was a very big problem, and as such, one could jump in just about anywhere and make a contribution. But if he had to choose just one place, he said, he would start with the boys, which is exactly where I start, principally because boys become the men whom women don’t want to marry, and usually for very good reasons.
Dec 19, 2013
President Obama would now like Americans to turn their gaze away from the spectacularly botched launch of the health insurance exchange website and look to all the people helped by the health care law. "Our poor execution in the first couple months on the website," explains Obama, "clouded the fact that there are a whole bunch of people who stand to benefit."
Dec 16, 2013
Do you like the way you live now? Well, the folks at the Metropolitan Council don’t. In their view, far too many of us live in single-family homes when we should be content with high-density apartments. Far too many of us get to work and leisure activities in our cars when we should be taking public transit, biking or walking.
Nov 27, 2013
Longtime economic and cultural policy advocate Mitch Pearlstein expounds on stabilizing our economy through stabilizing our culture—and the region’s need to fight against becoming average.
Nov 25, 2013
It has been said that doing what sounds good often gets in the way of doing what works. There is perhaps no better example of this than State Rep. Tom Anzelc’s well-intentioned attempt to raise Minnesota’s minimum wage via constitutional amendment, a proposal he floated last Wednesday.
Nov 17, 2013
At the risk of implying that we should all hold hands and sing “Kumbaya,” how well do you think Americans know and feel for each other? In particular, how well do you think Americans in the main understand and empathize with low-income Americans?