Dec 7, 2012
In "A promising focus on achievement gap" (Dec. 4) the Star Tribune Editorial Board was prudent in expressing both hope and caution regarding "Generation Next," the Twin Cities' newest and most encompassing attempt to narrow achievement gaps between white and nonwhite K-12 students. Led by a remarkable collection of business, foundation, educational and political leaders, Generation Next has been inspired by a similarly comprehensive approach in Cincinnati known as "Strive."
Dec 6, 2012
Thanks to Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis, Abraham Lincoln is with us once again. Actually, in a very real sense our sixteenth president has never really left us. He is always hovering over us and preaching to us, forever prodding us and haunting us.
Dec 5, 2012
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie recently suggested that Minnesota should institute a system of "early voting." This is an ill-conceived idea. Minnesota has a system of absentee voting that, with one small legislative change, would be far superior to early voting.
Nov 28, 2012
My fellow Americans, We are now embarking on another term of divided government. The voters have returned President Obama to the White House, and continued a Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate. They have also confirmed Republicans in control of the House of Representatives. I want to take a few minutes today to talk to you about what the Republican majority in the House will seek to accomplish over the next two years, and why we think it is the best course to return America to prosperity.
Nov 20, 2012
One of the dramatic social developments of our time—family breakdown, now known by the term of art family fragmentation—is seldom touched on by our top politicians. Yet with the United States probably leading the industrial world in this amalgam of out-of-wedlock births, divorces, and short-lived cohabiting relationships, it would be valuable for our leaders to find a way around the political pitfalls that dissuade them from addressing a consequential subject.
Nov 16, 2012
It’s that time in the political cycle after a judgment has been rendered by the electorate, when pundits like to divine a message in the results. This time there were multiple messages, but one of them was a desire for more “bipartisanship.” But “bipartisanship” means different things to different people.
Nov 14, 2012
The health of the business economy — from garage start-ups to Fortune 500s — determines the wealth of our citizens. It also determines the size of the economic pie that the state can tax to pay for the state’s core functions (like schools, infrastructure and courts) and all the other “good things” (like green roofs, bike shares and trails). If the pie shrinks, core functions get short-changed and good things should be off the table. (They stay on the table and core functions get short-changed, but that is another story for another day.) So liberals and conservatives alike should be interested in growing the economy.
Nov 12, 2012
We learned that our president and his party really do believe in a version of American exceptionalism. Remember that great debate over this thing called American exceptionalism? The whole thing briefly came to a head during the first Obama administration, when the president was asked if he believed in it. At the time his answer seemed to speak volumes. Yes, he did believe in American exceptionalism. Then he promptly added a qualifier: He believed in it just as the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.
Nov 9, 2012
The proposal is estimated to increase tax year 2013 liability by $252.8 million. The industries with largest tax increases include manufacturing ($149 million), retail ($48 million), banking ($26 million), and transportation and warehousing ($16 million). Industries that would see a net reduction in tax include telecommunications (-$10 million), professional, scientific and technical services (-$2 million), utilities (-$1 million), and accommodations and food service (-$0.2 million)….