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We need plain language in our justice system, especially jury instructions...

With so much focus on the justice system this week, now is an opportune time to review how using plain language — or neglecting...

Education constitutional amendment is our best shot at racial equity

The world is watching Minnesota, fixated on one of the most consequential trials in history. Will the state of Minnesota lead the way in...

Stop the car stops | Column

Daunte Wright told his mother he was getting pulled over because he had an air freshener hanging from his rearview mirror. The Brooklyn Center...

Infrastructure? Or jobs? Controversy over name of Biden proposal highlights long...

President Joe Biden caught flak this month when he released his infrastructure plan and named it the American Jobs Plan. Republicans said he was being...

You. Are. Not. Welcome. Here. Being Black in Minnesota | Essay

For years my daughter took dance classes at the corner of Snelling and Larpenteur in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, kitty-corner from the state fairgrounds. The...

Standardized tests are needed this year more than ever | Opinion

Commentaries and social media posts are circulating to encourage parents to “opt out” of student participation in the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) scheduled for...

Protest songs remind us in times of tumult that we’ve yet...

“I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe. You’re taking my life from me.  I can’t breathe. Will anyone fight for me?” — “I Can’t...

Chauvin is a rotten apple in a decaying barrel | Column

We’re supposed to be thrilled that the Minneapolis Police Department has smashed the blue wall of silence to get former officer Derek Chauvin convicted...

Lawmakers ignore grammar and punctuation at their own peril

Because grammar and punctuation affect meaning — as two court cases recently reaffirmed — unintended and long-term ramifications can result if lawmakers neglect to...

It’s time to find an alternative to Minnesota’s current standardized testing...

The pandemic has added a sense of urgency to the long-standing debate about the value of standardized testing in public schools.   Last year Minnesota students were granted...