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Should the unvaccinated be denied health care? — Opinion

BY: - August 16, 2021

The Hippocratic oath requires doctors to treat all patients equally — but what happens when you run out of doctors? This isn’t the first time medical staff and hospital beds have been in short supply during the pandemic. There is, however, something notably different this time. In the early stages of COVID-19, patients overflowed hospitals […]

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No one should pay more than 30% of income in rent — Opinion

BY: - August 13, 2021

While the pandemic may be making a vicious resurgence, we cannot continue to delay moving forward real, long-term solutions to Minnesota’s housing crisis. The pandemic unveiled our tragically precarious housing situation —672,000 Minnesotans live in households paying too much of their income to rent. The eviction moratorium instituted by Gov. Tim Walz and the federal […]

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Millennials are the largest workforce and the least wealthy — why?

BY: - August 11, 2021

In 2016, Millennials became the largest cohort of the American workforce, defined as those working between the ages of 16-64.  What is most striking about the demographic changes in the workforce is the amount of wealth accumulated among each successive generation. It turns out that the Millennials — again, the largest of the four working […]

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The cops started it — Opinion

BY: - August 10, 2021

This has been reprinted with permission from Southside Pride. Ken Martin, chair of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, responded to this commentary in a Reformer piece. Filing for office in even-numbered years usually opens the Tuesday after Memorial Day. Per Minneapolis DFL tradition, the 2020 endorsed school board candidates met on that first Tuesday — May […]

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Minnesota DFL Chair responds to Minneapolis counterpart: “DFLers are not anti-law enforcement”

BY: - August 10, 2021

The following is a response from Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Chair Ken Martin to an op-ed by Minneapolis DFL Party Chair Devin Hogan, who wrote, in part: I was appalled to read a recent op-ed by Devin Hogan, the Chair of the Minneapolis DFL, in which he calls the burning of the Third Precinct in Minneapolis […]

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Profound changes are underway in Earth’s oceans and ice – a lead climate report author explains

BY: - August 10, 2021

Humans are unequivocally warming the planet, and that’s triggering rapid changes in the atmosphere, oceans and polar regions, and increasing extreme weather around the world, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns in a new report. The IPCC released the first part of its much anticipated Sixth Assessment Report on Aug. 9, 2021. In it, […]

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Simone Biles can help Black America beat the mental health stigma — Opinion

BY: - August 9, 2021

How dare Simone Biles have faults?   People have taken out after this young woman like she developed mental health issues just to spite everyone. What good does it do to take one for the team when you’re not confident the team has your back? Had she soldiered on and failed, reinjuring herself in the […]

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Among the CRT panicked — Column

BY: - August 6, 2021

The Raise Our Standards tour chugged its way through 17 different locations in Minnesota, including a whistle-stop in Hibbing earlier this summer.  The tour, which was coordinated by the right wing Center of the American Experiment (CAE), claims that the Minnesota public school educational system is being besieged with radical indoctrination centered on critical race […]

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Take the shot for your country — Opinion

BY: - August 6, 2021

Minnesota’s own GOP U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn and other caviling politicians have a strange idea of individual freedom. They claim our freedom gives them the right to ignore or refuse COVID-19 vaccination. It leaves me cold. Says Hagedorn of his silence on COVID vaccination: “Here’s the deal, the American people have the right to individual […]

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‘Unconscionable and appalling’: Doctors on Enbridge Line 3 — Opinion

BY: , and - August 5, 2021

As physicians, our duty is to protect the health of all Minnesotans, now and for the future. As daily witnesses to the importance of clean air, water, and land to human health, we are deeply distressed about the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline currently under construction across our state and through 1855 Treaty […]

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I was an evangelical and an anti-vaxxer; here’s what changed — Essay

BY: - August 4, 2021

As hospitals again fill up with COVID-19 cases, the vaccinated are getting angrier at the unvaccinated. I get the anger. I also get what it feels like to be on the other side. Being an anti-vaxxer is a lot like being an evangelical Christian, and I’ve been both.  In the evangelical church of my adolescence, […]

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For the U of M, it’s time to mandate the vaccine — opinion

BY: - August 3, 2021

As an incoming law student this fall at the University of Minnesota, I recently filled out paperwork to begin class documenting the dates of required vaccinations against tetanus, measles, mumps and rubella.  Conspicuously absent? Any requirement for a vaccine against COVID-19. Despite its peer institutions both here in Minnesota and across the country recognizing this […]