Commentary

The Death of Snow Days | Opinion

BY: - December 10, 2021

Late last year, an email arrived in my in-box from the Minneapolis Public Schools, with an odd heading: “We’ve changed how we handle winter weather.”  I read on: Earlier this year, the Minneapolis Board of Education approved an e-learning plan for our schools. That means that MPS no longer has to cancel school due to […]

The US biofuel mandate helps farmers but harms the environment | Opinion

BY: - December 6, 2021

If you’ve pumped gas at a U.S. service station over the past decade, you’ve put biofuel in your tank. Thanks to the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS, almost all gasoline sold nationwide is required to contain 10% ethanol – a fuel made from plant sources, mainly corn. With the recent rise in pump prices, […]

I’m a janitor and a union member. This year I became an activist, too. | Commentary

BY: - December 3, 2021

Like many people, for much of my life I didn’t think elections were for me. Over my 57 years I would vote occasionally, but the reality was that I didn’t feel like anything I did would matter. COVID-19 and my union changed that for me, and now I want to share my story in hopes […]

The poison in our standing water | Essay

BY: - November 30, 2021

In some bohemian coffee shop you might find a lively argument about who is more unusual, the poet or the artist. But poets and artists might agree that few were stranger than the British poet-artist William Blake. He had prophetic visions, greeted guests to his home in the nude, and believed that he had daily […]

Minnesota, even with safe roads, sees surge in traffic fatalities | Commentary

BY: - November 29, 2021

Minnesota is experiencing one of the deadliest years on record for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians. Some 411 people have died in traffic accidents this year, up from 394 for the entire year of 2020 and 364 in 2019. This increase in overall fatalities is particularly troubling because Minnesotans have been driving less in 2020 and […]

Giving thanks to America’s medical community for life-saving vaccines

BY: - November 25, 2021

If we were not still in the grip of a deadly pandemic, with the seven-day average U.S. death toll from the coronavirus hovering just over 1,100 a day, I probably would not have thought of giving thanks this year for the medical researchers who have given this country protection against many life-threatening illnesses. Back in […]

Project Veritas and the mainstream media: Strange allies in fight for press freedom | Commentary

BY: - November 23, 2021

An FBI raid on Project Veritas leader James O’Keefe’s home in early November 2021 has sparked an unusual demonstration of support from the very establishment media that O’Keefe has spent his career targeting and trashing. The raid was conducted on the suspicion that O’Keefe and former Project Veritas staffers were implicated in the theft of […]

Eating more plants could prevent the next pandemic | Opinion

BY: - November 18, 2021

Get vaccinated. Wear a mask. Eat plants? Yes, eating more plants may be one of the most important actions we can take to protect ourselves from future pandemics. The source of Covid-19 remains uncertain, but evidence suggests that the virus transferred to humans from a non-human animal. The CDC states that Covid “possibly came from […]

Time is votes, and Democrats don’t have a lot of time | Opinion

BY: - November 16, 2021

Five years before introducing its Cayenne SUV to the world, the German sportscar company Porsche hired me to help make their brand more family-friendly. Among the ads I worked on was one starring a young Kristen Stewart as a schoolgirl who kept missing the bus so she could catch a ride in her dad’s 911. […]

Minnesota’s tradition of one-stop voting must be protected | Opinion

BY: - November 15, 2021

Let’s talk about one-stop voting — the idea that anyone meeting the fundamental eligibility criteria for voting can do so with only a single interaction with the government. Minnesota’s tradition of one-stop voting predates the state’s founding: The 1851 territorial legislature provided that all who swore to their eligibility and were not proven ineligible could […]

Things are bad, but defunding the police isn’t the answer | Opinion

BY: - November 12, 2021

Being Black, when a cop so much as looks my way, that’s reason to be uneasy. An automatic suspect for whatever. I got stopped one afternoon, walking on Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis, minding my business, and was stuck in a squad car. Turns out, somebody Black in a white T-shirt and black jeans — […]

A canoe on the Kawishiwi River in the Boundary Waters

Counterpoint: Prove It First law is not enough to protect the Boundary Waters | Opinion

BY: - November 12, 2021

A recent commentary in the Reformer (“Biden’s move to protect the Boundary Waters is great, but we need stronger laws“) proposes an approach that is inadequate to attain permanent protection for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Voyageurs National Park. The “Prove It First” legislation espoused therein will not ensure that these magnificent wild […]