Commentary

If you eat, you should advocate for better roads |Opinion

BY: - June 13, 2022

You know how lawyers say they’re practicing law and doctors say they practice medicine? I’ve been practicing farming for more than 50 years in Yellow Medicine County and I haven’t gotten it all figured out yet. I farm between Granite Falls and Hanley Falls, raising corn and soybeans. When I started farming, corn yielded about […]

Blue America, Red America is not always what you think | Opinion

BY: - June 10, 2022

Election day 2020 in Long Prairie, the county seat of Todd County in rural central Minnesota, was a beautiful sunny late autumn day. I’d already voted by absentee ballot, but I was scheduled to pick up my friend Francisco and drive him to the polls. He’d tried voting in 2018, but the election judges apparently […]

If competition would kill Amazon Prime, maybe it’s not that great | Opinion

BY: - June 9, 2022

Amazon and its lobbyists are claiming that passing Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s Big Tech bill would lead to the end of Prime, or at the very least, significantly impair the service. This is such an absurd, desperate lie. What the bill actually does is force Amazon to compete in ways that will benefit consumers and small […]

The elephant in the room is destroying family farms, rural communities and our democracy | Opinion

BY: - June 8, 2022

I love farming and have been doing it all my life, but I told my kids not to come back to the farm, because there’s no future in it. That’s the sad truth. Over the past year on Capitol Hill, there have been multiple hearings and bills and even an executive order to address what […]

High court could soon rule against hopes for sane gun control laws | Opinion

BY: - June 7, 2022

Against the backdrop of the latest mass shootings du jour at the supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y., and the elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, the U. S. Supreme Court is poised to issue a ruling that is very likely to constitute another assault on gun regulation. Although the Supreme Court has not yet issued its ruling […]

The deeper implications of the human rights report on Minneapolis police | Opinion

BY: - June 6, 2022

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights’ report, based on its nearly two-year investigation of the Minneapolis Police Department, had many attention-grabbing headlines waiting to be plucked from it: rampant racial bias, fake social media accounts used to harass Black activists or trash elected officials and evidence routinely contradicting officers’ reports. Though the MDHR has not […]

Clean water is a winning issue. Why are politicians so against it? | Opinion

BY: - June 3, 2022

Though it’s absurd that clean water would be a partisan issue, those of us who are concerned about the future of our state’s water tend to vote Democratic. However, the DFL leadership’s dismal response to two big issues concerning clean water – Line 3 and the proposed copper-sulfide mines near the Boundary Waters — has […]

Tirado settlement is an unsatisfactory end to two outrageous incidents in city history | Column

BY: - June 2, 2022

How much is your left eye worth to you? $10 million? $1 million? $600,000 seems low, but that’s what Linda Tirado is stuck with. She’s the photographer who was permanently blinded in her left eye when police shot her with a projectile in the days after George Floyd was murdered, by the police.  Rather than […]

Democrats need to become antimonopolists again | Opinion

BY: - June 1, 2022

Inflation has skyrocketed, real wages are declining for many people, and baby formula is nowhere to be found. With polling consistently finding rising prices as the top concern of voters, these interlocking economic crises are likely to have a major impact on November’s elections, with a bleak outlook for Democrats currently.  It would seem obvious […]

The AR-15 is for mass killing — ban it | Opinion

BY: - May 31, 2022

The U.S. Senate, controlled by Democrats, shamefully went into recess less than 48 hours after a shooter in Uvalde, Texas, killed 19 children and two of their teachers. Lawmakers should not have left until they did something about this country’s gun problem. Not every kind of gun, but that with the most potential for damage: […]

Police will not save us from gun violence | Opinion

BY: - May 31, 2022

On Tuesday, an 18-year-old boy shot his grandmother in the face. Then he gathered the two AR-15s and over 400 rounds of ammunition he’d purchased legally in the 72 hours prior and headed to his former elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. He chose to perpetrate a heinous mass shooting of 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders […]

What about my right to life? | Opinion

BY: - May 28, 2022

In 1983, I was 22, with an unexpected pregnancy, residing in Texas. A government-forced birth would have traumatically altered the course of my life, physically and mentally. Roe v Wade was my safeguard. The recent leak of a draft of Supreme Court Judge Alito’s opinion overturning Roe is sure to seal the fate of a […]