Commentary

On reading about the Rwandan genocide 28 years later

BY: - November 7, 2022

I’m old enough now that books of my youth have new resonance in an entirely different time.  A U.S. military veteran I know recommended a 1998 book called “We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families” by Philip Gourevitch.  It’s an account of the Rwandan genocide of the Tutsi […]

A nurse writes to hospital executives: ‘All I’ve ever wanted to be was a nurse’

BY: - November 4, 2022

I am a nurse at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park. I am tired and defeated. After our recent three-day strike, I went to work at 7 a.m., and I wanted to leave as soon as I walked into the hospital.  We were short staffed — again. I made an “aware,” which is a hospital […]

Don’t cry for the lenders in the student loan fiasco

BY: - November 2, 2022

Justice Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s final appointment to the Court of Supremes, recently denied a petition, without comment, from a Wisconsin conservative group called the Brown County Taxpayers Association, which asked the court to block the Biden administration plan to forgive student loans.  Shortly after, a federal judge in Missouri tossed a lawsuit filed […]

Clean water needs to be a priority — now

BY: - November 1, 2022

Minnesota had a dry summer, with several million people living in areas affected by the drought. Is this the worst drought we’ve been through? No. Is it as bad as in the southwest, where giant reservoirs are drying up, the mighty Colorado River no longer reaches the ocean, and scientists say this is the worst […]

Are judges ideological partisans, or impartial umpires?

BY: - October 31, 2022

Former President Trump has been uncharacteristically quiet about the various unfavorable judicial rulings in the Mar-a-Lago documents litigation. His unusual reticence conflicts with his penchant for attributing litigation setbacks to the partisan-connection of judges who preside over them. He’s referred to some as “Obama” judges, implying that their decisions are based on ideology and political […]

Your questions about the Minnesota election system, answered

BY: - October 28, 2022

Editor’s note: Since April we’ve been running a series of articles by Max Hailperin explaining how the Minnesota election system works. Now we’re answering your (and our) questions about election administration. Read the first set of questions here.  We shouldn’t entirely trust the results on election night. Those are unofficial results, or as I prefer to […]

Early Voting signs on a building in downtown Minnesota

Your questions about the Minnesota election system, answered, part 1

BY: - October 27, 2022

Editor’s note: Since April we’ve been running a series of articles by Max Hailperin explaining how the Minnesota election system works. Today and tomorrow, we’re answering your (and our) questions about election administration.  Welcome to voting! It sounds like there’s a good chance you aren’t registered. That’s fine because you can register at the time […]

Inflation Reduction Act lives up to its name when it comes to prescription medicine

BY: - October 26, 2022

It is no secret that right now things cost more than they used to. Rising costs are weighing on everyone’s minds. From the gas pump to the grocery store to the pharmacy, Americans are being stretched too thin. While a lot of attention is focused on rising commodity prices, one place where costs have been […]

Jensen’s tax cut would require deep spending cuts Minnesotans of both parties will reject

BY: - October 25, 2022

By now you have probably heard that Republican nominee for governor Scott Jensen has proposed eliminating Minnesota’s income tax, which provides more than half of all state general fund tax revenue. Last week, a Minnesota Reformer analysis showed this would overwhelmingly benefit the highest-earners while requiring substantial increases in sales and property taxes that fall […]

Sen. Paul Wellstone and the portents of his death, two decades later

BY: - October 24, 2022

When I was a kid I spent most summers riding my bicycle along every back road within 25 miles of our house near Forbes. This habit toured me through the nooks and crannies of the Mesabi Iron Range, the geography of which still wallpapers the interior of my brain. I went everywhere, but there was […]

Inflation prompts biggest Social Security cost-of-living boost since 1981 — 6 questions answered

BY: - October 21, 2022

Social Security is set to boost the benefits it provides retirees by 8.7%, the biggest cost-of-living adjustment since 1981. It comes as sky-high inflation continues to eat into incomes and savings. The changes are set to take effect in January 2023 and were announced following the release of the September 2022 consumer price index report, […]

Bookman: Top Republicans embrace Marjorie Taylor Greene’s violent rhetoric

BY: - October 20, 2022

In a recent campaign video, U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican from Georgia, likened Democrats to destructive feral hogs allowed to range free and destroy the American countryside. But Marjorie had a solution: As the camera followed her, she grabbed a rifle and climbed aboard a waiting helicopter, where she tracked down and shot a […]