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Human-caused global climate change is one of the most complex issues facing society today. It is a global problem felt on local scales that cuts across many dimensions — science, economics, society, politics, and moral and ethical questions. It is here today, will be around for decades and c…

The bison turned quickly, ready to charge. The two feet of snow didn’t slow its powerful hooves, but rather kicked up a rooster-tail of shiny ice crystals into the cold winter air, highlighting the bison’s efforts.

For many of us, the COVID-19 pandemic may be putting a hold on dinner at the charming local bistro, but the spirit of Valentine’s Day cannot be extinguished. This year, perhaps more so than in the past, you may want to make your Valentine’s Day gifts even more meaningful. So, for example, wh…

I appreciated reading Tim Reckmeyer's column addressing climate policy. Many businesses including Ford, GM, Xcel Energy, Johnson & Johnson and Cargill have already taken the lead in shifting to energy resources that are healthier for our families and the environment. It's what their cust…

Tim Reckmeyer’s column “Climate change and policy truth” in the Jan. 30 issue couldn’t be more timely. It’s time to take serious action to address the problem of climate change. Our newly inaugurated administration in Washington accepts scientific truth and is willing to tackle this problem …

The Jan. 30 column by Tim Reckmeyer on the Carbon Dividend Act reminds me again, the importance of doing “what I can” to better our environment for the future. As a grandfather, I often wonder what type of world my grandchildren will be living in when they reach my age of 76 and that motivates me.

The events of Jan. 6 were a bad omen and a disappointing start to 2021, but I’m staying optimistic. COVID-19 numbers are trending down. My wife, Marcia, and I had our first COVID-19 shots — and hallelujah for that. We may live through 2021 and greet 2022. Still, I needed a distraction and in…

I enjoy watching most sports, especially football. During college bowl game season and now as we head into Super Bowl Sunday, a variety of storylines dominate talk radio and sports news. Oftentimes what I find personally inspiring or motivating is not necessarily what’s grabbing the headlines.

On Inauguration Day it was refreshing and inspirational to listen to the national debut of poet laureate Amanda Gorman as she shared her oratorical skills and her hopes for the country, “Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken but isn’t finished.”

Finally, the subhuman, vile, dictatorial racist is gone from the White House! We’ve been told that: “We will press forward with speed and urgency, for we have much to do in this winter of peril…” Relax everyone. America finally will be perfected by those who know best.

“Stop hanging out with people that tell you what you want to hear. Hang out with people who tell you the truth” –Eric Thomas. On Nov. 5, 1965, the group known as the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology cautioned President Lyndon B. Johnson that continued accumulation of…

It’s Monday, Jan. 18 and I’m writing this as I watch the morning news programs — especially some disgusting, new videos of Jan. 6. It’s a national holiday, Martin Luther King’s birthday. It’s also an unhappy irony as we recognize and celebrate the meaning of Dr. King’s work and reflect on th…

I want to thank Southwest News Media and the Prior Lake American for continuing to publish letters it receives from its readers each week. The freedom to debate ideas, even if rebuttal comments sometimes become personal attacks, is what has up until recently separated America’s excellence fr…

What happened to the America that I grew up in? An America that welcomed immigrants and embraced those looking for a better life in the greatest country on Earth. An America where people were considered innocent until proven guilty. An America where the news media reported the facts and the …

The events of this past week have caused five people to lose their lives, leave our country with a major black eye, and completely undermined the process of governance that has existed for almost 250 years. The reaction has left people with shock and anger with knee jerk reactions across the…

The late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said, “Everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion, but not his own facts” — a distinction that gets more difficult in direct proportion to the popularity and proliferation of social media.

It is necessary to respond to Alexandra Matyja's Dec. 12 letter that suggests I might acknowledge or agree with Trump “that there is a lack of truthfulness in the national news media.” Nothing could be farther from the truth!

Many seniors will be alone this holiday season, some separated from family and friends because of COVID-19, some afraid for the future. An experience I had as a middle-aged adult helps me understand what being alone and afraid feels like.

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