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With the presidential election a year away and health care a top issue, presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have offered single-payer proposals that draw hosannas from the political left, ambivalence from the center and cries of horror and socialism from defenders of …

Even though I ran the Twin Cities marathon for the first time on Oct. 6, I still don’t consider myself a “runner.” Running isn’t something I love. I love scoring a deal on a $4 sweater at Goodwill that still has retail tags from Target. I love stopping strangers on sidewalks to pet their dac…

It was 9 a.m. Saturday morning as we watched two wranglers with helpers load our gear and supplies onto four mules, 150 pounds on each for our trek into the Bridger Mountain Wilderness of Wyoming. Son Steve’s plans for the trip included a granddaughter and grandson, plus three friends with c…

Our City Council, citing the lack of proven impact in our community and lack of a guaranteed payout, voted no to filing claims against drug companies that manufacture opioids. It was the right decision. Another reason is that class-action type lawsuits generally never hold individuals accoun…

At this time of the year around the Fourth of July, we Americans rally around the flag and appropriately take pride in our country and patriotism. The United States is a great country. Every time I return home from my frequent travels, I marvel at just how lucky we are to live where we do.

These are challenging times. Our southern border is being overrun by thousands of undocumented, illegal immigrants. Iran and North Korea continue to pose potential nuclear threats. Our nation is adrift, floating toward socialism, abandoning the foundation upon which America was built. These …

Climate change didn’t begin with the smoke and soot of industrialization. It’s been a constant component of our planetary history. It was here before we evolved and will be here long after we move elsewhere in space and time — assuming we don’t destroy the planet and ourselves before we vaca…

I saw them pull it down that summer of 1962. I’d just finished high school and had a job downtown earning extra money for college in the fall. I took the bus from Bloomington, and every day, morning and evening, I’d go by the corner of Second Avenue and Third Street in Minneapolis and watch …

The term climate change is an impersonal, ambiguous one with negative impacts to “humanity” around the world. But on a recent trip to Tanzania in Africa, I met some of the innocents who will be most affected by the increased droughts caused by the changes in climate resulting from increased …

Today, water and the water supply are uppermost on the minds of metro planners, the Metropolitan Council and state officials. Check out the Met Council’s 2015 Water Supply Plan or search “Minnesota Water Supply” online for articles and reports. I’ve read them, and there’s reason for concern.…

Arguably the most challenging job in the world is president of the United States. If there were a job description, it would spell out the experience necessary to serve as CEO of the federal government’s 4 million employees and $4 trillion annual budget. The job requires administration of law…

Political party stereotypes stayed consistent through the 1950s. Republicans were the party of business and the Chamber of Commerce. Democrats were the party of labor and the little guy. Then came Vietnam and the civil rights movement, and the political parties were pushed apart by the ideol…

Immigration continues to be front and center in the political arena. Our country has found itself stuck in a deadlock over policy and border security, and this impasse has highlighted how divided — yet determined — both sides are, to the point of shutting down the government over this disagr…

On Dec. 3, City Manager Frank Boyles announced Police Chief Mark Elliott had resigned effective immediately and that an outsider had already been appointed as interim chief. The announcement raised some eyebrows. Since Boyles is in a lame-duck period of management with retirement scheduled t…

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