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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…

After reading Gary Shelton's editorial, I think he needs to turn off his TV news and put down his paper. Maybe he could cheer himself up by looking at his 401K balance. He believes, among other things (according to his editorial last week) that President Trump is vain, dishonest, vulgar and …

We need Eric Mortensen to help solve COVID-19-related problems facing our community, not host potential super spreader events. Please do something useful to address the increasing behavioral health crises. For example, every county in the state has a mental health crisis team. This emergency…

I have always promoted third-party voting as a way to highlight your issue to major party candidates for whom you would have to hold your nose or cross your fingers to support. My preference though would be to pass ranked-choice voting where a voter could support a candidate or party that em…

During the last election cycle, I wrote a letter of support for Brad Tabke for the seat he currently occupies, the House 55A seat. Part of that letter said: "Brad is ... reaching deep to understand what our community wants from their state representative, and he's willing to work to find com…

Recently current and former Shakopee Public Utility Commissioners and employees have banded together in a bid to preserve the current SPUC form of governance. As part of that effort, they have tried to paint the actions of the City as a “power grab,” a financial coup, a “political” action, o…

We write to whole-heartedly support the re-election of Brad Tabke for the District 55 Minnesota House seat. Brad is the epitome of what a representative is supposed to be — he listens, he leads, and he always strives to do what is best for his constituents. As a leader, Brad is good at many …

The differences between the Democratic and Republican conventions were clear. Democrats presented plans to address our nation's challenges including the biggest one, global warming, while Republicans presented no plans. Trump as reported by the Star Tribune, Washington Post, New York Times a…