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Why have we become a nation that wants to take sides on everything possible that happens in our world today? How can we honestly say that one person’s emotional, physical, or other pain is more to bear than the next person? As a nurse, helping and caring for patients, I cannot and will not j…

Someone recently wrote we should stop bringing up Rod Thompson. He dug his own hole, I have no problem throwing dirt on the thief. We need to remember the school board tried to hide his crime by paying him off to go away. If it wasn't for this newspaper's reporters uncovering the truth, they…

Civility is in peril. Sunday morning we were enjoying a nice long walk and it was peaceful and quiet. We approached an unmarked intersection where a man with his two dogs were standing, waiting to cross. Another man in his car had stopped well short of the intersection to allow them to cross…

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…