When I watched the heartbreaking video of 10-year-old Tom Held, a victim of relentless bullying, I choked up with tears, and I flashed back to my boyhood, feeling a burning sense of shame all over again. That is because during one or two years in grade school I was a bully myself. It was back in the mid-1950s at Washington
During the last few weeks, a lot of national and international attention has been focused on our home state of Minnesota. This attention, though, has not been the kind we would have liked to receive. This is of course due to our embattled Sen. Al Franken, who for several weeks now has been embroiled in a series of sexual-misconduct allegations.
Some in the crowd chanted loudly as the man walked past them into a courthouse to plead guilty to a felony charge of lying to the FBI. “Lock him up!” some demonstrators yelled. “Lock him up! Lock him up!” What a fitting, if grim, irony. The man was Michael Flynn, who used to lead crowd warm-up chants of “Lock her
This year has been an exciting time for Minnesota football fans. The Vikings are on a roll, multiple wins in a row as of this writing, with a new quarterback and great defense. We’ve beaten several good teams, and are looking to expand our record. Naturally, hushed speculation has emerged. Could Minnesota actually make it to the “the big game?”
I feel better knowing Charles Manson has left the planet. He died Nov. 19, age 83 – almost 50 years after the way he should have died – in the electric chair. He was probably comfortably sedated at his death, so unlike his victims who suffered hideous pain and unimaginable terror. In 1972, Manson’s death sentence was changed to life
Killing elephants to save them? What an appalling oxymoron. Big-game hunters pay thousands of dollars for the “privilege” of shooting elephants or other exotic animals – many of them threatened with extinction. The money, we’re told, goes into conservation funds that help the elephants survive on protected territories where they are guarded against vicious poachers who kill and butcher the
It comes the time of year again for the holidays. Talk concerning Thanksgiving, Christmas and the approaching new year swirls around. It’s a time for celebration and family gatherings, for sharing gifts and giving thanks for what we have. As I’ve gotten older, it seems like the days keep going faster and faster every year up until this point. It
If is the biggest little word in the English language. It’s a useful word, but it can also be a slippery eel, squirming away from truths. If former Alabama Judge Roy Moore molested a 14-year-old girl, he should stop his run for U.S. senator. That’s what a lot of Alabamans and American senators are saying: If. To their credit, several Republican