Act in solidarity to counter prejudices

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We should all be thankful for the strong civic and moral leadership so apparent in the greater St. Cloud area – leaders who speak up with force and clarity against the dark undercurrents of prejudice and bigotry. We mean leaders like St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis and Catholic Bishop Donald Kettler, to name just two. Recently, Kettler and Kleis didn’t

Where did our civility, courtesy go?

Connor KocklerColumn, Opinion, Print Editions, Print Sartell - St. Stephen, Print Sauk Rapids - Rice, Print St. Joseph0 Comments

These days, it seems like there is antagonism everywhere you look. Our politicians, local and above, engage in bitter partisan fights. People insult and degrade those who disagree with them. Old customs are being thrown away and discarded in exchange for ramming things through. Many are afraid to even express their opinions in public lest they be shut down. It’s

Be proud but responsible

Connor KocklerColumn, Opinion, Print Editions, Print Sartell - St. Stephen, Print Sauk Rapids - Rice, Print St. Joseph0 Comments

Throughout the last year, we’ve seen numerous protests against symbols of the United States. There have been criticisms of the flag, the national anthem and against some of the Founding Fathers. Some of these concerns do have merit, but if we’re not careful, even more topics will come under attack. The question that’s even now being proposed is, is it

Civil discourse crucial to democracy

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If you don’t believe in civil discourse, you don’t believe in democracy. Several weeks ago, I attended the 2017 Eugene J. McCarthy lecture featuring former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at St. John’s University. The theme for the evening’s conversation was “Conscience and Courage in Public Life,” rare qualities in today’s political culture. While Bush spoke on many topics, including Donald

Please, let’s learn about net neutrality

Connor KocklerColumn, Opinion, Print Editions, Print Sartell - St. Stephen, Print Sauk Rapids - Rice, Print St. Joseph0 Comments

As I have mentioned in many columns, the Internet and related technologies have massively changed how we live our lives. Shopping no longer requires us to be physically at a store, and a wealth of information is now available for all. However, this state of affairs may be about to change. Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission started to