Readers’ letters round out opinion page

Mike KnaakColumn, Opinion, Print Sartell - St. Stephen, Print St. Joseph0 Comments

Informed opinions, vigorously argued, form the foundation of democracy. The opinions appearing on this page (and sometimes the next page as well) are offered in that spirit. The editorial that regularly appears to the left of this column represents the Newsleader’s view of current events. Newspaper editorials aren’t meant to tell readers how to think, but instead serve as a

Sports should be about fun, not foul mouths

Mike KnaakColumn, Opinion, Print Sartell - St. Stephen, Print St. Joseph0 Comments

You kids get off my lawn! That’s a phrase we’ve all heard as a shorthand description for cantankerous, aging baby boomers who can’t tolerate young people having fun. At the risk of being tagged with this stereotype, I’d like to offer some observations on youth sports. I don’t think I’m cantankerous or aging, so I’ll push ahead with my comments.

Pay attention; democracy is under assault

Dennis DalmanColumn, Opinion, Print Editions, Print Sartell - St. Stephen, Print St. Joseph0 Comments

As comic-strip character Pogo Possum once famously said, “We have met the enemy and he is us.” We should heed those words; we should pay attention. Pogo could well be describing the homegrown threats to free-and-fair elections and to our trust in American democracy. The Russians, insidious cyber-invaders, meddled in the last election. That is a fact. Efforts to prevent

Never miss a chance to celebrate Statehood Day

Mike KnaakColumn, Opinion, Print Sartell - St. Stephen, Print St. Joseph0 Comments

So how did you celebrate Minnesota Statehood Day? Did you bake a Minnesota-shaped cake or do something more appropriate such as cooking wild rice soup? May 11 marked the 160th anniversary of Minnesota’s entry into the union as the 32nd state. Our family celebrated by participating in two uniquely Minnesotan experiences. Last week, our younger daughter returned home for a short vacation.