Look past shenanigans for enduring Washington inspiration

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Watching from Area Code 320, the nation’s capital appears to be the land of shenanigans and ridiculousness. Consider these recent events: • For the first time, a House of Representatives chaplain was fired, apparently because he offered a prayer that was not sufficiently supportive of the Republicans’ tax plan. The chaplain is a Jesuit, a religious order

Bell’s ferocious love of life wins

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

Bob Bell, unable to move, was on his back helpless in the hospital. Dreading the neurosurgeon’s dire verdict, he finally found the courage to ask, “Will I ever walk again?” “Son, you’re a quadriplegic,” said the neurosurgeon. And Bell thought to himself, “I’d asked him if he knew whether I’d walk again. I had no idea if quadriplegics walked. Actually,

We need more Paul Wellstones

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

I miss Paul Wellstone. Besides being a down-to-earth heckuva nice guy, he was exactly the kind of legislator we so need more of in these dismally divisive days. Wellstone fought for labor rights, a healthy environment, affordable health care for all, campaign-finance reform, women’s rights and orderly, legal immigration. He was, of course, a good progressive liberal. Even those who