Blame game hurts honest gun violence debate

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Connor Kockler After the horrific shooting in Parkland, Fla., on Valentine’s Day, we saw a nation shocked and horrified by yet more scenes of senseless violence. Another 17 innocent lives were lost, and many people’s’ sense of safety, damaged by Sandy Hook and Las Vegas, was further reduced. Once again, the debate over how to best prevent such incidents from

Staying out of jail is easy: don’t lie to the cops

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Don’t lie to the cops. Talk about stating the obvious. But it’s a lesson apparently not widely learned. The current special counsel’s investigation into Russian meddling in 2016 tripped up some supposedly very smart people who didn’t learn that lesson. Trump campaign associates Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos and Richard Gates lied to the FBI and ended up pleading not guilty

Massacre survivors speak truth to power

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The survivors of the butchery at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida,, are speaking truth to power – loudly, clearly. These young people are so intelligent, articulate, passionate and determined. Don’t you wish more legislators were? Thanks to these students’ energetic, keen-eyed truths, there just might someday be effective gun laws enacted. Let us praise and value these

Gun debate is about dollars, cents

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Thoughts and prayers. We heard those words again last week after another angry man picked up his legally purchased battlefield weapon and attacked a Florida high school, killing 17. Thoughts and prayers from political leaders, again. What they really should be saying is “dollars and cents.” Because money, not logic, not sound public policy, not hollow thoughts and prayers, controls

Lieutenant governor debacle spurious, unnecessary

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As many people are aware, an unusually intense political situation continues to brew in our state capital of St. Paul. With the Legislature getting back into session, and the election looming in November, one thing hangs over it all. This is the status of Lt. Gov. Fischbach, and with her, control of the Minnesota Senate. In 2016, as President Donald

How will 2018 be remembered?

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Protests in the streets. Cries of racism. Conflict in Asia and the Middle East. Chaos in Washington. A description of 2018? Maybe. But that also describes 50 years ago….1968. Commentators have compared this year to 50 years ago as a time of political chaos and civic strife. In 50 years, will people look back on 2018 as another turning point

Yes, Virginia, we do turn into our parents

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It’s often said we turn into our parents. Thus, in a kind of sweet revenge, they get the last word, the last laugh. Time and again, I hear myself “channeling” my parents’ words and phrases: “Where does the time go?” “Oh sure, you might know!” “If it isn’t one thing, it’s another!” “What is this world coming to?” My parents

Fall election looms over legislative session

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The Minnesota Legislature reconvenes on Feb. 20 for a three-month election-year session. With a wide-open governor’s race and control of the state House of Representatives on the line, the November election will drive the debate. Kicking off the action, Gov. Mark Dayton proposed a $1.5-billion bonding bill for more than 218 public-works projects across the state. Later this month, legislators