St. Cloud State dropped the ball on sports gender equity

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When St. Cloud State University announced last month it was dropping football, fans, students, athletes and alums debated the wisdom of that move as a strategy to save money and work toward gender equity in sports. Many universities tie their branding to high-profile, successful teams, but the debate over football misses a more important point: the university has failed miserably

Is climate change coming? It’s here!

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Sometimes, when I hear the words “climate change,” I laugh. I laugh not because climate change is funny; it’s the unfunniest topic of all. I laugh because some people choose to ignore what’s happening right in front of their noses. That is part of the humor in a true story brother-in-law Kurt told me years ago. One scorching summer afternoon,

After chaos, ‘competent’ looks appealing

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When it’s time for your annual job review at work and your boss rates you “competent” that’s not a time for celebration. A “competent” rating means you won’t be fired, but you probably won’t be getting a raise or promotion either. A competent performance is indeed a low bar…everywhere but in politics where it appears beyond reach. No wonder only

Volunteers, old friends link up for Santa Paws fundraiser

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The text message popped up on my screen. “Hey Mike, do you have any plans from 1:30-4:30 on Nov. 23?” It was from my friend and former colleague at the St. Cloud Times, Kate Kompas. No plans, I replied, although my spouse had raised the prospect of traveling to Evanston, Illinois, to watch the Gophers-Wildcats football game that weekend. “Want