With no sports, community spirit, shared emotions are quarantined too

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With friends and family out of work, sick or even dying, writing about something as seemingly trivial as the loss of games and sports appears out of place, if not insensitive. Now as the grass is turning green and the stay-at-home routine enters its second month, the loss of sports can’t be ignored. Opening golf courses two weeks ago reminded

Virus rabble-rousers should be ashamed

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Who but a nasty grinch would not want the American economy to re-open and thrive like gangbusters? We all want that to happen. Unfortunately, there’s a problem – a highly contagious invisible killer dubbed Covid-19. It’s not done killing yet, and only those who indulge in magical thinking believe it’s going to vanish anytime soon. I have another phrase for

Pandemic exposes society’s weaknesses

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Have you watched the National Geographic series “Drain the Oceans”? Using sophisticated mapping and computer animation, the series shows what we would see if we drained the water out of the Earth’s large bodies of water. Emptying the oceans of water reveals what lies on the bottom when the water is gone…solving mysteries and explaining natural wonders as well as

Time for Trump to self-quarantine

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The president planned to address the nation on a spring Sunday night and speak to an urgent crisis. How he should  manage the crisis had deeply divided the country. The president suffered from a huge credibility gap with voters. And it was an election year. After speaking for about 40 minutes, the president shocked the audience, including his closest advisers.

Transform isolation into fun family bonding

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Social isolation does not have to be a miserable dilemma akin to solitary confinement in a jail. In fact, it can be a rewarding, connective experience – a time for families to slow down and strengthen bonds. A long time ago, we kids loved those happy days when we were shut inside the house during blizzards and rainstorms. We’d get

Do your part to keep voting efficient and secure

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Based on the number of citizens who turned out, Minnesota’s March 3 Presidential Nominating Primary was a success. This year’s primary was the first since 1956 that binds the parties to the election results. For years, Minnesota’s political parties chose their candidates at precinct caucuses where participants literally stood up for their candidates. Parties conducted caucuses this year but the