It is estimated the United States will have spent more than $2 trillion in the long conflict in Iraq, including the costs of interest and the ongoing costs for many years of medical and psychological care for the courageous Americans who fought that war. That astronomical sum of money is shocking enough, but when one considers more than 4,000 American
My oh my, how the mighty fall. One of the worst obstructionists in congressional history, Rep. Eric Cantor, has tumbled like Humpty Dumpty, and all the Tea Party horses and all of its men cannot put Cantor together again. To many people, including myself, Cantor’s political demise was a plus. The smug, often arrogant obstructionist got exactly what he deserved.
There are some things that puzzle me. Here are a few of them. Iraq is heating up again. Obviously that war hasn’t ended. Just because we decided to leave, that in no way deterred the militant radicals from continuing to pursue their goal. Now we must decide whether to go in and assist them again or to leave them on
It’s so good to see “Now Hiring” signs in the windows and lobbies of so many businesses in the area lately. Like robins in spring, those signs are a good omen that a springtime of economic recovery is arriving in this area, this state, this country. Nationwide, the unemployment rate is 6.3 percent, according to the U.S. Labor Department. That’s
Some young people these days – people under 60 – have asked me, “What’s the big deal with Bob Dylan? What makes him so great?” I can understand their questions because most haven’t heard a lot of Dylan songs, and others don’t like his singing voice. I try to explain to young doubters why Dylan is so special. Here’s why:
The grand opening May 30 of Pinecone Central Park was indeed a grand day, a historical day, for Sartell. As time goes by, more and more people will begin to realize what a great facility it is – a crown jewel for Sartell and the entire region. Some people, six years ago, thought it was foolish to spend more than
While breezing down Highway 10 the other day on my way to Sartell, I turned on Minnesota Public Radio and heard a woman talking about how “driverless cars” are in store for us in the future. I laughed so hard I almost lost control of my Dodge, almost veered into the ditch. “Driverless cars in the future?” I thought to
U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi is sitting in a Mexican jail for the crime of accidentally entering Mexico at a legal entry gate with three completely legal firearms in his vehicle. According to his phone call to his mother, he got into the wrong lane and could not turn around quickly enough. The Mexican authorities pounced upon him and hauled him