Opinion

Events this week led me to several questions about Christmas, Easter and Yom Kippur. Most readers are familiar with the first two, but some may not know much about the third. Yom Kippur, celebrated this year on Oct. 4, is the holiest day in the year for Jews. Apparently, Jewish people (and I’m one) have [...]

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As the Nov. 4 election approaches, we again share some guidelines for submitting letters to the editor in support or opposition of candidates for state and local offices. ECM Publishers Inc., the parent company of this newspaper, believes coverage of elections from start to finish is important. Following are some of the guidelines we embrace [...]

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When was the last time you tested the smoke alarms in your home? If you’re like many people, you may not even remember. Smoke alarms have become such a common feature of U.S. households that they’re often taken for granted and aren’t tested and maintained. Data from 776 Minnesota fire departments showed that four people [...]

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As a teacher and president of the Milaca Education Association, I have seen both candidates for Mille Lacs County attorney at work in our community, and my choice is Joe Walsh. True leadership is not measured by how long you’ve lived in the community but by your actions. As a member of the Milaca School [...]

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A grand piano has landed at the baggage-claim level of the Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport, continuing the takeoff into the artistic skies. While you are waiting for your flight, you can sit down and play that piano, given by an anonymous donor, or you also can listen to a series of weekly concerts, arranged by the [...]

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Double testing of our high school students is costing Minnesotans millions of dollars. That’s money that could be better spent. What about spending some of those millions on, for example, high-quality early childhood programs? Or on extra-curricular programs? The ACT found many years ago that participation in debate, drama, speech, music and journalism programs was [...]

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