Opinion

Suburban voters hold the key on what party will control the governorship and the Legislature in 2014. The Republican Party has an uphill climb among suburban voters because, by and large, suburban interests, namely the education package, have been positively received. The cornerstone of most communities is the private and public school systems. Educating their [...]

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The year 2013 brought good news for education. The Minnesota Legislature approved additional funds for early childhood education and for all-day kindergarten. Eighty-six percent of local school levies were approved. Money borrowed from school districts during poor economic times have been repaid. The ECM Editorial Board, in a series of editorials last year, advocated these [...]

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Congratulations to the many parents, community members and educators who produced a record approval rate of local district referendums. This was a huge amount of work, especially in an economy that is challenging for many Minnesotans. According to the Minnesota School Boards Association, 51 of 59 operating levies were approved. That’s 86.4 percent, higher than [...]

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Financing the education of Minnesota’s kindergarten through grade 12 students takes nearly half of the state’s annual budget and by constitutional provision the funds must support a “uniform system” of public schools so that each student receives an “adequate” education. We believe more needs to be done to both insure that funding is adequate to [...]

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Exuding a candidate’s optimism, President Barack Obama predicted last year that partisan fever in the Republican Party would break if he were re-elected. Now, only weeks removed from a government shutdown followed by perilous congressional flirtation with debt default, it’s reasonable to wonder whether fevered brinksmanship is the only way to write a budget in [...]

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On the eleventh day at the eleventh hour of the eleventh month every year, our nation remembers the moment when the guns of World War I were silenced. On this day, November 11, we recognize the service and the sacrifice of our nation’s veterans – today about 21 million men and women who live among [...]

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Question:  One of my friends saw me getting my “ice fishing house” ready for the upcoming season.  I put permanent wheels on it for easier transport. My buddy told me I now have to register it as a trailer.  I think he is wrong, because I see these going down the road all the time, [...]

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