Guest Columns | | Brainerd, Minnesota

By now, most local government watchers are aware that the Crow Wing County Board has cut or frozen the county tax levy in each of the last four years.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 5:15pm

When the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan is completed next year what will happen to Afghan women? Will a resurgent Taliban return them to wearing burqas, withdraw them from schools and force them to live behind painted glass in their homes, permitting them to leave the house only when...

Fri, 11/01/2013 - 4:50pm

For a smart man, President Obama professes to know very little about a great number of things going on in his administration.

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 5:02pm

My wife and I recently returned from a Seine river cruise from Paris to the Normandy beaches. We had never seen Normandy.

Wed, 10/30/2013 - 8:05pm

After the Vietnam War, the U.S. Army soberly examined where it had fallen short. That critical appraisal laid the groundwork for the military's extraordinary rebuilding in the 1970s and 1980s.

Tue, 10/29/2013 - 9:03pm

"Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." - The White Queen, "Alice in Wonderland.

Mon, 10/28/2013 - 9:10pm

As part of an ongoing effort to recognize those Brainerd Public Schools employees who inspire others and consistently go above and beyond what is expected so students can be successful, Brainerd Public Schools once again awarded three employees with the Above and Beyond Award. These employees are in...

Fri, 10/25/2013 - 1:43pm

For liberals, it is a cruel twist of history that Harry Truman’s dream of universal health coverage, carried forward by generations of committed Democrats, should fall to the Obama administration for its fulfillment....

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 1:28pm

The woman in Pine River neglects and abuses hundreds of dogs over the years; it cost the Humane Society $200,000 to get the 129 rescued dogs healthy and sociable so they might be adopted and the woman gets fined $135 — the price of a speeding ticket — and is allowed to continue her operation. ...

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 9:04pm

Let's drop the whole notion of "entitlement." Just eliminate it. Politicians, pundits and academics who talk about entitlements would then have to name the actual programs and argue their merits and demerits. This would encourage clarity and candor.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 6:28pm