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Farmers in Alabama are in revolt against the state’s over-the-top immigration law, which is designed to hound illegal immigrants so that they move elsewhere. As it happens, a substantial portion of farm workers there, as in other states, are undocumented. In the farmers’ view, the law is deprivi...

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 10:02pm

Politicians should be humble about their ability to “create” jobs, but aggressive about creating the environment in which private employers can....

Sun, 11/06/2011 - 10:48pm

On Sept. 13 of last year, our Opinions Page featured an editorial about the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010. This bill, co-authored by Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, addressed the growing problem of prescription drug abuse. During a visit to Rochester last fall, Klobuchar pointed out...

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 6:31pm

There’s nothing wrong with cracker-sprinkled tuna noodle hotdish, but it doesn’t mean you can’t crave a garlicky stir fry dotted with sesame seeds. A recent tourism study says Minnesota is too bland — not flavorful enough to visit. The really irritating factor about the assessment that label...

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 8:45pm

This week, the Senate is likely to take up a defense reauthorization bill that contains several objectionable proposals that would restrict any president’s power to handle terrorism cases. None is more obnoxious than a requirement that terrorism suspects who are not U.S. nationals be held in milit...

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 6:48pm

A demonstrably bad idea in pursuit of a possibly worthy goal is still a bad idea. In this instance, the demonstrably bad idea is giving corporations a federal tax break — make that another tax break — on ”repatriated profits,” money they earn overseas and bring home. The goal is an infrastru...

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 8:10pm

Judging by our mail bag, electronic and otherwise, interest in the Brained School District’s Nov. 8 levy referendum is picking up. Voters will decide whether to renew the current operating levy and whether to increase the operating levy by $200 per pupil. In order to keep any inadvertent, last-min...

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 8:26pm

For decades, Washington has been an indispensable partner to state and local governments in dealing with juvenile justice challenges. But that partnership — and the important advances it has brought — will be endangered if Congress gets its way....

Wed, 10/26/2011 - 6:49pm

An upcoming report by the Federal Trade Commission shows that brand-name pharmaceutical makers continue to cut questionable deals with generic manufacturers that delay the introduction of cheaper drugs onto the market. Such pay-for-delay arrangements hurt consumers and increase costs for federal pro...

Tue, 10/25/2011 - 7:14pm

We could spin out a long piece considering this study or that study. We could attempt to justify the ways of big league franchises and their stadiums. We could commiserate with beleaguered taxpayers at the prospect of subsidizing the interests of a billionaire. We could indulge ourselves in the fog ...

Sun, 10/23/2011 - 6:53pm