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The idea that cities and small towns are desirable for a vibrant, civil and democratic society is a very conservative notion. That’s why it’s ironic in some respects that the debate at the conservative-led Minnesota Legislature was mostly about the cost of cities and not their value. The Legisla...

Thu, 06/02/2011 - 5:29pm

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Tue, 05/31/2011 - 6:28pm

Getting the debt under control will require some difficult choices, but not every step must be painful. There is a relatively easy way to save about $300 billion over the next decade — by adopting a more accurate method of calculating increases in the cost of living. Even in an era of trillion-dol...

Mon, 05/30/2011 - 8:38pm

I recently came across an old editorial about American soldiers caught in a seemingly unending war abroad. “Had there been any honorable way of retreat open to us,” the piece argued, “we should have availed ourselves of it as soon as the facts of the situation became apparent. But as there was...

Sun, 05/29/2011 - 4:35pm

It’s way too soon to be picking favorites, but we have to admit to some disappointment at Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels’ decision not to enter the presidential race - both because of who he is and because of what his decision may presage for 2012....

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 7:37pm

“A prisoner with severe abdominal pain died after a 5-week delay in referral to a specialist ... A prisoner died of testicular cancer after a ’failure of MDs to work up for cancer in a young man with 17 months of testicular pain.’ ” A prisoner suffering from serious mental illness was found ...

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 7:37pm

A court has rightly upheld a Minnesota law that requires corporations to disclose when they spend money to support or defeat a political candidate. The law requires reports on corporate spending for or against candidates. The law requires two reports to be filed before the primary and two more befor...

Wed, 05/25/2011 - 6:21pm

We’re not sure what’s more disheartening: The failure of the GOP and Gov. Dayton to reach a budget deal, or the fact that the entire state could see this impasse coming for the past four months. It’s as if our elected leaders planted themselves in the path of a glacier, then stubbornly refused...

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 7:50pm

Here’s a motto Republican leaders of the 2011 Legislature should consider given the past seven weeks: “We legislate in 3-D — distractions, discrimination and dodges.” Sadly, all three “Ds” best apply to the Republican-led push for voters in 2012 to decide whether the Minnesota Constituti...

Mon, 05/23/2011 - 8:35pm

An education bill that passed the Minnesota House would require schools to hold back third-graders who aren’t reading at grade level. Admittedly, it wouldn’t be a hard-and-fast rule, so not every third-grader who fails the reading portion of the MCA exam would repeat third grade. Exceptions woul...

Wed, 05/18/2011 - 5:00pm