Opinion

According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, outstanding student loan debt climbed by $114 billion in 2013, reaching $1.08 trillion at the end of the year (Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit, February 2014). Against a backdrop of growing alarm over student loan debt and its [...]

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BY MARNY STEBBINS – GAZETTE COLUMNIST I enjoy scaring my children. That was scaring, not scarring. Big difference in that extra “r.” And while I love a good practical joke or excuse for a costume, I’m afraid my attempts at Halloween macabre have historically fallen pretty flat. Nobody even winced last year when I came [...]

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More people are raising vegetables and growing flowers than ever, but the number of once-popular traditional garden clubs is fading, says Rene Lynch, president of the Federated Garden Clubs of Minnesota. She hopes a new variety of club using social media will continue to grow interest in what garden clubs used to do. Take the [...]

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BY LEE SALISBURY – GUEST COLUMNIST All creatures think, from the lowliest rodent to our pet dogs and cats. But what are the results of our thinking? Are the results beneficial? Do we require factual evidence prior to a decision or do we just believe what we’re told to believe? Most of us believe that [...]

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Americans have complicated, conflicted feelings about how much to rely on statewide standardized tests, such as those whose scores were recently released. I think this year’s results suggest three changes. Minnesota should: • Make much more use of highly successful schools. • Share results sooner with teachers. • Use a broader array of assessments. Results [...]

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