Opinion

How do you come to conclusions and make decisions in your life? Do you typically tend to wait and carefully weigh all of the information before reaching a conclusion? Or, do you more often jump to a conclusion based on how you emotionally respond to the information you first hear? The nightly news often features [...]

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A very important bill was passed at the Minnesota Legislature this year — one that most average residents didn’t hear about, but that made a huge difference to local business owners — and Rep. Kathy Lohmer of 39B voted against it. When entrepreneurs want to open or expand a business in this state, they often [...]

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Big changes are coming for Minnesota’s high school students, and meetings are scheduled throughout the state to discuss them. That’s good because the changes are controversial. Minnesota has passed some education reform laws, like Postsecondary Enrollment Options, that have worked out well. We’ve adopted others, like the Profile of Learning graduation requirements that were disappointing [...]

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BY TOM PURCELL – SYNDICATED COLUMNIST Ah, college is back in session — which means, says The Washington Post, that “helicopter parents” are in full flight. Helicopter parents, says The Post, are parents who have “watched their (childrens’) every move, checked their grades online hourly, advocated for them endlessly and kept them busy from event to [...]

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Money was not mentioned by any of the more than 30 educators who responded to a question I asked about the first month of school. Each of them described the most important things that families can do in September. Everything they suggested is free: helping youngsters set goals, establishing routines, learning something yourself, talking positively [...]

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