Opinion

BY MARNY STEBBINS THE GAZETTE I keep a glass jar of human teeth hidden in my bedroom closet. The tooth fairy deposit, if you will, is stored safely in the only place in my house I insist on keeping private. It may not be the wardrobe from Narnia, but it is where the magic comes from: the stocking stuffers, the chocolate eggs, […]

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Stillwater business owner shows social good and making profit can go hand-in-hand BY ELISSA COTTLE GAZETTE COLUMNIST As a keen observer of business and its impact on the world, too often I see a clash. Making a profit is important. But there is plenty of room along that bottom line for social good. I’m not […]

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BY ECM EDITORIAL BOARD Minnesotans traditionally vote in large numbers during midterm elections. Will the Tuesday, Nov. 4 elections once again place Minnesota among national leaders in turnout? If past history is repeated, the state will again be a leader, much as it was four years ago when the state led the nation in voter […]

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To the editor: Recently, your paper offered its perspective of an incident between Councilmember Anne Smith and your reporter. You describe the event as “complex, difficult and rare” with “no easy solution,” and I agree. Beyond that however, here’s my perspective on the timeline: In the days following the incident, efforts to provide resolution were […]

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BY JOE NATHAN ECM COLUMNIST Here are five questions you might want to ask school board candidates or members running for re-election this fall. Because schools play a huge role in making communities attractive places to live and work, you might also talk with the other board members, whose seats aren’t up for election, about […]

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DeGree is right choice for District 39B I am writing this letter in support of the candidacy of Tom DeGree for House District 39B. Eight years ago, I began collaborating with Tom when he took over as the director of Belwin Environmental Learning Center. Tom began this challenge by truly hearing the needs of his […]

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