Editorials

There’s evidence that the education system in Minnesota needs to be examined and strengthened. Improving it is always evolving with the goal of providing the best education possible for all students. The state constitution says a general and uniform system of public schools should be established through taxation or otherwise to secure a thorough and [...]

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Don’t be S.A.D. Spring Break, yeah. Break out the bikinis, party cups and kegs. Wait a second. It’s still January. Well, I’m at least going out and having a stogie. I can’t waste a good day, especially when you have nothing better to do. Which is kind of sad in and of itself if it [...]

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While Washington has been teetering on the so-called “fiscal cliff,” a new book suggests better ways exist to manage the nation’s affairs. “The Parties Versus the People” by former Oklahoma Congressman Mickey Edwards points out that the Founding Fathers were generally opposed to political parties. They felt that factionalism would be the undoing of the [...]

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Among the vital public policy issues postponed until after the Nov. 6 election and now awaiting action by the lame-duck Congress is the so-called farm bill. We observe that “farm bill” is a somewhat misleading moniker that likely distracts the public and elected officials alike. The fact is some two-thirds of the dollars spent by [...]

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A record number of Minnesota voters on Nov. 6 sent a strong message to their legislators — end the gridlock, compromise and do what’s best for the state, not for the political party. They had in mind those days when inability to reach a compromise on a budget actually shut down the state government. To [...]

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      Over the last several weeks, the ECM Editorial Board has shared its voting recommendations for key elections in the Tuesday, Nov. 6 general election. We do not make these decisions lightly and do so only after hundreds of hours of work by a number of editorial board panels and the full board that interviewed [...]

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