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Waste is easy to spot; now, can it be killed?

December 27, 2013 Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. more »»

Obamacare continues to loom over Americans

December 26, 2013 News flash: President Barack Obama believes in Santa Claus. We can think of no better explanation for his views at a recent press conference, his last of the year. more »»

In some respects, the whole agency is a fraud

December 24, 2013 One wonders how President Barack Obama and Environmental Protection Agency officials expect the public to trust the agency when it cannot even police its own high-ranking executives. more »»

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December 21, 2013 This doesn’t make sense High-voltage transmission lines and their electromagnetic fields have been a source of controversy for years, with those living near the lines concerned about their health or... more »»

Congress should OK bill dealing with job creation

December 20, 2013 When members of Congress get copies of bills under consideration, they also receive estimates of the measures’ costs — not that it seems to do much good in controlling government spending. more »»

Minnesota should make more sales tax reforms

December 19, 2013 When Minnesota cities and counties pay sales tax on purchases, the bill goes to local taxpayers. So cities, counties and those taxpayers will benefit beginning Jan. more »»

Medicare Advantage program facing cuts

December 17, 2013 For three years or so, critics have been warning that the new national health care law — Obamacare — would devastate the Medicare program on which millions of older Americans rely. more »»

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December 14, 2013 Time for new solutions The American public may have a learning disability. more »»

Time has come: Congress should repeal Obamacare

December 12, 2013 As many as one-fourth of the people who thought they had obtained health insurance through the government’s website,, may be “or-phans,” officials confirmed last wee. more »»

Mandela’s leadership can serve as a model

December 10, 2013 Nelson Mandela is gone, and with him goes the steadying influence he brought to governments across Afric. more »»

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December 7, 2013 Not a perfect solution The Minnesota Vikings and state of Minnesota broke ground on a new stadium this week. Fans cheered. Critics booed. They both have a point. more »»

Projected surplus shows state taxes are too high

December 6, 2013 The 2013 Minnesota Legislature went a little nuts with the tax hikes. That is reflected in a state budget forecast released Thursday that predicts a $1 billion surplus. more »»

It’s fundamentally wrong to hold people indefinitely

December 5, 2013 A task force has come out with recommendations to try to help Minnesota and its political leaders deal with the sticky issue of indefinite detention of sexual predator. more »»

Good thing new plan is in works; it’s needed

December 4, 2013 A new national security strategy, replacing one he initiated in 2010, will be unveiled next year, President Barack Obama has informed Congress. more »»

Congress must review exact details of proposal

December 3, 2013 Proponents of accountability in political campaign financing may have applauded President Barack Obama’s proposal last week to curb tax-exempt groups that use donations made anonymously to influence... more »»

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November 30, 2013 What a great gesture! Kudos to local volunteers who teamed up last weekend with Martin County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon and Hy-Vee to deliver Thanksgiving food baskets to about 60 families with loved... more »»

Our nation’s ideals are something to hold on to

November 27, 2013 We hope area residents have many things to be thankful for this week as they get ready to sit down with their families for dinner. more »»

Standard procedure: Screw up and get paid

November 26, 2013 At least in Minnesota and Iowa, we’re willing to describe as a fiasco any inexcusable waste of taxpayers’ money. That does not occur in Washington. more »»

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November 23, 2013 We’ll never know truth One of the ways in which politicians perpetuate government programs is by reinforcing fears about alternatives, including ending the programs. more »»

Dog park? Why not here?

November 22, 2013 The times change and so do people’s tastes and interests. So it is true with their recreational choices and what they would like their cities or counties to offer in terms of amenities. more »»



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