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April 21, 2012
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith

Politics is not pretty

Conservatives who oppose abortion have learned well from their liberal friends how to manipulate the legislative process. Republicans in the Minnesota House and Senate this week passed separate bills that would, ostensibly, improve safety at facilities that provide abortions. In reality, the bills are about making it more difficult to get abortions.

We're not sure conservatives care. They believe abortion is wrong and should be stopped. Just as liberals have implemented piecemeal socialism, without ever declaring their end goal.

Politics is a rough process with sometimes distasteful tactics. We can't imagine it changing anytime soon.

Session finale coming

Speaking of making laws, the Minnesota Legislature seems to be getting nowhere - perhaps that's good? - in its non-budget, election-year session. Up in the air is the amount of a bonding package for state projects, and Republican-sought business tax breaks as well as teacher tenure rules. A Vikings stadium bill appears to have faltered.

Despite the weeks that have gone into the session already, the real work will soon begin when Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders sit down to hammer out some kind of deal. Minnesotans can relax in one respect:?There won't be any state government shutdown this year.

Students tackle bullying

We are impressed with the Leadership Initiative taking place at Fairmont Area Schools. It involves eighth-grade students respected by their peers who get involved in addressing bullying, including how to avoid it and handle it when it occurs.

Adult organizers of the group say anti-bullying messages routinely go out to students from adults, but driving the message home through peers can be a much more effective way to get children to understand the consequences of their actions.

The teachers and adult mentors involved in the program deserve praise for making the extra effort. The students who have stepped forward to take on bullying are being brave and wise.



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