Pine Knot News - A hometown newspaper with a local office, local owners & lots of local news

Support Local News. Subscribe Today!

Opinion

Sorted by date  Results 1 - 25 of 382



 By Pine Knot News    Opinion    July 10, 2020 

Our View: Do public a favor and wear a mask

The film“Jaws” is a cinematic marvel based on the bestselling book by Peter Benchley. It became a blockbuster summer movie, a classic thriller and it settled Steven Spielberg as one of the industry’s great movie directors. The hit came out in...

 
 By Pete Radosevich    Opinion    July 10, 2020 

Harry's Gang: While school is out, jury is out on plans for fall

School districts typically take summer time to clean and repair school facilities, plan for the following school year, and maybe take some time off for vacation. This year, however, many in the...

 
 By Ann Markusen    Opinion    July 10, 2020 

On The Mark: School made things work

Cromwell-Wright Superintendent/Principal Nathan Libbon reflected recently on his team’s response to the order to close schools and educate from afar this past spring. To me, it sounded incredibly cr...

 
 By Ann Markusen    Opinion    July 10, 2020 

Senior offers perspective on school year cut short

“It was the second week of April,” recalled Amber Collman, a senior at Cromwell-Wright High School. They had only a couple of days to decamp and prepare for remote schooling, time that their...

 
 By Pine Knot News    Opinion    July 3, 2020

'Let facts be submitted to a candid world'

From John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman and Robert Livingston In Congress, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Cou... Full story

 

Harry's Gang: There's much to be patriotic about

I’m feeling patriotic. There’s an old quote, from George Bernard Shaw, that “Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it.” A little...

 
 By Ann Markusen    Opinion    July 3, 2020

On The Mark: Violence against Black Americans has deep roots through history

Why are African Americans so often the victims of police killings? A history of enslavement, violence-enforced exploitation and often killing labor, followed by decades of industrial exploitation and...

 

Our View: Light a fuse on common sense

We love fireworks. They’re loud, illuminatingly spectacular and even inspiring to many, especially on the Fourth of July. Who among us hasn’t gone “ooh” or “aah” over a fireworks display? This time of year brings out a significant number...

 

Harry's Gang: There's always room for policing improvements

A few years ago, Cloquet commissioned a police study, which recommended significant changes to the department. A new chief was hired to implement the changes, among other things. Long story short,...

 

State lawmakers need to pass something

Last week, Minnesota legislators ended a nine-day special session with an exchange of offers and pleadings — but no resolutions. No deals were reached on legislation both parties said was necessary, including on reforming police accountability in...

 

Letters to the editor: Masks make sense

After far too many excursions to local stores where I observe the low level of mask wearing and social distancing, I’m convinced that voluntary measures aren’t working, and that we’ll be facing a significant shutdown of our society and economy...

 

Letters to the editor: Keep bad news out

I was appalled to see a regular Pine Knot News columnist write in an article about a tragedy that was done by bad policemen. In my 50 years living here, anytime I called law enforcement, the help was swift and professional. These men and women put...

 

Our View: Watch that trash; keep parks clean

We couldn’t help but notice that the garbage can at the local skatepark is often overflowing and litter is scattered around the area. At first we feared that the kids using the skatepark were not taking care of the space they (and their skateboard...

 

Harry's Gang: 'Defund police' mantra isn't as radical as it sounds

I have to admit, I really rolled my eyes when people started chanting “defund the police” following the events surrounding George Floyd’s death at the hands of law enforcement. It just sounds...

 

Letters: Congratulations, seniors

I want to offer my sincere congratulations to our community’s high school seniors graduating this year. Unquestionably, COVID-19 has reshaped every aspect of our society, and education has been among those impacted the greatest. I recognize that...

 

OUR VIEW: Passion and peace work in Cloquet

The gathering at Veterans Park last weekend might have caused a stir among community members. Organized by Taysha Martineau, the gathering was inspired by the George Floyd death in Minneapolis and the protests that have rocked cities across the count...

 

Harry's Gang: I get it: Pandemic poses problem on pool prospects

It’s probably too late now, but I wish the City of Cloquet had decided to open “The Beach” at Pinehurst Park this summer. The city council agreed with the leanings of the parks commission and... Full story

 
 By Ann Markusen    Opinion    June 12, 2020

On The Mark: Still peeling popple after all these years

Walking south and west from home, over moraines left by the last glacier, I follow the chainsaw sound, pausing to watch a chestnut-sided warbler. Veering off trail, I find my brother Steve peeling...

 
 By Pine Knot News    Opinion    June 5, 2020

Our View: Finding our way amid the despair

It seemed like the world was on fire last week, literally and figuratively. Three months of pandemic abnormalities were eclipsed by the reaction to the death of a man at the hands of Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day night. People marched...

 

Harry's Gang: Legal definitions crucial in high-profile police charges

Criminal cases take up about 80 percent or so of the district court’s time in Minnesota, so it’s no surprise that people think all lawyers should know and understand criminal law. But for a civil...

 
 By Pine Knot News    Opinion    June 5, 2020

Guest View: Tribe looks within for pandemic strength

For those of us who have the privilege of serving as elected officials during this difficult time, the burden of uncertainty weighs heavily on our shoulders. As a tribal leader, I am fortunate to be a... Full story

 
 By Pine Knot News    Opinion    June 5, 2020

Letters: We have obligation to face injustices

Are there injustices? Yes. Will they end? No. This doesn’t mean we cannot improve. This means life isn’t fair, it never was and never will be. The correct response to injustice is anger, but rage and violence is extreme. Responding to hate with...

 
 By Pine Knot News    Opinion    May 29, 2020

Our View: Welcome to the world, graduates

Congratulations to the Class of 2020 on graduating from high school. Your achievement will not go unnoticed, even though you’ve missed the traditional ceremony and all that surrounds it. You’re still graduates and we’re still proud. Plus you...

 

Harry's Gang: If opposing sides dig in, no one can possibly win

Justin Krych of Esko once told me that political compromise is essential to good government. Everyone agrees we need to raise taxes: the Democrats want to raise them by 5 percent, but the Republicans...

 
 By Pine Knot News    Opinion    May 22, 2020

Our View: Pros and cons of online meetings could be better

Every crisis results in changes. Floods alter the flow of rivers. Volcanoes can move mountains. After 9/11, the invasive screening process at airports we accept as “normal” were implemented here. And while it’s still too early to tell how life...

 

Page Down

Powered by ROAR Online Publication Software from Lions Light Corporation
© Copyright 2019

Rendered 07/12/2020 03:33