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The case for expungement

Statistics show that most crimes are committed by young people; and when it comes to violent crimes, rarely by older persons. Criminologists have a variety of explanations for this phenomenon but they generally agree: The vast majority of violent...

 
 By Pete Radosevich    Opinion    March 22, 2019 

Electoral College has its faults but it's not ready to be replaced

Colorado just passed a state law where its electoral votes will go to the winner of the national popular vote. As you probably know, the Electoral College is used only to elect the president. In the...

 

Let's end this consolidation issue

To the editor: We are spending a lot of time on this consolidation issue between Carlton and Wrenshall school districts. Why do the school boards get decide if we merge? I have been told the two school boards will talk and then it will come to the...

 
 By Parnell Thill    Opinion    March 22, 2019 

Aubrey

Once your daughter makes it in the world, you’ve made it. You’re done. Your sons are someone else’s problem. When your daughter makes it, turns out happy and satisfied and loved and actualized,...

 

Keep the light shining on government

A couple of decades ago, the Jefferson Memorial was decaying, rapidly. Maintenance workers discovered the problem: washing away the excessive bird droppings so often was affecting the monument. It turned out that the birds were attracted by the bugs...

 

No more 'Code Red'

I recently had the chance to chat with Nicole Lackus, a Cloquet middle school teacher, about procedure in the event of a lockdown at Cloquet schools. Over the past six months or so, school resource...

 
 By Ann Markusen    Opinion    March 15, 2019

The case for restoring polling places for Carlton County voters

Early this year, we had problematic elections in State Senate District 11. In Carlton County alone, 400 voters’ ballots mailed to the courthouse were not received by the primary election deadline....

 

Let's move on, Cloquet

The Teapot Dome scandal, Watergate, The Iran Contra affair and Monica Lewinsky are just a few (and I truly mean a few) stains that haunt the history and legacy of this great country and its leaders....

 

Consolidation talks broke down before they even began

With the Carlton school district’s declining enrollments, falling test scores and budget deficit, the clock is winding down on the opportunity to save the Carlton schools. There is nothing like opportunity lost to cast a light on the Carlton...

 

Move out of the way

There’s been a lot of snow this year. That’s not news. There sure has been a lot of bellyaching about all the snow. That’s not news, either. With all that work, it’s expected to hear complaints. We shovel the driveway; the snow plow fills it...

 

Legal ethics is not an oxymoron

Legal ethics is not an oxymoron. Generally, I enjoy a good lawyer joke. Unfortunately, there are not very many good lawyer jokes. But there are a lot of good lawyers. Michael Cohen — President Trump...

 
 By Ann Markusen    Opinion    March 8, 2019

Central American refugees are fleeing terror, qualify for sanctuary

Claims that Central American refugees are coming northward seeking jobs, not sanctuary, are misleading. Those refugees face political, economic, religious, and criminal terror that drives them,...

 

Should Minnesota legalize recreational marijuana?

Minnesota has a history of progressive politics. Think Hubert Humphrey and his groundbreaking civil rights work, and Paul Wellstone with his pro-labor work as well as his major impact on mental...

 

Wrenshall Board remains open to cooperation

The Wrenshall Board’s first choice for communications with other school districts is not the press, and we fear that a public airing of grievances is not a recipe for positive cooperation. However, it seems that a response to Carlton...

 

City investigations ridiculous

Now, the City of Cloquet is investigating a sitting city councilor. It’s investigating the city administrator and the human resources director. It’s investigating a police officer, and maybe more. All this is related to complaints filed by a...

 
 By Ann Markusen    Opinion    March 1, 2019

Paid sick leave: A family-friendly innovation

Here’s a predicament that touches most of us at one time or another: What happens when you’re too sick to go to work? Or a family member is so sick that they need your care? Among industrialized n...

 

The American dream meets reality check

My family tells stories of our immigration to the United States: they were said to be from the town where the very popular musical "Fiddler on the Roof" is set (although I have not been able to...

 

Raise your hand

Raise your hand if your mom’s dead. Raise your other if your dad is, too. Raise whatever other appendage you can if you’ve got dead parents with whom you wish you could have a few more words, a...

 

Minnesota breeds good politicians

There’s a reason why Minnesota has advanced so many presidential candidates over the years. Some, like Eugene McCarthy and Harold Stassen, ran so often they lost credibility. Others, like Tim Pawlen...

 

Raising the minimum wage is good for workers, families, and local economies

Late last year, the Pine Knot ran an Our View editorial, “There are better ideas than $15 an hour.” As an economist, I couldn’t disagree more. On the contrary, a substantial hike would assuage many now in working poverty, encourage labor force...

 

What's hiding in your yearbook?

There was an uproar last week when we discovered the governor of Virginia had an odd picture in his 1984 medical school yearbook: a caricature of a black man and a KKK member, both seemingly smiling...

 

Letter to the editor

Let’s start a roundtable To the editor: I’d like to submit an idea. I’d like to start a weekly roundtable in our area. It seems there are so many more experts out there who would be valuable to have their input. A weekly roundtable just might m...

 

Women in leading roles isn't news ... or is it?

Allete, the parent company of Minnesota Power and one of the largest companies in northern Minnesota, just named Bethany Owen as its new president, and intends to make her the chair and CEO of the company. She’s the first woman in the history of th...

 

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