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If we don’t change, firearms tragedy will return

January 5, 2013 in Duluth News Tribune

We’ve witnessed another national tragedy. Again, the hope and future lives of the innocent are taken away. They are gone from us forever, except for their names. Appropriately, we hear calls for change. Inappropriately, we hear the same old hard-rock ideological opposition to any change. Could limiting gun technology give responders the few seconds that might save lives? We need to explore that option. Could better means of identifying the profiles of those likely to commit horrible crimes allow for even a few preventions in the first place? We need to re-examine the options we might have to protect the innocent from the dangerous. Is there any basis for associating our fascination with violence in many forms with the potential for influencing minds that cannot put appropriate perspective on gratuitous acts of violence in games, movies and elsewhere? We need to better understand whether there is a connection.
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Local view: Conservative bullies seek more money, power at our expense

January 2, 2013 in Duluth News Tribune

Bullies enjoy power and often feel entitled to more than their share. This generates conflict, something that could be seen clearly during the struggle over the fiscal cliff in Washington, D.C.
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Local view: Entitlement reform can boost economy

January 1, 2013 in Duluth News Tribune

My American Heritage Dictionary defines “entitlement” as “a government program that guarantees and provides benefits to a particular group.” There are federal, state, county and even some municipal entitlement programs. They serve the valid and worthy goal of providing for needy folks.
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Local view: Granting homeland to Palestinians would be win-win strategy

December 29, 2012 in Duluth News Tribune

Despite vehement opposition from the U.S. and Israel, on Nov. 29, the United Nations approved the Palestine Authority’s status as “nonmember observer state.” In protest, Israel announced a brand new Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem, the putative capitol of a future Palestine state.
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Local view: Methadone treatment often the target of irrational criticism

December 27, 2012 in Duluth News Tribune

The News Tribune’s Dec. 6 report on legislative hearings regarding methadone was disappointing, as was this year’s methadone-treatment series. State Rep. Tom Huntley, DFL-Duluth, as admirable an advocate of health care as he is, ought to reconsider his comment that a Pulitzer Prize is warranted to the newspaper for its coverage.
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Local view: Fiscal cliff would hurt health-care systems

December 26, 2012 in Duluth News Tribune

Here in Minnesota and Wisconsin we have an excellent network of dedicated professionals who provide quality health care: Essentia Health Network. As a new member of its board of directors, I can attest to the hard work and dedication of its employees. Continue Reading

Local view: Family Christmas tradition trumps commercial glitz

December 24, 2012 in Duluth News Tribune

I must have been 7 or 8 when my parents had scant room in their budget for Christmas decorations. They had eight kids squeezed into a three-bedroom brick bungalow and a yellowing plastic snowman with a light socket inside his belly.
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Local view: Attack on proposed convention was uninformed

December 22, 2012 in Duluth News Tribune

The Dec. 18 Local View column, “Video gaming convention not a good idea for Duluth,” voiced some serious concerns that I felt I, as the primary organizer of Berserkon, ought to address.
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Local view: Light of God shines in times of darkness

December 22, 2012 in Duluth News Tribune

In the closing days of Advent, the period of preparation before Christmas, Americans experienced again the darkness of the world as horrifying news spread of another mass killing: This time a broken young man gunned down innocent small children and others in a Connecticut elementary school
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Local view: Christmas is about celebrating Christ’s birth

December 21, 2012 in Duluth News Tribune

With fresh snow, glowing lights, and Christmas music in the air, it’s that special time of year again we spend with family and friends and are nice and thoughtful to others and remember the real reason for the celebration: the birth of Jesus.
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