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THEIR OPINION: Minnesota’s ‘last in, first out’ teacher rules should go

February 28, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

“Using seniority as one of several factors — but not the only factor — in determining layoffs would serve the best interests of students and the teaching profession,” the editorial states. “Gov. Mark Dayton should approve this bill when it reaches his desk.” Continue Reading

THEIR OPINION: Minnesota lawmakers, don’t give up on key health care report card

February 10, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Lawmakers need to make sure these comparisons are credible and accurate, a Star Tribune editorial states, but “they also need to give Minnesota’s pioneering ‘health care report card’ effort a chance to work through the challenges bound to accompany any complex, groundbreaking undertaking. Continue Reading

THEIR OPINION: Partisanship clouds state Senate Republican majority’s decision

January 31, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Cognizance that a troubling precedent was being set should have led to a different result. So should the fact that Ellen Anderson, who was ousted, is a former senator whom colleagues know as a smart, conscientious attorney who is devoted to public service. The fact that none of that mattered in the Senate’s party-line vote on Monday reflects poorly on GOP judgment. Continue Reading

THEIR OPINION: Would waiver from No Child Left Behind law help students in Minnesota?

December 15, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

“No Child Left Behind made it hard for our school systems to hide their failures,” the editorial states. “But its one-size-fits-all approach to accountability – in which even some schools perceived as excellent were labeled as failing – merits discussion.” Continue Reading

THEIR OPINION: Health care reform clarity already overdue from Supreme Court

November 17, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

“The U.S. Supreme Court could have — and should have — acted before now to take up one of the most important legal questions in the nation’s history: whether a key provision in the 2010 Affordable Care Act is constitutional,” the editorial states. Continue Reading

THEIR OPINION: GPS case before high court gets down to safeguarding privacy rights

November 12, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Anyone leery about their privacy rights being violated by misuse of modern technology should pay attention to a case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court this week. Continue Reading

THEIR OPINION: Germans health-care system offers lessons for Minnesota, nation

November 9, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Evidently Germans more readily accept what U.S. economists contend: When health care costs go up for one, they go up for everyone. Continue Reading

COMMENTARY: Want a referendum, Minnesota? Have one for state-owned racino

November 4, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

“It is a cinch to pass,” writes Twin Cities sports columnist-broadcaster Sid Hartman, who submits a racino would raise money for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium with “money left over to improve funds for schools, roads, etc.” Continue Reading

THEIR OPINION: U.S. must not let Iran get away with it

October 13, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

For years, Iran has quietly waged war against the United States, allying with and arming this nation’s enemies. Now, that war has come to U.S. soil. Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that federal authorities have foiled a plot by men linked to the Iranian government to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States by exploding a bomb, possibly at a Washington restaurant. Continue Reading

THEIR OPINION: Time for viable downtown Minneapolis plan for Vikings stadium

October 13, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

“This page strongly favors a solution that lives up to (Gov. Mark) Dayton’s ‘people’s stadium’ label, and that means developing a downtown Minneapolis project that would provide the greatest economic benefit for the region and state — not bypass Minnesota’s largest and most important commercial hub in favor of developing a sprawling suburban entertainment complex. Continue Reading