Grand Forks Herald
By voting to allow liquor sales on Sunday, the Minnesota Legislature is reminding Americans of why our country remains a superpower and a destination for immigrants from around the world. Wait a minute. Sunday liquor sales means all that? Really?
So important is the office of the president that Europeans often say they wish they could vote in U.S. elections. That won’t be happening anytime soon, of course. But it...
In recent columns, Sen. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar expressed a preference for bipartisanship as Congress’ best means for passing laws. May we now call their attention to a bipartisan...
Imagine telling cowboys of yesterday that red meat is potentially deadly and that the methane gas released from their herd will lead to earthly ruination. As unbelievable as that may have been a century ago, that’s where we’re at today. We hear groups loudly proclaiming that eating red meat will shorten our lives. In the long run, maybe so, but since we know these medical outlooks tend to change over time, we are opting to withhold an opinion on it one way or another. ... And now we know that a so-called tax may someday be applied to red meat. ...
President Barack Obama showed last week that he’ll reverse course on an issue when key people from his own party tell him that the time has come. Now, Minnesota’s senators should join the chorus of Democrats who are sending exactly that message on the Keystone XL pipeline. As Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar must know, the president has run out of excuses for delaying the pipeline, which U.S. government has been studying for longer than it fought World War II. But the senators’ “no” votes on a crucial Keystone roll-call last week put them on the side of those delaying tactics.
Talk about your great news: “Survey shows little progress on bullying,” the headline in Sunday’s Herald read. Yep, go ahead and spread the word, because this trend is really worth celebrating. OK, not the trend of “little progress on bullying”; that one’s not worth celebrating at all.
Minnesota may not legalize medical marijuana this year, but it probably will do so before many years are out. So will North Dakota. So will South Dakota. The effort already has persuaded 20 states; sooner or later, the other 30 as well as the federal government probably will follow suit. But that change will come with a trade-off, as Dave Kolb of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association makes clear: When medical marijuana use goes up, recreational use of the drug does, too, including among young people. What to do?
Since 2002, some 16 states have changed their laws to allow Sunday liquor sales, reports the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. That brings the total number of Sunday-liquor-sale states to 38. Those states include North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin. Now, it’s time for the state that’s in the middle of those four — Minnesota — to join the list The “blue laws” that keep Minnesota liquor stores closed on Sunday are relics of an earlier age.
With Minnesota House members back in session and debating raising the minimum wage, the lawmakers’ interns are doing some of the work. ... But as the interns go about this researching, drafting and writing, some of it in support of raising the minimum wage, they’ll be doing so while getting wages that are considerably less than the minimum. Their wages are zero. Interns don’t get a cent.