Americans should talk about legalizing currently illegal drugs.RELATED CONTENT
Because the Minnesota Legislatures likely won’t take final action on money issues until next month (and Wisconsin won’t until later), the matters discussed below are all in limbo — but worth considering anyway.RELATED CONTENT
Two people at a recent Duluth School Board meeting — one a backer of a certain program, the other a school official — lamented that projects being weighed for the next school budget seemed to be competing with each other for scarce dollars.RELATED CONTENT
Thoughts on four public issues of local interest still under debate...RELATED CONTENT
I recently happened upon high school students in heated competition at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. The DECC was filled with hundreds of cheering fans, teams in uniforms, colorful mascots and an excitable PA guy.RELATED CONTENT
Duluthians have been badly served by members of our current and recent school boards. The latest example is word (ferreted out by the News Tribune, not announced by the board) that its employee pension fund is woefully short of where it should be.RELATED CONTENT
Here are some thoughts on issues that crossed my path in recent days.RELATED CONTENT
University of Minnesota officials say that if state legislators give them an extra $42.6 million over the next two years, they’ll freeze tuition. That has the same appeal as U.S. House Republicans’ offer to increase the feds’ debt limit if President Obama agrees to major budget cuts.RELATED CONTENT
The situation regarding mental illness today is about where acceptance of gays and lesbians was two decades ago. Most Americans are ignorant of the nature and scope of mental illness, which allows the unfair stigma to continue for those suffering such illness.RELATED CONTENT
Minnesota DFL leaders have wisely tamped down expectations for what the 2013 Legislature can do for all the traditional DFL constituencies. The governor and two state senators who serve the Duluth area urge that such hopes be realistic.RELATED CONTENT
I’ve written a few times about all the ways our actions and movements are monitored by others, including both public and private groups, making privacy a sometimes scarce quality. In Duluth the most common forms are all the cameras taking our pictures as we drive along I-35, walk near the Lakewalk, or visit businesses and government agencies. There are probably more I don’t know about.RELATED CONTENT
The outgoing president of the University of Minnesota describes the budget for the next school year as “dismal,” and the regent representing Northeastern Minnesota calls it “the least objectionable of a number of poor choices.”RELATED CONTENT
These needed changes will be painful as workers lose benefits they’ve come to think of as entitlements and public officials endure strikes. But these changes must be made to protect key services and limit layoffs of public employees.RELATED CONTENT
College housing issues are also in front of us as Duluth planners write a new zoning law for the city. That effort is to end next summer with new rules to replace ones more than 50 years old.
Virgil Swing figures most Americans are way ahead of Congress on what is needed to make healthcare in this country work again.
The recent proposal from U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar to raise federal dollars by keeping track of our car travels and charging us for each mile we drive got me thinking.