Perhaps the unknown person in Duluth City Hall who created a “First Amendment Zone” in a parking lot outside Bentleyville was inspired by Speakers’ Corner in London’s Hyde Park.RELATED CONTENT
I really wouldn’t want to be a top college administrator these days. Higher education is changing quickly, and there’s no clear evidence where it’s heading.RELATED CONTENT
There’s no doubt the effort to define marriage as between a man and woman was the biggest issue on Minnesota ballots. Yes, defeat of the amendment still leaves a state law narrowly defining marriage, but that law should be overturned in the 2013 legislative session.RELATED CONTENT
Here’s some post-election commentary written before the election was held. Because of the deadline for my column, this was written before votes were counted.RELATED CONTENT
America needs all the marriages it can get. That’s one of several reasons Minnesotans should reject the effort to define marriage as strictly between a man and a woman and to put that definition in the state constitution.
The Minnesota Supreme Court screwed up in granting a Duluth write-in candidate for a state House seat the right to replace a disgraced, party-endorsed candidate on the ballot.RELATED CONTENT
VIRGIL SWING: I stopped smoking more than 60 years ago after a six-month experiment. I’ve supported every government action since then to limit where this filthy habit can be practiced. But Duluth city councilors crossed an unfortunate line in voting to forbid smoking along the Lakewalk.RELATED CONTENT
I’ve always wondered why Arnold Schwarzenegger became a Yellowjacket. That’s right, five years before the Austrian strongman became the Terminator, he was a University of Wisconsin-Superior grad.RELATED CONTENT
Fewer than one in 10 registered Minnesotans bothered to vote in the Aug. 14 primary, despite spirited contests in two congressional districts.RELATED CONTENT
VIRGIL SWING: It’s good to see signs of financial realism continue at the University of Minnesota, the latest being the university regents’ vote to limit the huge rewards that have gone to some folks leaving administrative posts.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.