Do you remember your grandparents? I do. And it has served me well now that I am a grandparent. I have fond memories of being spoiled and of being away from Mom and Dad and with Grandma and Grandpa instead. That was big. And a win-win, I later discovered. I had no idea then my parents also enjoyed the time apart, in particular my occasional sleepovers away from home.
The Duluth City Council is considering a number of forward-thinking ordinances that would regulate the sale and use of electronic cigarettes. There are a number of reasons why we should be concerned about these new products and why we should pay attention to how these ordinances would benefit our community.
Water is written into our state’s identity: We are the Land of 10,000 Lakes. What we do to protect Minnesota’s lakes and rivers today will determine what future we leave for our children and grandchildren.
Paul Austin, Paul Dancic and Scott Strand
, August 18, 2013
I live an extraordinary life as an abstract landscape painter who lives and paints in both Duluth and Midtown Manhattan. My extraordinary life was made even more so recently by Project 30/30, through which I painted live in the window at Perry Framing in Old Downtown Duluth each day in the month of July. I painted 30 paintings in 30 days, working from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on canvasses 30 inches-by-30 inches in size and with the constant interaction and input of the public.
From President Obama to Gov. Mark Dayton, elected officials have made jobs a top priority. In Minnesota, one thing is certain: There is no better opportunity for creating thousands of great-paying jobs, providing millions of dollars in tax revenue for local governments and generating more than $2 billion in royalties for our schools than the proposed copper/nickel strategic metals mineral development projects.
He was born a few days before Mother’s Day 1990, my child, a boy. His eye keen to beauty. His mind full of discovery. As he matured, it was a mother’s wish that the discoverer would find himself and his place in the world.
In Minnesota, lawmakers boast of creating a health-care exchange, a key component of the federal Affordable Care Act. In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker just as boastfully refuses, leaving the task to the feds. With such opposite approaches from such close neighbors, lawmakers explain their reasoning in the attached columns.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or PPACA, gives states three options in building health insurance exchanges: an exchange built and managed by an individual state subject to federal mandate, a partnership plan requiring the state to perform functions on behalf of the federal government, or a federal exchange developed by the federal government. While the three options differ in who initially builds and operates the exchange, all three options are identical in that they are governed and controlled by federal policy.
Minnesota long has been a national leader in health care. With the passage of the federal Affordable Care Act, we have an opportunity to continue this legacy with the creation of a Minnesota-based health exchange.
In the depth of the Great Recession, with millions still unemployed and one war down, one more to go , it’s tough to come up with a traditional “Best of 2011” column for the year’s end. But I’m going to try to take the advice of my late friend Maryhelen Ryan, who was a co-worker at the inner-city high school where I taught back when gangsters and incorrigibles roamed the halls.
I was grateful for the Oct. 25 column by Leah Nelson and Sarah Nelson about a new model for a sustainable food system (Local View: “A local food system boosts health for people, planet”). People concerned about the increasing industrialization of our food supply should make an effort right now. I’ve recently seen two of my friends threatened by this dangerous trend.
Who do I talk to about reservations for next summer (it’s too cold now) in Duluth’s newest campground? Is there enough room? Or do we bring our own tents? Is it open to any groups? Or do we have to have “Occupy” in our name?
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