I have noticed a recent significant change in how manufacturers hang car headlights. More than a decade ago, when the Viper (what a name!) was introduced, it had headlights raised on the outside corners. This gave the car a mean, if not evil, appearance. Now this type of styling has been adopted across the board, from Mercedes to Kia.
I thought Duluth Mayor Don Ness’ recent decision to decline a City Council-approved $19,500 annual pay raise was one of the most refreshing and humble decisions I’ve seen made by anyone in public or private service in a very long time. It is extremely heartening in this day and age to know our mayor is not serving the city for personal gain even if the City Council probably could be justifiably reproved for not addressing the mayoral pay scale for too many years.
The holidays always seem to expose the uglier side of American culture. While watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV, I found myself mystified by the TV station bothering to take commercial breaks. With all its sponsored floats and product placements, the whole procession was one long commercial anyway.
Watching our local PBS station on Nov. 23, I happened to catch an underwriting credit from Minnesota Power. It showed a beautiful, golden, grassy field under a power line. Under the power line were two young children running and playing.
In his Nov. 30 Pro/Con commentary in the News Tribune (“Yes: But even Israel must be de-nuked”), opinion writer John Quigley, a law professor, didn’t seem to care if Israel is wiped off the map by hordes of her outspokenly implacable enemies.
After spending the last eight years in Texas, recently we were finally able to return to Minnesota. On this Thanksgiving Day we experienced something to convince us our decision to move to Duluth was the right one.
Those of us who follow fact-checking sites like FactCheck.org or PolitiFact.org always have known that the president’s promise that we could keep our health care plan if we liked it wasn’t entirely true.
What a mockery of our judicial system (“Duluth police officer Jouppi found not guilty of assault,” Nov. 23). If officer Richard Jouppi wasn’t guilty of excessive force, as the jury determined, neither was Jack the Ripper guilty of murder.
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