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An editorial cartoon on the Oct. 4 News Tribune Opinion page featured Uncle Sam on one knee, asking, "Why does this keep happening?" Mass shootings keep happening because our society allows gun manufacturers to keep developing and selling more and more automatic weapons that can kill and wound more than 600 people in about eight minutes. A common response from our leaders is, "We have to study mental illness." No, you don't. You have to give up your addiction to money from the National Rifle Association.
The term, "put up or shut up," might lack elegance, but it's probably the best way to describe what we as voters need to do regarding our Duluth streets on Nov. 7.
There are plenty of one-timers, stick saves, slap shots, and penalty kills. But the Essentia Health Duluth Heritage Sports Center isn't all about hockey. "It never was," Dick Loraas, a board member for the center and for its foundation, said in an interview with the News Tribune Editorial Board. "It's about community, the kids, families, and developing the next generation of kids — and doing something for this community."
Quiet Riot was as big as it gets in the '80s. The first metal band to go to No. 1 on the pop charts, they kicked down the door for hair bands like Twisted Sister, Dokken and the Scorpions to get on MTV, and for thrash acts like Metallica, Megadeth and Exodus to find any fans at all. "Bang Your Head!"
The June 30 story about gaps in broadband really hit home for me, even though home is in the progressive, increasingly upscale city of Hermantown ("Minnesota homes remain without high-speed internet"). We can't get cable internet unless we pay an exorbitant cost to run it to our house. That's because we're 700 feet from the road. DSL ends just down the road from us and won't come any farther, so that's out.
Duluth's state Rep. Jennifer Schultz summed up the 2017 legislative session with one word: "Disappointing," she said at a City Hall press conference Wednesday. The assessment seemed just a little harsh. So did the "Republicans-are-evil" narrative pushed throughout the 28-minute gathering with Duluth media led by Schultz, Rep. Mary Murphy and Gov. Mark Dayton, all DFLers.
I recently had the opportunity to speak with law-enforcement officials, specifically those who supervise and patrol the Lincoln Park neighborhood. I learned that on any given night, there are only two patrol squads for my neighborhood. With the seemingly ever-increasing issues of gun violence, stabbings, narcotics arrests, and prostitution, I find this to be utterly ineffective in being able to respond in an effective and efficient manner. It's certainly not enough resources to investigate the criminal activity that many of us feel is becoming out of control.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, is preparing to celebrate the centennial of the birth of the NFL and is searching for artifacts and mementos and pieces of football history.
HELP WANTED The News Tribune editorial board is seeking two citizen representatives from the community to serve through the end of the year. We're hoping for a conservative and liberal, and we strive always for a diverse board reflecting a diversity of viewpoints. Interested? Drop Editorial Page Editor Chuck Frederick an email at cfrederick@duluthnews . com. Share a bit about yourself, including your background, your political leanings, your passions, and why you're interested.
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