News Tribune Editorial Board
You ready? You sure? Because a lot can happen between now and Election Day on Nov. 6. A lot of information and plenty of perspectives are to be published and put out there, each bit demanding the careful consideration of responsible voters. There are important decisions to be made in this and every election. Deciding who our elected leaders are isn't something to be done hastily.
Last year was bad. Remember? The flu seemed to be everywhere. A Centers for Disease Control doctor even called it one of the deadliest flu seasons ever, according to a report published this week in the News Tribune. So don't delay. Don't procrastinate. Don't put it off. Not this year. Get your flu shot. Heed the warnings from the experts and get your flu shot early — before you get sick and regret not having taken care of it.
There are so many housing needs in Duluth and across Minnesota: Beds for the homeless, townhouses for retirees, nicer places in walkable neighborhoods for young professionals who can then come to Duluth to fill open jobs, and better homeownership rates among Minnesotans of color statewide are among the many needs. So a lot of us may be left feeling the same way as Mayor Emily Larson when it comes to housing.
Those first few years we came out in droves. Remember? By the hundreds. Pushing strollers. Waving flags. We came together on the anniversaries of the horrific terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. We came together to recall, to honor, to memorialize. To never forget. But aren't we doing just that 17 years later, forgetting? Doesn't it get a little easier with each anniversary date that sneaks by to not think about it so much, to care a little less? Last year the city of Duluth didn't even have a 9/11 commemoration.
Due to candidates' scheduling challenges and conflicts, a pair of public candidate forums in Duluth has had to be scrubbed from the calendar.
If you're among those who can't believe what the city just did to Canal Park — on-street parking eliminated along Lake Avenue, the nearly always-full parking lot at the Duluth entry emptied and converted into a recreational area, and Buchanan Street in front of Little Angie's shut down in favor of picnic tables and metal chairs, among other changes — know this: It's all temporary. Just for this month.
The first Labor Day "parade" 136 years ago this week had nothing to do with candy, flesh-pressing politicians, a day off with family and neighbors, or even a last hurrah before summer's end and school's start.
Back in 2008 when he was the Republican nominee for president, U.S. Sen. John McCain took quite a beating on the News Tribune's Opinion pages. "The thought of McCain being president is really scary. I think he is mentally unstable," one letter to the editor read. Other letters and opinion pieces called McCain "impulsive" and "no maverick." They said he "pandered" to "the right wing" and was hellbent on upping the use of torture to obtain information from enemies. They called his running-mate pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin "pathetic" — and worse.
More than 90,000 registered Minnesota voters participated in Tuesday's primary election, a little better than 28 percent.
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