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The new year brings new viewpoints to the News Tribune editorial board. Two new citizen representatives join today.
In the autumn of 1897, Virginia O'Hanlon, age 8, sat down and wrote what would become the most famous letter to the editor in American history. The New York Sun not only published the letter on Sept. 21, 1897, but responded with an unsigned editorial that answered the age-old question: Is there a Santa Claus?
Like any good parent, Rosie Loeffler-Kemp wanted her children to do well in school and have all the opportunities possible. So when she had a kindergartener and learned that art and music weren't being offered in all of Duluth's schools, she went grassroots and pushed hard and helped pass a referendum to guarantee the offerings districtwide.
"Speak Your Peace: The Civility Project" is a resource for building civic engagement, according to the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation. Celebrating its 15th anniversary through 2018, Speak Your Peace provides civil and respectful tools for people as they present their views and discuss issues.
The News Tribune and Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce are co-sponsoring candidate forums Friday featuring Duluth City Council and Duluth School Board races. Election Day is Nov. 7. The forums are free and open to the public at the Underground Theatre in the Depot, 506 W. Michigan St. 9 a.m. — City Council At Large 9:45 a.m. — City Council Districts 2 and 4 10:40 a.m. — School Board At Large 11:25 a.m. — School Board Districts 1 and 4
The city's coming scrutiny of how tourism-tax revenues are spent — "to be good stewards of every dollar we get," as Mayor Emily Larson said in the News Tribune last week — doesn't only ensure greater accountability for $11.7 million a year nicked from us taxpayers.
Too disruptive, destabilizing to remove old pipeline "This notion of, 'Why don't you take up the old pipe?' is something that has been assessed in the industry and by regulators for a very long period of time. And maybe the way to answer it is to describe what we actually do and why.
Tuesday is primary election day in Duluth. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find your polling place, go to pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us. Three School Board and City Council races have primaries. In the race for City Council in the 4th District, which includes Piedmont Heights, Duluth Heights and Lincoln Park, incumbent Howie Hanson is being challenged by Tom Furman and Renee Van Nett. The top two vote-getters will advance to Election Day on Nov. 7.
WEEK OF REMEMBRANCE THIS WEEK The history On June 15, 1920 — 97 years ago this week — three black circus workers from a traveling show were falsely accused of raping a white woman, were taken from their jail cells by a mob, and were lynched in downtown Duluth. Afterward, some in the mob posed for pictures with the men's bodies. The tragedy was hushed for generations.
Duluthians know as much as anyone in Minnesota about the barriers to buying fresh fruits and veggies, meats that aren't processed and other healthier foods. Thousands of us don't live anywhere near a store that sells groceries, other than gas station convenience stores. Some of us can't afford a car or aren't able to drive — or drive anymore. And not everyone can easily take the bus and then haul piles of groceries home because of small children in tow, physical limitations or other challenges.