News Tribune Opinion page
Are you old enough to remember when the Republican Party had principles and a backbone? It seems so long ago. If you do recall that bygone time, you might expect that said principles and backbone will assert themselves, sooner or later, against President Trump. Stop waiting, because it's not going to happen. The pompous GOP credo was apparently a sham all along.
In the week since the News Tribune first broke the story that the Duluth school district was removing from its high school English classrooms and from its required-reading list the lessons-telling classics "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," contributors to the News Tribune Opinion page have been suggesting replacements. With district officials, teachers, and others expected to be meeting in the coming weeks to pick new titles, may they consider these ideas from our community: "The Classic Slave Narratives" by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
The Duluth City Council voted this week to restrict the sales of menthol cigarettes and flavored-tobacco products to Duluth's six adults-only tobacco stores. Proponents and opponents of the heated and controversial decision remain divided. (hed suggested for this quote) Small businesses being overburdened
Attending precinct caucuses Tuesday is being touted as such a no-brainer that if you listen to the party heads in our state you might even get the impression you have no choice but to get out and get involved. "There's so much at stake," Minnesota GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan said in a joint, bipartisan phone interview this week with Minnesota media, including with the News Tribune Opinion page. "Minnesota is going to be the epicenter of politics in 2018," Minnesota DFL Chairman Ken Martin chimed in.
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.