From the column: The crisis "offers an alarming commentary on our national priorities around food and hunger, especially around helping parents and caregivers meet their family’s basic needs and ensuring that everyone has access to safe, affordable, and nutritious foods."
From the column: "Regulations give young families fewer places to turn to during shortages — on purpose. Existing companies push hard for these regulations because they put up a barrier to entry against potential competitors."
From the column: "The Superior National Forest is a working forest, and its forest plan explicitly includes mining as a desired condition. The proposed Twin Metals mine is outside of both the wilderness area and the Mining Protection Area set up in the 1978 BWCA Act. It’s in an industrial region with existing and former mine pits, logging roads, quarries and more."
Five years ago, Inka Mathew felt a tug on her heart from God after she learned from a friend that Houston is a big hub for human trafficking. A freelance graphic designer, Mathew said God pulled on her heart to use her talents to help fight the slave trade, and the small business 139Made was born.
From the column: "Not a single penny of (consumers') additional costs would be used to improve or maintain our roads and bridges. Instead, the extra expense would be used to subsidize electric vehicles, charging stations for electric vehicles, and substitutes for gasoline and diesel fuel."
Sports reporter Jamey Malcomb starts his summer tour of Wisconsin supper clubs at the foot of the Blatnik Bridge.
From the column: "As I recall from civics class, the citizens' elected representatives are tasked with making laws; while the executive branch is charged with enforcing laws. Biden's plan for his executive branch to create a regulatory censorship board appears to be a blatant end-around of our Constitution."
Point/Counterpoint: Protecting Minnesota kids online could make internet, social media worse for everyone
From the column: "Banning automated sorting mechanisms and imposing verification requirements would do little to solve the problems affecting children online. They may, however, have unintended consequences for other vulnerable groups and risk user privacy."
From the column: "To their credit, Minnesota legislators made a number of amendments ... to reflect a bit more awareness of some of the potential unintended harms their algorithm ban might cause."
It is unfortunate we need regulations to get people to do the right things, but we do indeed need laws to control global-warming emissions.
From the column: "Assuming the historic tax credit is extended into the next decade, the Legislature will have done its part. Then it will be up to the people of Minnesota to figure out how to make the historic tax credit work for them and their communities and how to keep more old buildings out of landfills."
From the column: "Our housing shortage is a statewide problem; therefore, we need statewide assistance to solve our housing crisis."