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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."
From the column: "Even with the best of designs and best efforts, spills and leaks happen. Mining occurs in the natural environment, not in a controlled factory."

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"Last year at this time, when we already were watching the U.S. Drought Monitor turn redder and redder every week, we would have danced with joy to see even one of the storms we've had this year. But right now, at this minute, can it please stop?"
From the column: "We welcome the county’s efforts to maximize the potential of this valued edifice. But we also ask that officials respect the efforts of the selfless forebears whose vision created this space."
From the column: "At virtually every level of government, elected officials largely don't reflect America when it comes to age."
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.

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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."
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."

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