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The midterm elections are finally over. Now, back to the cold realities of everyday life in the White House of Weird, beginning and ending with: Who ordered the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi, and what consequences will there be?
Back in the '80s, he was the wailing, snarling "We're-Not-Gonna-Take-It!" embodiment of youthful rebellion. He was the eye-shadowed, red-cheeked, painted face of hair metal. And he was the unlikely, holy-crap-he-has-a-brain-too voice testifying before the U.S. Senate in resistance to censorship. Since then, he has been a reality-TV star, a sensation on Broadway, a horror movie director, a syndicated radio-show host and more.
Pope Francis's letter to the Catholic faithful last week was remarkable in that the Holy Father apologized not only for the sexual abuses carried out by Roman Catholic priests but also for the coverup of that abuse carried out by Roman Catholic bishops. "The heart-wrenching pain of these victims, which cries out to heaven, was long ignored, kept quiet or silenced," Francis wrote.
The white, wide-brimmed fedora was found at Target by his wife. The dark sport coat was just hanging in his closet, what he wears when he has to dress up. Ordinary duds, but extraordinary the moment Edward Martin put them on last week to climb carefully atop a fieldstone memorial along Skyline Parkway, just west of Spirit Mountain. He pushed his toes to the edge of a small reflecting pond there — just like his grandfather, dressed similarly, had done 91 years ago for a photo etched into Duluth history and about to become part of a roadside historical marker.
He was the Giannis Antetokounmpo of my high school days back in the mid-1980s, and there was that time the Milwaukee Bucks’ Sidney Moncrief strolled onto the multi-shaded hardwood of the old downtown MECCA arena to shoot free throws.
I am looking forward to supporting my colleague Barb Russ on Tuesday. I have found that At Large City Councilor Russ does her homework, is thoughtful, has the ability to see both sides of an issue to make the right decision, and engages a broad range of stakeholders.
An editorial cartoon on the Oct. 4 News Tribune Opinion page featured Uncle Sam on one knee, asking, "Why does this keep happening?" Mass shootings keep happening because our society allows gun manufacturers to keep developing and selling more and more automatic weapons that can kill and wound more than 600 people in about eight minutes. A common response from our leaders is, "We have to study mental illness." No, you don't. You have to give up your addiction to money from the National Rifle Association.
The term, "put up or shut up," might lack elegance, but it's probably the best way to describe what we as voters need to do regarding our Duluth streets on Nov. 7.
There are plenty of one-timers, stick saves, slap shots, and penalty kills. But the Essentia Health Duluth Heritage Sports Center isn't all about hockey. "It never was," Dick Loraas, a board member for the center and for its foundation, said in an interview with the News Tribune Editorial Board. "It's about community, the kids, families, and developing the next generation of kids — and doing something for this community."
Quiet Riot was as big as it gets in the '80s. The first metal band to go to No. 1 on the pop charts, they kicked down the door for hair bands like Twisted Sister, Dokken and the Scorpions to get on MTV, and for thrash acts like Metallica, Megadeth and Exodus to find any fans at all. "Bang Your Head!"