opinion

By Kaia Johnson Kemper  Guest Columnist   Many of us are familiar with the saying, “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” But sometimes the challenge is finding that other person in order to get rid of unwanted stuff. Reuse, the second “R” of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, can mean many things. It can be purchasing [...]

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by Susan Van Cleaf SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS   Technology is wonderful. It enables us to open garage doors with the flick of a finger and silently drop Navy Seals into a Pakistani compound to kill Osama Bin Laden. But do Americans depend too much on technology? I am starting to think so. Amongst the latest [...]

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by Susan Van Cleaf SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS   When teachers continually compliment a student at school, his or her chances of fitting in with classmates is almost zero. I discovered this comment as I was re-reading “Ender’s Game,” the classic science fiction novel by Orson Scott Card. In the 1991 paperback version, Card wrote an [...]

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Exuding a candidate’s optimism, President Barack Obama predicted last year that partisan fever in the Republican Party would break if he were re-elected. Now, only weeks removed from a government shutdown followed by perilous congressional flirtation with debt default, it’s reasonable to wonder whether fevered brinksmanship is the only way to write a budget in [...]

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The ultimate goal for many generations has been a college education for every child. With hard work, a scholarship here and a grant there, college was in reach for almost anyone willing to put in the hours. Student loan debt was an issue for some, but loans were small and easily paid back once the [...]

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by Natalie Conrad Sun CURRENT Newspapers   There is nothing quite like taking in the fall colors while running on trails through the woods. I had plenty of time to enjoy that feeling when I ran the WhistleStop Marathon recently in Ashland, Wis. During my 18 weeks of training, and especially in the last few [...]

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by joe nathan  guest columnist   Pounding basketballs and children sitting on sofas come to mind as I think about the $40 million that Minnesota has just made available to families for early childhood program scholarships. While the money may be used well, I think it’s too early to describe this as a “major step [...]

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by Judy Nelson Guest Columnist   In October of 1981, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence instituted a “Day of Unity.” It was intended to connect advocates across the nations who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became an entire week devoted to a range of [...]

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