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Landmark survey finds U.S. transgender people harassed in public restrooms
Man facing 16 felonies for alleged kidnapping, assault of Willmar woman
Santa comes early to Jefferson
Solar garden planned north of Brainerd
Google meets renewable energy goal for global operations
Willmar artist to paint community mural
'Mostly Minnesota Christmas' now playing
Lauded singer, poet Leonard Cohen dead at 82
'The Wall' on stage Friday at The Barn
Singer with regional ties talks about time on 'The Voice'
Harlow D. Skindelien
Marlene M. Baumann
Vernon "Bud" Blindt
Dionne commentary: The disempowered majority in U.S.
Will commentary: Trump's Carrier ploy is not conservatism
Cartoon by Bruce Plante
Parker commentary: Donald Trump's demagogic illogic
Thomas commentary: Remembering Pearl Harbor at 75
Bruce & Deb Johnson
Russel & Dorraine Miller
March 29, 2011
Commentary by Ellen Goodman
BOSTON -- We became friends long after we had known each other as candidate and journalist. Long after the grit that Geraldine Ferraro showed facing down press and politicians had been transformed into the grit she showed facing multiple myeloma. I met Gerry in 1984 when we were...
March 29, 2011 - 12:00am
October 8, 2009
Commentary: The gay divorce fandango
BOSTON -- I suppose there is something charming about watching conservative politicians in Texas trying so ardently to preserve a same-sex marriage. How else can you explain their passionate opposition to a court ruling last week that would allow a couple legally wed in Massachusetts...
October 8, 2009 - 12:00am
September 10, 2009
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres to replace Paula Abdul on 'American Idol'
Ellen DeGeneres has been named the fourth judge on "American Idol," definitively closing the door on talk that Paula Abdul, who left the show...
September 10, 2009 - 9:34am
September 3, 2009
Commentary: Seniors' health care bill of rights is a Republican scam
BOSTON -- When exactly did the Republicans start operating one of those marketing scams that target the elderly? It was bad enough when Sarah Palin told a bald Facebook lie that there were "death panels" in the plans to reform health care. It was worse to see Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley...
September 3, 2009 - 12:00am
August 27, 2009
Commentary: Kennedy insisted on being a liberal
BOSTON -- So the family will be gathering again. No, not the family, the clan. That's the word we always used to describe the Kennedys, as if they were the huge sprawling royal tribe of our political life. And they were. Kennedy funerals have marked our history: JFK. RFK. Jackie....
August 27, 2009 - 12:00am
July 30, 2009
Commentary: Taking on 'big food' challenge
BOSTON -- What caught my eye was not just the ashtray sitting forlornly on the yard-sale table. It was the sign that marked it "vintage," as if we needed to label this relic of midcentury America. Ashtrays that once graced every airline armrest, coffee table and office have gone...
July 30, 2009 - 12:00am
July 3, 2009
Commentary: Age also brings need for being responsible
BOSTON--This is probably not the best week to air any reservations about the American passion for independence. After all, we don't have fireworks for Dependence Day. We don't hold parades to celebrate Interdependence Day. We don't get a holiday for Connections. Our allegiance to...
July 3, 2009 - 12:00am
June 26, 2009
Commentary: Journalism in the era of twitter
BOSTON -- From time to time, a message pops into my e-mail announcing that someone is "Following You On Twitter." In fact, I don't go anywhere on Twitter, having signed up just to get squatter's rights to my own name. I have enough trouble limiting my thoughts to 750 words let alone...
June 26, 2009 - 12:00am
June 11, 2009
Commentary: The identity crisis on the justice route
BOSTON -- Let us hope that Sonia Sotomayor's tumble on the way to Washington doesn't become a metaphor for her journey to the Supreme Court. For the moment, the broken ankle that had her navigating the Senate halls on crutches brought out the inner gentlemen in her opponents. Republican...
June 11, 2009 - 12:00am
June 5, 2009
Commentary: Myth of the shooter on his own
BOSTON -- It is believed that the shooter acted alone. Surely, that's true. No one else was standing beside suspect Scott Roeder when it is believed he murdered Dr. George Tiller in the sanctuary of his church. But Michael Griffin also acted alone when he killed David Gunn in 1993....
June 5, 2009 - 12:00am
May 14, 2009
Commentary: What would Goldwater say?
BOSTON -- As if the Republicans weren't having enough trouble with defectors, they've gone on a purge. There was Dick Cheney on "Face the Nation." Asked to pick between a GOP like Rush Limbaugh or Colin Powell, the former Veep not only chose Rush but snarkily crossed the general off...
May 14, 2009 - 12:00am
April 24, 2009
Commentary: Common sense will help solve the sexting problem
BOSTON -- I am sure that Vermonters don't like the idea of teens sending sexy pictures from one phone to another. Nor do Ohio and Utah parents want their kids using cell phone minutes to bare their bodies with their buddies. Nevertheless, their state legislatures are among the first...
April 24, 2009 - 12:00am
April 11, 2009
Commentary: Let's end our energy policy's whipsaw
Seems a lifetime ago that the price of crude approached $150 a barrel, but it was only last summer. Remember how people went nuts? Santa Barbara County voted for oil drilling off California's spectacular coast. Santa Barbara of all places, epicenter of the 1969 oil spill that ravaged...
April 11, 2009 - 12:00am
April 10, 2009
Commentary: Taliban, it's the sequel
BOSTON -- Maybe it was the sex that caught our attention. Sex has a way of doing that. The lead of the story, after all, was that any Shiite woman in Afghanistan would be required by law "to fulfill the sexual desires of her husband." Or maybe it wasn't the sex.
April 10, 2009 - 12:00am
Commentary: The man who won't change
BOSTON -- I was going to give this a good leaving alone. But there I was flying home from a mellow family visit when El Rushbo filled -- and I do mean filled -- the screen before me, delivering what he called "my first ever address to the nation." Who knew there'd been a coup while...
March 10, 2009 - 12:00am