Opinion

Nov. 22, 1963, for those alive at the time, is one of those dates seared in the memory – just as Dec. 7, 1941, was for the previous generation and Sept. 11, 2001, is for a generation that would follow. Recollections of those days are vivid – people remember clearly where they were when they [...]

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Financing the education of Minnesota’s kindergarten through grade 12 students takes nearly half of the state’s annual budget and by constitutional provision the funds must support a “uniform system” of public schools so that each student receives an “adequate” education. We believe more needs to be done to both insure that funding is adequate to [...]

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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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Smith brings experience, people skills to Monticello school board To the editor: I would like to encourage residents of the Monticello School District to vote for Robbie Smith for the Monticello School Board. I have known Robbie personally for over 20 years and he has always been a devoted husband and father, a faithful member [...]

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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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