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German profit, Minnesota failure

Many questions surround Vikings stadium transparent roof

KSTP, Channel 5, on November 3, 2014, reported the results of its six-month investigation into the transparent (see-through) material to make up 60 percent of the new Vikings stadium roof. They even sent a reporter to the manufacturer, Vectorfoiltec, in Bremen, Germany. Thus, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (on Germany’s western border) gets the steel for the stadium and Germany gets the see-through ETFE (ethylene-tetraflouroethylene) for the roof. This will be the first NFL stadium with a transparent (see-through), ETFE, non-movable roof. This reflects the level of NFL involvement in decisions made for our stadium. Continue Reading →

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Old-school teaching methods were effective in even the poorest districts







By Jimmie Hollis

Guest Commentator

Today’s public schools are the subject of a lot of debate and controversy all across America. There is a great deal that does need fixing, but the problems are not, as some may proclaim, solely due to a lack of funding. I am a product of a 1950s and 1960s public school system, and I believe that I received a very good education. The public school system in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s received a lot less funding than today relative to the times. Yet it seemed to turn out a higher percentage of well-educated students. Continue Reading →

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Green energy can end African famine

While Ebola occupies the world’s attention, a humanitarian crisis is quickly unfolding in Somalia. In August, the Somali federal government declared famine in several regions. The rain necessary for food arrived a month late and was brief in duration. Drought grips much of the country, leaving nearly three million Somalis at risk for food insecurity. In conflict areas, over a million people remain displaced from their homes. Continue Reading →

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Garage sales can unite the generations

Here it is Saturday morning and I haven’t hit a sale the entire summer. I rode by a sale on Selby near the capital on Friday and called my daughter to say, “They have some good stuff sitting out — you may want to drive by. They have a sofa that may work in your library. I like the color and pattern. It looks fairly new and unused.”

Going garagin’ was a part of my childhood that brings a smile and deep belly laughs to me. Continue Reading →

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Ebola: Fight the disease, not the victims

Countries around the world must join together to mobilize the resources; build the isolation units; supply the medicine, doctors, nurses and support personnel needed to isolate and treat those afflicted; track down and monitor those who might have been in contact; and stop the epidemic. Continue Reading →

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Confronting echoes of the AIDS hysteria as we battle Ebola


Exactly a decade ago this month I received an email flagged as urgent from Monrovia, Liberia. It was from Lee Johnson, then coordinator of Liberian Youths Against HIV/AIDS:

“Presently, the HIV/AIDS scourge is deeply eating into the fabric of our society and there is little being done to bring this to a halt. Therefore, some of us youths have come together to be able to bring awareness to our fellow youths on the danger of HIV/AIDS and other STDs. But, at present, we are not receiving much from the locals and that is why we have decided to get in contact with you,” Johnson wrote. Johnson wanted to know if the U.S. knew how the HIV/AIDS epidemic was ravaging his city and countryside; and if the U.S. knew how possibly could his distant cousins of the Diaspora — African Americans — and his queer allies — LGBTQ Americans — simply be silent and not act. By 2012 the U.S. is on record for contributing nearly $200 million devoted to stemming AIDS and malaria in Liberia. Continue Reading →

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Terror stories toothless

Including the Sunday, September 7, 2014 front-page story, the Star Tribune has run more front page Sunday “terror” articles on local Somalis going to the Middle East to fight than the actual number of young men and women who have gone to fight. How is this even a story? Not one individual that has left Minnesota has been proven to have killed anyone. What is the Star Tribune’s obsession with this all about? It is such an empty, toothless nonstory. Continue Reading →

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