Politics & Policy

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act is backfiring and needs to go

I was raised Roman Catholic, and took it fairly seriously, but not super-seriously, as a youth. At least as an altar boy (it was only boys doing that, then) I had something to do during Mass, to cut the boredom, a little. Then I got to college and got sunk in philosophy and became an atheist, as I am now. At the time I thought pretty highly of myself and my “intellectual courage,” but I recognize now that “courage” was not a factor. My temperament is scientific/skeptical, much more so than religious, and that’s that.


Drug courts: An alternative to the war on drugs?

(Graphic courtesy of the Minnesota Judicial Branch)

Miami built their first drug court almost 25 years ago as an alternative way to combat the rapid increase in cocaine-related crimes.


Minneapolis residents express concerns over new absentee voting

(Photos by Jessie Hausman) Avenue Eatery owner Sammy Mcdowell pauses from his work to talk about absentee voting.

Minnesotans can now vote from the comfort of their homes.


Marguerite Spencer: University of St. Thomas adjuncts should not unionize

The University of St. Thomas adjunct faculty members have been voting on whether to unionize since July 03.


Are you a troll?

Last year, our federal government shut down. In 2011, Minnesota’s government did the same thing. Clearly, as far as governments go, we are struggling to come up with a functioning public policy consensus. But this problem extends beyond stalled governments. It has woven its way into the very fabric of American culture, taking over our way of life, and if we are not cognizant of it, it will surely have its way with our nation’s economy and political scene.


Crisis at the border: We must ensure humanitarian protections work and American values are upheld

While the impact of the refugee crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border is being felt most dramatically in Texas, Arizona, and other southwestern states, we can expect it to affect us all. On just one day this week, The Advocates for Human Rights—based in Minnesota and about as far from the Mexican border as one can get—interviewed two unaccompanied children, ages 9 and 14, and a mother who, with two children under 5, fled their home countries and endured horrendous journeys to get to the border and to safety.


Minnesota’s Palestinian and Jewish communities react to escalating clashes in Mideast

Meredith Aby-Keirstead, spokesperson of the Anti-War Committee that organized the Tuesday demonstration. (MinnPost photo by Ibrahim Hirsi)

Escalating violence in the Mideast is prompting local demonstrations of solidarity with Palestinians as well as reactions from Minnesota lawmakers and a leader in state’s Jewish community.


OPINION | Youth Congress commemorates Mississippi Freedom Summer

The 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer was celebrated June 25 – 29 during a convening in Jackson, Miss.

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