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Deep federal-deficit hole? Stop digging!

With the cost of the “financial system bailout,” the budget deficit may well reach an astronomical $1 trillion this coming year. That is more than double the deficit for 2008, which totaled over $400 billion.

Wanted in candidates: A passion for learning

It is a long-running joke in my family that if you asked Uncle Charlie a question that was even remotely connected to history, you’d better settle in for a long conversation.

Joe the Plumber: Stopped by taxes?

“Joe wants to buy the business that he has been in for all of these years, worked 10, 12 hours a day. And he wanted to buy the business but he looked at your tax plan and he saw that he was going to pay much higher taxes.

Drive less, Minnesotans — and prosper

In general, the wealthier you are, the more you drive. Greater financial resources allow individuals to live farther from work, shopping and entertainment while taking in stride the significant costs of operating a car.

To sort out the truth, we must re-humanize the political dialogue

The following is a rabbinic text from 1,500 years ago: When God had decided to create Adam, Rabbi Shimon teaches that the ministering angels broke up into factions. Some of them said; “Create him;” while others said, “Don’t do it.”

2008: The death of the Reagan Revolution

The last week has seen McCain/Palin rallies turn ugly. Frustration and anger have boiled over into violent, racially charged comments more akin to Frankenstein villagers than a mainstream political rally.

Governments are us, and we can help ourselves

One encouraging theme — much more “we” and much less “me” — is emerging as Americans and Minnesotans try to sort through the severe economic trauma of the last few weeks.

Minnesota education: Motivation matters

Although it understandably got lost amidst news of financial collapse on Wall Street, late last month in Minnesota two important proposals for improving public education were released. Gov.

Can the economy be too stable?

Believe it or not, one of the most striking facts about the U.S. economy over the past 25 years has been the relative stability it has enjoyed — until all hell broke loose the last few months.

Openness in society an important step in destigmatizing depression

When I decided to take on writing the story about women and depression, “Deeper Than Blue,” that appears in this issue of Minnesota Women’s Press, I thought I was pretty well-versed on the topic — but as I began to work on it, I learned that there w