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A heretical Rx for Minnesota’s economy

Because we have a deficit forecast for our state budget, and because the Minnesota Constitution doesn’t permit deficits, the governor and the Legislature have two choices in this session: cut spending or raise taxes.  If the goal is helping the Minn

‘Too many tiny towns’? ‘Buy out residents’? Whoa!

When you pick up a book titled “Landscapes of Minnesota,” you think there’s a reasonable chance it’ll be filled with pretty photos of lake shores and forests, snow-covered parks and sunsets over the prairie.You don’t expect to find a whole region of

Walker Art Center: Like a laser to the brain…

Bloggers are having a bit of back-and-forth about a recent performance piece at Walker Art Center called “Hey Girl!” by Romeo Castellucci and Societas Raffaello Sanzio.FROM THE WALKER ART CENTER

Politics: A serious game, not a spectator sport

All the furor over the presidential primaries makes politics look like a spectator sport.  Deborah Morse-Kahn (MinnPost, Feb. 8) can’t bring herself to attend a precinct caucus, but she stays up half the night watching the returns.

Islam and culture: Don’t mix them up

As an American Muslim, when I see the issues and events about Islam that get treated as “news” in the mainstream media, it bothers me that so many are portrayed as “problems with Islam,” the religion, when they are in reality problems of culture, tr

State tax policies are the real culprits in property tax hikes

The average property tax on a Minnesota homestead is expected to increase by 71 percent from 2002 to 2008.  Even after adjusting for inflation in the cost of government services, the increase is nearly 30 percent.