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April 13, 2016
COMMENTARY: Lawmakers accomplish little so far
By Don Davis, Forum News Service Capitol Reporter, St. Paul, MN Little is happening in the 2016 Minnesota Legislature. As the midpoint of this year’s short 10-week session nears, just three bills have been signed into law (two related to unemployment benefits and one opening the...
April 13, 2016 - 12:00am
April 6, 2016
COMMENTARY: Join in the celebration of National Public Health Week
By Sandy Tubbs, PHN, Administrator, Horizon Public Health, Alexandria, MN All across the nation, during the week of April 4-10, 2016, state and local public health departments are being recognized for their role in bringing community partners together to create a healthier community...
April 6, 2016 - 12:00am
April 1, 2016
COMMENTARY: new tools needed to protect Minnesota seniors against financial fraud
By Mike Rothman, Minnesota Commerce Commissioner, St. Paul, MN The Minnesota Commerce Department recently came to the aid of an older woman who had met a man on a well-known dating website. We weren’t breaking up a romance. We were stopping a crime. The man claimed to be a Minnesotan...
April 1, 2016 - 12:00am
March 30, 2016
COMMENTARY: Politicians who insist on purity impede solutions
By Lee H. Hamilton, former Congressman, Bloomington, IN If there’s a theme that sets this political season apart, it’s the voters’ utter disdain for most of the people who practice politics. They’re fed up with politicians, they’ve lost faith and confidence in the political...
March 30, 2016 - 12:00am
March 25, 2016
COMMENTARY: Broadband Internet isn't nice, it's necessary
By Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, St. Paul, MN Minnesota’s rural communities are the economic and cultural backbone of our state. Rural communities provide Minnesotans with good job opportunities in a diverse range of industries from farming to forestry, and machinery to medical research....
March 25, 2016 - 12:00am
March 23, 2016
COMMENTARY: Communities need to get the lead out
By Peter Suechting, Minneapolis, MN Minnesotans take their drinking water for granted sometimes. We think of contaminated drinking water as a problem that happens to other people in other parts of the world; that is, until the recent crisis in Flint, Michigan forced us to realize...
March 23, 2016 - 12:00am
March 18, 2016
COMMENTARY: WCI is already addressing pressing issues
By Brad Barth, president, West Central Initiative, Fergus Falls, MN Recently, West Central Initiative staff heard Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith speak on the issues at the top of the governor's 2016 agenda. Included on her list were: Accessible workforce housing, early education, transportation,...
March 18, 2016 - 12:00am
February 24, 2016
IT'S YOUR TURN: Readers talk about slippery roads
Editor's note: This "Your Turn" includes comments posted on the Echo Press Facebook page in response to our Feb. 19 story about slippery road...
February 24, 2016 - 12:00am
February 19, 2016
Buffer strip questions linger
By State Rep. Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck, District 12B The latest “dust up” regarding the recently passed and controversial buffer legislation is interesting, if not frustrating. It has to do with private drainage ditches, and if they are included in the mandate to have protective...
February 19, 2016 - 12:00am
February 12, 2016
COMMENTARY: It's time to mend our ways
By the Rev. John Riggle, Alexandria, MN “Theology of the cross” is shorthand, used by many Christians, for the central importance of Christ Jesus’ saving work on the cross. In 1 Corinthians 2:2 Paul writes: “I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him...
February 12, 2016 - 12:00am
January 22, 2016
COMMENTARY: Building a healthier tomorrow for Minnesota, today
By Dr. Jack Weiss, Regional Chief Medical Officer for Central and West Regions, United Healthcare, Scottsdale, AZ In an annual checkup of our nation’s health, Minnesota ranked fourth among all 50 states in 2015. As a state, we have a low percentage of uninsured population and have...
January 22, 2016 - 12:00am
January 8, 2016
COMMENTARY: A personal manifesto
By Dennis Q. Murphy, Ashland, OR (formerly of Alexandria, MN) I frequently declare that my perspective on life is neither demonstrably right nor wrong, but rather beliefs that are an extension of my worldview. Momentarily I’ll elaborate on that but first I’d like to extend the...
January 8, 2016 - 12:00am
January 6, 2016
COMMENTARY: We all want good roads
By Bev Bales, Douglas County Commissioner, Carlos, MN Do we need good roads? Absolutely. Not only is it more comfortable driving and riding on good roads, it is definitely a safety factor. Maintaining older roads and the reconstruction of others will reduce accidents and also save...
January 6, 2016 - 12:00am
COMMENTARY: Post office responds to editorial
By Marty Brumbaugh, Manager, Post Office Operations, St. Cloud, MN I wanted to take this opportunity to respond to your Dec. 16 editorial regarding the U.S. Postal Service. First, I want to apologize to any customer who received service at the Alexandria Post Office that seemed unfriendly...
January 6, 2016 - 12:00am
December 23, 2015
COMMENTARY: Misinformation abounds about postal service; culprit is pre-funding
By Fredric Rolando, president of National Association of Letter Carriers, Washington, D.C. The U.S. Postal Service is older than the country itself, delivers to 153 million homes and businesses six and increasingly seven days a week, and consistently ranks as the public’s most trusted...
December 23, 2015 - 12:00am