Columns

Fri
28
Nov

Prepare for chocolate panic

This is a topic I hesitate to broach, because we all know how nutso American consumers can get, especially at holiday time.
The last thing I want to do is incite looting, hoarding or the kind of violence that broke out over Tickle Me Elmo. I believe in peace on Earth and goodwill toward men, unless you're standing between me and the last Xbox One, in which case you're about to be pistol-whipped with the nearest pricing gun.

Mon
24
Nov

Why are judges so opinionated?

Judges are so “opinionated” because in most civil cases they are required to detail the factual basis and legal reasoning for their decision in a written opinion.  
In the vast majority of criminal cases, other than pretrial motions to suppress evidence or dismiss a criminal charge or a court trial on the charge, the judge is not required to file “findings of fact, conclusions of law, and order,” the explanation for the judge’s decision.

Tue
18
Nov

A nation ravaged: Liberia and Ebola


Two young women pose for a photo in front of the soccer field of Cuttington College in Bong County, Liberia in 1965. (Pam O’Meara/Review)

Remembering earlier times in West African country
 “I wish I could describe to you the way it is between 6:15 and 7:30 p.m. when the sun goes down. There’s always at least one big cloud that is glowing hot pink. At the same time, you can hear one or two Liberian boys playing a flute-like instrument. This part of the day is indescribably beautiful,” I wrote to my parents from Liberia many years ago.

Fri
07
Nov

Time to revisit the three R’s

I sat down to write this article after just coming in from my morning walk. All my pockets were full – of plastic bottles I picked up along the way! Which made me think it might be time to review the three R’s and how implementing them can protect the environment.

Fri
07
Nov

It’s In Your Court: Alternatives to the high cost of incarceration

The Department of Corrections, the state agency that is responsible  for prison administration and the supervision of felons on probation, and which makes sentencing recommendations to judges, has considered  and implemented alternatives to incarceration over many years. Those in prison for a definite term serve 2/3 of the sentence in prison (encouraging good behavior) and 1/3 on supervised release, if they have no disciplinary offenses in prison.

Thu
06
Nov

What do you mean, my kid has a credit card?

Your child begins to receive offers for pre-approved credit cards. It sounds annoying, but nothing to be worried about, right?
Wrong.
In fact, it could be one of the warning signs that your family is the victim of child identity theft. Nearly 3 percent of U.S. households with children under 18—or one in 40 households—has been hit by child identity theft, according to the Identity Theft Assistance Center.

Thu
06
Nov

Court Reporters: The Silent Guardians of the Record

One of the most important parts of a court proceeding involves someone who almost never says a word: the court reporter. Court reporters are professional employees of the court system who preserve a verbatim record of court proceedings. The word “verbatim” means, “word for word, letter for letter, line for line, literally, exactly, and precisely.” The court reporter’s verbatim record is called a transcript.

Tue
04
Nov

Rethinking homelessness: following Utah's lead

Despite Minnesota's improving economy, many are still struggling. There are 14,000 homeless people in Minnesota, including 4000 children. Many homeless people were doing okay, until losing their job, developing health problems, facing domestic violence, or battling mental illness or addiction.

Mon
27
Oct

Halloween's disappearance is scary

I used to rant when stores broke out their Christmas merchandise the day after Halloween. Now those seem like the good old days.
As my nine loyal readers know, I don't think the Christmas season should start until the day after Thanksgiving. As much as I love yuletide cheer, I don't think we need more than a month to celebrate - and shop for — Christmas. That's three weeks and six days more than any man needs.

Sat
25
Oct

A day to ‘Make a Difference’

On the fourth Saturday in October, millions of Americans and thousands of Minnesotans will unite to do good for others on Make A Difference Day. The nation’s largest day of community service has been celebrated for more than 20 years.  
Originally started by USA WEEKEND Magazine in collaboration with Points of Light, an organization dedicated to volunteer service, Make A Difference Day is about volunteers coming together regardless of age, location or resources who accomplish great things when they take on the problems in their communities.

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