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Thursday’s U. S. Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act on procedural grounds paves the way for sustaining affordable health care for millions of Americans and cementing the idea that health care is a right provided by the people and for the people.

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More children will likely be enrolled in summer school this year than usual because the COVID-19 pandemic caused disruptions in many students’ routines, affecting them academically as well as socially.

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Thumbs up to all the students, parents, teachers and school administrators who helped the class of 2020 endure an end of school year pandemic and still graduate at rates that were steady or in some cases even better than the year before.

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George Floyd died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer on Memorial Day 2020. His death, following as it did other police killings of Black men, triggered a civic convulsion in Minneapolis and elsewhere that continues to roil.

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As Minnesota political leaders implement Government Secrecy 2.0 with closed door negotiations on the state budget, we urge them to make available to the public records of emails, correspondence and conversations in a way that the people can know what went down, even if it’s after the fact.

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The pandemic laid bare many of the problems facing the U.S. Postal Service. As more people relied on the mail to get everything from medications to consumer goods, the USPS fell further behind, and already slower delivery times sometimes became even more snail-paced.

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We’re more than 40 years past the day when former President Ronald Reagan famously declared “government is the problem,” but, clearly, during the last 14 months of the COVID pandemic, we must admit government worked pretty damn well.

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The livestreaming of the Derek Chauvin murder trial was unprecedented in the history of Minnesota court access, but it so far has not resulted in any serious consideration to making all courts open to livestreaming or even photography.

Agricultural education is making a comeback to the region in a big way and it’s an obvious benefit because of our heavy reliance on agriculture and agribusiness in south-central Minnesota.

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The reasons for getting the COVID vaccine have been the same from the start: avoiding a horrific death from the coronavirus and making sure you don’t pass it to your loved ones who could also suffer a horrific death.

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Both our capitols — the U.S. Capitol in Washington and the Minnesota Capitol in St. Paul — are currently surrounded by security fencing, ugly evidence of legislative fear.

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An influx of cash from the federal American Rescue Plan allowed Minnesota legislators to complete a “spend all the money” budget deal with enough tax cuts, funding increases and smiles to go around.

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A hastily-approved plan by the DFL-controlled House to eliminate electronic pulltab charitable gambling should be halted before it decimates the budgets of nonprofits across the state who support hundreds of good causes.

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Thumbs up to all the graduates this year who completed their studies in high school and area colleges despite the challenges of doing so during one of the biggest public health crises in years.

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In response to points made in a letter to the editor April 24 referencing biofuels, I write to provide further perspective and information related to our regional economy.

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Probably more than anyone, kids deserve normalcy. The approval of a COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 12 to 15 years old can draw them closer to what we once knew as normal.

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It wasn’t that long ago that Liz Cheney had a bright future in the Republican Party. The daughter of a vice-president and the occupant of his former House seat, the sole woman in the caucus leadership, she was both a potential future House speaker and a possible presidential contender.

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America renewed its promise to being a safe haven for refugees around the world when President Joe Biden expanded on Monday the limits for accepting these hard-working immigrants.

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When the COVID pandemic began, city councils, county boards, school boards and other public bodies began airing their meetings online, including using Zoom, YouTube, public access television and via phone.