Opinion

The “Support for DFL candidates” letter by Wesley Volkenant published in the July 11 UnionHerald appears to be the opening salvo, including near-smear tactics, on Republicans running for Congressional and Minnesota state offices.

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I got a call the other day from a friend in St. Louis. She had seen television reports about the awful flooding in Minnesota and was concerned about us. I assured her we were fine, but I couldn’t explain why. Why is most of Anoka County dry only a few hours after a heavy rain?

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It happened again this week. The family of an accused criminal defendant in a serious crime with sensational overtones is descended upon at their residence by Twin Cities TV reporters, asking them for comment. Apparently, ratings concerns supersede simple understanding of their grief and their right to privacy.

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Campaign season 2014 is underway. Filings closed last month for a host of races, from city council to county board, from State House to Congress. ABC Newspapers is dedicated to bringing local election news to our readers. We devote space each week to news stories, letters to the editor and to a Voters Guide that focuses on local community races.

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Over last few decades, many investors have moved away from the traditional full service stockbrokerage firms to discount and internet brokerage firms. For some investors, especially during the heady days of the late 1990s and the middle of the first decade of this century they have abandoned all brokerage advice and took on the business of investing by becoming “day traders.”

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“Breaking Bad” TV show actor Steven Quezada had several strong messages for about 4,000 educators recently gathered to discuss charter public schools. At a conference sponsored by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, (http://www.publiccharters.org) Quezada began, “Thank you, thank you, thank you for recognizing that children learn in different ways.”

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On June 30 the Anoka-Hennepin Anti-Bullying Task Force presented their five recommendations to the school board — four of which will be a detriment to religious freedom, and the safety of all students due to the unbalanced platform in favor of the controversial homosexual viewpoint.

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Occasionally some new idea captures the fancy of the general public to such a degree that its popularity exceeds all reasonable expectations. Such was the case with rock gardens in the 1930s. The July 15, 1931 Anoka Union newspaper explains, “Never in the history of Anoka have people been so interested in rock gardens and flowers of all kinds as this summer of 1931.”

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