Opinion

Alia Jackson and Pierre Fulford are just two of the millions of youngsters who have gained from charter public schools. On July 29, they joined with former Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Howard Fuller and almost 200 Minnesota parents and educators to discuss what is working well and what needs to be improved with Minnesota’s charters. The conference was co-sponsored Cargill, CliftonLarsonAllen and the Center for School Change.

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Many birders keep yearly lists and lifetime lists, and I’m no exception. Many birders have birds that their friends can find and see but they cannot, and I’m no exception. One such bird for me has been the Virginia rail, which belongs to a group of birds known as rails, gallinules and coots.

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Market experts often refer to the general market. What is the general market and why is it important? In broad terms the general market is represented by leading market indices like the S&P 500 or the NYSE Common Index (an index of all of the stocks listed on the NYSE).

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In 1953, television, a recent addition to many homes, offered a handful of channels in black and white and displayed a test pattern at night. Disneyland was just beginning to take shape in Uncle Walt’s imagination. Most families had only one car, and many of them piled in the kids for long, desinationless weekend drives. If they’d driven Highway 10, 2 or 3 miles west of Anoka, they might have come upon a venue that in many ways embodied the decade. Santa Claus Town, the summer home of the jolly old elf, opened for visitors in June of that year.

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John Freeburg in “Proofs of a Christian nation…” (July 4) attempts to explain away evidence that America was established as a Christian nation on Biblical principles as offered in my June 20 letter.

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I am in the process of getting rid of many things that I have accumulated over the years. My generation grew up in the great depression. We had almost nothing as children. Now, many of us are savers who have rarely thrown anything away.

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