Opinion

It’s been a long cold winter. By February we are all looking for some relief, some sign that spring will arrive as promised. Sometimes it’s a simple bouquet of fresh flowers that can change the entire day. But after learning about the language of flowers, you may see them differently.

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If you’re at all interested in birds, or more specifically raptors, you should definitely see the Masters of the Sky program at the Carpenter Nature Center in Hastings. Every year at this time a traveling program from the World Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis, Mo. comes to Minnesota with their raptors from all over the world and puts on a show unlike any other that you are likely to see.

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On August 3, 2000 this column stated, “Twenty years ago the majority of the American public did not feel a compulsion to invest in the stock market. After nearly 18 years of a generally upbeat market, with the past five years being rip-roaring, Americans have once again ‘fallen in love with the stock market.’ However, Andrew Smithers and Stephen Wright, in their book entitled “Valuing Wall Street,” persuasively argue that stock prices in America are severely over-valued and are set for a serious fall, not unlike those of the past. While Smithers and Wright strongly believe that for most of the time the stock market is the right place to be, they, in a hard-nosed and historical way, understand that there are a few times when the market is not the place to be.”

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Joe Nathan’s weekly columns published by this newspaper are making a difference, potentially helping save families of college-bound students millions of dollars while helping improve public schools.

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One of the traditional advantages of exchange trading like the orders that are executed on the New York Stock Exchange has been the ease of keeping track of information about securities. Keeping track of the price of a security traded over-the-counter by dealers across the country is a much more formidable task.

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Two of the nation’s most intriguing and one of the nation’s most controversial school reform advocates spoke in Minnesota Feb. 6. The conference, convened by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, opened with sobering statistics. While Minnesota schools rank well in many areas, we are 48th in high school graduation rates for American Indians, 49th for African Americans and 50th for Hispanic students.

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