Opinion

I cleaned out a storeroom last month and found a box of letters that my husband had sent to me while he was in the army in Viet Nam. The thin paper envelopes held the hopes and dreams of our youth, scrawled in cursive handwriting on pale blue stationary. I wrote him every single day of his one year tour, just to let him know that he was on my mind. He often told me how very much those letters meant to him when home seemed so far away.

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If you are considering adding hydrangeas to your landscape, this is a great time of year to see them in full bloom. From mid-July through the end of August, hydrangea flowers transform from bright white or cream to shades of pink, blue, burgundy and lime green. Almost in every neighborhood, you will see them as showy shrubs or trimmed into tree form in front yards, public gardens and commercial properties.

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Americans have complicated, conflicted feelings about how much to rely on statewide standardized tests, such as those whose scores were recently released. I think this year’s results suggest three changes.

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This column has quoted members of the Rothschild family from time to time. Most of us at one time or another has heard of this family. Who were they and what did they do? In short, they were one of the most renowned private families in Europe and one of the greatest Jewish families of modern times. They helped shape nations, empires and industries in the 19th century.

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Many people buy far too many individual stocks for their portfolio. This is especially true when buying multiple mutual stock funds. While they often feel that they are gaining much more diversification and thus less risk adversity, it is usually not the case. In fact, many stocks are simply in redundant industry groups, and if the group enters a bear (down) phase, most stocks in the group participate on the downside. In fact, during a general bear market, nearly eight out of ten stocks participate in the general decline.

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I feel privileged to be taking over as superintendent of the Anoka-Hennepin School District. As a student who attended school here from elementary through high school graduation, as a parent of three children attending schools in the district, and as a resident and taxpayer, I am committed to and invested in our students, schools and community.

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