ecm editorial board

Can you believe it? School lunch is controversial. In this time of political extremes even the hot dog is at risk. The federal government, in an attempt to ensure healthy eating for our children, requires schools to serve meals with new and very specific requirements for reduced salt, required whole grains, required quantities of fruits and vegetables, specified calorie levels for each age grouping, and low fat milk. Federal funding of the free and reduced lunches for school districts is dependent on compliance.

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Imagine this: Your 15-year-old son becomes seriously ill. Is it cancer or some other life-threatening disease? You whisk him off to the emergency room. Within days, you have updates on Facebook. “Billy is doing much better.” “The medicine is working!” “He’s going to be OK.”

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In March, Gov. Mark Dayton told members of the ECM Editorial Board that the problem-plagued rollout of MNsure, Minnesota’s new health care exchange, was the biggest disappointment of his first term.

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After years of debate and many lessons learned, it appears the path of the proposed 16-mile long Southwest Light Rail Transit has finally been decided. By a 14-2 vote, the Metro Council has approved the final route and the shallow tunnel option in Minneapolis. It is an option that this editorial board strongly supports.

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The Minnesota Safe and Secure Schools Act has been passed by the Legislature, signed by Gov. Mark Dayton and is now state law. The act establishes structure and detailed definition of bullying behavior. “Bullying” means “intimidating, threatening, abusive, or harming conduct that is objectively offensive …”

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