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Monday, February 01, 2016 5:14 PM

For an industry that is supposed to be dying, there was certainly a lot of youthful energy at the Minnesota Newspaper Association annual convention last week. 

  • For an industry that is supposed to be dying, there was certainly a lot of youthful energy at the Minnesota Newspaper Association annual convention last week. 

  •   The United Nations has 10,000 Syrian refugees in the pipeline for the United States — and virtually none can be successfully screened for terrorist ties or anything else — and now Sens. Klobuchar and Franken are pressuring Obama to bring in 65,000 by the end of his term. 
  • What changes would you make in your life if you found out you had just four months to live? The question may seem morbid, but it has more relevance than asking what you would do with the millions of dollars if you won the lottery.

  • As an experiment a few weeks ago, we started allowing anonymous comments on our website, a practice some news organizations follow. The reason many don’t is because the conversation often devolves into unsubstantiated personal attacks and crude, divisive dribble.

  • The beginning of the year is when experts and their predictions blanket the media with projections, or guesses, on all sorts of topics, including politics, the economy, culture, technology, even war. Many will be forgotten by the end of the year so most people will never remember how far off they really ended up being. 

  • What is it going to take to ignite some action in your community? It is appalling that a handful of Catholic dictators can take away your cornerstone with little or no fight from the Christian soldiers residing in the Canton area. 

  • Our website has become an integral part of our operation as many people like to get their news electronically rather than in paper form or share our news with others, which is easiest through online links. 

  • Art at the Minnesota state Capitol in St. Paul has come under scrutiny as the building is being renovated this winter. Part of the examination of art on display is due to the renovation, but another reason is some critics claim certain paintings, particularly those depicting American Indians, are historically biased or demeaning.

  • I’m pretty sure I’m connected to the Internet more than I’m not during my waking hours these days. I’m constantly checking email, messaging people and looking up information on a browser at work. I do the same at home. Even when I’m out in public, it seems, I’m checking my smartphone, particularly if I am in a situation where I’m waiting for something.

  • As local residents dodged puddles Sunday morning, they also woke up to the news that global leaders reached an agreement on climate change in Paris. Since mid-December weather has featured rain and warm temperatures with the absence of ice on streams and ponds, and even the absence of frost in the ground, the talks on the other side of the world have a little more relevance to our daily lives.

  • The recent mass shooting in California has put the spotlight on guns in America — again. Although terrorism was a factor, the incident was very American — a shootout with massive amounts of firepower rather than a suicide bomb that is more typical of foreign terrorism.

  • This year, I broke my streak of never shopping on Black Friday/Thanksgiving, the two-day shopping frenzy that has become a tradition of the annual holiday. My lapse this year doesn’t really count because it was for somewhat of an emergency and it wasn’t shopping for presents.

  • There’s nothing better than getting buzzed in the evening. It’s something I look forward to every day, if possible.

  • With Thanksgiving approaching next week, thoughts of gratitude are on the minds of many people. Like others, I am thankful for family, friends, good health and, in a global context, a comfortable life in a peaceful land.

  • Sidewalks have been a hot topic in area communities, most recently in Spring Valley and Preston where residents have attended council meetings to oppose assessments to pay for their construction. As is often the case, local cities assess a portion of sidewalk construction to property owners.

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