Opinion http://www.mndaily.com/rss/opinion en Response to ‘Gov’t repudiation of Confederacy needed’ http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2015/07/22/response-%E2%80%98gov%E2%80%99t-repudiation-confederacy-needed%E2%80%99 By: Justin Shackelford, University student and employee<br/><p>Jasper Johnson’s column is very emotional and moving, however, one must look at the Union army and behavior of the North before condemning the other half of the country as well.</p> <p>First and foremost, the vast majority of Confederate armies were not fighting in support of slavery, nor compelled by hate. They were fighting because their homelands were being invaded. General Robert E. Lee himself had been offered command of the Union army but turned it down and told Former President</p><p> Abraham Lincoln that he could not raise his sword against his home state.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2015/07/22/response-%E2%80%98gov%E2%80%99t-repudiation-confederacy-needed%E2%80%99" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Letters to the Editor Wed, 22 Jul 2015 09:01:08 +0000 jthomas@mndaily.com 96886 at http://www.mndaily.com Landlords could boost voting at U http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2015/07/22/landlords-could-boost-voting-u By: Daily Editorial Board<br/><p>University of Minnesota students are notoriously unreliable when it comes to heading out to vote in local elections. To begin to remedy this problem, the area’s representative on the Minneapolis City Council will propose an innovative way to get voter registration documents more directly in front of students.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2015/07/22/landlords-could-boost-voting-u" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Wed, 22 Jul 2015 08:59:09 +0000 jthomas@mndaily.com 96881 at http://www.mndaily.com Comments on ‘Consent policy postponed following debate’ http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2015/07/22/comments-%E2%80%98consent-policy-postponed-following-debate%E2%80%99 By: Daily readers<br/><p>Affirmative consent is fine if you envision it as a standard that only applies to acts of intercourse. The problem with affirmative consent is that it would be applied to all physical contact, regardless of the context or the background of the parties.</p> <p>Do you stop and ask for permission every single time you so much as lay a hand on your long-term boyfriend or girlfriend? If not, then that is sexual assault under a strict affirmative consent standard. </p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2015/07/22/comments-%E2%80%98consent-policy-postponed-following-debate%E2%80%99" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Letters to the Editor Wed, 22 Jul 2015 08:56:54 +0000 jthomas@mndaily.com 96876 at http://www.mndaily.com MN doesn’t yet need soccer arena http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2015/07/22/mn-doesn%E2%80%99t-yet-need-soccer-arena By: Daily Editorial Board<br/><p>Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges met last week with officials of the soccer team Minnesota United FC and other city leaders in an apparent “exchange of information,” the Star Tribune reported Saturday. </p> <p>Rather than debating whether to build a new soccer stadium, discussion has shifted to what the terms of such a project would be. While some Twin Cities residents are reportedly suffering from “stadium fatigue,” others are enthusiastic about the proposal to build. </p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2015/07/22/mn-doesn%E2%80%99t-yet-need-soccer-arena" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Wed, 22 Jul 2015 08:54:06 +0000 jthomas@mndaily.com 96871 at http://www.mndaily.com Klobuchar aims to export to Cuba http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2015/07/22/klobuchar-aims-export-cuba By: <a href="/users/kmoellermndailycom" title="View User Profile">Keelia Moeller</a><br/><p>There has been, and still is, a great deal of political tension between the United States and Cuba. It wasn’t until December 17, 2014, that the two countries reopened diplomatic relations with each other. </p> <p>Cuba is roughly 90 miles off the shores of the U.S., making it a seemingly convenient location for trade and commerce. And yet, for more than 50 years, the U.S. has maintained a trade embargo against Cuba. </p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2015/07/22/klobuchar-aims-export-cuba" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Wed, 22 Jul 2015 08:51:45 +0000 jthomas@mndaily.com 96866 at http://www.mndaily.com PBR buys its way into craft beer market http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2015/07/22/pbr-buys-its-way-craft-beer-market By: <a href="/users/jrogers-martinmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Jared Rogers-Martin</a><br/><p>I had just 10 minutes until my chance to purchase alcohol would be up and tomorrow would become a shameful drought. I was to host a Sunday, pre-Vikings game barbeque, and friends from out of town expected to imbibe cold, adult beverages.</p> <p>At the time, I was new to Minnesota and not acquainted with laws that prematurely close liquor stores’ doors two hours before midnight.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2015/07/22/pbr-buys-its-way-craft-beer-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Columns Wed, 22 Jul 2015 08:48:27 +0000 jthomas@mndaily.com 96861 at http://www.mndaily.com Response to ‘After criticism, new U regents up engagement’ http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2015/07/14/response-%E2%80%98after-criticism-new-u-regents-engagement%E2%80%99 By: Leslie Everett; Coordinator for CFANS Water Resources Center, University of Minnesota<br/><p>Great article by Christopher Aadland regarding stepped up oversight by the Board of Regents. If the regents had been seriously scrutinizing proposals and activities of the Bruininks administration, the University of Minnesota would not be converting an essential agricultural research station (UMore Park at Rosemount) into a gravel pit. The procedures regarding participants in clinical drug research would have been adequately addressed at that time. The number and pay of top administrators is still an unaddressed issue.</p> Letters to the Editor Tue, 14 Jul 2015 23:18:15 +0000 adohnalek@mndaily.com 96496 at http://www.mndaily.com Middle Eastern oil not worth the effort http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2015/07/14/middle-eastern-oil-not-worth-effort By: Rolf Westgard, Guest faculty in the University’s Lifelong Learning program<br/><p>As President Barack Obama readies a new advisor surge in Iraq, we can sense the eerie similarity with Vietnam. In each case we intruded on a civil war — Iraq has two or three such conflicts. Each action had a doubtful motive, i.e. the Gulf of Tonkin attack in Vietnam and the “mushroom cloud” mythical weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2015/07/14/middle-eastern-oil-not-worth-effort" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Letters to the Editor Tue, 14 Jul 2015 23:16:54 +0000 adohnalek@mndaily.com 96491 at http://www.mndaily.com Dinkytown legacy to be protected http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2015/07/14/dinkytown-legacy-be-protected <p>The Minneapolis City Council voted on Friday to designate part of Dinkytown as a commercial historic district, the Minnesota Daily reported last week. The designation will apply only to buildings constructed during Dinkytown’s Streetcar Era, which lasted from 1899 to 1929.</p><p> Protected buildings will be safe from demolition. However, in order to maintain the area’s economic livelihood, the city plans to impose looser development restrictions on Dinkytown than exist for other historic sites, allowing for ongoing renovation and development in the area. </p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2015/07/14/dinkytown-legacy-be-protected" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Tue, 14 Jul 2015 23:15:28 +0000 adohnalek@mndaily.com 96486 at http://www.mndaily.com Regents should keep on talking http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2015/07/14/regents-should-keep-talking <p>Regents at the University of Minnesota are speaking up more often than they have in the past to change some of the administration’s proposals, which is a positive development that should continue in the future.</p><p> During the Board of Regents’ discussion of University president Eric Kaler’s proposed budget at its June meeting, Regent Michael Hsu said he wanted administrators to consider axing the planned tuition increase in favor of a tuition freeze using internal funds.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2015/07/14/regents-should-keep-talking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Tue, 14 Jul 2015 23:14:28 +0000 adohnalek@mndaily.com 96481 at http://www.mndaily.com