Opinion http://mndaily.com/rss/opinion en U should expand bathroom access http://mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2016/05/24/u-should-expand-bathroom-access <div>Last week, President Barack Obama&rsquo;s administration issued a wide-reaching directive instructing public schools to allow transgender students access to whatever bathroom facility best fits their gender identity.</div> <div>The decision follows a deluge of criticism over a bill signed by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory that precludes transgender people from using public restrooms that differ from the gender they were assigned at birth.&nbsp;</div> <div>In Minnesota and state legislatures across the country, lawmakers have peddled similar discriminatory bills. </div> <p><a href="http://mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2016/05/24/u-should-expand-bathroom-access" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Wed, 25 May 2016 04:42:20 +0000 efee@mndaily.com 114726 at http://mndaily.com How to treat your Uber driver like a person http://mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2016/05/24/how-treat-your-uber-driver-person By: Kate McCarthy<br/><div>I don&rsquo;t often take Ubers, but when I do, I hop out afterward with a false sense of accomplishment &mdash; the Uber afterglow.&nbsp;</div> <div>Perhaps you have also found yourself feeling oddly grandiose after taking an Uber. </div> <p><a href="http://mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2016/05/24/how-treat-your-uber-driver-person" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Columns Wed, 25 May 2016 02:22:52 +0000 efee@mndaily.com 114716 at http://mndaily.com Gov. Dayton must call special session http://mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2016/05/24/gov-dayton-must-call-special-session <div>After a midnight deadline ended a budget-balancing session on Sunday night, Minnesota lawmakers failed to find a compromise on a transportation bill.&nbsp;</div> <div>While lawmakers struck agreements supplementing preschool programs, reducing drug offense sentencing and adopting a statewide presidential primary, proposals for transportation funding fell apart as the session closed early Monday morning.</div> <div>House Republicans sought to add bridge and road repair funding to a $1 billion bonding bill, while Senate democrats pushed to fund mass transit projects &mdash; like the Southwest </div> <p><a href="http://mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2016/05/24/gov-dayton-must-call-special-session" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Wed, 25 May 2016 02:20:54 +0000 efee@mndaily.com 114711 at http://mndaily.com America's problem with opioids http://mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2016/05/24/americas-problem-opioids By: Anant Naik<br/><div>On April 21, Prince &mdash; one of the world&rsquo;s most iconic singers &mdash; died. The cause of his death remains shrouded, but according to law enforcement officers, Prince had prescription opioid medication at his home.&nbsp;</div> <div>While it&rsquo;s too early to draw conclusions about his death, the tragedy has spurred a vital discussion over opioid addiction.&nbsp;</div> <div>Addiction problems affect Minnesota acutely. In 1999, 60 Minnesotans died of opioid-related causes. By 2014, that number increased to 319 &mdash; a 500 percent rise. </div> <p><a href="http://mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2016/05/24/americas-problem-opioids" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Columns Wed, 25 May 2016 02:18:57 +0000 efee@mndaily.com 114706 at http://mndaily.com Lessons from the Divestment Debate http://mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2016/05/24/lessons-divestment-debate By: Emma Dunn<br/><div>On April 12, the Minnesota Student Association passed an amended resolution that asked the University to make socially responsible investments and improve financial transparency. The resolution passed because, as amended, it achieved these goals without dividing the campus or marginalizing one particular group of students. </div> <p><a href="http://mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2016/05/24/lessons-divestment-debate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Letters to the Editor Wed, 25 May 2016 02:17:38 +0000 efee@mndaily.com 114701 at http://mndaily.com Prince's legacy transcends pop http://mndaily.com/opinion/2016/05/22/princes-legacy-transcends-pop-0 By: Daily Editorial Board<br/><div>On Thursday, Prince &mdash; the Minnesota native whose flamboyant persona and genre-transcending sound left lasting impressions on the music industry &mdash; died at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen. He was 57.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Fiercely loyal to the state that gave him his start, the &ldquo;Purple Rain&rdquo; singer&rsquo;s career spanned four decades, earning him seven Grammys and an Academy Award.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Unafraid of taboo subjects, Prince marked his musical oeuvre with diversity and candor. </div> <p><a href="http://mndaily.com/opinion/2016/05/22/princes-legacy-transcends-pop-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Sun, 22 May 2016 22:35:10 +0000 enelson@mndaily.com 114601 at http://mndaily.com Prince's legacy transcends pop http://mndaily.com/opinion/2016/05/22/princes-legacy-transcends-pop-1 By: Daily Editorial Board<br/><div>On Thursday, Prince &mdash; the Minnesota native whose flamboyant persona and genre-transcending sound left lasting impressions on the music industry &mdash; died at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen. He was 57.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Fiercely loyal to the state that gave him his start, the &ldquo;Purple Rain&rdquo; singer&rsquo;s career spanned four decades, earning him seven Grammys and an Academy Award.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Unafraid of taboo subjects, Prince marked his musical oeuvre with diversity and candor. </div> <p><a href="http://mndaily.com/opinion/2016/05/22/princes-legacy-transcends-pop-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Sun, 22 May 2016 22:42:48 +0000 enelson@mndaily.com 114606 at http://mndaily.com Students are making the shadow grade http://mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2016/05/04/students-are-making-shadow-grade <div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:16px;">At the University of Minnesota, students may take courses either on the traditional A-F scale or on the pass-fail (S-N) scale. </span></span></div> <p><a href="http://mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2016/05/04/students-are-making-shadow-grade" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Letters to the Editor Thu, 05 May 2016 04:58:19 +0000 enelson@mndaily.com 114436 at http://mndaily.com Now, it’s time to rethink the draft http://mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2016/05/04/now-it%E2%80%99s-time-rethink-draft By: <a href="/users/jjohnson1mndailycom" title="View User Profile">Jasper Johnson</a><br/><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:16px;">Last week, a House committee passed an amendment that would revise the National Defense Authorization Act, requiring women to register for the draft.&nbsp;</span></span></div> <div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">&nbsp;</div> <div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family:</p> </div> <p><a href="http://mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2016/05/04/now-it%E2%80%99s-time-rethink-draft" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Columns Thu, 05 May 2016 04:57:39 +0000 enelson@mndaily.com 114431 at http://mndaily.com Reach across aisle to secure water http://mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2016/05/04/reach-across-aisle-secure-water By: Daily Editorial Board<br/><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> <div><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:16px;">In a session most notable for strong partisan disagreement, state legislators on both sides of the aisle came together to support the improvement and protection of state water infrastructure.&nbsp;</span></span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:16px;">Last month, the Legislature passed a buffer bill t </span></span></div></div> <p><a href="http://mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2016/05/04/reach-across-aisle-secure-water" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Thu, 05 May 2016 04:56:44 +0000 enelson@mndaily.com 114426 at http://mndaily.com