Opinion http://www.mndaily.com/rss/opinion en Obama announces the Student Aid Bill of Rights http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2015/03/25/obama-announces-student-aid-bill-rights By: President Barack Obama<br/><p>In an economy increasingly built on innovation, the most important skill you can sell is your knowledge. That&rsquo;s why higher education is, more than ever, the surest ticket to the middle class.</p> <p>But just when it&rsquo;s never been more important, it&rsquo;s also never been more expensive.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2015/03/25/obama-announces-student-aid-bill-rights" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Letters to the Editor Thu, 26 Mar 2015 02:11:59 +0000 kmoon@mndaily.com 90694 at http://www.mndaily.com Mpls. school cuts district employees http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2015/03/25/mpls-school-cuts-district-employees <p>Minneapolis Public Schools announced last Monday that it is in the process of dismissing about 160 district employees. The layoffs, up from the previous estimate of 120, include both part-time and full-time administrative workers from the district&rsquo;s central office.</p> <p>The goal is to allocate about $11.6 million back into the schools themselves. This money will support initiatives such as reducing class sizes and boosting special education programs. The district also has a goal to hire about 350 new teachers next fall.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2015/03/25/mpls-school-cuts-district-employees" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Thu, 26 Mar 2015 02:10:43 +0000 kmoon@mndaily.com 90692 at http://www.mndaily.com Students start to leave city http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2015/03/25/students-start-leave-city By: <a href="/users/jrogers-martinmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Jared Rogers-Martin</a><br/><p>With the seasons changing, birds and other migratory animals slowly return to their luscious lakefront properties in Minneapolis. However, one type of animal is demonstrating its choice not to return to our city. That animal is the human child enrolled in the Minneapolis School District.</p> <p>In the last five years, more than 17,000 children have left the city&rsquo;s school district to enroll in suburban schools and other charter schools. Schools in Columbia Heights opened their doors to 570 Minneapolis students last year, and Robbinsdale accepted another 1,000.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2015/03/25/students-start-leave-city" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Columns Thu, 26 Mar 2015 02:08:33 +0000 kmoon@mndaily.com 90691 at http://www.mndaily.com Fishing industry accused of slavery http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2015/03/25/fishing-industry-accused-slavery <p>The Associated Press on Wednesday released an investigative report detailing instances of slavery in the global fishing industry, perpetuated primarily in countries including Thailand, Indonesia and Myanmar.</p> <p>The AP tracked the slavery-tainted supply of seafood and found that major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Kroger and Sysco had incorporated it into their supply-chain systems.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2015/03/25/fishing-industry-accused-slavery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Thu, 26 Mar 2015 02:06:56 +0000 kmoon@mndaily.com 90690 at http://www.mndaily.com Religion is the final Democratic frontier http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2015/03/25/religion-final-democratic-frontier By: <a href="/users/cgallesmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Camille Galles</a><br/><p>Widely recognized to be a diverse and Democratic city, Minneapolis has the opportunity to set a precedent for a more inclusive liberal agenda. City officials and all Democrats can accomplish this by reaching out to an unlikely ally &mdash; religious groups.</p> <p>Religion is often associated with the right side of the political spectrum, and many religious groups and leaders mobilize around hot-button conservative issues. For example, conservative religious groups were some of the largest supporters of Minnesota&rsquo;s proposed same-sex marriage ban in 2012.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2015/03/25/religion-final-democratic-frontier" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Columns Thu, 26 Mar 2015 02:06:09 +0000 kmoon@mndaily.com 90689 at http://www.mndaily.com Comment on ‘Ethical issues at U plague research’ http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2015/03/24/comment-%E2%80%98ethical-issues-u-plague-research%E2%80%99 By: Chuck Turchick, Alumnus and Continuing Education student<br/><p>When someone dies as a result of alleged misconduct or alleged inadequate protections, it may be an exaggeration to say the cover-up was greater than the offense, but in the Dan Markingson case there was clearly a cover-up by more than one member of the University of Minnesota administration.</p> <p>And now there is even a cover-up of the cover-up. On Wednesday, President Eric Kaler wrote in his letter responding to the legislative auditor&rsquo;s report, &ldquo;If these external reviews were flawed, we were not aware of those shortcomings.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2015/03/24/comment-%E2%80%98ethical-issues-u-plague-research%E2%80%99" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Letters to the Editor Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:57:01 +0000 edreher@mndaily.com 90644 at http://www.mndaily.com Lobbying in Washington, D.C. http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2015/03/24/lobbying-washington-dc By: Tess Ergen, University student<br/><p>Last week, I traveled to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness about the need to put people&rsquo;s health over polluters&rsquo; profits. This trip was personal to me because of my experience with air pollution&rsquo;s impacts both here in Minneapolis and across the globe in New Delhi.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2015/03/24/lobbying-washington-dc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Letters to the Editor Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:56:21 +0000 kmoon@mndaily.com 90642 at http://www.mndaily.com Modernize MN dispatch service http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2015/03/24/modernize-mn-dispatch-service By: <a href="/users/jjohnson1mndailycom" title="View User Profile">Jasper Johnson</a><br/><p>The Minnesota Department of Public Safety division of Emergency Communications Networks has issued an advisory warning about the lack of locational information for 911 calls made on cellphones. Unlike landlines, cellphones do not necessarily have a location tied to them.</p> <p>However, being &ldquo;prepared to provide specific location information,&rdquo; as the advisory says, is much easier said than done &mdash; especially during emergency situations. Even describing your own home address can be difficult when panic sets in.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2015/03/24/modernize-mn-dispatch-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Columns Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:55:29 +0000 edreher@mndaily.com 90640 at http://www.mndaily.com Art returns to Coffman Union http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2015/03/24/art-returns-coffman-union <p>Murals have finally returned to the second-floor student cultural centers in Coffman Union.</p> <p>While this may seem like an insignificant development, it&rsquo;s one of great importance to the groups who felt demoralized when the artwork was taken down in favor of white walls during remodeling.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2015/03/24/art-returns-coffman-union" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:55:25 +0000 kmoon@mndaily.com 90639 at http://www.mndaily.com Dayton’s universal Pre-K plan is beneficial http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2015/03/24/dayton%E2%80%99s-universal-pre-k-plan-beneficial By: <a href="/users/kmoellermndailycom" title="View User Profile">Keelia Moeller</a><br/><p>After watching some 4- and 5-year-olds at Newport Elementary School successfully search their preschool classroom for the letter &ldquo;S,&rdquo; Gov. Mark Dayton emphasized just how important it is for children to have access to a quality preschool. Dayton used this opportunity to promote his plan to require statewide pre-kindergarten programs.</p> <p>Dayton&rsquo;s plan would ensure that all 4-year-olds in the state of Minnesota attend an all-day preschool. If he succeeds in this endeavor, Minnesota would become the 10th state to have universal pre-K programs.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2015/03/24/dayton%E2%80%99s-universal-pre-k-plan-beneficial" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Columns Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:54:31 +0000 edreher@mndaily.com 90638 at http://www.mndaily.com