Opinion commentaries for Minneapolis, St. Paul and the Twin Cities metro area and Minnesota | StarTribune.com

Steve Ballmer's effort to build consensus on facts

Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft, has assembled an interactive website, USAFacts, which compiles data to analyze how taxpayer money is actually spent. It assembles information from myriad government sources at the federal, state and local levels into one accessible place.

The man, you might know. The website he's built, you should get to know. Because, there, you'll find out things you ought to know.

'America First' should yield to realism on trade

Trump administration runs risks as it weighs pressing China.


Trump actually did something useful this week

His order taking on the regulatory 'blob' on permits is an excellent start at desperately needed reforms.


Met Council needs to change to meet today's demands; here's a proposal

Let's try a blend of what works well now with a model that draws upon local elected officials.


Development plan for St. Paul Ford site is deeply flawed

Crowding, congestion, noise, to name a few. And it's not just "some neighbors" who are opposed.


The (constitutional) rights and wrongs of Charlottesville

Ugly speech and protests are protected under the Constitution. Violence is definitely not -- and "fighting words" may not always be.


Charlottesville may move Confederacy's interminable afterlife closer to an end

Supremacists' actions belied portrait of noble "Lost Cause."


City's exile of menthol cigarettes is ill-conceived and patronizing

Minneapolis' move to limit sales of such cigarettes also will have unintended outcomes.


Minneapolis election is overlooking a critical issue

It's public housing, which is vitally important to our most vulnerable citizens. The city must devise a long-term plan to fund this huge asset.


Dated and confusing, Minneapolis' government structure sorely needs an overhaul

Citizens deserve an updated form of government, better able to navigate accelerating changes in the community.


Mayo studies its own opioid habits

With admirable transparency, the clinic considers new guidelines.


Trump administration fails transparency test on advisory groups

The public deserves more information on possible conflicts of interest.


Southern culture is spring from which racism erupts

More dark days are ahead unless our leadership embraces true inclusiveness.


Is an honest talk about race even possible these days?

The attacks on Trump for his remarks have reached new heights of frenzy.


Editorial counterpoint: Minnesota's biodiesel mandate goes too far

The fuel is very capable, but it has limitations due to temperature, infrastructure and price concerns. Further reforms are needed.


Trump's foolish statements were an affront to the nation

Despite the president's effort Monday to rectify his failure to blame white supremacists, his initial comments demonstrated a lack of moral judgment.


One person's 'mainstream' is another's oppressive status quo

Minneapolis' problem isn't a small group of leftists with outsized influence; it's a stratified social order that leads to injustice.


An angry white leader of angry white men

Americans who thought bigotry would die out with the aging population must be sorely disappointed.


Charlottesville is not the continuation of an old fight. It is something new.

My heart goes out to the families of the three who died in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday. My head reaches out toward the question of…