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

McCain's message: The world needs America's leadership

For the good of his country, senator is back in maverick mode.

Guess what? Affordable housing is an election issue

Maybe that's no surprise. But "how to solve" is up for debate.

In defense of art, history and understanding

Anton Gag's now-controversial "Attack on New Ulm" belongs on view — with proper context.

Minnesota's gray wolves are under attack – again

This time it's Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson trying to overturn protection. The species has stabilized, but there's more to be done.

Watch out, Ely: Mine robots are on the way

Are jobs obsolete? Automation in the industry is coming — and it's sooner than we think.

The art of the lie: Trump may not be Hitler, but he has the techniques

Lying can be effective propaganda, and therein lies the comparison.

Paul Wellstone: A man who knew how to frame the issues

While his improbable Senate victory is the stuff of legend, he really showed us what he was made of during his run for state auditor in 1982.

Soldiers who lost their lives in Niger should be honored

Instead, Trump has managed to trivialize their deaths.

Really, NFL, this is a protest? Stop killing the players with kindness

A lesson from the civil rights era: If owners punished a few stars, it might move the goalposts.

How test scores can block black students from the University of Minnesota

Admissions policies continue to hurt African-Americans disproportionately, such as an arbitrary ranking on the ACT.

The Marxist tactics of Trumpism

To enflame the divisions within free societies is an old Communist ploy. The Russians (and the Donald) both use it today.

Don't expect Middle East calm after fall of Raqqa

It's a victory over ISIS, the army, but terror threat persists.

We must weed out Minnesota's lousy charter schools

Choice and competition should help close the gap. But something's not working.

Editorial counterpoint: Incomplete, inaccurate data sank state employee contracts

Why our legislative subcommittee rejected the contracts for public unions. "Just trusting" the state budget agency isn't good enough.

Sexual misconduct: 'MeToo,' I hear you. And 'YesIHave.'

Confessions and reflections of a good man, who is listening — and learning a lot.

To protect gun rights, Congress must outlaw bump-stocks on its own

Empowering the executive branch to tighten restrictions would be far more threatening to the 2nd Amendment than legislation.

Political discourse: One side doesn't fit all

I don't find it hard to listen to others without bristling, because my own views don't fit neatly into a category. Maybe yours don't, either, if you stop to think about it.

New dashboard technology is adding to the distracted-driving problem

Navigation systems are useful, but we don't need all bells and whistles.

Something to be glad about in politics?

A little optimism might help, especially in the area of elections.