A bill introduced in the Legislature would establish a poem called “Minnesota Blue” as the official state poem. Minnesota already has an official state song, muffin, mushroom, grain, apple, gemstone, butterfly, flower, tree, photograph, bird and more. Today’s Question: Do designations of official state symbols serve a useful purpose?
Archives for February 2013
In his State of the Union address last night President Barack Obama called on Congress to vote on gun control proposals widely debated since the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. The president’s call to action comes as Oakdale, Minn., searches for answers in the shooting death of a young boy. Today’s Question: What specific steps should Read more →
North Korea has announced its third nuclear test. The announcement brought a swift condemnation this morning from President Obama, who reportedly plans to use his State of the Union address tonight to call for deep cuts in the world’s nuclear arsenals. Today’s Question: Under what conditions would you support major cuts in nuclear weapons?
The Obama administration’s use of drones to kill terror suspects has attracted harsh criticism in recent days and contributed to the controversy around the nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA. Some in government are calling for more transparency and accountability – for example, by subjecting drone strikes to a legal review process, or Read more →
Scholars in England have identified the remains of Richard III, the king described in Shakespeare as a “pois’nous bunch-back’d toad.” Shakespeare’s version of history blames Richard for the presumed murders of the young princes in the Tower of London, among other deaths. Today’s Question: Among great figures of history, whose remains would you like to Read more →