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The Minnesota Daily

All content by Ronald Dixon

Clinton needs a viable challenger in race

Published May 7, 2015

Last month, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced her bid for the White House. Clinton, who mesmerizes Democrats with her strong name recognition and decades of experience, has faced little...

MinnesotaCare should not be eliminated in the state budget

Published May 4, 2015

The Minnesota House passed a Republican-led budget plan last week that eliminates MinnesotaCare, a public health care program that provides coverage for the working poor. Unfortunately, such a plan would...

GOP budget plan is misleading

Published April 27, 2015

Last week, I attended the Minnesota House Republican tax plan press conference, which was followed by the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party response. While there, I was troubled by the Republicans’ rhetoric...

Video games proven harmless

Published April 23, 2015

For as long as I can remember, video games have borne the brunt of harsh attacks from the media and other public figures. Gamers will, of course, remember the infamous legal battles catalyzed by the now-disbarred...

The hidden epidemic of male rape victims

Published April 20, 2015

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, but the public discourse surrounding this controversial issue focuses exclusively on one gender.    Unfortunately, there is a perception that rape is...

Why we should support Dayton’s budget

Published April 14, 2015

As our elected officials continue a long legislative session, Gov. Mark Dayton recently made some significant budgetary announcements. On Tuesday, the governor released his $842 million bonding proposal...

We must stop dehumanizing the poor through policy

Published April 13, 2015

Last week, policymakers in both chambers of the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature passed a bill that would severely restrict the ways welfare recipients can use their benefits. The wording of the...

Spotlight needed on Trevor Noah’s anti-atheist bigotry

Published April 6, 2015

Trevor Noah, the replacement for Jon Stewart on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” was recently found to have made some tweets a few years ago that some people have interpreted as misogynistic...

GOP plan to fund improve roads without additional taxes is problematic

Published March 31, 2015

At the start of the 2015 legislative session, Republicans were justly criticized for releasing an inadequate transportation infrastructure plan. Concurrently, Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party lawmakers presented...

GTA actor’s anti-gun advocacy

Published March 24, 2015

Since the popularity of home video game consoles grew in the 1980s, these machines have taken the brunt of staunch attacks. Their critics have accused video games of desensitizing children to violence...

Right-to-work bill threatens Wisc. unions

Published March 10, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a right-to-work bill into law Monday . This policy is bad for our neighbors to the east.  Right-to-work laws, which 25 states  have in the books, allow employees...

Gas tax necessary with surplus

Published March 9, 2015

This January, I wrote a column advocating new user taxes to fund repairs of our crumbling transportation infrastructure. While the need to reform our outdated and dangerous roads and bridges is still pressing,...

Teacher tenure should not be tampered with

Published March 4, 2015

In a neoliberal economy where austerity is the norm and public investments are ridiculed, vital public-sector workers often bear the brunt of attacks by Congress members and other lawmakers across the...

GMO labeling unecessary and unfounded

Published February 23, 2015

Near the start of the 2015 legislative session, Rep. Karen Clark, DFL-Minneapolis, and Sen. John Marty, DFL-Roseville, introduced joint bills that would require companies that produce and distribute food...

With temp work becoming permanent, reform is needed

Published February 16, 2015

I am no longer shocked to read reports of employers professionally and economically abusing their workers. One of the ways that many businesses do this is by relying upon “perma-temp” positions,...

Drinking age proposal too limited

Published February 9, 2015

Phyllis Kahn, the DFL House representative from Minneapolis, recently introduced legislation to lower the drinking age to 18 in Minnesota bars and restaurants. Kahn’s proposal, which she has made...

Police departments: A balancing act

Published February 9, 2015

Perhaps the biggest story of 2014 involved the controversy surrounding police brutality, especially as it pertains to race relations. The shooting of unarmed, black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson,...

Minnesota should keep social security tax

Published February 4, 2015

Most people dislike paying taxes. However, in certain cases, tax cuts do not benefit the middle class. For example, Sen. David Senjem, R-Rochester, has authored a bill that would remove the tax on Social...

Take the Medtronic merger with a grain of salt

Published February 2, 2015

After receiving court approval last week, the iconic Minnesotan company, Medtronic, completed its merger with the Irish-based Covidien, a move that could save Medtronic billions in taxes. I have written...

Smart guns would be an effective start

Published January 28, 2015

One doesn’t need to dig deep into contemporary American culture to find a love for guns. Indeed, according to the Pew Research Center, there are an estimated 270 to 310 million guns in the United...

Addressing our crumbling infrastructure

Published January 20, 2015

One of the most pressing issues facing Minnesota is its crumbling infrastructure. In fact, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2013 Infrastructure Report Card, Minnesota has 1,086...

Please, do not feed the comment trolls

Published December 8, 2014

The Internet provides a platform for millions of people around the world to openly express their opinions and contribute to the marketplace of ideas. An overarching freedom, though, inherently enables...

Hillary Clinton is out of touch

Published December 1, 2014

All discussions about the 2016 presidential election seem to include the prospect of Hillary Clinton running for office. Indeed, for two reasons, many consider her to be the de facto Democratic candidate. First,...

Inmates suffer injustice at MSOP

Published November 24, 2014

The Minnesota Legislature was able to accomplish many tasks over its last few sessions, but one issue that it failed to adequately address is the Minnesota Sex Offender Program. Many individuals convicted...

Democrats need a new strategy for 2016

Published November 18, 2014

Across the United States, the Republican Party celebrated its decisive victories over the Democratic Party two weeks ago. Indeed, the GOP regained control of the U.S. Senate, so the party now holds a majority...

The damage of progressive groupthink

Published November 10, 2014

In my experience door-knocking for Democratic Farmer-Labor party political candidates, I have often come across individuals who may agree with progressive political, economic or social views but decide...

An updated Affordable Care Act needed

Published November 5, 2014

In the United States, millions of Americans either go without health insurance or have subpar coverage. While the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act has mitigated much of the former,...

Questions result from firing of Q

Published October 30, 2014

Early this week, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation fired Jian Ghomeshi, the host of the popular radio show Q, due to multiple allegations of sexual harassment. Considering the fact that this story...

Health care problems manifest in Ebola

Published October 22, 2014

Since Liberian man Thomas Duncan came to the United States and infected two nurses with Ebola before dying in a north Texas hospital, many Americans now worry that the disease may spread. As we approach...

Charities are not enough to help the poor

Published October 15, 2014

One of the common talking points that I hear from conservatives and libertarians is that we need to “reduce dependence” on government, particularly with regard to unemployment insurance and...

Biden’s gaffes signify hypocrisy

Published October 6, 2014

A month before the 2014 midterm elections, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney offered some useful advice for anyone wishing to run for office: Always have a cameraman follow your every...

Stop biting into Apple for the iPhone 6

Published October 2, 2014

Fanfare erupted in Silicon Valley last month when Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the iPhone 6. However, by the time the latest version of Apple’s popular cellphone was released to the public, widespread...

The questionable role of football

Published September 25, 2014

The recent NFL controversies concerning alleged drug use, shoplifting, domestic violence and child abuse have led me to question who exactly is inspired by these professional athletes. The answer unfortunately...

What we can learn from the Scots

Published September 22, 2014

Last week, Scotland held a referendum to decide whether to split from the United Kingdom. Unfortunately for independence advocates, 55 percent of Scottish voters decided against separation. While the implications...

Woes of specialization and resulting debt

Published September 18, 2014

I was troubled to read a recent Star Tribune story that highlighted the debt that University of Minnesota veterinarian student Ashley Hall will owe once she graduates in 2016 — more than $300,000. There...

The sham that is voter fraud

Published September 15, 2014

Last Friday, a federal appeals court reinstated Wisconsin’s voter photo identification requirement, which had been ruled unconstitutional by a lower court in April. This is troubling news for Wisconsinites,...

Obama’s irresponsible immigration game

Published September 11, 2014

In a move that has upset many Latino voters, President Barack Obama recently recanted his promise to act on immigration reform by the end of the summer. Instead, he will use his executive authority to...

Increase in wages not enough

Published September 8, 2014

Last week, fast food employees at several McDonald’s, Subway and Burger King restaurants across the Twin Cities protested for a $15 minimum wage. The workers were joined by progressive congressman...

Even Obama requires a break

Published September 4, 2014

Late last month, President Barack Obama returned from a two-week vacation to Martha’s Vineyard, an island off of the coast of Dukes Country, Mass. His time out of the Oval Office prompted many...

Let’s welcome primary challengers

Published August 6, 2014

Every two years, Minnesota voters endorse candidates on all levels of government to run for office with the support of a political party. The process begins at the most local level at the beginning of...

Fix our corporate tax loopholes

Published July 30, 2014

One of Minnesota’s largest employers and the fourth-most profitable medical device company in the world, Medtronic, is moving its corporate headquarters to Ireland. This process of moving the company’s...

Reform Common Core standards

Published July 16, 2014

Common Core, the nationwide K-12 education standards established in 2010, has received plenty of criticism from educators and parents. A vast majority of states have adopted the optional state education...

Allow unpaid interns to be successful

Published July 9, 2014

Today, fewer and fewer college careers are complete without an unpaid internship. In a related trend, fewer students are working chiefly because of competition with non-students, the Minnesota Daily reported...

A job takes more than a diploma

Published June 25, 2014

One of the many realities that college students must face is the job market. While many of us have decided to pursue a major that’s fulfilling and fun, we’ll have to convince potential employers...

Pay As You Earn still has room to grow

Published June 18, 2014

President Barack Obama issued an executive order last week that enhances the eligibility of current and former college students to enroll in a loan repayment program. Under the Pay As You Earn program,...

Our wealth gap is unsustainable

Published June 4, 2014

One of today’s most contentious political issues concerns the impact of wealth inequality and how we can reduce the large gap between the rich and the poor. President Barack Obama made this a central...

What if Minnesotans could text police?

Published May 28, 2014

The Federal Communications Commission recently revealed a pilot program for texting 911 for emergencies. The rationale for such a program isn’t difficult to comprehend. There are some individuals...

Politicians are more than platforms

Published May 5, 2014

In today’s political machine, candidates often first create platforms of beliefs and endorsements. But where politics end, personality begins. Most of my discussions with fellow political junkies...

Educators plagued by low wages

Published April 28, 2014

In the past, adjunct professors were mostly non-academic professionals who taught a class or two to provide students with some exposure to their chosen fields. Adjuncts supplemented the teaching staff,...

Science classes should be for everyone

Published April 21, 2014

As a College of Liberal Arts student, I advocate for the University of Minnesota to offer more science classes for non-science students to fulfill their biological and physical science requirements. This...

Minnesota’s lawmakers need a space

Published April 13, 2014

Apart from the recent minimum wage hike and anti-bullying legislation, the proposal to build a new Senate office building remains one of the most contentious issues in the Minnesota Legislature. Republicans...

Athletes need a new set of standards

Published April 7, 2014

The National Labor Relations Board ruled last month that football players at Northwestern University can unionize as university employees, which sparked further debate about the treatment of college athletes...

Sony’s PS4 has a savior in new tech

Published March 31, 2014

It has been more than three months since the release of the Sony PlayStation 4 and the Microsoft Xbox One, which joined the Nintendo Wii U in the eighth generation of video game consoles. This generation...

Dead diseases return without vaccines

Published March 24, 2014

Through vaccines, we can eradicate debilitating diseases, but many parents choose against vaccinating their children. Without protection, these ailments continue to spread. Measles, a highly contagious...

Payday loan law helps state borrowers

Published March 10, 2014

Rep. Joe Atkins, DFL-Inver Grove Heights, introduced a bill last week that would regulate the payday lending industry in Minnesota. As this legislation makes its way through committee, we should advocate...

Winter conditions put students at risk

Published March 3, 2014

On Feb. 21, Minnesotans woke up to one of this winter’s worst snowstorms. Many people, including myself, were unable to get their cars out of their driveways, and those fortunate enough to get on...

Comcast merger hurts college students

Published February 24, 2014

Comcast recently announced that it will acquire competitor Time Warner Cable in a deal that will increase its share of the Internet service market to 38 percent. Several anti-trust and open Internet advocates,...

Making room for cars on campus

Published February 17, 2014

In her quest to attract 100,000 new residents to the city, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges is promoting public transportation, but not increased parking. Although I see the value of mass transit, Hodges...

Don’t wait; engage with local politics

Published February 10, 2014

In every statewide election this year, Minnesota’s major political parties will hold precinct caucuses to directly engage citizens in the political process. Constituents may become delegates or offer...

The necessity of teachers’ unions

Published February 3, 2014

The Anoka-Hennepin school district’s 3,000 teachers recently decided that they would no longer be staying late, a practice schools often require to edit lesson plans, grade papers and input test...

The suburban reversal

Published January 27, 2014

Until recently, the Twin Cities population dwindled for decades. As more suburbs developed in the 20th century, many decided to pack up their bags and head to the suburbs. However, in recent years, the...

We need leadership on post-grad difficulties

Published January 23, 2014

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama spoke  at a higher education summit last week on inequalities and opportunities for low-income students. Speaking from their own backgrounds, the...

Time to ditch the exams

Published December 10, 2013

As finals draw near, students prepare for their last, often comprehensive assignments. Instead of planning tests, however, instructors should consider assigning papers and projects as an alternative. Throughout...

More filibuster reform needed

Published December 3, 2013

Sen. Harry Reid and other Senate Democrats recently reformed the filibuster in an effort to limit Republicans from blocking routine appointee confirmations. However, Democrats should go further and get...

Blue Laws protect Thanksgiving

Published November 26, 2013

Many retailers are making headlines for opening earlier on Thanksgiving night for Black Friday. Minnesota-based retailers Best Buy and Target are forcing employees to open stores earlier than they have...

Why I don’t hunt

Published November 21, 2013

One of Minnesota’s many hallmarks, aside from its lakes, long winters and mediocre football team, is deer hunting. The state’s firearms deer hunting season began earlier this month, but I found...

Protecting the judiciary

Published November 11, 2013

As a progressive, I am a staunch supporter of reforming government practices, but some state legislators are pushing for an unnecessary and potentially damaging change to judicial elections. The desire...

The NSA’s (ir)relevance in our lives

Published November 4, 2013

The National Security Agency launched itself into the limelight this year after its spying and data-collecting techniques surfaced. The findings further reduced the public’s trust in government,...

Too many texts

Published October 28, 2013

At this time in the semester, students are busy preparing for midterms. During these time crunches, students prioritize assignments based upon importance relative to other tasks. Unfortunately, though,...

Freedom from pot smoke

Published October 21, 2013

I am a firm believer in the notion that an adult should have the right to smoke recreational marijuana without the fear of the law. However, smokers must do so responsibly. Along this line of thinking,...

Style without substance

Published October 14, 2013

Since the state adopted a new online voter registration system, local Republicans have been attacking Secretary of State Mark Ritchie for subverting the powers of the Legislature. Four prominent local...

Too early to critique MNsure

Published October 8, 2013

State-run health insurance exchanges courtesy of the Affordable Care Act launched nationwide last week. Minnesota’s MNsure was no exception. From the start, the Minnesota health insurance exchange...

In defense of food stamps

Published September 30, 2013

While Congressional Republicans were voting to slash food stamps, or SNAP, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) used caviar and steak as props in a House speech to depict Congress’ hypocrisy on...

Minimum wage for legislators

Published September 25, 2013

Across the U.S., every state has some sort of legislature. Although the names vary, they all achieve similar goals: crafting laws that serve the respective states. Unfortunately, these elected officials...

Budgetary madness

Published September 23, 2013

In one week, Congress must pass a new budget or the federal government will run out of money. This would have an impact on Medicare, public hospitals, food stamps, unemployment insurance, funds to state...

An excess of candidates

Published September 16, 2013

The sheer number of candidates in the Minneapolis Mayoral race is “a blessing of democracy but also a curse of democracy,”  University of Minnesota political science professor Larry Jacobs...

Questionable ties

Published September 12, 2013

Almost a year after being thrust into the spotlight as the pinnacle of bureaucratic waste in higher education, the University of Minnesota is seeing its fair share of controversial news once again. The...

The ethics of war standards

Published September 9, 2013

As the nation continues to debate the implications of a potential strike in Syria, the U.S. should re-evaluate its own standards of war before decrying the use of chemical weapons. In an Aug. 31 speech,...

Diversity in political parties

Published September 4, 2013

Given the recent feud between New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, two prominent members of the Republican Party, I’ve found that a discussion is needed on the acceptance of...

A Federal Reserve chair vacancy

Published August 7, 2013

This fall, President Barack Obama will select the next chair of the Federal Reserve. Given an obstructionist Republican Party that will not pass anything remotely Keynesian, Obama must select a successor...

The broken filibuster

Published July 24, 2013

Recently, Republicans in the Senate agreed to some  demands of Senate Democrats to allow voting on four of President Barack Obama’s executive nominations. In exchange, Democrats agreed to not...

Tackling student debt

Published July 10, 2013

As we ended our first month of summer vacation, the federal student loan rate doubled from 3.4 to 6.8 percent. This means that for future loans we will need to spend twice the amount on interest payments...

Revamping the Mormon image

Published July 9, 2013

As one of the latest Minnesota Daily features indicated, there are many misconceptions that college-aged Mormons face on a daily basis. Through active participation on the University of Minnesota campus,...

The truth about the NSA

Published June 26, 2013

Over the last few weeks, critics have spun a myriad of misinformation regarding the National Security Agency. After Edward Snowden, a defense contractor for Booz Allen Hamilton, leaked classified information...

Why I do data entry

Published June 12, 2013

Recently, I have accepted a position at a business that outsources office and data entry employees to varying companies. Specifically, I am currently on assignment as a data entry clerk at a company that...

The truth behind the IRS scandal

Published June 12, 2013

Over the past month, the Republican Party in Congress has placed a lot of effort into attack the Obama administration for what they call the “IRS Scandal.” Through Congressional hearings, op-ed...

Cornucopia of “controversies”

Published May 29, 2013

  Over the past few weeks, President Barack Obama has had to deal with many controversies. These include the Benghazi, the Internal Revenue Service, the Associated Press and the “Umbrella-gate”...

Republicans against common sense

Published May 8, 2013

  The Republican Party is known for its war against science; whether the war involves its ignorance on global warming, evolution or same-sex rights. Some conservatives have a difficult time attempting...

STEM employment myth

Published May 7, 2013

If you are enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, you have probably been lectured by parents, former teachers, friends, relatives or even online trolls that your degree...

Returning to the nest

Published May 1, 2013

As a first-year college student, I have asked numerous friends for advice on where I should live next semester. Essentially, I have three options: dorming, renting or living at home. In the end, I decided...

The Spanish crisis

Published April 30, 2013

The Spanish government reported last week that their gross domestic product will contract by more than 1 percent in 2013, despite austerity measures. Moreover, the unemployment rate has risen to 27.2 percent,...

Pro-austerity study debunked

Published April 24, 2013

In 2010, two Harvard University economists, Kenneth Rogoff and Carmen Reinhart, conducted a study called Growth in a Time of Debt. The report found that a nation whose debt rises above 90 percent of its...

Internet privacy in danger

Published April 23, 2013

  Last week, the House passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act with mixed support from both Democrats and Republicans. This piece of legislation should not be passed into law. What...

Unscrupulous welfare conditions

Published April 19, 2013

Several states are debating whether or not to connect public school attendance for children and to their parents receiving welfare benefits from the state. For example, Steve Cookson, a Republican legislator...

A test of faith

Published April 17, 2013

  As a young boy growing up in Hibbing, and Blaine, Minn., I had several experiences with the seemingly default religion of Christianity in my family. Although my parents were not very religious,...

Bachmann vs. Graves: round two

Published April 16, 2013

Last week, I was ecstatic to read that Jim Graves, the founder of AmericInn, has decided to run against Republican Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann for a second time. As a constituent of Minnesota’s...

The freedom of the melting pot

Published April 10, 2013

  Two Republican legislators in North Carolina drafted a bill to declare a state religion, whereby rendering the Constitution in the southern state as null-and-void. The house speaker blocked the...

Compromiser-in-chief

Published April 9, 2013

Last week, the White House announced that President Barack Obama’s latest budget will be released  Wednesday. The budget includes a conversion to the chained CPI cost-of-living structure for...

The evolution of the Dayton tax plan

Published April 3, 2013

For the past few months, we have seen the tax plan of Gov. Mark Dayton go about interesting reforms. It began with speculation over the specifics of a reform to the sales tax, followed by staunch opposition,...

Developing personhood

Published April 3, 2013

Several states are in the process of enacting harsh restrictions on the reproductive rights of women. In fact, North Dakota recently passed a law that outlaws abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detectable,...