U.S. EX­CERPTS

The Kansas City Star (Sunday) - - OPINION -

An ex­pen­sive pol­icy From the Min­neapo­lis Star-Tri­bune Here’s a rad­i­cal idea for Min­nesota law­mak­ers con­cerned about the un­sus­tain­able costs of the state’s sex-of­fender pro­gram. In­stead of com­plain­ing about it, do some­thing about it.

Per capita, Min­nesota locks up more sex of­fend­ers af­ter their prison sen­tences than any other state. It spends $64.9 mil­lion a year hold­ing 552 of­fend­ers un­der civil com­mit­ment laws — a pop­u­la­tion that’s al­most quadru­pled in nine years. If the com­mit­ment rate con­tin­ues, a 400-bed ex­pan­sion of the Moose Lake fa­cil­ity that opened in 2009 will be full by the end of 2012, mean­ing an ex­pen­sive ad­di­tion will be needed. ‘Our pri­macy in the world’ From the Las Ve­gas Sun In a meet­ing with gov­er­nors, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama called for strength­en­ing the na­tion’s school sys­tem. He out­lined sev­eral sound ideas to im­prove ed­u­ca­tion, in­clud­ing rais­ing stan­dards. Amer­ica, he said, had to do bet­ter to com­pete in the world.

Obama said that dur­ing a visit to South Korea last year, he was told it was that coun­try’s in­tent to ed­u­cate its chil­dren to do bet­ter than Amer­i­can chil­dren.

“That’s what we’re up against,” Obama said. “That’s what’s at stake, noth­ing less than our pri­macy in the world. As I said at the State of the Union ad­dress, I do not ac­cept a United States of Amer­ica that’s sec­ond place.”

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama

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