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Commentary: More questions than answers over odd Coleman bill

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ST. PAUL -- In the world of politics, the public often needs to hear straight from government officials involved before understanding and forming an opinion on a particular issue.

Silence can breed skepticism, sometimes unwarranted.

Take the example of a recent news tip about little-known legislation authored two years ago by U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman. The Minnesota Republican wanted to spend $40 million to help teach children basic first aid.

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