Editorials

Under Dayton’s thumb

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Thursday on the issue of whether the governor of the state can use the line-item veto power given to him by the state constitution to wipe out the operating funds for the Legislature. We can’t believe that this is what the framers of the state constitution ...

Tax reform should not raise taxes on middle-incomes

If a bipartisan assessment of the U.S. Senate’s tax reform bill is accurate, lawmakers need to go back to the drawing board. A measure being billed as tax relief should not force millions of Americans to pay more. Analysts for Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation have concluded the ...

Trade speech is important reminder

We Americans often seem less suspicious of foreign competitors, both economically and militarily, than of each other. Just contrast the rhetoric often heard in U.S. political campaigns with that usually employed in reference to leaders in other countries. But last week in Vietnam, President ...

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Aggressive plan needed to tackle harmful pollutants At a time when attention is being paid to the devastating effects pollution has worldwide — killing more people every year than all war and violence, a major study recently revealed — the U.S. may be dialing back its pollution ...

Identifying people who may be killers

Mass shootings invariably produce calls for stricter limits on access to firearms. They fall into two basic categories: • Some people want to ban all ownership of certain types of guns, including many that are very popular. Such restrictions have little or no chance of being enacted, in ...

Ensure names get on FBI’s database

For any caring human being, the heartbreak of what happened Sunday in tiny Sutherland Springs, Texas, is agonizing. Twenty-six people in a small church, including some children, were shot to death. Add to that emotion outrage over reports regarding the murderer, Devin Patrick Kelley. His ...

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Thanks, Veterans THUMBS UP: In recent years, America’s military has relied on an all-volunteer military force. Americans should be grateful to all those who have chosen to serve in the military. These men and women choose to serve out of a sense of duty, out of patriotism and a wish to serve ...

Existing laws should have stopped shooter

The 26 men, women and children massacred in a Texas church Sunday might be alive today if existing laws on firearms ownership had been obeyed. They were not — and the full extent of government’s failure in that regard is both horrifying and angering many Americans. Devin Patrick Kelley, ...

Dems who disregard their own voters

Turmoil has been the order of the day among leaders of both the Republican and Democratic parties. Listing all the many concerns of millions of voters who have been loyalists of either party would require a book. But a book by Donna Brazile, formerly chairwoman of the Democratic National ...

ACA mandate and the tax reform bill

Republican leaders in Congress are not happy with one tax reform proposal from President Donald Trump. It is that the comprehensive tax bill on which they are working include a provision rescinding the Affordable Care Act’s so-called “individual mandate.” Tax reformers know that ...

Puerto Rico still needs to clean up its own system

President Donald Trump has been accused of discriminating against Puerto Rico in terms of U.S. aid to help the island recover from devastating hurricanes. Far from it. Trump appears to be discriminating against U.S. states with big disaster recovery bills. Trump previously had told the ...

Issues up for election Tuesday

We voted last November to elect a president, our U.S. representatives, and our state legislators. We also elected city councilors, school board members and county officials. Next November we will be voting for U.S. representatives and senators, legislators, city, school and county officials ...

Tax reform aims may fall to compromise

Republicans writing a comprehensive tax reform bill already have made compromises. One occurred this week, when they bowed to the “tax-the-rich” crowd by agreeing to leave rates at current levels for top earners. Those are the very people most likely to have taken any tax savings and ...

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Anne Earl Day Thumbs Up: Congratulations to Anne Earl, who was honored on Thursday at the Brown County Historical Society’s annual meeting. Earl is one of those “unsung” heroes, doing work behind the scenes at the BCHS museum, serving on the board and doing what needs to be done, ...

Only one way to stop IS-driven killings

Once again, we find ourselves asking the familiar question: How can we prevent terrorist attacks such as that in New York City on Tuesday? We can’t — at least not without infringing upon liberties we Americans cherish. In mid-afternoon Tuesday, Sayfullo Saipov, 29, who came to this ...

Iran’s announcement not that comforting

Iranian Revolutionary Guard officials announced Tuesday that the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameini, has restricted the range of missiles manufactured in Iran to 1,240 miles. Oh. Everything’s all right, then. All that worry over Iran’s missile and nuclear weapons programs ...

Manafort charges should be of great concern

Criminal charges against Paul Manafort and a business associate are not linked to President Donald Trump’s campaign last year, but they still should be of great concern. Manafort was a top aide to Trump during part of the election campaign. But he was fired last August, quite possibly ...

Power in Puerto Rico

The corruption attendant to much of what goes on in Puerto Rican government makes an investigation of a $300 million contract involving recovery from a devastating hurricane virtually mandatory. Neither President Donald Trump nor members of Congress should shrink from such a probe. Puerto ...

Keep favoritism out of energy policy

Two wrongs don’t make a right, even if the first was very, very wrong — harmful in a way to tens of millions of Americans. For eight years, former President Barack Obama’s administration did all it could to kill the coal industry and shut down coal-fired power plants. Part of the ...

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One board will do THUMBS UP: The New Ulm Board of Zoning Adjustment voted this week to recommend its own dissolution, and handing off its duties to the New Ulm Planning Commission. The New Ulm City Council will take up the question at its next meeting. We think move makes sense. For years, ...

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