Editorials

Our View: The woman behind Roe v. Wade

Pro-abortion activists want women to think the 1973 Supreme Court ruling known as Roe v. Wade is, without question, a good thing. It is not, of course. And the pro-abortion forces would prefer you not know that for years, one of their staunchest opponents was the woman behind Roe v. ...

Our View: What happens when Trump needs us to believe him?

President Donald Trump gave a 77-minute press conference on Thursday that still has people talking. He derided the press, even as he encouraged them to ask him “nice” questions.” He described news reports about his campaign’s contacts with Russia as “fake news” even while saying ...

Our View: Pence left hanging

Several presidents have treated their vice presidents notoriously and sometimes irresponsibly badly. The late President Harry Truman knew all about that. When he took office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he had to be told about the atomic bomb. Roosevelt had kept him in the ...

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Help for German Park is welcome THUMBS UP: State Sen. Gary Dahms has introduced legislation to add the German Park renovation project to the state’s bonding bill. He is proposing $300,000 to help pay for the renovations to the amphitheater in the park. The current amphitheater area is built ...

Our View: Unauthorized perks

The growing umbrage over the misuse of luxury suites at the new U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Vikings, resulted in the resignations of the top two administrators on the Minneosta Sports Facilities Authority on Friday. Chairwoman Michelle Kelm-Helgen announced her resignation Friday morning. ...

Our View: Russia connection gets stranger; review is in order

President Donald Trump’s seeming infatuation with Vladimir Putin and Russia is no longer just a recurring joke on Saturday Night Live. It is getting seriously strange, and Congress needs to conduct an investigation into just how strange it is getting. This is not just about Trump ...

Our View: The mistake of limiting troops

When U.S. military helicopters were sent to Afghanistan to aid in the battle against terrorists there, many of their mechanics stayed behind in this country. Men and women accustomed to servicing the aircraft and with a very real stake in doing it well — their comrades in arms fly the ...

The Pakistan problem

It may be that the most critical foreign relations problem facing President Donald Trump, at least in the short term, is not Russia or China. It is Pakistan, which for years has been enabling terrorist groups in Afghanistan and thus, the rest of the world. During testimony before the Senate ...

Our View: Argument for LGA

Local Government Aid, the state’s program that provides funding for cities that don’t have the tax base to fund necessary services without exorbitant property tax levies, is being discussed at the Legislature again this year. Governor Mark Dayton is proposing a $20 million increase in the ...

Our View: Will DeVos destroy public schools, or will Congress?

Confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. secretary of education means the end of public schools as we know them, her critics have charged. There was enough concern about that among senators that 50 of them voted against her. For the first time in history, a tie vote over a Cabinet nominee had to be ...

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Ask before you toss Thumbs Down: The question everyone in New Ulm has been asking this week after a mercury spill in a North Payne Street alley is “What in the world was someone doing with two gallons of mercury?” The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has investigated the incident ...

Our View: Government should be able to negotiate drug prices

One of the big factors in the rising cost of medical care is the cost of prescription drugs.  Lots of senior citizens can tell you about the challenge of paying their pharmacy bill, even with Medicare. The fact is, U.S. citizens pay the highest prices for prescriptions of any country. Part of ...

Our View: School choice is working here

The main objection to Betsy DeVos as President Donald Trump’s Education secretary, beside the fact that she has little experience in education, is that she is a strong proponent of school choice and a voucher system that will let parents send their children to other schools than the public ...

Our View: Trump should know we’re better than that

Donald Trump is president in part because many Americans disliked his predecessor’s habit of refusing to recognize the exceptional nature of our government and the American people. Too often, former President Barack Obama cited our nation’s challenges — and there are many — in ...

Our View: Gorsuch can expect a battle

Judge Neil Gorsuch can expect a stiff battle in getting his nomination to the Supreme Court approved by the Senate. That is simply the way the game is played these days. On Sunday we wrote about the difference between Democrats in Congress offering opposition and obstruction. We realize, ...

Our View: Give farmers a break

Minnesota’s tax law places a burden on farmers when it comes to property tax levies for school construction bonds. Farmers who own lots of valuable land make up a substantial portion of the tax base in many rural school districts. While they get a break on school operating tax levy ...

Our View: Opposition, not obstructionism

Fortunately, some Democrats in the U.S. Senate are beginning to think about the meaning of “loyal opposition” in government. It means standing firm on specific issues, without engaging in wholesale obstructionism. Many Americans disagree with some or even all of President Donald Trump’s ...

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Madelia Miracle THUMBS UP: This time last year, the eyes of the state were focused on Madelia, where a devastating fire had ripped through a block of the Main Street business district. What was going to happen to those eight affected businesses? To the town itself? How could they bounce ...

Our View: Standing against hate

The trial of Allen “Lance” Scarsella ended in Hennepin County Court on Wednesday with a guilty verdict. To some in the courtroom, it was a surprising verdict, given that Scarsella is white, 10 of the 12 jurors were white, and the victims of Scarsella’s crime were black. Scarsella had ...

Our View: Political expression via Super Bowl ad? Why not?

Many people admit they watch the Super Bowl for the ads more than the game. Advertisers, who pay millions for 30 seconds of time, have taken to previewing their ads, putting out teasers and releasing them on YouTube to build the hype. Their goal is to be the ad that everyone is talking about ...

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