Editorials

Another nice mess

“Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into!” The line was made famous by the comedy team of Laurel and Hardy. Oliver Hardy delivered it to Stan Laurel in many of the pair’s films as the kicker to the most ridiculous of misfortunes. The phrase could be used around the ...

Haspel may be what the CIA needs

To judge by her comments moments after she was sworn in as the new CIA director, Gina Haspel has her priorities in order. Haspel, a 33-year veteran of the intelligence agency, revealed some of her plans on Monday. She wants to improve CIA personnel proficiency in foreign languages, strengthen ...

We must find what triggers murderous violence

Once again our children have paid with their lives to teach us a lesson about school violence. It is that banning so-called “assault rifles” or even semi-automatic pistols will not stop them. It is that people kill people, and unless we learn more about what triggers homicidal behavior, ...

Don’t be fooled by North Korea threat

For decades, North Korean leaders have been masters of using the carrot-and-stick approach to getting what they want. The key has been their ability to switch between the two with lightning speed. Last week, dictator Kim Jong Un did just that. He called off high-level talks between his regime ...

Final day dash

Today is the final day of the Minnesota legislative session. For three months legislators have been working on a number of issues, important issues that will affect us all. Three months should be enought time to work up some plans, work out the details and work out the deals needed to get them ...

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Graduation time THUMBS UP: The snow has finally melted, just in time for high school graduations in the area. Martin Luther College held its commencement ceremonies last Saturday, and this Sunday Cathedral High School kicks off a seven-day period that will see all three local high schools ...

VA service

Opponents of a measure to make it easier for military veterans to see private-sector health care providers instead of relying on the Department of Veterans Affairs have one big complaint: Doing that could lead to privatizing the VA, they complain. Horrors! Take control of veterans’ health ...

Tax bill tangle

We know Gov. Mark Dayton doesn’t like the Republican tax bill that is making its way through the House and Senate. It doesn’t look like his. The Republican plan lowers the tax rates for businesses and individuals. It would use the gains from conforming to the new federal tax rules to do ...

Hands free cell phone bill won’t get vote – why not?

It would seem to be one of the most common-sense bills that was proposed in the Legislature this year, a bill that would require drivers to use only hands-free cell phones. With all of the reports of accidents, injuries and fatalities related to distracted driving, it would seem like an easy ...

Tax deal won’t be easy to figure

House and Senate Republicans came to an agreement on their separate versions of a state tax overhaul over the weekend. But before it can become law it has to get Gov. Mark Dayton’s signature, and that will require more negotiations. These days it is never just about the tax bill, or the ...

What’s next in Iran?

Former President Barack Obama and his aides were very good at one thing — painting the nation into corners. They did it with health care, their campaign against coal and affordable electricity, and their deal with Iran. Irreparable damage was done in every case. It remains for President ...

‘Non-disruptive’ drug price policy

The large pharmaceutical companies breathed a huge sigh of relief on Friday when President Donald Trump outlined his plan for bringing down skyrocketing drug prices. His plan eschewed the possible measures they most dreaded, such as allowing Medicare to use its incredible volume of drug ...

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Tourism award THUMBS UP: The late Arnold Koelpin was a former MLC professor a former mayor, and an all-around enthusiast about New Ulm and its history. So it is no surprise that he was honored this week with the New Ulm Tourism Person of the Year award by the New Ulm Convention and Visitors ...

Ten days to go

It doesn’t take Nostradamus to predict this: Ten days from now, on Sunday, May 20, Minnesota legislators will be entering the last day of a marathon sesssion of debating, issuing statements to the media criticizing their political opponents for being obstructionist, offering amendment after ...

Kim’s game is to downplay Trump

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un may be telegraphing his punch. If so, it would answer the question of what his charm offensive is designed to accomplish. President Donald Trump and Kim plan to meet in person to discuss a way to alleviate tension over Pyongyang’s weapons buildup. High ...

Take all school threats seriously

There was a time when the idea of arresting a 10-year-old child would be laughable to most people. Zero-tolerance policies resulting in the arrests of young children for minor offenses that should have been treated with common sense and flexibility were rightly met with derision. Such is not ...

Haspel has earned fair consideration

To her credit, Gina Haspel, nominated by President Donald Trump to head the CIA, offered last week to withdraw from contention. Reportedly, White House officials, no doubt with Trump’s knowledge, told her she retains the president’s confidence. Good. Haspel spent much of her career at the ...

Dueling on Corridors

Since the controversial announcement of the Minnesota Corridors of Commerce funding last week, we’ve hade dueling columns from state officials involved with the decision on this page. On Friday, MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle defended the funding decisions that concentrated all the ...

Seattle takes risk with ‘head tax’ plan

Events in Seattle are re-emphasizing a point about economic development that too many government officials seem to have forgotten: Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. Officials in that West Coast city have said they plan to establish a new “head tax” on businesses that gross more than ...

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Take care on roads SIDEWAYS THUMB: The highway construction in and around New Ulm can be a hassle and an inconvenience. It can also be dangerous. This week a semi driver failed to stop at the stop sign placed at Highway 14 and Nicollet Co. 37. He slammed into a car drive by Gary L. Lienig, ...

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