Editorials

Where is the truth?

A new Gallup/Knight Foundation Survey on Trust, Media and Democracy shows the conundrum many people feel today. While the vast majority (84 percent) of Americans say that the media has an important role to pay in democracy, just 33 percent have a "very favorable" or "somewhat favorable" opinion ...

Curse may be over

Never have so many people’s spirits been lifted so rapidly as the spirits of people in Minnnesota during the last ten seconds of the Minnesota Vikings game with the New Orleans Saints. Minnesotans have grown used to the Vikings snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in the playoffs over ...

Visioning benefits

Friday’s Hot Topics luncheon at the New Ulm Country Club was a chance to see what has been happening with the Community Visioning process in New Ulm. Last year around 100 people got together for a couple of days to talk about New Ulm and its needs. It resulted in several groups getting ...

Don’t disappoint Iranian reformers

Imagine 3,700 Americans being arrested for protesting conditions in our country. You probably can’t. The First Amendment safeguards our right to protest peacefully. Any demonstrations so severe that they resulted in criminal activity requiring that scale of arrests would be taken by ...

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Trump turmoil Thumbs Down: President Donald Trump has thrown the country, and the world, once again into turmoil with the language he reportedly used on Thursday to describe undesirable immigrants. “Why are we having all these people from (expletive deleted) countries come here?” he ...

Immigration is in Congress’ court

Some members of the national press corps made much of a meeting at the White House on Tuesday, to discuss immigration legislation. President Donald Trump and lawmakers from both parties spent a substantial amount of time talking about the issue — with reporters present. Normally in such ...

Let’s focus on Winfrey’s message

Oprah Winfrey must have been pleased at the talk after her speech at the Golden Globes awards ceremony the other night. Who wouldn’t be flattered at widespread suggestions she ought to run for president? But if Winfrey is smart — and she is — she will wonder whether the message she ...

Iran reaping what it has sown

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad may have enjoyed a good chuckle over an Iranian official’s warning on Monday. Others familiar with the situation may have thought it less humorous. Iran has been wracked by anti-government demonstrations during recent weeks. On Monday, Foreign Minister Mohammad ...

U should let police handle sex assault complaints

The University of Minnesota athletic program has been hit with yet another complaint of a sex assault involving an athlete. Reggie Lynch, the star center on the Gopher’s basketball team, was suspended this week after the university’s Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) office ...

Trump takes Wolff bait

President Donald Trump is a self-described “counterpuncher.” If you attack him or criticize him he punches back twice as hard. He’s been doing it his whole professional life, including his political life. So he is easy pickings for someone like Michael Wolff, author of “Fire and Fury: ...

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Ice is ready THUMBS UP: Conditions are finally right for the New Ulm Park and Rec Department to put in ice at the outdoor skating rinks at Harman Park. It is one of the traditional joys of a Minnesota winter to be able to head down to the rink, skate around with your friends, warm up in the ...

Never doubt Kim’s intentions

There are very few sure bets in international relations. But one is that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has no intention of slowing his headlong drive to become a threat to world peace. In fact, it is highly unlikely Kim will make meaningful changes in any of his domestic or international ...

Charitable giving not based on selfishness

Tax reform signed into law by President Donald Trump just before Christmas may be detrimental to many charitable organizations, some analysts insist. It should not make an iota of difference in how we Americans respond to need. If you make contributions to recognized charities, you may be ...

Spending control lacking in D.C.

As members of Congress were debating a massive tax reform bill last month, many critics were vociferous in saying they just could not vote for it for one reason: The measure will increase the national debt. There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth over the $20.6 trillion national debt and ...

Self reliance needed

It is about time U.S. officials began worrying about reliance on other countries for critical resources. For too long, as evidenced by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s State Department approving acquisition of a major amount of U.S. uranium by Russia, there has been a “don’t ...

Border still porous

Critics of President Donald Trump’s various proposals to crack down on illegal immigration say there is little need to do so. The number of people coming into our country illegally has dropped dramatically, they say. For a time, that may have been true. It is not, now. Judging by the ...

Need to make up for human error

It became clear almost immediately after an Amtrak train crashed in California earlier this month that excessive speed was to blame. The train was traveling at 80 mph on tracks rated for 30 mph when it derailed, killing three people and injuring many others. National Transportation Safety ...

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Schell’s steps up THUMBS UP: We congratulate the August Schell Brewing Co. for stepping up to preserve a historic highlight of the Minneapolis skyline. When the Schell’s brewery bought the Grain Belt label, it also bought a stake in the future of the iconic Grain Belt neon sign that used ...

Make 2018 the year of not shielding sexual predators

The last months of this year have brought a seemingly endless series of revelations about women being harassed and assaulted by the powerful — who got away with it for too long. Let us hope 2018 takes the story into the second phase it needs to enter. That is holding accountable those who ...

Twitter must strive for fairness in applying new rules

Twitter announced last week it has begun to enforce new rules meant to reduce abusive, hateful, violent content. Of course, the intent is good; and Twitter has every right to host whatever content it chooses. It is free to encourage or suppress whatever speech its decision-makers deem meet or ...

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