Editorials

Federal government has spending problem

Now the bare-fisted battle for money begins: President Donald Trump is recommending a $4.1 trillion federal budget. There is something in it — or, rather, not in it — to anger just about every member of Congress. Both senators and House of Representatives members from Minnesota and Iowa ...

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Celebrations abound THUMBS UP: With area high schools holding graduation ceremonies this week, graduation parties and celebrations are coming fast and furious. It’s a great time for friends and families to get together for a good time. This weekend is also Memorial Day weekend, a kickoff ...

Our View: Assault on reporter is assault on you

So it has come to this. Donald Trump spent his whole campaign dissing reporters who were assigned to cover him. He called them dishonest, disgusting and liars. He used them to inflame the crowds at his rallies, ordering news crews to turn their cameras to show the size of the crowd and then ...

Eradicate vicious terrorist network

President Donald Trump is criticized often for his shoot-from-the-lip style. Not infrequently, his sometimes harsh tone is looked down upon. But he had it exactly right on Monday. Trump was speaking in the hours after a suicide bomber killed 22 people and wounded 59 at a concert hall in ...

Better late than never

Governor Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders reached agreement late Monday —very late Monday — on a state budget agreement. It was too late to get the budget work completed by the end of the session at midnight Monday, but the agreement was solid enough for Dayton to call an ...

Sometimes blunt messages are better

There can be no doubt Saudi Arabia leaders got the message President Donald Trump was sending Saturday. Ironically, it was one former President Barack Obama claimed to be trying to convey — but in which he failed dismally. Trump has been accused of, in effect, being unnecessarily blunt and ...

Time to fix state teacher licensing

Last week the Legislature passed — and Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed — legislation designed to streamline and revamp a Minnesota teacher licensing system that Office of the Legislative Auditor says is broken and in need of significant changes. The bill passed last week addressed many of the ...

Real ID bill passes – finally

Minnesota has joined the rest of the United States — finally — in meeting federal standards on state driver’s licenses to board domestic flights. The Legislature on Wednesday approved a bill to comply with the 2005 federal Real ID Act, which includes a 2018 deadline for upgraded IDs. ...

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Service To Mankind THUMBS UP: The New Ulm Sertoma Club made a great choice for its annual Service To Mankind award, which was awarded to Dick Embacher this week. As Social Services supervisor for Brown County for 37 years, service to mankind was his job, but his service has not abated since ...

Baby steps when a mad dash is needed

As the Minnesota legislative session winds down to its final hours, Governor Mark Dayton and leaders in the House and Senate have been trying to come to agreement on the 10 spending bills passed by the Republicans who control the Legislature and the DFL governor who vetoed each and every one of ...

Kim goes too far

North Korean dictator Kim Song Un has gone beyond rattling his saber during the past few months. He has gone to waving the sword around his region of Asia, and that seems to be prompting some other world leaders to reexamine the old advice about the enemy of my enemy being my friend. During ...

National security vs cybernet security

Which of government’s protective functions is more important: safeguarding us against computer hackers or detecting and stopping the next terrorist plot or, perhaps, slowing down a rogue nation’s missile or nuclear program? As more and more global extortionists demand money in exchange ...

School discipline and the courts

A case the U.S. Supreme Court may handle this week raises troubling questions — but they are not limited to those many in the media and the courts are addressing. Reporters have focused on the case because it is one new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch dealt with while he was a ...

Investigate our meddling, too

A chorus of top Democrats are demanding an independent prosecutor be commissioned to investigate Russian tampering with the 2016 presidential election. Fine. By all means, let us have a comprehensive, independent probe of links between Russian officials and U.S. politicians. And while we are ...

Here’s to mothers

Today is Mothers Day, and we join people everywhere in honoring mothers on this special days. There are cynics who complain that this is a holiday pumped up by the florist and greeting card industries, but we ask you: Is there anyone more deserving of flowers, fancy cards and a special day ...

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Graduation season THUMBS UP: Martin Luther College is holding its 2017 spring commencement ceremony today, kicking off the graduation season for schools in the area. High schools in the next couple of weeks will also hold their graduation ceremonies, sending their out into the world that ...

Heading for a wreck

Two weeks was apparently not enough for Governor Mark Dayton and the Republicans controlling the Minnesota Legislature to work out a budget agreement. Instead, talks broke down this week and Republicans began passing their own budget bills, which the governor says he will veto. He’s not even ...

Ill-timed firing

President Donald Trump may be right when he says that FBI Director James Comey had to be fired to start restoring the nation’s confidence in its premier crime-fighting organization. But the reasons and the timing of the abrupt firing on Tuesday suggest Trump is less concerned about the ...

FOI law doesn’t extend to Congress

In cautioning federal agencies about an outrageous provision of the federal Freedom of Information Act, a Texas congressman has reminded the American people of it, too. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, has sent letters to about a dozen agencies regarding press inquiries about government ...

Health care measure

It is a measure of the mixed feelings many in the House of Representatives had about a proposal to repeal and replace the Obamacare insurance fiasco that the bill passed Thursday only by the thin margin of 217-213. No Democrats voted for it. Twenty Republicans joined them. Waiting for the ...

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