Editorials

Our View: Russian ties need independent investigator

Whether President Donald Trump likes it or not, the question of what the Russians did to our presidential election process and who they did it with is a big, dark question looming over the new administration. And it is increasingly apparent that the question needs to be probed by an independent ...

Our View: Walz choosing governor’s race

Minnesota’s First District Congressman Tim Walz has announced his plan to run for Minnesota Governor in 2018 instead of seeking a sixth term in the House. Walz’s decision may be a result of many things. He may be reading the writing on the wall. His re-election campaigns have become ...

Our View: Art of the no deal

President Donald Trump suffered a big defeat Friday when he and House Speaker Paul Ryan decided to pull their health care bill rather than put it to a vote in the House that they seemed destined to lose. It was a loss for Trump not just on the policy and political side, it was a blow to his ...

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Tigers at State THUMBS UP: Springfield High School’s excellent basketball season comes to an end today, a little earlier than the team had hoped, but still an excellent ending. The Tigers will play today for third place in the Class A State High School League tournament. They ran into a ...

Our View: Repeal, replace not that easy

President Donald Trump may be a great deal maker when it comes to business, but he is finding making deals with Congress is something else entirely. He and House Speaker Paul Ryan are finding that out in trying to get a vote on the American Health Care Act, which is supposed to replace the ...

Our View: Gorsuch approach is what court needs

Not infrequently, state and federal appeals court judges and justices surprise and even disappoint those who supported them when they were nominated. In a way, that is a very good thing — just what Americans ought to want from the ultimate arbiters of our laws and the U.S. Constitution. We ...

Our View: Hearings should focus on Gorsuch

Some U.S. senators would do the nation a favor if they pondered who and what they are discussing in this week’s confirmation hearings for federal Judge Neil Gorsuch, who has been nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court. During opening statements Monday by members of the Judiciary Committee, ...

Our View: Troubling issue at Congressional hearings

Troubling issues abounded at the first hearing Monday of the House committee appointed to investigate Russia’s possible involvement in efforts to sway the U.S. presidential election. Most serious is FBI Director James Comey’s confirmation that the FBI is investigating whether President ...

Tough to cut spending

Donald Trump’s budget is giving everyone a hard dose of reality when it comes to cutting spending. Trump is proposing a huge increase in defense spending and for building his wall (what happened to Mexico?), but big cuts everywhere else. Those great bugaboos, the National Endowment for the ...

Our View: Money for defense or for defense waste?

It is not difficult to visualize what Washington lobbyists for the big defense contractors were doing Thursday. They were rubbing their hands together in glee over President Donald Trump’s budget proposal. Trump included a $54 billion increase in military spending in the $1.15 trillion ...

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Knowledge Bowl   Thumbs Up: It’s that time of year when we congratulate local athletes and teams for state tournament trips and successful seasons. But let’s not forget the academic athletes who compete in mental competitions like Knowledge Bowl. On Friday, three area Knowledge Bowl ...

Let’s get all of Trump’s tax returns

Rachel Maddow and MSNBC teased the heck out of viewers when she tweeted this week that she had the “Trump tax returns” and would reveal them on her show. After 20 minutes of the show, Maddow revealed that she actually had two pages from President Donald Trump’s 2005 return, and they ...

Our View: Replace Obamacare with something better

Shortly before taking office President Donald Trump has promised to replace Obamacare — the Affordable Care Act — with something better. He said there would be “insurance for everybody.” He said it would be simpler and better: “Much less expensive, much better ...lower numbers, much ...

Our View: Sunshine Week

For more than two centuries, the bedrock of our liberty and prosperity as Americans has been our right to know what is going on around us and to discuss it freely. Our nation’s founders believed that was so important that when they wrote the Bill or Rights, they made freedom of speech the ...

Our View: What a difference

House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., ripped a Republican proposal to replace Obamacare not long after the bill’s contents were released this week. Americans don’t know enough about the bill, Pelosi insisted. Why, “without a (Congressional Budget Office) ...

Our View: The mission grinds on

Since former President George W. Bush’s infamous “mission accomplished” moment celebrating what some viewed as defeat of Islamic terrorism, Americans have learned to our dismay that wiping out the scourge will not be easy. Another reminder of that was received this week, from Iraqi ...

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Madelia aid THUMBS UP: On Friday, Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law the bill that includes the aid package for Madelia business affected by last year’s fire. The aid bill, with the assent of legislative leaders and the governor, was attached to a wetlands bill instead of waiting around for ...

Our View: Let’s mount attack on defense spending waste

President Donald Trump wants to boost defense spending by $54 billion a year. He is right to point out the armed forces need better equipment. But before shoveling that much money into the military-industrial-political complex, Trump and Congress ought to mount a surprise attack on defense ...

Replacing Obamacare

House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., earned fame for dismissing concerns about Obamacare in 2010 by advising that “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it....” At the time, Pelosi was speaker of the House and passing the Affordable ...

Our View: Do we really need to tell farmers how to mow ditches?

A legislative battle is being fought this week over roadside ditches. That’s right — ditches. To the average motorist traveling along state highways and roads, these ditches are just part of the landscape. But to farmers, the ditches are considered vital resources. Many farmers have ...

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