Editorials

Not a show of strength in Helsinki

Prior to his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, President Donald Trump had been offered a lot of advice on how to deal with the Russian dictator, especially after 12 Russian military intelligence officers were indicted in the U.S. for interfering with the U.S. election in ...

The history of the people

The Brown County Historical Society Museum has received another national recognitiion. Last week the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) announced BCHS will receive the Award of Merit for its “Loyalty and Dissent: Brown County and WWI” exhibit. In 2012, the Museum ...

North Koreans cannot be trusted

Well surprise, surprise! U.S. intelligence agencies say North Korean officials are planning ways to cheat on any pact calling for elimination of their nuclear weapons arsenal. Sarcasm aside, that should surprise no one. For decades, North Korean leaders have promised with straight faces to ...

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Quick acting heroes THUMBS UP: Everyone knows that you put kids and water together in hot weather and there is going to be a certain amount of danger. This week some quick thinking teens helped save a young swimmer at the Sleepy Eye waterpark. John Baures, 14, saw a younger swimmer go under ...

Election in Mexico could benefit farmers

After weeks of destructive rains and tariffs targeting their crops and hogs, farmers in southwest Minnesota may have received some good news recently. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrandor is celebrating a shocking victory in Mexico’s presidential election. Obrandor quickly threw out an olive branch ...

FarmFest where it’s at for political junkies

This is a big election year with a full slate of state offices up for grabs, both U.S. Senate seats and all the congressional seats. And once again, FarmFest in Redwood County will be the place to be Aug. 7-9 for those who like to see their politicians up close and personal. FarmFest always ...

Good news to report

Newspapers have to report so much bad, upsetting news that the occasional heart-warmer comes as a welcome pleasure. The good news this week was not all from Thailand, where rescuers on Tuesday completed rescue of members of a boys’ soccer team who had been trapped in a cave. We had a ...

Military discharges without honor?

The Associated Press reported over the weekend that several legal immigrants who enlisted in the U.S. Army under a program that promises expedited naturalization for military service are being quietly discharged. The reasons for dismissal are often vague, if reasons are given at all, and ...

Flood damage calls for funding help

Governor Mark Dayton, Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, and U.S. Rep. Colin Peterson have been through the area looking at damage caused by flooding this past week. While flash flooding caused by last week’s heavy rain was not widespread, it caused significant damage where it did ...

Rethink ‘equity’ rules

So-called “gender equity” rules have been adopted in some places with the specified goal of getting rid of good old boy dominance in politics. Sometimes they backfire. In Pennsylvania, two women who should have won election to the Democratic Party Central Committee in Philadelphia are ...

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High water woes Thumbs Down: The torrential rains that have been pounding southwest Minnesota is leading to unprecedented flooding for this time of year. The power of water was shown in the washed out roads near Redwood Falls and Walnut Grove this past week. Springfield’s Riverside Park was ...

Our growing debt

The $21.2 trillion national debt today is worrisome enough. But it is going to get worse, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. You may want to sit down for this: Within 30 years, the national debt will top $100 trillion, if nothing changes, the CBO is predicting. That ...

Don’t let traffickers slip through border

Most illegal immigrants come to our country seeking economic opportunity. Many are fleeing violence or the threat of it. And many, the children to whom our hearts have gone out during recent weeks, have no say in the matter. But a fre of those coming across the southern border are bent on ...

Becoming American

Merely coming to America is not enough for some people born in foreign lands. Our nation is such a beacon of liberty and prosperity that some choose to go through the rigorous process of becoming citizens. How many do that says much about us, not just about our government but about us as ...

A decision for national security

U.S. Supreme Court justices who upheld President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban last week made it clear they were not ruling on whether his policy is wise, only on its constitutionality. But, by a 5-4 vote, justices affirmed Trump’s national security responsibilities give him the ...

Get to work

While the rest of us may be thinking of getting in a few last-of-summer days off in August, our U.S. senators will be chained to their workplace, the Capitol building. Normally, members of Congress are in recess during August. But this year, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has ...

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Capital Gazette carries on THUMBS DOWN: An armed man stormed into the newsroom of the Annapolis Capital Gazette offices on Thursday and opened fire. Five people were killed, and several more wounded in an attempt to — to do what, we don’t know. To gain revenge for some unflattering ...

New justice will change the balance of the Court

The announced retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy will give President Donald Trump another chance to perform the task so many people elected him to do — to appoint another conservative justice to the U.S. Supreme Court. You could say the reason so many people chose him over ...

Trump team takes aim at ‘swamp’

How nice it would be to believe that President Donald Trump’s plan to reorganize the federal government will result in more efficiency and less bureaucratic stupidity. Most Americans have had enough exposure to federal agencies, however, not to believe an improvement has occurred until they ...

Uncivil discourse

So, Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a restaurant in Virginia because of her work as official mouthpiece for President Donald Trump. Members of the restaurant staff, including some who are gay, felt uncomfortable having her there, and the manager said, “What do you want me to do? I ...

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