Editorials

Not for Congress

(The Journal's editorial of Friday, Oct. 4, (Not for Congress) was in error when it said that a Republican budget proposal on Sept. 30 would have eliminated government health insurance for Congress, lawmakers' staffs, White House appointees and other federal employees. What the Republicans ...

Figures don’t lie

In arguing for bigger government, President Barack Obama is being more than a little dishonest. He insists he is reducing the spending deficit - but he is not. He maintains the debt ceiling is not a license for more deficits - but it is.Take a look at what Obama says - and the truth about his ...

Shutdown inevitable; worse may be in store

Congress' failure to agree on a continuing resolution to fund the federal government's operations on Monday has led to the shutdown that seemed more inevitable the closer the deadline came.The tea-party members of the Republican House Caucus were determined to make this simple procedural vote a ...

Weeds: The old homesteads

For some years, I've had a part time job with the Minnesota Crop Improvement Association. Most of what I do is inspect fields that are producing various types of seed. This time of year, I look at around 60 soybean fields. It's a lot of walking, followed by writing reports.I've walked hundreds ...

Good news for school district coffers

The state of Minnesota is almost square with its school districts, Gov. Mark Dayton and other state officials reported on Monday.By the end of Fiscal Year 2013, the state has repaid nearly $2.6 billion of the $2.8 billion the state borrowed from school districts to balance the state's budget. ...

Eagle Update

One month of the school year is complete. Students are in routines and our staff has had a chance to get to know their students. The first month is important for us to set expectations and connect with the students. I encourage parents to continue to communicate with their student and the ...

Government can’t meet its own schedule

Admissions from President Barak Obama's administration that it isn't really ready to roll out the new national health insurance program have become regular occurrences.By Jan. 1, every American will be required to have health insurance or pay a hefty tax for failure to comply. Those without ...

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down

Brodkorb settlementTHUMBS UP: It is good to learn that the wrongful termination lawsuit former Minnesota Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb brought against the Senate has been settled, and at the bargain price of $30,000, which is the amount the Senate had offered him in a severance deal back in ...

Budget battle

A government shutdown on Tuesday is still a very strong possibility. The Republicans controlling the House in Congress and the Democrats controlling the Senate are still at odds over a short term spending bill that would allow the government to continue its operations. The House's version would ...

Hwy. 14 is indeed a ‘Corridor of Commerce’

It's no secret that good roads are essential for economic and commercial success. Communities that have good access to main traffic arteries can offer manufacturers and other businesses quicker, cheaper ways to get their goods to market, or to get the inventory they need trucked in more ...

Approach Iran with caution

Iran's new president, Hasan Rouhani, is a moderate compared to his predecessor, Mahmoud Amadinejad. He doesn't spout anti-Zionist, Holocaust-denying rhetoric, or rant against American involvement in the Middle East. By comparison he sounds like a reasonable man, and he is making what sounds ...

Obama energy plan is huge new tax

More than two centuries ago, Americans fought a War of Independence in large measure because our ancestors would not submit to taxation without representation.How, then, will we react to taxation without representation that proportionately dwarfs that of the 1760s and 1770s? Knowing a political ...

Another power struggle in D.C.

The American public cannot be blamed these days for feeling like villagers caught between two armies, each aiming their cannons at the other with the village right in the line of fire. Or like citizens of Tokyo when Godzilla and Mothra are squaring off.The federal government is nearing its debt ...

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down

What about Minnesota River?THUNBS DOWN: Congress seems ready to close down the Upper St. Anthony Lock on the Mississippi River to try to keep Asian carp from spreading farther north. It is a good idea, worthy of consideration, but it does little to protect the Minnesota River, which connects ...

Katrina victims still waiting for money

No one ought to go through the devastation suffered by hundreds of thousands of people in the Gulf States when Hurricane Katrina hit there in August 2005. Most Americans were happy to see their tax money go to help those who lost belongings, homes and businesses in the storm.But there ought to ...

Focus on the shooters

The slaughter of 12 people (and the death of their shooter) at the Washington Navy Yard this week has raised more questions about guns, who gets them, and how we can keep them out of the hands of homicidal maniacs.As has been the case with the shootings in Newtown, Mass., in Aurora, Colo., and ...

Anti-bullying policies must be effective

Among the most heart-wrenching, deeply troubling stories in the news last week was that of a 12-year-old Florida girl who committed suicide after being bullied for nearly a year.Investigators are looking into whether charges can be filed against some of the 15 or so girls who ganged up on ...

Weeds: Always hard to say goodbye

On Thursday, September 5, at 2 a.m. Eileen Ruff passed away at Sleepy Eye Hospital. Eileen was my mother-in-law, and she was the last grandparent my children had.Of course, it has been difficult for Pam. There is no easy way to lose a parent. These are the two people who give us life; then they ...

Only Coach Kill should make health decisions

University of Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill suffered another epileptic seizure during a Gopher football game on Saturday, creating another stir about whether his health compromises his ability to be an effective leader for the program. Some are saying the U of M should offer him the ...

Eagle Update: Activities

By Chad EischensISD 88 Activities DirectorThe fall season at New Ulm High School is more than new shoes, crisp morning air and Friday night lights. It's also "participation" season. The stream of students, parents and coaches in and out of the activities office is endless at times. This ...