Editorials

Make choice for freedom

Virtually every time a totalitarian regime has subjugated its own people, the process began by warning them dire consequences would result if the government was not permitted to take small steps to safeguard the nation and its people. Objectors were told times had changed since their countries' ...

Small businesses still feel the pinch

Jobs data for May left economists even more worried about the sputtering of the already painfully slow economic recovery. Automatic Data Processing said private-sector jobs in the U.S. increased by only 135,000 jobs last month - considerably fewer than what analysts expected.National Federation ...

Weeds: The charms of small town living

Editor's note: Gwen Ruff is filling in for Randy Krzmarzick this week.Sibley County now is part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington metropolitan area. I thought I was heading to the country when I moved to Gibbon in December. So, I still live in a "statistical" metro area, but that's where ...

Phone records grab is overreaching

In the post 9/11 world we live in, we expect to pay a cost in some personal liberties for the sake of national security. We expect to get scanned and searched and give up our fingernail clippers at the airport, or to have people call police if someone sets down a package for a moment.But the ...

E-mail vs. FOI

Lots of people use more than one email address, for very good reasons. People who use email at work usually maintain separate personal accounts, for example.And some people use more than one email address in their jobs. It can be helpful, even critical, to be able to differentiate between very ...

Thumbing nose at Senate, courts

Hundreds of rulings handed down by the National Labor Relations Board since January 2012 are, in effect, null and void. That is because three of the five NLRB board members were appointed illegally by President Barack Obama.Obama's reaction to the federal court ruling on the matter, in January, ...

School Talk: Parking lot repairs

Authorization was given by school board action to move forward with the repair and renovation of district parking lots at the main campus site and Washington School during the summer of 2013. The project is projected to cost approximately $660,000. It will be financed through a tax abatement ...

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down

Ignoring Hwy. 14THUMBS DOWN: We wonder where the Minnesota Department of Transportation's sets its priorities? When it comes to using its limited funding, it seems like its philosophy is to spread the money around as thinly as possible, instead of putting it where it will do the most good.The ...

6th District Tango

It takes two to tango, and for the past couple of years, those two in Minnesota's 6th District have been Rep. Michele Bachmann, and her DFL?challenger Jim Graves. Bachmann barely beat Graves in the 2012 election, and Graves was looking strong for an upset in the 2014 electiob.Last week, of ...

Some anti-gun rules simply crazy

Anti-gun craziness in public schools seems to be increasing. It ought to be upsetting to any reasonable person, not just to those worried about Americans' Second Amendment rights.In Logan County, W.Va., a 14-year-old boy was suspended from school - and arrested, briefly -in April. His offense, ...

Is Gosnell not alone?

As Philadelphia Dr. Kermit Gosnell prepares to spend the rest of his life in prison for murdering babies born alive during botched abortions, his lawyer has brought up a troubling aspect of the case.Attorney Jack McMahon has told some reporters he blamed inadequate government regulation of ...

Selective outrage over corporate taxes

Selective outrage over corporate taxesSome champions of the free market insist Congress - or at least its liberal wing - simply can't abide with success. That is why so many lawmakers, often led by President Barack Obama, want to increase taxes, say defenders of initiative that results in ...

Is U.S. unprepared for cyber-warfare?

Think for a moment about what would happen if a foreign power launched a military attack calculated to destroy billions of dollars' worth of U.S. property - but without causing any injuries or deaths.It would be an attack and retaliation would be swift and devastating, right?Wrong.Such attacks ...

Bachmann bows out

Rep. Michele Bachmann announced in a videotaped message to supporters on Wednesday that she would not seek re-election to her Sixth District congressional seat.Her announcement doesnt't come as a surprise to political analysts and reporters, who had heard rumors ever since Bachmann's ...

Climate of sexual assault in military must be eliminated

Clearly, the U.S. armed forces approach to preventing sexual assaults is not working. A year ago, the Pentagon estimated about 19,000 members of the military had been sexually assaulted in 2011. Now the estimate for 2012 has been released: 26,000.That has infuriated both President Barack Obama ...

Doing right by Mother Nature

In a spring that was late-arriving, we had to watch our robins muck their way through several snows. They didn't look like they were having any fun. But as has happened every year for my 57 now, spring did in fact arrive.And we got busy. I get absorbed with the work that needs to be done when ...

Lesson of I-35 bridge ignored

One would think the collapse of the I-35 bridge in Minneapolis on Aug. 1, 2007, would be enough of a wake-up call for the nation on the dangers of neglecting road and bridge repairs. Thirteen people were killed and 145 people were injured when the bridge collapsed, sending cars and a school bus ...

Give thanks for those willing to serve

As we pause today to remember and honor those who have given their lives to protect us and preserve our liberty, we should ponder the changing roles they have adopted over the years.Our military has evolved from the citizen-soldiers who grabbed their muskets and left their families to fight ...

IRS officials should be worried

"I have done nothing wrong," Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner told members of Congress on Wednesday."I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations and I have not provided false information to this or any other committee," Lerner insisted to the House ...

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down

Summer fun ahead!THUMBS UP: There is no happier day in the life of a child than the last day of school. That day has arrived for almost all area students (a few schools students have a few more days to go, but hang in there kids, it's coming). A long summer of playing ball, fishing, biking, and ...

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