Editorials

Keep state parks in good repair

Gov. Mark Dayton is proposing $130 million in state bonding to fix infrastructure in Minnesota’s state parks. We can’t imagine this would cause much controversy in the current session, though the total Public Works bill is bound to stir some debate. But there shouldn’t be any argument ...

High court will back tenets of free speech

We Americans, who demonstrate regularly that many of us do not understand the First Amendment, ought to be happy the U.S. Supreme Court does. For example, the high court has ruled more than once that freedom of speech works both ways. That is, it allows us to speak our minds — but it also ...

DEA failed on opioid crisis

Some in law enforcement, including the FBI, failed tragically to prevent a killer from slaughtering 17 people at a Florida high school. But another agency, the Drug Enforcement Administration, may have failed to prevent far more deaths. DEA officials were on the hot seat Tuesday during a ...

Health benefits of plants touted

NEW ULM — A herbalist and health educator who uses local plants for medicinal remedies talked about the virtues of natural remedies at the 2018 Home & Health Show at the New Ulm Civic Center March 25. Connie Karstens, who owns The Lamb Shoppe and Wellness Center, an on-farm store in ...

Self-driving technology needs more R&D

One of those “self-driving” cars struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Ariz., last Sunday. She was crossing the street when she was struck by the vehicle, which was traveling at about 40 mph. Police said the vehicle, with a human in the driver’s seat but not operating the controls, did not ...

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Continued excellence New Ulm Medical Center continues to receive recognition and awards for excellence. This year, for the seventh time in eight years, NUMC was listed by iVantage Health Analytics as one of the top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation. It is one of five hospitals in the ...

The challenge of stopping mass killers

Events in Texas during the past three weeks are — or ought to be — a reminder of what we Americans need to do to prevent mass killings. Identifying and apprehending the human beings plotting mayhem is the challenge. A reign of terror in and around Austin, Texas, apparently came to an end ...

We must protect world’s rare species

Within a few years, we humans will have allowed another of the majestic creatures that once roamed the earth in great numbers to go extinct. It is the northern white rhinoceros, one of two subspecies of the white rhinoceros. The last known male of the subspecies, a 45-year-old named Sudan, ...

Education, treatment will work best on combatting drugs

President Donald Trump’s suggestion that some especially evil traffickers in illegal drugs may deserve the death penalty got the headlines this week. But other aspects of his initiative against substance abuse, unveiled Monday in New Hampshire, deserve more attention. Buried several lines ...

Tillerson vs. The Swamp

His days as U.S. secretary of state near at end, Rex Tillerson knows full well why President Donald Trump ousted him. The two men simply did not get along. And in some ways, Tillerson was just too diplomatic for the president’s taste. But in a way, Tillerson’s departure is a victory for ...

Spring a good time to go vegan

To the editor: With three crippling Nor’easters battering our East Coast in quick succession, we all look forward to March 20th, first day of spring, balmy weather, and flowers in bloom. It’s also a superb occasion to replace animal foods on our menu with healthy, delicious, ...

Zero-tolerance policy is essential

During the months before Nikolas Cruz went to a high school in Parkland, Fla., and massacred 17 people, there were many signals that he had become a threat. In some cases they were ignored. In others, law enforcement agencies were urged to act, but did not. In other places school officials ...

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Sleepy Eye playing for state title The Sleepy Eye girls basketball is playing at noon today for the State Class A Girls Basketball title. Congratulations to the Indians, and here’s hoping for a triumphant return to Sleepy Eye this evening. The Indians edged Ada-Borup/Norman County West ...

Zinke’s ‘sacrifices’ not appreciated in Congress

Members of Congress concerned about Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s use of taxpayers’ money for travel received a dressing down from him Tuesday. At one point during a hearing, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., asked Zinke about spending $12,375 to charter a private jet for a flight from Las ...

National parks shouldn’t be priced out of reach of the public

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is right about one thing. Our national parks may be the last of the true bargains. They were never intended to be a money-making proposition, and should not be converted into one. Zinke has suggested fees charged to enter some parks should be increased ...

Bill deals with OD treatments

Three in five people who die of drug overdoses had been treated in hospital emergency rooms for previous overdoses, a study in Maryland found. That ought to be impetus enough for Congress to approve a bill recently introduced by U.S. Reps. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and Mike Doyle, D-Pa. The ...

Trump shouldn’t be taken in by Kim

The announcement last week that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has agreed to meet face-to-face with President Donald Trump to discuss the rogue regime’s development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles was hailed by many as wonderful news. Let’s not get our hopes up. Kim, like ...

School safety has many complexities

The shooting death Wednesday of a high school student in Birmingham, Ala., was one more reminder of the complexity of keeping our schools safe. Courtlin Arrington, 17, was killed and another student was wounded in a classroom, apparently not in an intentional shooting but, instead, an ...

What did Shulkin know, and when?

Veterans of military service ought to be asking an old cliche question about Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin: What did he know, and when did he know it? A new inspector general report makes official what many Americans knew, that “failed leadership” at the VA during ...

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Keeping roads safe This is the time of year when weary homeowners look at the latest snowfall and think, “Should I shovel? It will just melt in a couple of days anyway.” Those who plow our streets and highways don’t have that luxury. They are out there in the midst of the storm, ...

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