Editorials

Duterte’s threat

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s frustration with Maoist terrorists in his country is understandable. When he extends an olive branch, they take bloody advantage of it. Just last week, as peace talks were going on between his government and the rebels, they attacked his presidential ...

Troubled Venezuela

Quite a few countries have shaky economies, with double-digit unemployment, crumbling treasuries and even food shortages. One of them has the largest petroleum reserves in the world. It is Venezuela. Months of demonstrations in the streets have left nearly 100 Venezuelans dead and at least ...

Asset forfeiture needs safeguards

Innocent until proven guilty? Not under the old asset forfeiture programs many police departments and prosecuting attorneys used for years. Extreme abuses ranging from confiscating assets of people who had nothing to do with crimes to tying up cars and other belongings before defendants ever ...

New health plan needed before repealing old one

If you have a private health insurance policy, would you call your agent and cancel it just because there is a small chance you might find something better? Of course not. That would be crazy. At some point after your policy lapsed, you would be prey for anyone eager to sell you any coverage ...

McCain deserves all our prayers

Politics in our country has taken a decidedly unpleasant, unproductive turn during recent years. Once, we Americans were able to agree to disagree. We could have sometimes dramatically opposing views on the issues, debating them fiercely, without shattering our sense of being one people with ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Arts opportunities THUMBS UP: Summertime is a great time to participate in, and to enjoy, the arts. There is certainly no shortage of opportunities in the performing arts in New Ulm, as this weekend demonstrates. The State Street Theater Company is presenting its “Wizard of Oz,” and ...

Dayton should accept court ruling

Gov. Mark Dayton’s attempt to horsewhip the House Republicans back to the negotiating table on the tax bill failed in its first legal challenge this week. Ramsey County District Judge John Guthmann ruled on Wednesday to restore the funding for the legislative operations that Dayton had ...

Obamacare woes not going away

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to table a health care reform bill was a matter of simple mathematics. With Democrats solidly against the measure and a few Republicans joining them, McConnell, R-Ky., simply did not have the votes to pass the bill. But the setback has ...

The debt threat

Talk among the politicians in Washington often seems to focus on why the government needs to spend more. If the justification is not national security, it probably will be health care. There seems to be precious little thought given to a serious, growing threat to both our welfare and ...

All or nothing in Belle Plaine park

Sometimes it’s hard to be accommodating. Tolerance can only be stretched so far, especially when someone is determined to stretch it past the breaking point. And so it is that the Belle Plaine City Council is likely to take away the public forum area at its Veterans Memorial Park. The area ...

Defense spending still a problem

Corruption is the elephant in the room on U.S. defense spending. An investigation into an Air Force unit nicknamed Big Safari may be just the ticket to at least wounding the pachyderm. An Air Force unit called Big Safari, formerly known as the 645th Aeronautical Systems Group, is involved in ...

Solving Medicaid dilemma critical

Health care reformers, not to mention tens of millions of other Americans who understand money does not grow on trees, are caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place. The rock is this: President Barack Obama’s signature health care takeover law encouraged states to expand the ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Promise unfulfilled THUMBS DOWN: There is an interesting note on The Journal's 50-year-old news page today (page 3B). In July 19, 1967 article on a meeting about Highway 15 being rated as an expressway, the article states: “REP. C.A. (Gus) Johnson of Mankato and Carl (Red) Wyczawski of New ...

A Blast for all

This weekend is Bavarian Blast, the city’s biggest annual festival. It is a showcase for New Ulm and an event that draws people from all over the state and the country. The Bavarian Blast committee has been working all year to put a good festival together, with old favorite bands, new bands ...

People helping people

Stories of courage exhibited by people helping others in danger are gratifyingly common. Normally, however, they involve only a handful of good Samaritans. More — many more — got into the act a few days ago at a beach in Florida. A couple of boys became trapped in a rip tide offshore. ...

Quicker action needed on drug abuse

It is not enough, and it took them far too long to get to this point, but federal officials finally have taken action that will help remove some of the opioids allowed to flood the market. Last month, the Food and Drug Administration asked pharmaceutical company Endo to pull Opana ER, or ...

Apologize to terrorist?

Let us hope Omar Khadr never gets to enjoy a dime of the $8 million the Canadian government has awarded him, or gets to send any of it to his terrorist chums in Afghanistan. Khadr, a native of Canada, was 15 when he was captured by U.S. troops battling Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan. ...

Dissing the police

Gov. Mark Dayton no doubt meant well last week when he suggested a new state law enforcement training fund be named for Philando Castile. Castile was the victim in a police shooting in Falcon Heights last July, and while the St. Anthony police officer, Jeronimo Yanez, was charged with second ...

Changing how we deal with N. Korea

Even the leaders of China and Russia, surely not the United States’ best friends, seem to have recognized that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is pushing his luck in his military buildup. To that end, the two countries have offered a formula they say will reduce tension over Pyongyang’s ...

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