Editorials

US should offer aid in the Philippines

Our government should battle Islamic terrorists wherever they are, of course. But when they assault a people with whom we Americans have had a long friendship, our obligation becomes especially binding. Most terrorist attacks involve individuals or small groups of murderers. But a small army ...

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Bloodmobile donors THUMBS UP: Thanks and congratulations to all who gave blood this week during the Red Cross Bloodmobile drive. The need for blood doesn’t go down in the summer, and the 326 people who bared their arms for the blood drive are to be commended. There are a lot of dedicated ...

They knew long ago that they didn’t agree

One doesn’t have to read between the lines to see that Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders never really put together a budget deal that both sides could live with. While Dayton signed most of a $46 billion budget on Tuesday, he vetoed funding for the Legislature, ...

Open the closed doors of government

Gov. Mark Dayton signed the budget bills passed during last week’s special session, but he stuck a time bomb in the legislative process when he used his line item veto to eliminate funding for the state Legislature next year, unless Republicans agree to return to the negotiating table to redo ...

One man’s art…

The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis seems to have been taken by surprise by the reaction of Native Americans to the latest installation in its Sculpture Garden. We don’t know how they could not have foreseen that Native Americans, especially the Dakota, would be offended by “Scaffold,” ...

Russia “mess” isn’t going away

News reports indicate President Donald Trump is getting ready to shake up his White House staff and set up a separate “war room” to manage the investigation of Russia’s interference with the 2016 presidential election. Trump is reported to be frutstrated with the investigation’s ...

They gave all for us

Those whom we honor on Memorial Day hold a special place in our nation’s hall of heroes. Today we honor those who sacrificed everything for the safety and liberty of the rest of us, those who died in military service. We know that no one enters the military planning not to come home. But ...

Federal government has spending problem

Now the bare-fisted battle for money begins: President Donald Trump is recommending a $4.1 trillion federal budget. There is something in it — or, rather, not in it — to anger just about every member of Congress. Both senators and House of Representatives members from Minnesota and Iowa ...

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Celebrations abound THUMBS UP: With area high schools holding graduation ceremonies this week, graduation parties and celebrations are coming fast and furious. It’s a great time for friends and families to get together for a good time. This weekend is also Memorial Day weekend, a kickoff ...

Our View: Assault on reporter is assault on you

So it has come to this. Donald Trump spent his whole campaign dissing reporters who were assigned to cover him. He called them dishonest, disgusting and liars. He used them to inflame the crowds at his rallies, ordering news crews to turn their cameras to show the size of the crowd and then ...

Eradicate vicious terrorist network

President Donald Trump is criticized often for his shoot-from-the-lip style. Not infrequently, his sometimes harsh tone is looked down upon. But he had it exactly right on Monday. Trump was speaking in the hours after a suicide bomber killed 22 people and wounded 59 at a concert hall in ...

Better late than never

Governor Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders reached agreement late Monday —very late Monday — on a state budget agreement. It was too late to get the budget work completed by the end of the session at midnight Monday, but the agreement was solid enough for Dayton to call an ...

Sometimes blunt messages are better

There can be no doubt Saudi Arabia leaders got the message President Donald Trump was sending Saturday. Ironically, it was one former President Barack Obama claimed to be trying to convey — but in which he failed dismally. Trump has been accused of, in effect, being unnecessarily blunt and ...

Time to fix state teacher licensing

Last week the Legislature passed — and Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed — legislation designed to streamline and revamp a Minnesota teacher licensing system that Office of the Legislative Auditor says is broken and in need of significant changes. The bill passed last week addressed many of the ...

Real ID bill passes – finally

Minnesota has joined the rest of the United States — finally — in meeting federal standards on state driver’s licenses to board domestic flights. The Legislature on Wednesday approved a bill to comply with the 2005 federal Real ID Act, which includes a 2018 deadline for upgraded IDs. ...

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Service To Mankind THUMBS UP: The New Ulm Sertoma Club made a great choice for its annual Service To Mankind award, which was awarded to Dick Embacher this week. As Social Services supervisor for Brown County for 37 years, service to mankind was his job, but his service has not abated since ...

Baby steps when a mad dash is needed

As the Minnesota legislative session winds down to its final hours, Governor Mark Dayton and leaders in the House and Senate have been trying to come to agreement on the 10 spending bills passed by the Republicans who control the Legislature and the DFL governor who vetoed each and every one of ...

Kim goes too far

North Korean dictator Kim Song Un has gone beyond rattling his saber during the past few months. He has gone to waving the sword around his region of Asia, and that seems to be prompting some other world leaders to reexamine the old advice about the enemy of my enemy being my friend. During ...

National security vs cybernet security

Which of government’s protective functions is more important: safeguarding us against computer hackers or detecting and stopping the next terrorist plot or, perhaps, slowing down a rogue nation’s missile or nuclear program? As more and more global extortionists demand money in exchange ...

School discipline and the courts

A case the U.S. Supreme Court may handle this week raises troubling questions — but they are not limited to those many in the media and the courts are addressing. Reporters have focused on the case because it is one new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch dealt with while he was a ...

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