Editorials

Why should Canada dictate U.S. trade with Mexico?

The key question being raised over President Donald Trump’s agreement with Mexican officials on a new trade pact points straight to the reason why so many Americans are unhappy with the current system of regulating trade between our country and others. Trump said this week Mexican officials ...

McCain’s last letter

During 60 years in public service, first in the Navy and more recently as a United States senator, John McCain made many sacrifices and did enormous good for us, his fellow Americans. Before passing on to his reward, he rendered one more very great service. He reminded us who we ...

Non-compliant is better than nothing

Shutting down seven of a Georgia county’s nine election polling places was bound to raise a stink. Perhaps the outside consultant who recommended it ought to take a refresher course in American history. Election officials in Randolph County, Ga., are between a rock and a hard place. They ...

Little change in North Korea

A couple of months ago, following his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump declared that North Korea was no longer a nuclear danger to the world. North Korea had agreed to denuclearization, he declared. Last week, Trump notified Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ...

McCain’s emphasis was ‘Country First’

Arizona’s Sen. John McCain, who died Saturday of brain cancer, was known as a political “maverick,” someone who didn’t necessarily follow the party line on issues. Instead, he followed his own convictions, his own belief of what was right and fair. Unlike some politicians who consult ...

Is Russia at it again?

No doubt many eyes are on Moscow after the revelation last week that an attempt to hack into the Democrat National Committee’s computers was thwarted. Coming two years after Russian hackers stole information from the DNC database, the new attempted electronic B&E does raise questions ...

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Bridge problem Thumbs Down: There’s an old saying: “For maximum attention, nothing beats a good, big mistake.” So it is only natural that the mistake discovered on the 7th North “Gateway” project this week got a lot of attention. Some of the massive concrete beams that are part of ...

Killings inflame immigration debate

Two killings, allegedly done by men who are in the country illegally, has stirred and inflamed the immigration debate. The death of Iowa college student Mollie Tibbets, who was attacked by Cristhian Bahena Rivera as she ran along a country road, and the death of Enedelia Perez-Garcia, killed ...

Pope’s letter a start in atonement

Pope Francis took the proper attitude in his letter to the Roman Catholic Church responding to a grand jury investigation of sexual abuse by priests in Pennsylvania. Given the circumstances it was the only attitude he could take. Released Monday, the letter admitted that too many in the Church ...

Iraqi woman’s tale sends message

An Iraqi woman who left her native land for what she hoped was the safety of Germany has returned home — where she feels safer from Islamic State terrorism. Her decision is one more red flag for German officials who adopted an open-door policy toward refugees from the Middle East. Ashwaq ...

Increased security? Not really

Since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, federal officials have devoted an enormous amount of effort and resources to making airline travel safe. In general, they seem to have done a good job. But recently, a mentally disturbed ground crew member stole a 76-seat plane from the airport in ...

Lindsay Whalen Day

Gov. Mark Dayton has declared today to be Lindsay Whalen Day in Minnesota, a fitting tribute to one of the state’s most popular athletes, male or female. Whalen announced her retirement from playing basketball last week, but she will continue to contribute to the state as coach of the ...

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Time marches on THUMBS UP: Time has been standing still in New Ulm for quite a while, at least if you have been looking northward on Minnesota Street toward the Glockenspiel. The hands of the clock face looking toward downtown have been stuck at 11:53 for months. It told the correct time ...

Go after all involved in Church’s conspiracy of silence

Many of the Roman Catholic priests accused by a Pennsylvania grand jury of molesting hundreds, perhaps thousands, of children since the 1940s cannot be brought to justice. Some are dead. For most of those still alive, statutes of limitations have passed, meaning they cannot be ...

‘Fake News’ talk should end

Less than a month into his term President Donald Trump ramped up his "fake news" battle with several national media outlets, referring to them at that time as the "enemy of the people." The rhetoric, which actually started during his campaign rallies when he baited the reporters assigned to ...

Focusing attention on space defense

President Trump’s proposal to create an entirely new branch of the military, the U.S. Space Force, may not be a good idea. But the initiative does point to a dangerous gap in our defense posture. Trump’s idea is for a new service equal in stature to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and ...

Spending outstrips federal revenue

With a national debt of $21.3 trillion, keeping the federal government’s spending within the limit of what revenue is taken in has become critical. Yet, after decades of warnings that needs to be done, political leaders have not found the will to make it happen. Last week, it was reported ...

Self-driving cars not yet made safe

Sometimes it seems our faith in technology — or at least, our willingness to shell out big money for it — is boundless. A report on so-called self-driving cars, appropriately titled “Reality Check,” ought to bring us back down to earth. Issued by the Insurance Institute for Highway ...

Tax law no reform for some charities

No bill emanating from Congress is perfect. Given the politics involved and the complexity of implementing seemingly simple ideas, that ought to be obvious. So it is with the comprehensive tax reform law enacted last year. It has been good for the vast majority of Americans. The surging ...

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Brown County Fair THUMBS UP: The Brown County Fair is going full blast this weekend. We encourage people to take the opportunity to stroll the fairgrounds and celebrate our farm roots. Brown County, of course, is a rural area. Nobody here is very far from a farm field. We all rely on the ...

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