Editorials

Mueller Report should not be about political vendetta

After nearly two years of work, special counsel Robert Mueller is nearly ready to release his report on whether some Americans cooperated with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election. It already is known that Moscow devoted resources to both a social media-based propaganda ...

Vatican needs concrete plan for predators

Pope Francis said all the right things during an extraordinary conference to discuss sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests and coverups by their superiors. But what he did not say has some observers, both inside the church and out of it, upset. Francis summoned 190 Catholic bishops and many ...

Time for this law to be gone

Last week the Minnesota House of Representatives voted unanimously — how often does that happen? — to repeal a state law that is so egregious one wonders how it ever got on the books. The law, called the “voluntary relationship” statute, protects people from prosecution for the crime of ...

Put brakes on auto tariffs

Slapping stiff import duties on imported cars and light trucks would almost certainly set off a trade war handicapping U.S. automakers. Yet President Donald Trump reportedly is considering such action — in the name of national security. Perhaps the president thinks tariffs would help ...

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Generous gift to Sleepy Eye school THUMBS UP: Lots of people donate lots of money to their school districts every year, but Christensen Farms in Sleepy Eye has set the bar high. This week it was announced that Christensen Farms will fund two positions for the Sleepy Eye School District for ...

Compassion due for prodigal daughter

One of the attitudes that differentiates most Americans from the vicious murderers of the Islamic State terrorist group is compassion. IS killers consider it a weakness. We take pride in it. Perhaps we ought to show Hoda Muthana some of that compassion. Muthana once lived in Alabama. A few ...

Enforcing existing gun laws a start toward safety

Local, state and federal advocates of more limits on firearms ownership and use might do well to take aim at another method of curbing the mayhem caused by gun violence — enforcing existing laws. Just a few days ago, five people were killed and six others wounded when Gary Martin pulled out ...

Just $2 billion more?

Gov. Tim Walz issued his budget proposal for the upcoming biennium. He calls for another $2 billion in spending, on top of the $47 billion in the current budget, an increase of 8.5 percent. He plans to spend it on a lot of worthwhile things, to be sure. He wants to invest more in education, ...

Trump is open about his money grab

Give President Donald Trump credit for being transparent about his plan to exert executive authority in what many view as a challenge to Congress. At least Trump is not engaging in a covert operation. For months, the president has insisted at least $5.7 billion is needed to erect new barriers ...

Walz: Enbridge now needs a ‘social permit’

Enbridge Energy has operated a crude oil pipeline — called Line 3 — across northern Minnesota since the 1960s. It begins in Canada and ends at a terminal in Superior, Wis. The oil is processed by refineries in the Midwest that turn it into many products, including gasoline. Line 3 is ...

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Retail consultant: help is needed THUMBS UP: The New Ulm Economic Development Authority (EDA) voted this week to hire a consulting firm, Retail Strategies, to provide research and assistance on developing New Ulm’s retail business. There’s no question New Ulm has a need to fill empty ...

MnLARS woes are legion

The Office of the Minnesota Legislative Auditor issued its report Thursday on why the Minnesota License and Registration System (MnLARS) has been such a failure. Nine years and $100 million in the making, the system that is supposed to issue vehicle registrations and drivers licenses for the ...

National Debt crisis

We Americans are failing to cope with a serious crisis, and it has little to do with border security. It is the national debt, which topped $22 trillion this week. For most people, it is difficult to become too concerned about mere numbers on paper or expressed digitally. But the debt is more ...

Trump should take the bad deal, try again later

Fifty-five miles of border made impassable to illegal immigrants beats nothing. That is the view President Donald Trump should take of a border barrier compromise hammered out by Republicans and Democrats in Congress. With the three-week deadline to avoid another partial shutdown of ...

Poison pills in the border talks

When winning at all costs becomes the primary objective of politicians, the American people suffer. Important initiatives are not undertaken. Bad things can happen. During much of the so-called “government shutdown,” it appeared that both President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy ...

Klobuchar joins crowded race

On Sunday, Minnesota’s senior senator, Amy Klobuchar, announced her intent to run for president. She joins a growing crowd of Democrats who want to regain the White House in 2020. We know Minnesotans like Klobuchar, and have elected her three times to the Senate with increasingly strong ...

Sex harassment should be obvious

Minnesota legislators are looking at a bill that would redefine what constitutes sexual harassment in Minnesota. Advocates of the bill say it is needed to lower the legal bar that makes it too hard for victims of harassment to seek protection. It’s sad that we have to do this. Sexual ...

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Stay safe on roads Sideways Thumb: The rash of accidents on New Ulm streets this week follow a familiar theme. Two cars approach an intersecton, one tries to stop and it slides into the intersection on the slippery, greasy ice. Or one car following another tries to slow down as the other ...

‘Medicare for all’ wouldn’t be all that

Perhaps Democratic candidate for president Sen. Kamala Harris wasn’t thinking when she cut loose with a sound bite she hoped would gain traction among voters. More likely, she was hoping listeners would not stop and think about what she said. Harris, a Californian, is making ...

Deeds, not words

President Donald Trump sounded a lot of high-minded ideals in his State of the Union address Tuesday. He called on Congress to “choose greatness,” to work together to solve a variety of issues, from replacing infrastucture, to lowering prescription drug prices, to curing childhood ...