Editorials

Investigate our meddling, too

A chorus of top Democrats are demanding an independent prosecutor be commissioned to investigate Russian tampering with the 2016 presidential election. Fine. By all means, let us have a comprehensive, independent probe of links between Russian officials and U.S. politicians. And while we are ...

Here’s to mothers

Today is Mothers Day, and we join people everywhere in honoring mothers on this special days. There are cynics who complain that this is a holiday pumped up by the florist and greeting card industries, but we ask you: Is there anyone more deserving of flowers, fancy cards and a special day ...

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Graduation season THUMBS UP: Martin Luther College is holding its 2017 spring commencement ceremony today, kicking off the graduation season for schools in the area. High schools in the next couple of weeks will also hold their graduation ceremonies, sending their out into the world that ...

Heading for a wreck

Two weeks was apparently not enough for Governor Mark Dayton and the Republicans controlling the Minnesota Legislature to work out a budget agreement. Instead, talks broke down this week and Republicans began passing their own budget bills, which the governor says he will veto. He’s not even ...

Ill-timed firing

President Donald Trump may be right when he says that FBI Director James Comey had to be fired to start restoring the nation’s confidence in its premier crime-fighting organization. But the reasons and the timing of the abrupt firing on Tuesday suggest Trump is less concerned about the ...

FOI law doesn’t extend to Congress

In cautioning federal agencies about an outrageous provision of the federal Freedom of Information Act, a Texas congressman has reminded the American people of it, too. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, has sent letters to about a dozen agencies regarding press inquiries about government ...

Health care measure

It is a measure of the mixed feelings many in the House of Representatives had about a proposal to repeal and replace the Obamacare insurance fiasco that the bill passed Thursday only by the thin margin of 217-213. No Democrats voted for it. Twenty Republicans joined them. Waiting for the ...

Our View: Women voted for Trump too

Hillary Clinton apparently believes 26.4 million American women hate themselves, along with everyone else of their gender. During an interview last week, Clinton was asked why she thought she lost the presidential election last fall. In typical fashion, she blamed everyone but herself and ...

Our View: ‘Good Faith’ unlikely from North Korea

North Korea has been having a pretty good run for a long time. Under former leader Kim Jong Il and now his son Kim Jong Un, North Korea has been doing what it wants to do, all the while promising to do something else. Especially in regard to nuclear weapons, North Korea has signed treaties ...

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Road construction THUMBS UP: The road reconstruction project on Broadway is taking advantage of this week’s good weather and seems to be making good progress on the parts of the project that need to be done before the actual resurfacing can take place. Intersections that are being replaced ...

The good and bad in Minnesota budget

Legislative negotiations on finalizing budget targets are getting down to the nitty-gritty. All sides have been reaching out to the public and the media in soliciting support for their proposals. Rep. Chris Swedzinski, R-Gent, sent out a press release Wednesday urging Gov. Mark Dayton to work ...

Our View: Trump: No one is lukewarm about him

Donald Trump was elected president in a time of great political divisiveness in America. He came along at a time when the presidency seemed to be controlled by Democrats, while Republicans ruled in Congress. Even his election was divisive — he successfully garnered the needed electoral ...

What is in new health care bill?

You may have to pardon House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., if she enjoys a chuckle this week. Unless something changes about a Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, Pelosi will be entitled to a bit of sarcastic humor. When the Affordable Care Act ...

Our View: Sowing fear where truth is needed

As the measles outbreak in Minnesota continued over the weekend, with 32 cases reported as of Sunday morning, concerned parents, most of them in the Minneapolis Somali community that has been hardest hit were told to be afraid of the measles vaccine. Vaccination skeptic Mark Blaxill told a ...

Our View: We hope our leaders never forget what’s real

“It’s just politics” is something people say, and often rightly so. But not always. What they mean is that the political process is corrupt, with special interests able to gain special access, or that politicians are just in it for themselves, or that politics is all about favoritism and ...

Our View: Let’s focus on the next 3.7 years

Much has been made the past week about President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office, an artificial milestone for presidential accomplishment that was created when Franklin Delano Roosevelt became president in the midst of the Great Depression and ramrodded the New Deal through Congress. ...

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Madelia progress Thumbs Up: Hope & Faith Floral and Gifts in Madelia reopened in its newly rebuilt spot this week, leaving only La Plaza Fiesta restaurant as the last of the businesses displaced by last February’s fire to return to downtown Madelia. The restaurant is preparing for the ...

Our View: Wage theft is stealing, hurting vulnerable workers

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith has been shedding some light recently on wage theft in Minnesota. She has been urging the Legislature to pass legislation cracking down on wage theft this session. She took part in a Capitol rally in February and on Wednesday she joined legislators and Minnesota workers in a ...

Our View: Let’s keep U.S. government funded

This nation’s recent history with government shutdowns and holding up continuing funding resolutions to get one’s political way hasn’t been a pretty one. Typically, the party that starts making demands and refusing to keep the government going unless it gets what it wants winds up looking ...

Our View: It is not possible to think we don’t pay enough taxes

Now that the deadline to file federal tax returns without seeking an extension has passed, we can all relax and stop gritting our teeth about how much of our hard-earned income goes to Washington. Or not. Each year, the Tax Foundation think tank compiles statistics and other information ...

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