Editorials

Blame bureaucracy for delay of The Wall

Given the waste of time and money evident in the government’s efforts to build a wall along our southern border, it is no wonder Mexican officials want no part of paying for it. Pardon our sarcasm, please. It is difficult to restrain it upon hearing more evidence of how bureaucracy in the ...

Will 9-11 mastermind ever face justice?

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed may die of old age before ever being convicted of the horrific crime he masterminded nearly 17 years ago. Mohammed, captured in 2003, is accused of being the key planner of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America. Yet, though Mohammed, 53, has been in U.S. ...

N Korea should release remains of all American vets

Thousands of American families are awaiting bittersweet news in the wake of what, for them, was much more than a new chapter in the long history of tension between our country and North Korea. They want to know simply this: Are our loved ones’ remains among those returned recently by the ...

Add focus, not bureaucracy to space defense

President Donald Trump is right that the United States needs an effective reaction to the militarization of outer space. He is wrong that we need to create a whole new bureaucracy to do that, however. Trump has said he wants to create a new branch of the military — a Space Force. That is ...

Treat sexual assault as the crime it is

People generally agree that as crimes go, sexual assault is one of the most heinous and despicable crimes there is. It is physically, emotionally and psychologically damaging to the victim. Few crimes, outside of murder, carry the long-lasting traumatic aftereffects. Society believes that sex ...

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Newsprint tariffs THUMBS DOWN: It’s bad enough that President Trump hollers “Fake News!” and other insults every chance he gets at the reporters who are assigned to cover his rallies, urging his supporters to turn around and boo. But now the Trump administration is going ahead with a ...

A new campaign of deception?

New long-range missiles are being built in North Korea, despite assurances by that country’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, that he desires peaceful coexistence, it was reported this week. Just weeks ago, Kim told President Donald Trump he is willing to pursue disarmament talks. They have been ...

Laws do get passed

We tend to complain at the end of a legislative session when Minnesota legislators have failed to get their most important bills passed, but even in so-called “do-nothing” sessions, a lot of laws get passed that have quite a bit of impact on people. They are important laws and make a good ...

It takes two to dialogue

Meeting with our nation’s enemies in an effort to find some common ground is a good idea, despite criticism of President Donald Trump for meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. At least Putin was willing to talk. That is more than can be said about Iranian President Hassan ...

Kavanaugh thoughtful, guided by Constitution

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh has made it clear he has mixed feelings about the availability of firearms in America. Gun, gang and drug violence “has plagued all of us,” Kavanaugh wrote in one opinion from his current position as a federal judge in Washington. He added a ...

Congresswoman right to back ICE

The polarization of politics has become so bad that some liberal Democrats in Arizona are criticizing one of their party’s candidates for the U.S. Senate for refusing to join calls to eliminate the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. And, some far-left complainers say, U.S. Rep. ...

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Empty chairs THUMBS DOWN: There have not been many candidate debates in this primary campaign season. When they do happen, one would hope the candidates would make an effort to be there. So it was a bit discouraging to see only three of the five candidates for governor at the forum held ...

Hope for N. Korean cooperation, but don’t trust it

It would be nice to believe news from North Korea this week is evidence that country’s regime is serious about the “denuclearization” deal with President Donald Trump. Indeed, the report sounded very, very good: “North Korea appears to have started dismantling key facilities at its ...

Wilkie needs to shake up the VA

Ho-hum. Another day, another secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. So, what else is new? Precious little, and that is the problem. On Monday, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Robert Wilkie as VA secretary. He becomes the second person in the position in just 18 ...

Help Mexico create a better economy

Most illegal immigrants come to the United States for economic opportunity. A few make the journey to escape political repression or crime. In many ways, what they do is entirely understandable — though, of course, immigration laws need to be enforced. Making their own homelands more ...

Releasing files on Jacob Wetterling the right thing to do

This weekend the family of Jacob Wetterling announced they will not appeal a court order to release the investigative files on one of the most publicized and horrible crimes in state history. Jacob Wetterling was kidnapped on Oct. 22, 1989 near his home in St. Joseph, and not until the ...

Ag a positive in U.S. trade balance

President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that farm prices have been on a downward trend for the past 15 years due to bad trade deals with other countries that put “massive Tariffs and Barries” on U.S. products. He said “Farmers will WIN!” in the trade war he has sparked. Actually, ...

Emmett Till case worth reopening

What happened to Emmett Till helped focus many Americans’ attention on the civil rights struggle during the 1950s. Till was just 14 years old when white men in Mississippi tortured and murdered him in 1955. He died because a white woman claimed the African-American lad had whistled at ...

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A helping hand THUMBS UP: It’s a story you see frequently, one that makes people shake their heads and mutter about inflexible, unreasonable government. A little kid sets up a neighborhood lemonade stand or sells cookies on the sidewalk in an innocent attempt to have fun and learn a little ...

Suing the victims

So crazy has the lawsuit climate become that a court filing this week probably should have come as no surprise. Still, it is more than a little unsettling. MGM Resorts International, which owns the Mandalay Bay casino-resort in Las Vegas, has filed suit against hundreds of victims of the mass ...

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