Editorials

U.N. lacks teeth

Unlike the grim joke that was its predecessor, the League of Nations, the United Nations was supposed to be a decisive mechanism to keep the peace. It has failed dismally. Perhaps the most serious non-nuclear crisis in the world today is the civil war gripping Yemen. During the past several ...

Budget forecast too iffy to rely on

Minnesota’s state economic forecast, released on Tuesday, says the state could be facing a $188 million deficit in its budget next year. That’s not happy news, but the forecast is based on so many suppositions and uncertainties that it is hardly worth getting worked up about. A lot of ...

Lawmakers finally worrying about the national debt

Many members of Congress who have opposed tax relief as approved by both houses of Congress insist their concern is increasing the national debt. How reassuring that lawmakers are worried about that — finally. It is estimated that during the next decade, the tax cuts will increase the ...

Opioid epidemic needs multi-prong solution

Last week a collection of county attorneys in Minnesota announced they are suing the makers and distributors of opioid painkillers, the much-abused prescription pills that are part of a nation-wide epidemic. The lawsuits, similar to other suits across the nation, seek to recover costs in ...

Enlisting Chinese Against North Korea

Long-scheduled talks among U.S. and Chinese generals, about how to ensure our two countries communicate well during any crisis situation, took on urgency this past week. They began in Washington just hours after North Korea test-fired a missile some experts say could hit any part of the United ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Consequences Thumbs Down: The consequences of sexual harassment and misconduct continue to roll at unprecedented speed this week. NBC’s Today Show host Matt Lauer was fired, and Minnesota Public Radio cut its contract with its most famous celebrity, Garrison Keillor after being accused of ...

Damaging tweets

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again — someone needs to pry President Donald Trump’s fingers from his cell phone when the urge to fire off another round of tweets hits him. This week he offended Muslims throughout the world and angered the government of one of our staunchest ...

Belligerent words vs. belligerent actions

It would be bad enough had the North Korean missile launch this week been just another case of dictator Kim Jong-un rattling his saber for domestic political reasons or merely because he enjoys frightening and angering people. But the vast majority of military rockets used in test firings are ...

Cleaning up the Great Lakes

The Great Lakes, shared by the United States and Canada, are among the world’s most majestic and important bodies of fresh water. But their health is threatened on several fronts. Unless dramatic action is taken to safeguard them, the lakes may become an aquatic disaster area. Pollution and ...

Conyers should be quickly investigated

Using the power conferred upon one by voters to harass women sexually is reason enough to be dismissed from Congress. Add to that using taxpayers’ money in attempt to cover up wrongdoing, and the case for removal is ironclad. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., is accused of doing both things. His ...

Now Dayton wants to make nice

Gov. Mark Dayton, in an interview with the Star Tribune published Sunday, said he is ready to restore funding to the Legislature and work with lawmakers to get some important things done in the final year of his term. It may be a little late for that. Dayton slashed the Legislature’s ...

Big game policy should focus on protecting species

For a few years, it was illegal to import trophies — body parts — from elephants and other animals regarded as endangered. But earlier this year, federal officials loosened the restrictions, insisting that actually may help preserve some species. Killing animals to save them sounds ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Go, Wabasso THUMBS UP: The Wabasso High School football team is playing today for the Minnesota State High School League Class A football championship. The undefeated Rabbits take on undefeated Minneota at 10 a.m. at U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings. Good luck to Wabasso. ...

Legislators bow out

Two Minnesota legislators accused of sexual harassment and misconduct have agreed this week that they will resign. Democratic Sen. Dan Schoen was to announce his resignation on Wednesday, though his attorney Wednesday raised questions about whether he is guilty as charged of groping a ...

Rules for Congress are different – again

When most men are found to have harassed or attacked women, they pay a price. It may be dismissal from a job. It may be a hefty lawsuit judgment or out-of-court settlement. Sometimes, that helps predators escape criminal prosecution. You will not be surprised to learn things are different in ...

Winners and losers in the tax bill

Money does not grow on trees, even if some politicians want you to believe it does. For that reason, tax reform bills in Congress include some “losers.” For some people to get tax relief, someone else has to pay. But the bottom line on both the reform bill approved last week by the House ...

U.S. should keep an eye on Zimbabwe

U.S. officials have taken the traditional stance regarding last week’s military coup in Zimbabwe: This country does not interfere in the internal affairs of other nations, they said. That simply is not true. In essence, it amounts to diplomacy-speak for, “We’re not certain what happened ...

Are teen suicides and social media connected?

Suicide rates for teenagers increased substantially from 2010-15, at the same time use of social media by young people shot up. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study hints the two phenomena may be linked. It would be foolish to suggest, based on this one study, that social media ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Franken disappoints THUMBS DOWN: The tsunami of unleashed resentment and anger over sexual harassment has struck yet another politician, this one closer to home. Sen. Al Franken, the Minnesota Democrat who came to the Senate after a career as a comedian and writer of political satire, was ...

Under Dayton’s thumb

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Thursday on the issue of whether the governor of the state can use the line-item veto power given to him by the state constitution to wipe out the operating funds for the Legislature. We can’t believe that this is what the framers of the state constitution ...

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