Editorials

Assassination joke isn’t funny

There are a some things you just know you shouldn’t do, like joke about a bomb in your carry-on luggage at the airport. A Rosemount teacher learned the hard way this week that you also shouldn’t twitter about assassinating the newest Supreme Court justice on Twitter. The special ...

How will Court, Senate fare after hearings?

Justice Brett Kavanaugh takes his seat on the U.S. Supreme Court today for his first hearing since his contentious confirmation. He will no doubt be getting more attention than any other new justice in recent memory. He will likely face a phalanx of protestors calling for his impeachment beore ...

Justice needs victims to act promptly

We‘re sure that those who advocate for victims of crime in our society would say that these fellow citizens deserve sympathy and understanding. Some, including those who are victims of sexual assault, may also feel ashamed or embarrassed, although, of course, they have done nothing wrong. ...

Kim should call off his hackers

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un insists he is prepared to scrap his nuclear weapons and, presumably, his intercontinental missiles. But he didn’t say anything about cyberwarfare. Whether Kim will keep his promises about military hardware remains to be seen. Indeed, as President Donald ...

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Oktoberfest is here THUMBS UP: Oktoberfest is here in New Ulm. Congratulations to the Oktoberfest organizers who strive to make this a fun, festive, family oriented celebration in New Ulm. There is a long schedule of events going on today, from the Hermann 5K in the morning, to the ...

FBI report is in; what does it say?

The FBI’s weeklong investigation into allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is in, and as Kavanaugh himself told the Senate, the FBI doesn’t come to conclusions, it just tells you what people said. So what does the report say? Only a few people know — the White House ...

Waiting on Mueller

As often is the case when special counsel investigations are launched in Washington, the one headed by Robert Mueller has become far more complex and wide-ranging than some observers expected. It was in May 2017 that Mueller was told by the Justice Department to form a team and investigate ...

Goons in our midst

We don’t know what possesses some people to mindlessly destroy things that couldn’t possibly offend or hurt them. The latest example occured last week in Springfield, where the city just set up an array of solar panels on Wednesday, in response to the community’s desire to have a ...

Farm bill misfire

Once every five years, Congress is called upon to pass a Farm Bill, one that sets government policy on a wide variety of agriculture programs, from commodity trade programs, to conservation programs, to organic agriculture, to support for beginning farmers and ranchers, to loans and subsidies ...

Good reasons for flu shots

Have you gotten your flu shot yet? Why not? Many health care professionals are urging the public — especially those who, because of age or existing health conditions may be more vulnerable to the flu — to get immunized as soon as possible. They have a very good reason for being worried. ...

Keep pressure on Iran

Even defenders of the deal former President Barack Obama’s administration negotiated with Iran admitted that it would delay Tehran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons only about 10 years. That was three years ago. Now, some are warning that President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the ...

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Manufacturing tour THUMBS UP: Next week is Minnesota Manufacturer’s Week, a chance to recognize and thank the many manufacturing businesses who provide so many good-paying jobs. The week also offers people a chance to take a tour of some of the plants that we are fortunate enough to have ...

Vicious process needs civility

As U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley pointed out Thursday morning, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford have one thing in common: Both are victims of the viciousness that has taken over our public discourse. Grassley, R-Iowa, was opening a ...

MnLARS disaster just won’t go away

Minnesota motorists and auto owners who have been dealing with the new Minnesota Licensing and Registration System (MnLARS) have some idea how the poor folks in North Carolina feel in the wake of Hurricane Florence. With slow-motion flooding following the turbulent hurricane itself, Florence is ...

Focus should be on the truth of accusation

One may be tempted to wonder why, if they are so eager to get at the truth, powerful Democrats in the U.S. Senate kept allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh under wraps for so long. Actually, there is no question about the cynical game being played by Sen. Dianne ...

If Democrats win this fall, did Russians help?

The Russians, it is alleged, are marketing geniuses. Russian trolls can put out a few lines of text on the internet and hold sway over U.S. elections, as it is purported they did in 2016, somehow helping Donald Trump win the presidency. Since that election, there has been quite the uproar in ...

Bipartisanship in fight against opioid crisis step in right direction

Lawmakers in Washington are bragging of more successful bipartisanship that resulted in common sense legislation called the “Opioid Crisis Response Act” last week. It passed in the Senate 99-1. U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith are both taking credit for helping sponsor opioid ...

CHS Homecoming royalty

Cathedral High School crowned Ethan Kirchberg and Kayla Adema the 2018 Homecoming King and Queen at a pep-fest Sunday night. Homecoming night is Friday, Sept. 28. The Homecoming parade begins at 1 p.m. and travel down Minnesota Street. The Homecoming Football game is at 7 p.m. at Johnson Field ...

Don’t play hardball with Ford’s testimony

Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate have an obligation — one of fairness as well as self-defense politics — to do all in their power to hear Christine Blasey Ford’s story about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. If that means shuffling their schedule, so be it. Until a few days ...

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Here comes the sun Thumbs Up: With all the rain and heavy storm activity we’ve experienced in the last week, it is nice to know that clear, sunny skies are forecast for today, the first day of Autumn. Heavy storms on Thursday turned into tornado activity after it passed by Brown County, ...

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