Editorials

Expect more from sex assault investigators

A blue ribbon panel on issued a 47-page report on Tuesday on changes the Legislature should make in setting standards for law enforcement and prosecutors when it comes to investigating and processing cases of sexual assault. We can’t imagine the Legislature will ignore this report. This all ...

Mueller probe digs and finds … sex

Special counsel Robert Mueller was assigned the job of looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign “colluded” with Russian contacts to, presumably, gain an edge in that election. Like every special counsel, it seems, Mueller has gone off in a ...

Jobs to fill

The economic engine that is driving Minnesota’s government surplus may be running out of fuel — that is, workers needed to fill the job openings out there. Minnesota’s recent budget forecast, which predicts a $1.5 billion surplus over the next two years, also contains some data that ...

Internet criminals needs to be pursued

Last Thursday bomb threats were emailed all around the country to various businesses and organizations. The Journal, through its New Ulm Shopper email account, was one of those businesses. The threat was so poorly written, so inept, that it was hard to take it seriously. We probably should ...

Trump should not hesitate in signing

The farm bill has cleared Congress and is sitting on President Donald Trump’s desk. This bill is not perfect, but it gets the job done. While many conservatives were unsuccessful in pushing for more work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the final version does ...

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Outstanding teacher THUMBS UP: Beth Sletta has been an outstanding teacher in District 88 for some time, and its about time someone recognized it. This week Sletta, who teaches Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) courses at Jefferson Elementary School, was recognized by Minnesota ...

Finally, a Farm Bill

With the U.S. Senate approving the 2018 Farm Bill on Tuesday on a strong bipartisan vote (87-13), the House followed on Thursday with another overwhelming vote (386-47). The long-awaited bill now passes to President Donald Trump, who should sign it quickly. The bill allocates billions of ...

Dems double team President Trump

Tuesday’s Oval Office meeting between President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer left observers asking “What just happened?” What happened was that the meeting, caught by television cameras, turned into the ugly equivalent of a barroom ...

‘Voice of reason’ needed during legislative session

On Thursday, the State of Minnesota projected a $1.5 billion surplus for the next two-year budget period. It was good news because it gives Democratic Gov.-elect Tim Walz and the Legislature more room to negotiate spending initiatives, tax cuts or the combination of both during the upcoming ...

Political times have truly changed

As U.S. presidents born nearly a century ago, the late George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter each reached the age of 94. Observing Carter seated in the front row during Bush’s Wednesday funeral, we couldn’t help but reflect on how dramatically the nation’s political landscape has changed ...

Keep disability trust fund just like it is

After several years in which it appeared instances of coal miners’ pneumoconiosis — black lung — were decreasing, the disease seems to be making a comeback in coal country. Now is not the time to phase out a federal program intended to help victims. Long-term exposure to coal dust was ...

Make Christmas brighter for all

Time is short for those of us who have fallen behind on our Christmas shopping. As we cope with the struggles of everyday life while trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone on our lists, let us not neglect to take care of the one task that ought not to require any thought: ensuring Santa ...

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THE Christmas story Thumbs Up: Every year around Christmas time people look forward to the 24-hour marathon showing of “A Christmas Story,” in which Ralphie pines for a Red Ryder Air Rifle. Well, the Springfield Area Nativity Theater Association (SANTA) has a better tradition. This time ...

Budget and tax fix on state’s priority list

The state of Minnesota and the Tim Walz administration is heading into the new legislative session with some good fiscal news. The Minnesota Management and Budget’s November Budget Forecast indicates the state will have a surplus of $1.5 billion over the next biennium. That should help ease ...

Time to pass farm bill is now

A lobbyist for the Minnesota Farmers Union, Thom Peterson, says “the clock is ticking” for farmers. He was quoted in a recent Associated Press article on the status of the farm bill. He also said that newspapers have been full of stories lately about farmers facing bankruptcy. Peterson is ...

Bush’s legacy

When former President George H.W. Bush is eulogized at his Washington, D.C. fundral today, people will remark on his legacy of a kinder, gentler nation fully capable of using an iron fist. Bush, our 41st president, was 94 when he died last Friday, joining his beloved wife, Barbara, who died ...

Listening vs. muting

Mute buttons are handy when watching TV and another annoying commercial comes on, usually at twice the volume of the regular programming. They proved invaluable during the past political campaign season to silence the onslaught of negative ads. But as much as mute buttons have a place in the ...

China is the cheater, and needs to change

President Trump goes over the top in his criticism of the media, in part because he generalizes, suggesting“the media” is a monolithic entity out to get him. We believe he would be better served using a scalpel instead of a sledgehammer to highlight media bias and errors. And it would not ...

George H.W. Bush

Former President George H.W. Bush, who died late Friday at the age of 94, was a man born into a life of affluence, but who chose to live a life of service to his country. He joined the U.S. Navy on his 18th birthday over the objection of his wealthy father, flew 58 missions in World War II as a ...

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Ready to listen THUMBS UP: It is one of the sadder stereotypes about politicians that they are vitally interested in the issues that matter to you — right up to the time they get your vote. Then it’s “See you in two years (or four years, or however long their term is).” That’s why ...