Editorials

Little things can affect school safety

Safety against violent intruders has become a major concern in planning the construction of new schools and renovation of existing ones. That can mean expensive provisions such as “mantrap” entrances and metal detectors. Let us not overlook the little things. A commission investigating ...

This gun law needs strengthening  

The shootings at a Nashville Waffle House restaurant on Sunday are a clear case of a mentally ill person getting his hands on guns and laying waste for whatever reason. Travis Reinking, 29, is the suspect in the shooting deaths of four people in the restaurant. It would have been more but ...

Gun law changes will need more than sit-in

Getting legislation passed in the Minnesota Legislature usually takes connections with other legislators, political savvy, having political capital to barter with and the ability to twist someone’s arm and make them think you are shaking their hand. Holding a sit-in on the floor of the ...

Trump should be ready to walk out on Kim

North Korea’s claim it will suspend testing of nuclear weapons is the show of good faith that absolutely had to precede direct talks between that country’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, and U.S. President Donald Trump. But Trump is right to adopt what, at first glance, may seem to be a ...

Aid for registrars

Twenty-eight days remain in the Minnesota legislative session, and as usual, legislators are putting off until May 21 (the legislative closing date) what they could do today. We will no doubt see the state bonding bill, a bill to conform the state tax system to the new federal tax code, and a ...

Hard to trust N Korea on nuclear program

Are U.S. officials being played like the proverbial violin by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un? Let us hope not — but at the same time, let us not make the mistake of assuming there is a sincere, humane bone in Kim’s body. Mike Pompeo, the CIA chief soon to become secretary of state, met ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Adieu, Herberger’s THUMBS DOWN: The news of Bon-Ton Stores being sold to a liquidator struck a blow to New Ulm’s loyal Herberger’s shoppers this week. Bon-Ton, which owns Herberger’s and several other department store chains, has fallen prey to the modern trend toward online shopping. ...

We must do more to ID, help troubled children

Are we doing enough to identify children coping with emotional upheavals before they harm themselves and others? Obviously not. On Monday, an 8-year-old student took a knife to school in Sauk Rapids. He slashed three other children before an adult disarmed him. All three victims suffered ...

BCHS should work to rebuild public trust

When an organization depends on public support for volunteers and funding, its most important asset is the trust and goodwill it has built up in the community. For years the Brown County Humane Society has been building that trust and support with its mission to take in and shelter stray and ...

Deterring use of chemical arms

Syria was not the only, or even the most important, target in Friday’s attack on chemical weapons facilities in that country. The focus was on deterring use of such fearsome armaments by any nation. Bashar Assad, Syria’s murderous dictator, has used chemical agents on his own people in ...

Ryan’s frustration

House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said this week he is leaving Congress because he doesn’t want his children to reach adulthood having experienced only a “weekend dad.” After 20 years in Congress, Ryan’s decision is understandable in that light. But one wonders if Ryan, ...

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Weather woes THUMBS DOWN: This probably falls under the category of complaining about the weather and not doing anything about it, but man, this is getting old. The middle of April is no time for snowstorms and blizzard warnings. As this is written, forecasts were calling for snow to start ...

Ryan served in trying times

Paul Ryan, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, has rendered very valuable service to his fellow Americans during his 20 years in Congress. His role has been especially valuable during the past year and a half. Ryan, R-Wis., revealed Wednesday he will not seek re-election. He said ...

Syrian attack calls for response

Pictures and video footage of the aftermath of another chemical weapons attack blamed on Syrian dictator Bashar Assad are hard to take. No one likes to see innocent little children suffering. Some U.S. response to the atrocity, in which about 40 people died, is necessary. Most nations have ...

Take another look at spending law

For a time, President Donald Trump said, he thought about vetoing the $1.3 trillion spending bill Congress laid on his desk a few weeks ago. Too much money was being spent unnecessarily and some priorities had been ignored, he explained. In the end, Trump signed the bill. Now, he reportedly ...

Assad makes it hard for US to leave Syria

As much as President Donald Trump says he wants to pull U.S. troops out of Syria and let others worry about the civil war there, Syrian President Bashar Assad is making it difficult. On Saturday night, Syrian government troops reportedly launch a poison gas attack on the rebel-held town of ...

Invading privacy is how social media makes money

If you want an idea of the magnitude of the privacy scandal involving Facebook, consider this: There are about 117 million households in the United States, according to the Census Bureau. As many as 87 million people, most in this country, had personal data collected by Facebook accessed by ...

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Elkay closing THUMBS DOWN: The word came late Friday that Elkay Manufacturing has decided to close its New Ulm plant, which manufactures cabinet doors and drawer fronts for Elkay’s line of kitchen cabinets. The closing, expected to happen in June, will be a blow to the New Ulm economy. The ...

Collateral damage in the trade war

It is one of the truths of modern warfare that the politicians and generals who run the war are usually far behind the front lines, where the privates take the risks and suffer the damage. And so it is with the trade war that President Donald Trump has started with China and other trading ...

MLK would see lots of work yet to do

Some who remember the shock and horror of what happened 50 years ago on Wednesday, the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., may wonder how he would view the situation today. He would be enormously pleased at one aspect of the relationship between white Americans and ...

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