Editorials

Our View: Dems set precedent for ‘nuclear option’

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democrats in the U.S. Senate appear to have declared the equivalent of political war on the nomination of federal Judge Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court. They have vowed to mount a filibuster to block a vote on Gorsuch. Schumer, D-N.Y., has ...

Our View: Tackle health care one piece at a time

Though the intent was good in the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, the proposal itself was full of flaws. That very thing is what killed it. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, with President Donald Trump’s backing, proposed a bill that would have addressed just ...

Our View: Real ID bill a bit nearer reality

The Minnesota Senate passed the Real ID bill Thursday by a 60-7 vote after narrowly rejecting it earlier this year. The difference, Republicans stripped language out of it that would ban illegal immigrants from getting drivers licenses. That was a sticking point for DFLers, who voted for the ...

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Fast-tracking bills THUMBS UP: It looks like the Republican leadership in the House is serious about moving major bills along much more quickly this session, getting things done early and not waiting until the last minute. On Thursday, the House passed a Transportation Bill. Yes, a ...

Our View: Golf carts: The devil is in the details

A New Ulm city commission began its discussions of whether the city should allow people to drive golf carts and other special vehicles on city streets. There are a lot of good reasons for someone to use a golf cart or other vehicle instead of an automobile to get around town. Economics is ...

We must insist foreign aid gets to the needy

We Americans have been blessed. No doubt about that. Simple human compassion dictates that when people are suffering in less fortunate lands, we should try to help them. For generations, we have done just that. We are willing — nay, eager — to do more. But the enormous waste and abuse ...

Our View: Obamacare wasn’t built in a day either

How long and how many tries did it take Democratss to achieve what they planned to be a government takeover of the health insurance industry? Many years, accompanied by several false starts. Americans disappointed at defeat of a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare should keep that in mind. ...

Our View: Russian ties need independent investigator

Whether President Donald Trump likes it or not, the question of what the Russians did to our presidential election process and who they did it with is a big, dark question looming over the new administration. And it is increasingly apparent that the question needs to be probed by an independent ...

Our View: Walz choosing governor’s race

Minnesota’s First District Congressman Tim Walz has announced his plan to run for Minnesota Governor in 2018 instead of seeking a sixth term in the House. Walz’s decision may be a result of many things. He may be reading the writing on the wall. His re-election campaigns have become ...

Our View: Art of the no deal

President Donald Trump suffered a big defeat Friday when he and House Speaker Paul Ryan decided to pull their health care bill rather than put it to a vote in the House that they seemed destined to lose. It was a loss for Trump not just on the policy and political side, it was a blow to his ...

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Tigers at State THUMBS UP: Springfield High School’s excellent basketball season comes to an end today, a little earlier than the team had hoped, but still an excellent ending. The Tigers will play today for third place in the Class A State High School League tournament. They ran into a ...

Our View: Repeal, replace not that easy

President Donald Trump may be a great deal maker when it comes to business, but he is finding making deals with Congress is something else entirely. He and House Speaker Paul Ryan are finding that out in trying to get a vote on the American Health Care Act, which is supposed to replace the ...

Our View: Gorsuch approach is what court needs

Not infrequently, state and federal appeals court judges and justices surprise and even disappoint those who supported them when they were nominated. In a way, that is a very good thing — just what Americans ought to want from the ultimate arbiters of our laws and the U.S. Constitution. We ...

Our View: Hearings should focus on Gorsuch

Some U.S. senators would do the nation a favor if they pondered who and what they are discussing in this week’s confirmation hearings for federal Judge Neil Gorsuch, who has been nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court. During opening statements Monday by members of the Judiciary Committee, ...

Our View: Troubling issue at Congressional hearings

Troubling issues abounded at the first hearing Monday of the House committee appointed to investigate Russia’s possible involvement in efforts to sway the U.S. presidential election. Most serious is FBI Director James Comey’s confirmation that the FBI is investigating whether President ...

Tough to cut spending

Donald Trump’s budget is giving everyone a hard dose of reality when it comes to cutting spending. Trump is proposing a huge increase in defense spending and for building his wall (what happened to Mexico?), but big cuts everywhere else. Those great bugaboos, the National Endowment for the ...

Our View: Money for defense or for defense waste?

It is not difficult to visualize what Washington lobbyists for the big defense contractors were doing Thursday. They were rubbing their hands together in glee over President Donald Trump’s budget proposal. Trump included a $54 billion increase in military spending in the $1.15 trillion ...

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Knowledge Bowl   Thumbs Up: It’s that time of year when we congratulate local athletes and teams for state tournament trips and successful seasons. But let’s not forget the academic athletes who compete in mental competitions like Knowledge Bowl. On Friday, three area Knowledge Bowl ...

Let’s get all of Trump’s tax returns

Rachel Maddow and MSNBC teased the heck out of viewers when she tweeted this week that she had the “Trump tax returns” and would reveal them on her show. After 20 minutes of the show, Maddow revealed that she actually had two pages from President Donald Trump’s 2005 return, and they ...

Our View: Replace Obamacare with something better

Shortly before taking office President Donald Trump has promised to replace Obamacare — the Affordable Care Act — with something better. He said there would be “insurance for everybody.” He said it would be simpler and better: “Much less expensive, much better ...lower numbers, much ...

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