Editorials

Tax relief is needed

Liberals in Congress are up in arms about a plan to grant some tax relief to Americans. The idea, by conservative lawmakers and President Donald Trump, is irresponsible, they huff. It could add as much as $1.5 trillion to the national debt within the next decade, opponents of the plan ...

Bad ambassador

Under their president, Robert Mugabe, residents of Zimbabwe have suffered terribly. A 2008 report from Physicians for Human Rights sums it up: “The government of Robert Mugabe presided over the dramatic reversal of its population’s access to food, clean water, basic sanitation and health ...

A good first step to right an old wrong

Good for the people of Gainesville, Ga., who have not stopped at engaging in “a conversation” about race. They are doing something extraordinarily powerful to make it clear that for the overwhelming majority of Americans, the bigotry of the past is unacceptable. For many years, black ...

Drug Czar needs strict requirements

Perhaps there is a silver lining to political pressure that forced a change of President Donald Trump’s plan to name a new federal drug czar. It could lead to a much more effective — and committed — person in the position. Trump had planned to nominate Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., to lead ...

Easy pickings for IS

David Wright clearly is a troubled young man, perhaps in part because of a lack of intellectual energy. He is an American citizen, a resident of Everett, Mass. He is also a terrorist. Wright has been convicted of involvement in a terrorist scheme to behead a conservative blogger, Pamela ...

Thumbs Up/Down

NUEDC carries on THUMBS UP: The New Ulm Economic Development Commission is carrying on its work, at least for another year. The group’s board of directors met last week to consider its future in the face of the City of New Ulm ending its subsidy. The NUEDC will continue its operations, ...

Raqqa liberation a small victory in long view of terror war

Raqqa liberation a small victory in long view of terror war In bygone days, officials in some European nations had a way of emphasizing that their forms of government would endure. When a sovereign died and a new one was being crowned, the cry was, “The king is dead — long live the ...

Bergdahl’s desertion hurt service, buddies

When Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post in Afghanistan in 2009, he put his fellow soldiers in jeopardy. At least two were wounded in firefights while they searched for him. And, though Bergdahl had no part in the ill-informed decision by former President Barack Obama to exchange five ...

Hope for measured health care approach

Republican and Democratic senators announced Tuesday an agreement on a plan to keep the health care insurance markets from collapsing like an imploded high-rise. And oddly enough, President Donald Trump, who just last week ordered the termination of “Obamacare” subsidies, spoke favorably on ...

Al-Shabbab atrocity

Islamic terrorists proved Saturday they retain the ability and the bloodlust to commit massive atrocities. Using a bomb mounted on a truck, the al-Shabab organization, linked to al-Qaida, killed more than 300 people in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. More than 300 others were ...

Captives have harrowing tale

A Pennsylvania woman and her Canadian husband who spent the last five years as prisoners of Taliban terrorists in Afghanistan were rescued this week. Their captors took them into Pakistan. Because U.S. intelligence agencies had been tracking them, American officials enlisted the Pakistani ...

VA rule needs some common sense

It seems obvious that the scandal-ridden Department of Veterans Affairs needs to have in place — and enforce — a strong code of ethics. Ask any military veteran victimized by “wait-list” schemes at some VA hospitals. But should a VA doctor be told he cannot help educate budding health ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Hurricane Donald THUMBS DOWN: As if Puerto Rico didn’t have enough problems dealing with Hurricane Maria, now they have Hurricane Donald blowing their way. After Maria devastated the island’s infrastructure, leaving its power grid in tatters, the Mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz, ...

A public open house was held for the new Bank Midwest building. The Bank Midwest building broke ground 11 months ago. At the time it was predicted the building would be completed by Oktoberfest. In honor of the open a house a special burger/hotdog lunch was hosted in the parking lot for the public. Hy-Vee catering served the food free to the public. The event drew a large crowd. Bank Midwest will also sponsor the today’s Oktoberfest Parade which starts at 10:30 a.m.

Bank Midwest Open House

A public open house was held for the new Bank Midwest building. The Bank Midwest building broke ground 11 months ago. At the time it was predicted the building would be completed by Oktoberfest. In honor of the open a house a special burger/hotdog lunch was hosted in the parking lot for the ...

Diverting the public from meeting

When Minnesota, North Dakota and the federal government are planning on spending $2.2 billion on a project to divert floodwaters along the Red River, a project affecting hundreds of thousands of people, one would think that would be of crucial interest to the public who are being asked to foot ...

Hollywood has some explaining to do

As the floodgates opened for a tidal wave of sexual assault allegations against former movie magnate Harvey Weinstein this week, quite a few in the entertainment industry have some explaining to do. It appears that Weinstein’s sexual predation was an open secret among many in Hollywood and ...

Some ACA relief may be on the way

President Trump is expected to issue an executive order this week providing at least some relief from skyrocketing health insurance premiums that resulted from the Affordable Care Act. While the ACA — Obamacare — granted millions of Americans either free insurance through Medicaid or ...

Alternate vehicles – so far, so good

We noticed this weekend that the Sleepy Eye City Council is looking at the possibility of adopting an ordinance similar to New Ulm’s alternative vehicle ordinance, which allows people to drive golf carts, ATVs, utility vehicles and so on on city streets. We hope it goes as well in Sleepy ...

Shaking up the intelligence services

It has been clear for some time that U.S. intelligence agencies need an overhaul. Too much reliance has been placed on technology, with old-fashioned human spying taking a back seat. On Wednesday, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said that is about to change. More intelligence agents will be sent ...

Are good loans going to bad schools?

Unless they are pressed by the government to do otherwise, as they sometimes are in considering mortgage loan applications, private lending institutions look hard at two factors before making loans. First, the borrower’s ability to repay the loan is considered. Second, the value of the ...

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