Editorials

Leaders see the light on “America First”

After belittling President Donald Trump’s “America first” economic policies as hopelessly out of step with globalism, some foreign leaders have seen the light. Now, they admit they understand Trump’s reasoning. One wonders how much public opinion in their own countries had to do with ...

The signs are there – after the fact

In the aftermath of violent sprees students seem to launch with some regularity in schools, the question asked often is why no one saw it coming. Profiling children as potential killers is such a difficult task it does not even fall into the category of “inexact science.” Deciding ...

Time to work on immigration reform

With drama over the “government shutdown” — engineered by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. and fellow liberals — over, members of Congress can get down to work on a comprehensive immigration reform package. Time is of the essence, because of unconstitutional action taken ...

Quick negotiation reopens government

It didn’t take long for Democrats and Republicans in the Senate to work out a deal get the federal government back up and running on Monday. Democrats agreed to support the short-term spending bill that will fund government through Feb. 8 in exchange for a promise from Republicans to start ...

Congress finds it hard to do what seems right

There are some issues facing Congress that seem like “no-brainers.” They all agree that they should do this or that, but somehow it doesn’t get done. Whatever the worthy legislation may be, it gets caught in the political morass and gets sucked under. Several of those issues are caught ...

Some entertainers’ outrage is a sham

Let us be crystal clear about the stampede of entertainers distancing themselves from stars who are accused of sexual misdeeds: For at least some of those expressing outrage, it’s all an act. Many of them have known for years that the sexual harassment was rampant in their industry. Many ...

Civil asset forfeitures not the American way

Few people have any argument with the government seizing property owned by a drug trafficker. Often, houses, cars, boats, etc., not to mention the pusher’s cash, were obtained by breaking the law. But what about someone merely accused of a crime? We Americans are innocent until proven ...

Where is the truth?

A new Gallup/Knight Foundation Survey on Trust, Media and Democracy shows the conundrum many people feel today. While the vast majority (84 percent) of Americans say that the media has an important role to pay in democracy, just 33 percent have a "very favorable" or "somewhat favorable" opinion ...

Curse may be over

Never have so many people’s spirits been lifted so rapidly as the spirits of people in Minnnesota during the last ten seconds of the Minnesota Vikings game with the New Orleans Saints. Minnesotans have grown used to the Vikings snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in the playoffs over ...

Visioning benefits

Friday’s Hot Topics luncheon at the New Ulm Country Club was a chance to see what has been happening with the Community Visioning process in New Ulm. Last year around 100 people got together for a couple of days to talk about New Ulm and its needs. It resulted in several groups getting ...

Don’t disappoint Iranian reformers

Imagine 3,700 Americans being arrested for protesting conditions in our country. You probably can’t. The First Amendment safeguards our right to protest peacefully. Any demonstrations so severe that they resulted in criminal activity requiring that scale of arrests would be taken by ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Trump turmoil Thumbs Down: President Donald Trump has thrown the country, and the world, once again into turmoil with the language he reportedly used on Thursday to describe undesirable immigrants. “Why are we having all these people from (expletive deleted) countries come here?” he ...

Immigration is in Congress’ court

Some members of the national press corps made much of a meeting at the White House on Tuesday, to discuss immigration legislation. President Donald Trump and lawmakers from both parties spent a substantial amount of time talking about the issue — with reporters present. Normally in such ...

Let’s focus on Winfrey’s message

Oprah Winfrey must have been pleased at the talk after her speech at the Golden Globes awards ceremony the other night. Who wouldn’t be flattered at widespread suggestions she ought to run for president? But if Winfrey is smart — and she is — she will wonder whether the message she ...

Iran reaping what it has sown

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad may have enjoyed a good chuckle over an Iranian official’s warning on Monday. Others familiar with the situation may have thought it less humorous. Iran has been wracked by anti-government demonstrations during recent weeks. On Monday, Foreign Minister Mohammad ...

U should let police handle sex assault complaints

The University of Minnesota athletic program has been hit with yet another complaint of a sex assault involving an athlete. Reggie Lynch, the star center on the Gopher’s basketball team, was suspended this week after the university’s Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) office ...

Trump takes Wolff bait

President Donald Trump is a self-described “counterpuncher.” If you attack him or criticize him he punches back twice as hard. He’s been doing it his whole professional life, including his political life. So he is easy pickings for someone like Michael Wolff, author of “Fire and Fury: ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Ice is ready THUMBS UP: Conditions are finally right for the New Ulm Park and Rec Department to put in ice at the outdoor skating rinks at Harman Park. It is one of the traditional joys of a Minnesota winter to be able to head down to the rink, skate around with your friends, warm up in the ...

Never doubt Kim’s intentions

There are very few sure bets in international relations. But one is that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has no intention of slowing his headlong drive to become a threat to world peace. In fact, it is highly unlikely Kim will make meaningful changes in any of his domestic or international ...

Charitable giving not based on selfishness

Tax reform signed into law by President Donald Trump just before Christmas may be detrimental to many charitable organizations, some analysts insist. It should not make an iota of difference in how we Americans respond to need. If you make contributions to recognized charities, you may be ...

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