Editorials

Trump team takes aim at ‘swamp’

How nice it would be to believe that President Donald Trump’s plan to reorganize the federal government will result in more efficiency and less bureaucratic stupidity. Most Americans have had enough exposure to federal agencies, however, not to believe an improvement has occurred until they ...

Uncivil discourse

So, Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a restaurant in Virginia because of her work as official mouthpiece for President Donald Trump. Members of the restaurant staff, including some who are gay, felt uncomfortable having her there, and the manager said, “What do you want me to do? I ...

Casualties in the trade wars

Part of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign was that he would do something about the trade deficits that he said were sapping America’s economic vitality. He would bring the foreign despoilers to their knees with tough protective tariffs and bring jobs back to the U.S. from ...

Making progress on climate even without accord

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s timing in lambasting President Donald Trump for pulling the United States out of the Paris climate accords could have been better. On Tuesday, Merkel, saying climate change is “a fact,” called Trump’s decision “very regettable.” Just days ...

Time to come clean on recycling plastics

The time for Americans to be honest about “recycling” may have arrived. Thank the Chinese for forcing us into a discussion we should have had years ago. Millions of Americans separate materials such as paper and plastic from their garbage, placing the items in recycling bins. Then, ...

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Level playing field Thumbs Up: Brick and mortar businesses — the ones you see on your Main Street, who employ people in town, and pay taxes in your community — have struggled to compete with online retailers for some time now. The Bon-Ton Stores is just one casualty of that struggle. ...

How will new border policy work?

Realistic new legislation is needed to address illegal immigration. President Donald Trump is right about that. Trump was right Wednesday, too, when he issued an executive order that men and women caught coming into the United States illegally are not to be separated from their ...

Getting the U.S. back into space important

Whether President Donald Trump’s recently announced plan to create a new branch of the military, the U.S. Space Force, makes sense is certainly up for debate. Rather than create a whole new military bureaucracy, placing space defense under the Air Force may make more sense. And whether there ...

‘Dusty’ money should be used elsewhere

Do you have $15.4 billion socked away for a rainy day? We didn’t think so. But your government does, and the bureaucrats, backed by liberal lawmakers, don’t want to give it up. Analysts in President Donald Trump’s administration have found that amount of money locked up in inactive ...

Dealing with the young immigrants

What to do about children who accompany parents crossing the border illegally into the United States is a heart-wrenching problem –and not as simple as one might wish. As many as 2,000 children have been separated from their children after their parents brought them across the border from ...

Americans are willing to give

Americans are famously compassionate people. When we learn of someone in need, we tend to dig into our pockets to help them. Last year, we set a new record: about $410 billion in charitable giving, according to an authoritative report by the Giving USA organization. It totaled donations from ...

Hope for Republican immigration plan

With much of the nation’s attention last week focused on reining in North Korea’s aggressiveness, conservatives in Congress were making progress on another critical issue — immigration laws. Votes on the issue in the House of Representatives could occur as early as this week. House ...

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Keep cool this weekend THUMBS UP: Summertime is here with a vengeance this weekend. Heat advisories have been issued for the southern Minnesota area, with heat indices (heat plus humidity) in the 98 to 103 degree area. So keep cool this weekend. Stay inside if you have air conditioning, ...

Trust established; now comes verification

It seems that President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un established some level of trust with each other during their meeting Tuesday in Singapore. Now comes the second, critical half of the equation: verification that Pyongyang does what Kim says it will. What happened ...

Flag Day

Today is Flag Day, not one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the national calendar, but a day on which thoughtful Americans pay homage not to a mere piece of red, white and blue fabric, but to the republic for which it stands — which is all of us. But this year there has been a ...

Another N. Korean promise to denuclearize  

This week’s summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un contained a lot of good things for Kim. He got a face-to-face meeting with the American president and the recognition of North Korea as a nuclear power that has to be respected on the world stage. He got a ...

Summit hopes

Both U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un are meeting in Singapore. It is no exaggeration to say that hundreds of millions of people have their fingers crossed that something productive will come of the encounter. Trump and other U.S. officials have made it clear ...

Sexual abuse aided, abetted at colleges

College and university officials throughout the country ought to be asking themselves whether sexual abuse scandals such as those at Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan State universities could occur at their institutions. Those answering in the negative may want to search their souls about why ...

Wrong message merits the right one

It may have been the fact that lots of young men get drunk and still manage to refrain from raping women that spelled the end of Santa Clara County, Calif., Judge Aaron Persky’s career on the bench. Persky drew fire two years ago when he sentenced Stanford University athlete Brock Turner to ...

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Congratulations area teams Three area baseball teams have earned the right to compete in the Minnesota State High School League state tournaments. The New Ulm Eagles defeated Mankato West 2-1 in 11 innings in the Section 2AAA Thursday, and Sleepy Eye beat top-ranked BOLD in the Section 2A ...

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