Editorials

George H.W. Bush

Former President George H.W. Bush, who died late Friday at the age of 94, was a man born into a life of affluence, but who chose to live a life of service to his country. He joined the U.S. Navy on his 18th birthday over the objection of his wealthy father, flew 58 missions in World War II as a ...

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Ready to listen THUMBS UP: It is one of the sadder stereotypes about politicians that they are vitally interested in the issues that matter to you — right up to the time they get your vote. Then it’s “See you in two years (or four years, or however long their term is).” That’s why ...

Farm bill agreement can’t come too soon

Word is coming out of Washington that House and Senate conferees have reached an agreement in principle that will break the impasse on a new farm bill. While the conferees are still awaiting cost estimates from the Congressional Budget Office and have to finalize the language in the proposal, ...

Legislature should act on genital mutilation bill

People have a right to their beliefs. What they do not have is a right to torture and maim little girls. Minnesota State Rep. Mary Franson is vehemently opposed to the practice of female genital mutilation, which occurs in parts of Asia, the Middle East and Africa. It is a cultural or ...

We can’t afford to ignore climate change report

Mother Nature was not kind to farmers this past growing season. Snow in April and too much rain in July made for a rough start in the fields. On Friday, a scientific report issued by 13 federal agencies set off dire climate alarms. The report warned that if significant steps are not taken to ...

Hard times on the farm

According to an analysis from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, the number of farms filing for bankruptcy has been growing this past year. According to statistics, 84 farms filed for Chapter 12 bankruptcy in Wisonsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana in the 12 months ...

If Hinckley wants to act, ‘rules’ won’t stop him

There was news out of Virginia last week that John Hinckley Jr., who tried to kill President Ronald Reagan in 1981, will be allowed to move out of his mother’s house and live on his own. Not only is it absurd that Hinckley is being granted this freedom, it is absurd that he is mixing with ...

Single-payer would be costly, damaging

Of all the solutions that might be implemented to help more Americans obtain and afford health care, we cannot understand the drive by some on the left for a single-payer system. Columnist John Stossel, on this page, offers a rundown of the issues surrounding single-payer and its flaws. There ...

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Support small businesses today THUMBS UP: There are so many good reasons to support small busineses — they exist right here in your community, they employ you and your neighbors, the money they make stays right here, they pay taxes to support education, public safety and other services. So ...

Smoke detectors really save lives

This is the time of the year when home safety experts warn us the danger of fire goes up. Colder weather means heating equipment shut off for months is put back in service. The Christmas season means some of us go all-out in decorating, sometimes overloading circuits and wires with hundreds, ...

Immigrants realize we have something to be thankful for

Most of us have good reason to pause and give thanks on this Thanksgiving season. Our families top the list of blessings bestowed upon us, of course. We may also be thankful for our jobs, our health, our good fortune. Do we ever just give thanks to be living as citizens of America? Or is that ...

Please stop for school buses

It may be the most dangerous time of a school child’s day, the few seconds he or she is crossing the street to get on a school bus, or crossing to get home after getting off the bus. It shouldn’t be dangerous at all. State laws all across the country require motorists to come to a ...

Wanda Gág honored

Wanda Gág was born 125 years ago in New Ulm. She died in New Jersey in 1946 at the age of 53 after a prolific career as an artist and children’s book author. Today, 72 years after her death, she is still being recognized for her achievements as an author and artist. Last week, the ...

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Split First District Thumbs Up: The results of the last two elections in Minnesota’s First Congressional District show how evenly divided the district is between Republicans and Democrats. Two years ago Democratic Rep. Tim Walz barely defeated his long-time challenger Jim Hagedorn by a ...

Easy test: Will Pelosi negotiate on border wall?

At one point in time, critics rightly called out American lawmakers for being too cozy with one another. Democrats and Republicans happily engaged in logrolling to pass their pet projects and programs, getting federal largesse flowing to their home districts. That legacy is part of the reason ...

Walz seeks advice, doesn’t have to take it

As Gov.-elect Tim Walz begins his transition to take over the seat from Gov. Mark Dayton in January, he has been meeting with past governors to seek their counsel and advice on the role he will now play. That is a wise strategy, provided he doesn’t feel too obligated to accept their ...

Higher gas tax? Maybe cut spending elsewhere

The legislative agenda of Gov.-elect Tim Walz is starting to emerge. Walz will be working with a Democratic-led House of Representatives and a Republican-controlled Senate when the Legislature reconvenes in January. What those facts mean is that nobody can get everything they want, and nobody ...

Health care resonates because prices baffle

On Tuesday night, Democrats won back the U.S. House of Representatives. On Wednesday, Speaker-in waiting Nancy Pelosi discussed their victory, noting that her party’s candidates who won in crucial swing districts stayed on message, and that message had primarily to do with health care, not ...

Minnesota’s divide

Minnesota, it is reported, is the only state in the union with a divided Legislature — Democrats in control of the House, and Republicans in control of the Senate. But the results of last Tuesday’s election show the Minnesota divide is not political as much as it is geographic. A map of ...

100 years later, we still owe a great debt to Veterans

One hundred years ago today, the conflict many hoped was “the war to end all wars” drew to a close. For decades, Nov. 11 each year was observed as Armistice Day. Now, we know it as Veterans Day, honoring those among us who have served at any time in the armed forces. Though the last ...