Editorials

Wild primary season

This summer promises to be a wild primary season in Minnesota politics. We have three DFL candidates — Erin Muphy, Tim Walz and Lori Swanson, and two Republicans — Jeff Johnson and Tim Pawlenty — for governor. There’s a scramble in the Attorney General’s race, with five DFLers, ...

Hollywood does the right thing

You may want to sit down for this: Hollywood has done something worthy of praise. For once, the movie moguls have put ethics ahead of money. Paramount Network had planned a television reprise of the 1988 film, “Heathers.” The original version starred Winona Rider and Christian ...

A horrible idea for a video game

You thought “Grand Theft Auto” is a bad idea for a video game? It allows you to participate in all kinds of illegal activities and unsavory behaviors, glamorizing corruption and crime. But it’s Super Mario World compared to a recently developed video game. “Active Shooter” allows ...

Money v. morals

The entertainment world’s dirty little secret — that money trumps morals — was on display again this week. After actress Roseanne Barr was fired by ABC over a racist tweet, stories of other questionable behavior began surfacing. An old picture of her dressed as Adolf Hitler and pulling ...

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Double standard? THUMBS DOWN: This past week ABC TV took the unusual step of cancelling its top-rated comedy series, the “Roseanne” reboot, after series star Roseanne Barr tweeted a scurrilous, racist insult about Valerie Jarret, a former aide to President Barack Obama. As unusual and ...

Drug dealing not a non-violent crime

Whether President Donald Trump will agree with entertainer Kim Kardashian West that a pardon should be granted to imprisoned drug dealer Alice Marie Johnson is uncertain. Johnson, 62, has served more than 20 years behind bars after being convicted of playing a key role in a drug ring in ...

Dayton signs bonding bill

Gov. Mark Dayton grudgingly signed the state bonding bill passed in the final hours of the legislative session. “I am signing this bill, despite my objections, because areas throughout Minnesota need the projects and the jobs, which it will provide,” said Dayton in a press release. ...

Seamans’ heroism ‘only acceptable action’

What happened at a middle school in Noblesville, Ind., last Friday could have been much, much worse had Jason Seaman not risked his own life to protect his students. Seaman, 29, was teaching his class when a student with a gun entered and opened fire. He shot a 13-year-old girl, who was hurt ...

Early retirement for Dayton?

Gov. Mark Dayton has about six months left in his last term as governor, and he apparently doesn’t plan on doing too much during that time. He could keep himself busy by calling a special session to help fix the tax and spending mess he and the Republican-controlled Legislature togetehr ...

North Korea caught off balance

For decades, North Korea’s vicious rulers have been able to count on Americans’ fervent, abiding desire for peace. Dictator Kim Jong Un, like his father and grandfather, views that as a weakness to be exploited. Our presidents, both Republican and Democrat, have been so desperate to avoid ...

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Avenue of Flags THUMBS UP: One of the best Memorial Day traditions New Ulm has to offer is the Avenue of Flags, put in place at the New Ulm City Cemetery for special occasions. Memorial Day is just such an occasion. Local veterans groups provide the volunteers to set up hundreds of large ...

US won’t be bullied by Kim in summit

In cancelling his June 12 summit meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un on Thursay, President Donald Trump is fighting fire with fire. Through what has been termed his “charm offensive,” Kim had raised hopes that a meeting with Trump could result in him agreeing to abandon nuclear ...

Another nice mess

“Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into!” The line was made famous by the comedy team of Laurel and Hardy. Oliver Hardy delivered it to Stan Laurel in many of the pair’s films as the kicker to the most ridiculous of misfortunes. The phrase could be used around the ...

Haspel may be what the CIA needs

To judge by her comments moments after she was sworn in as the new CIA director, Gina Haspel has her priorities in order. Haspel, a 33-year veteran of the intelligence agency, revealed some of her plans on Monday. She wants to improve CIA personnel proficiency in foreign languages, strengthen ...

We must find what triggers murderous violence

Once again our children have paid with their lives to teach us a lesson about school violence. It is that banning so-called “assault rifles” or even semi-automatic pistols will not stop them. It is that people kill people, and unless we learn more about what triggers homicidal behavior, ...

Don’t be fooled by North Korea threat

For decades, North Korean leaders have been masters of using the carrot-and-stick approach to getting what they want. The key has been their ability to switch between the two with lightning speed. Last week, dictator Kim Jong Un did just that. He called off high-level talks between his regime ...

Final day dash

Today is the final day of the Minnesota legislative session. For three months legislators have been working on a number of issues, important issues that will affect us all. Three months should be enought time to work up some plans, work out the details and work out the deals needed to get them ...

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Graduation time THUMBS UP: The snow has finally melted, just in time for high school graduations in the area. Martin Luther College held its commencement ceremonies last Saturday, and this Sunday Cathedral High School kicks off a seven-day period that will see all three local high schools ...

VA service

Opponents of a measure to make it easier for military veterans to see private-sector health care providers instead of relying on the Department of Veterans Affairs have one big complaint: Doing that could lead to privatizing the VA, they complain. Horrors! Take control of veterans’ health ...

Tax bill tangle

We know Gov. Mark Dayton doesn’t like the Republican tax bill that is making its way through the House and Senate. It doesn’t look like his. The Republican plan lowers the tax rates for businesses and individuals. It would use the gains from conforming to the new federal tax rules to do ...

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