Editorials

Will businesses wait until state acts?

One of the poorer pieces of legislation passed in the 2013 Legislative session is the new sales tax on warehousing and storage services. Since the bill was signed by Gov. Dayton, Minnesota-based businesses have complained about the tax, which is scheduled to take effect in April 2014.Warehouse ...

Weeds: A word from the confused middle

Early in June, I drove our Toyota Sienna 600 miles roundtrip on a baseball trip with some buddies. Last week, our family drove 700 miles to vacation on Madeline Island. My wife drives to New Ulm to work four or five times a week. In our family, we're up to five drivers and six vehicles. Middle ...

Fill the Inspector General gap

Among the true heroes of public service are men and women serving in government inspector generals' offices. They root out waste and wrongdoing, bringing it to taxpayers' attention. Without them, heaven only knows how much of our money would be flushed down ratholes in Washington and state ...

NRC transparency

Transparency will be the hallmark of her administration of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Allison MacFarlane assured U.S. senators before they voted a few days ago to confirm her for a five-year term as NRC chairwoman.Let's hope so. Pledges of transparency by politicians - and make no ...

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Cigarette tax reactionTHUMBS UP: The reaction of smokers to the new, higher cigarette tax was about what we would have expected. Smokers stocked up over the weekend in anticipation of the $1.60 per pack hike in the tax on cigarettes.Sooner or later, however, cigarette smokers are going to face ...

Putin makes a joke

It is a measure of the contempt in which Russian leader Vladimir Putin holds U.S. officials that he made the announcement he did on Monday. Throughout the world, Putin's comment must have had professional spies shaking uncontrollably with laughter.Here in the U.S., however, Edward Snowden is no ...

The First Minnesota

As we prepare to celebrate our nation's independence on Thursday, we should take a moment today to remember an important anniversary in Minnesota history.This year is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, and with it the action in battle that has forever emblazoned the name of the ...

Let’s focus on the cost of college

The average U.S. college student walks off campus with about $26,500 in student loan debt, much of it in government-subsidized low-interest loans. Typically, students have 10 years to pay off the debt.Members of Congress now are under fire because interest rates on new Stafford loans have ...

No evidence of wrongdoing?

Among the most upsetting aspects of the Internal Revenue Service scandal is that participants in harassing organizations based on their political ideals do not seem to recognize they did anything wrong.Last week, acting IRS head Danny Werfel conceded his agency discriminated against more ...

A July 3rd to remember

July 3rd, 2013 should become a day to remember - to call to mind the sacrifices of our forebears as the struggle to preserve our Union became ever more costly and bloody. The program that is scheduled at Riverside Park begins with a 3:30 p.m. gathering at the refreshment and food stands. At ...

Minnesota ahead of Obama on energy

When President Obama announced his plans for executive actions on the environment this past week, he focused heavily on reducing carbon emissions in electrical generating plants, especially coal-burning plants.There are few details yet on what kind of emission standards will be forthcoming from ...

The Search

By Mark GnewuchEditor's note: Mark Gnewuch from Milwaukee is the brother-in-law of Stephen Fritze, the kayaker who has been missing in the Minnesota River since June 15. He is here with family as the search continues.We went down to the river today. Whether I was looking at the Cottonwood or ...

Why commemorate the 3rd of July?

July 3rd is the 150th anniversary of two of the major turning points of the Civil War. Not only was our State of Minnesota a major contributor to the Union Army, but Governor Alexander Ramsey was the very first governor to offer troops to Abraham Lincoln in 1861. It is most fitting that our ...

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Our first respondersTHUMBS UP: It is always at the most trying times that we learn to appreciate the quality of our first responders. Two tragic incidents this week again bring us a glimpse of the dedication and heroism that our police, fire and ambulance crews possess.Saturday evening, the ...

Settlement still best option for taxpayers

We have received notice that we erred in our editorial of Thursday, calling on Senate Republicans to settle with Michael Brodkorb. Brodkorb's suit is against the Minnesota Senate as a whole, and it is DFLers as well as Republicans who are choosing to contest the issue. It was the Senate Rules ...

Republicans should settle Brodkorb case

This week a Minnesota Senate panel approved another $500,000 for Senate Republicans' legal fees in the lawsuit filed by Michael Brodkorb.It's time for this fiasco to be over. The Senate has already stuck taxpayers with $228,000 in legal fees in the suit, brought by Brodkorb after he was fired ...

President’s plan same old song

President Barack Obama announced his plan for addressing global warming and greenhouse gases. His speech Tuesday at Georgetown University contained few new proposals, however. The only news is that he intends to use his executive powers to set new limits on carbon emissions from power ...

Weeds: Minor League baseball road trip

After the Metrodome was built, the forecast for the next 32 years was 70 degrees with a gray sky. A group of us made an annual road trip to Kansas City or Milwaukee where we took our chances with sun and clouds and all matter of natural phenomena. That fell by the wayside as we got busy with ...

Snowden’s choice of friends is telling

"Birds of a feather flock together," according to the old adage, and Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor charged with espionage for releasing information about the NSA's surveillance programs, is saying a lot by his choice of associates.Snowden fled to Hong Kong, a ...

Another IRS fable

An Internal Revenue Service official in Washington now is admitting she knew of the agency's discrimination against conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. That makes it clear the White House claim the harassment occurred only in the IRS's Cincinnati office simply is not true.Some ...

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