Editorials

Egyptians may have learned from U.S.

Egyptian colonels and generals who overthrew the regime of former President Mohammed Morsi probably have more experience with and knowledge of terrorists than do U.S. Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham.Morsi's government, linked to the Muslim Brotherwood movement, was ousted by the military ...

Vigorous, free press is vital for freedom

Our nation's Founders disagreed on much. But on one thing - the necessity of a vigorous, unfettered press to defend Americans' rights - they were solidly in agreement. As Thomas Jefferson put it, "Our liberty depends on freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost."So ...

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Burdorf is outstandingTHUMBS UP: If you are a regular reader of The Journal, you have seen Wil Burdorf's picture and read his name many times as he hands out an award to a young person, or participates in some community activity, or encourages people to do something for the good of veterans or ...

One special session to fix them all

Minnesota has been no stranger to special sessions in recent years. Budget deadlocks and government shutdowns are the most common cause for calling a special session, but sometimes emergencies make one necessary.Governors are often reluctant to call a special session unless there is agreement ...

The wonders of New Wallum

OK, everybody, all together: "It's the mostwonderful timeof the year!" (I love it when we sing together; it makes me tingly inside.) It's summer and time for the Much Anticipated Annual Weeds Vacation Edition.Last year, we talked about vacationing in Sleepy Eye. It was mentioned that we have a ...

The underlying issue for Hasan trial

Army Maj. Nidal Hasan went on trial in a military court at Fort Hood, Texas, this week, with his life on the line.Hasan killed 13 people and wounded dozens more in a 2009 shooting rampage at the post. He has admitted that, meaning the Army court martial's purpose amounts to determining whether ...

Don’t minimize terrorist threats

The decision to close U.S. diplomatic outposts in 19 cities in the Middle East and elsewhere in Muslim areas, was "not an indication of a new threat" from Islamic terrorists, a State Department spokeswoman insisted Sunday. She maintained it was only because of "an abundance of caution."That is ...

Over next five weeks Congress should…

Last week Congress left Washington for a five-week recess, a break from the flurry of inaction they have been involved in over the past year.What can members of Congress do over the next five weeks to make sure they return to Washington rested, ready and reinvigorated for another whack at ...

Bloomberg to fight on in soda battle

After New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg this past week lost another court challenge to his attempt to limit the size of soft drinks that can be sold in some locations, he vowed to appeal to a higher court.And why not? Two state courts already have ruled Bloomberg's plan is unconstitutional ...

Tax ‘reform’? Watch your wallet

Why is it that almost always, when the word "reform" is used in Washington, it means bigger, more expensive government? And why is it that when liberals talk about creating jobs, they really intend to place new obstacles in the way of the private sector?It is happening again. President Barack ...

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Brown County FairTHUMBS UP: It's that time of year again. The long summer days are starting to shorten up just a little, but there is still plenty of daylight for the Brown County Free Fair.The Fair officially starts on Wednesday at 5 p.m., but the fairgrounds will be busy earlier this week. ...

­Changing attitudes – for some, at least

It has been a week full of reports on changing attitudes toward homosexuality.On Sunday, Pope Francis gave an impromptu news conference on the way back to the Vatican from Brazil, telling reporters, on the issue of homosexual priests, "Who am I to judge?""We shouldn't marginalize people for ...

Student loan issue won’t go away

The U.S. House of Representatives was set to vote Wednesday on a bill tying the college student Stafford loan interest rate to financial markets. It will be good news for this year's students, since the rate will fall from 6.8 percent to 3.9 percent. But the rate will rise over the next few ...

Arrest those who victimize children

Child prostitution is a tragedy right in our backyards, to judge by results of a nationwide FBI sweep a few days ago. In 76 cities, agents rescued 105 children and arrested 150 pimps.Minneapolis and St. Paul were among cities involved. Two pimps were arrested in St. Paul, another in ...

Will MnDOT respect Highway 14 needs?

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is getting ready to finalize its 20 year State Highway Investment Plan. It held its final meeting to accept public statements on Monday, and will accept written statements up to tomorrow.Up to now, MnDOT seems intent on backing a portion of the Highway ...

Eagle Update: New superintendent will seek input

It is my privilege and honor to be working for the students, parents and community members of District 88. There are many people to thank for the kind words and thoughts since I have been hired as the new Superintendent. I appreciate the help with the transition that Harold Remme provided as we ...

Legalize pot? Think long and hard first

The issue of legalizing marijuana for medical purposes is coming up again in Minnesota. On Sunday St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Sir Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin and a commissioner on the Global Commission for Drug Policy, held a hearing to discuss Minnesota's drug laws and the ...

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Relay for LifeTHUMBS UP: While most of us were sleeping last night, a large group of dedicated volunteers spent the night at the Brown County Fairgrounds, walking around the oval track by the grandstand for the 2013 Brown County Relay for Life.The annual event is a fundraiser, a celebration, ...

How do you punish millionaire athletes?

Major League Baseball came down hard on the Milwaukee Brewers' star Ryan Braun, suspending him for the remainder of the season, a total of 65 games, for using performance enhancing drugs. He has been embarrassed, tarred as a cheater and will suffer a significant financial loss, but it's hard to ...

Supreme Court doesn’t need to watch the polls

It's no secret that the American Public doesn't much care for the government it elects. Poll after poll shows the approval rating for Congress bouncing along the ground not much higher than the Wright Brothers flew at Kitty Hawk. President Obama's approval rating isn't much different that his ...

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