Editorials

ISD 88 Foundation

District 88 has needed all the financial help it can get in recent years. We've outlined many times in the past the challenges created by stagnant state financing and falling local enrollments. It has seemed the district's only recourse has been to ask taxpayers for tax levy increases to avoid ...

Speaking too softly

Too often, "diplomatic concerns" are used as an excuse by presidents who either are afraid to stand up for Americans' rights or are simply so gullible they allow foreign leaders to dupe them. We don't know which is the case involving President Barack Obama's timidity over Chinese hacking of ...

Privacy assurances far from persuasive

Government officials' reactions to revelations the privacy of millions of Americans has been invaded would be laughable were the situation not so serious.Among questionable activities engaged in by the National Security Agency has been secretly seizing telephone records of millions of Americans ...

Good dads needed

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there who are waking up this morning to the adulation of their wives and children. It's your day, you deserve it.Fathers should be celebrated, especially the ones who have embraced the important job of fatherhood, which is far more than just biological ...

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E-gambling a risky betTHUMBS DOWN: State officials and game vendors are holding meetings around the state, touting the benefits of e-gambling - electronic pulltabs and electronic bingo games that the state wants to spread throughout the state to help pay for the new Vikings stadium and more.The ...

Politicians keep stumbling on rape idiocies

Politicians keep stumbling on rape idiociesIt is almost painful to watch supposedly bright politicians stumble into the bog of misinformed, misogynistic statements about rape and pregnancy.It is an issue that comes up whenever the government looks at abortion legislation. Many conservative ...

Make choice for freedom

Virtually every time a totalitarian regime has subjugated its own people, the process began by warning them dire consequences would result if the government was not permitted to take small steps to safeguard the nation and its people. Objectors were told times had changed since their countries' ...

Small businesses still feel the pinch

Jobs data for May left economists even more worried about the sputtering of the already painfully slow economic recovery. Automatic Data Processing said private-sector jobs in the U.S. increased by only 135,000 jobs last month - considerably fewer than what analysts expected.National Federation ...

Weeds: The charms of small town living

Editor's note: Gwen Ruff is filling in for Randy Krzmarzick this week.Sibley County now is part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington metropolitan area. I thought I was heading to the country when I moved to Gibbon in December. So, I still live in a "statistical" metro area, but that's where ...

Phone records grab is overreaching

In the post 9/11 world we live in, we expect to pay a cost in some personal liberties for the sake of national security. We expect to get scanned and searched and give up our fingernail clippers at the airport, or to have people call police if someone sets down a package for a moment.But the ...

E-mail vs. FOI

Lots of people use more than one email address, for very good reasons. People who use email at work usually maintain separate personal accounts, for example.And some people use more than one email address in their jobs. It can be helpful, even critical, to be able to differentiate between very ...

Thumbing nose at Senate, courts

Hundreds of rulings handed down by the National Labor Relations Board since January 2012 are, in effect, null and void. That is because three of the five NLRB board members were appointed illegally by President Barack Obama.Obama's reaction to the federal court ruling on the matter, in January, ...

School Talk: Parking lot repairs

Authorization was given by school board action to move forward with the repair and renovation of district parking lots at the main campus site and Washington School during the summer of 2013. The project is projected to cost approximately $660,000. It will be financed through a tax abatement ...

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Ignoring Hwy. 14THUMBS DOWN: We wonder where the Minnesota Department of Transportation's sets its priorities? When it comes to using its limited funding, it seems like its philosophy is to spread the money around as thinly as possible, instead of putting it where it will do the most good.The ...

6th District Tango

It takes two to tango, and for the past couple of years, those two in Minnesota's 6th District have been Rep. Michele Bachmann, and her DFL?challenger Jim Graves. Bachmann barely beat Graves in the 2012 election, and Graves was looking strong for an upset in the 2014 electiob.Last week, of ...

Some anti-gun rules simply crazy

Anti-gun craziness in public schools seems to be increasing. It ought to be upsetting to any reasonable person, not just to those worried about Americans' Second Amendment rights.In Logan County, W.Va., a 14-year-old boy was suspended from school - and arrested, briefly -in April. His offense, ...

Is Gosnell not alone?

As Philadelphia Dr. Kermit Gosnell prepares to spend the rest of his life in prison for murdering babies born alive during botched abortions, his lawyer has brought up a troubling aspect of the case.Attorney Jack McMahon has told some reporters he blamed inadequate government regulation of ...

Selective outrage over corporate taxes

Selective outrage over corporate taxesSome champions of the free market insist Congress - or at least its liberal wing - simply can't abide with success. That is why so many lawmakers, often led by President Barack Obama, want to increase taxes, say defenders of initiative that results in ...

Is U.S. unprepared for cyber-warfare?

Think for a moment about what would happen if a foreign power launched a military attack calculated to destroy billions of dollars' worth of U.S. property - but without causing any injuries or deaths.It would be an attack and retaliation would be swift and devastating, right?Wrong.Such attacks ...

Bachmann bows out

Rep. Michele Bachmann announced in a videotaped message to supporters on Wednesday that she would not seek re-election to her Sixth District congressional seat.Her announcement doesnt't come as a surprise to political analysts and reporters, who had heard rumors ever since Bachmann's ...

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