Editorials

Give thanks for those willing to serve

As we pause today to remember and honor those who have given their lives to protect us and preserve our liberty, we should ponder the changing roles they have adopted over the years.Our military has evolved from the citizen-soldiers who grabbed their muskets and left their families to fight ...

IRS officials should be worried

"I have done nothing wrong," Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner told members of Congress on Wednesday."I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations and I have not provided false information to this or any other committee," Lerner insisted to the House ...

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Summer fun ahead!THUMBS UP: There is no happier day in the life of a child than the last day of school. That day has arrived for almost all area students (a few schools students have a few more days to go, but hang in there kids, it's coming). A long summer of playing ball, fishing, biking, and ...

Shield Bill won’t shield administration

A politician can pull off only so many well-timed maneuvers before even his staunchest supporters must admit the efforts do not pass the smell test.Last week, President Barack Obama hastily asked Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., to reintroduce an old media shield bill. The Free Flow of Information ...

Remme kept students at forefront

As the New Ulm High School Class of 2013 receives diplomas Friday and heads off to a summer of preparing for the rest of their lives, so will Superintendent Harold Remme. Remme is retiring this year after 16 years as the superintendent of District 88. He will continue on the job through the ...

Done on time

The Minnesota Legislature finished its session Monday on time and it completed the essential task of passing a balanced budget.Grading the session depends on who you talk to. Gay marriage advocates would give it an A+. Businesses would give it a D-, based on the tax increases. Cities and ...

Don’t sweep IRS scandal under rug

Rest assured that if liberal political organizations had been harassed last year by the Internal Revenue Service, heads would have rolled, on President Barack Obama's orders.But it was conservative groups - exclusively - that were targeted by the tax agency.Acting IRS Commissioner Steven ...

What’s up at New Ulm Medical Center

Many hospitals and healthcare organizations across the country including Allina Health are adopting the Institute for Healthcare Improvements (IHI) Triple Aim strategy, a framework that describes an approach to optimizing health system performance. It is IHI's and our belief that we must boldly ...

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Final countdownTHUMBS DOWN: The Minnesota Legislature seems poised to finish up its business on time Monday, now that the governor and the DFL-controlled House and Senate have decided just how far into the taxpayers' pockets the state will be sticking its hands.Gov. Dayton and the other ...

We won’t regret these not passing

Sometimes less is more when it comes to legislation - the less, the better.So it is with two bills the DFL leadership in the Minnesota Legislature are trying to jam through before Monday's end of the session. The DFL wants to authorize the unionization of day care workers, and to increase the ...

Poor judge of what makes a ‘woman’

Political correctness has sunk into absurdity in a situation involving access to the so-called "Plan B" birth control drug.If taken within three days of sexual intercourse, the drug can prevent fertilization of human eggs.Because it can make up for failure to use birth control methods before ...

Good for government but not for you

Once again liberals in Washington are decreeing that a job "perk" available to government workers should be denied to those in the private sector.Since 1985, federal law has permitted public-sector workers who are on the job more than 40 hours a week to choose between being paid time-and-a-half ...

Weeds: Religious tolerance, sorta

So, I'm happy to report that all is quiet on the western front. Brown County's western front, that is. Outside of occasional skirmishes, Lutherans and Catholics in Sleepy Eye have been living together in relative peace.It wasn't always that way. In The World That I Grew Up In, the town was ...

Heroes can be right next door

Sometimes we forget how many good people there are in the world. Then we read about someone like Charles Ramsey.Ramsey, 43, is the man who played the key role in freeing three women from about a decade of captivity at a house in Cleveland. His comments during interviews have made it clear he ...

Level sales tax playing field

Business people who provide local jobs, pay local taxes and support local worthy causes are right to wonder why tax laws give their online competitors an advantage. But an effort to level the playing field is running afoul of a well-deserved suspicion about government's motives.Retailers who do ...

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Wyczawski awardTHUMBS UP: Congratulations to the Sertoma Club for selecting former mayor Carl "Red" Wyczawski for its Service to Mankind award.It has been quite a while since Wyczawski left office, but it is certainly worthwhile to recognize the long service he provided to the city in his years ...

Gay marriage vote

On Thursday the Minnesota House of Representatives voted to change Minnesota law to recognize marriages between same sex couples. The Minnesota Senate will likely have a vote on the issue on Monday, and it is expected to pass. Gov. Mark Dayton has said he would sign the bill. Barring a huge ...

Who turned the Tsarnaev brothers?

Investigators continue to uncover more and more disturbing information about the Tsarnaev brothers, accused of setting off bombs at the Boston Marathon. A common theme of much of the news involves so-called "radicalization" of young people right here in America.The Tsarnaev family may have had ...

Manchin to try again

Manchin to try againU.S. Sen. Joe Manchin seems determined to gain full Senate approval of updates to federal background check rules for prospective gun buyers. Though the amendment he and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., crafted was rejected earlier this spring, Manchin, D-W.Va., has said he is ...

Charter School Spirit: Charter Schools – ‘Delivering on the Dream’

May 5th May 11th is National Charter School week. This year's national theme is "Delivering on the Dream." A fitting theme, because since their inception 21 years ago charter schools have seen fast growth and shown great results in raising student achievement. But for many the question still ...

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