Editorials

Hwy. 14 is indeed a ‘Corridor of Commerce’

It's no secret that good roads are essential for economic and commercial success. Communities that have good access to main traffic arteries can offer manufacturers and other businesses quicker, cheaper ways to get their goods to market, or to get the inventory they need trucked in more ...

Approach Iran with caution

Iran's new president, Hasan Rouhani, is a moderate compared to his predecessor, Mahmoud Amadinejad. He doesn't spout anti-Zionist, Holocaust-denying rhetoric, or rant against American involvement in the Middle East. By comparison he sounds like a reasonable man, and he is making what sounds ...

Obama energy plan is huge new tax

More than two centuries ago, Americans fought a War of Independence in large measure because our ancestors would not submit to taxation without representation.How, then, will we react to taxation without representation that proportionately dwarfs that of the 1760s and 1770s? Knowing a political ...

Another power struggle in D.C.

The American public cannot be blamed these days for feeling like villagers caught between two armies, each aiming their cannons at the other with the village right in the line of fire. Or like citizens of Tokyo when Godzilla and Mothra are squaring off.The federal government is nearing its debt ...

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What about Minnesota River?THUNBS DOWN: Congress seems ready to close down the Upper St. Anthony Lock on the Mississippi River to try to keep Asian carp from spreading farther north. It is a good idea, worthy of consideration, but it does little to protect the Minnesota River, which connects ...

Katrina victims still waiting for money

No one ought to go through the devastation suffered by hundreds of thousands of people in the Gulf States when Hurricane Katrina hit there in August 2005. Most Americans were happy to see their tax money go to help those who lost belongings, homes and businesses in the storm.But there ought to ...

Focus on the shooters

The slaughter of 12 people (and the death of their shooter) at the Washington Navy Yard this week has raised more questions about guns, who gets them, and how we can keep them out of the hands of homicidal maniacs.As has been the case with the shootings in Newtown, Mass., in Aurora, Colo., and ...

Anti-bullying policies must be effective

Among the most heart-wrenching, deeply troubling stories in the news last week was that of a 12-year-old Florida girl who committed suicide after being bullied for nearly a year.Investigators are looking into whether charges can be filed against some of the 15 or so girls who ganged up on ...

Weeds: Always hard to say goodbye

On Thursday, September 5, at 2 a.m. Eileen Ruff passed away at Sleepy Eye Hospital. Eileen was my mother-in-law, and she was the last grandparent my children had.Of course, it has been difficult for Pam. There is no easy way to lose a parent. These are the two people who give us life; then they ...

Only Coach Kill should make health decisions

University of Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill suffered another epileptic seizure during a Gopher football game on Saturday, creating another stir about whether his health compromises his ability to be an effective leader for the program. Some are saying the U of M should offer him the ...

Eagle Update: Activities

By Chad EischensISD 88 Activities DirectorThe fall season at New Ulm High School is more than new shoes, crisp morning air and Friday night lights. It's also "participation" season. The stream of students, parents and coaches in and out of the activities office is endless at times. This ...

Calmer weather stymies eco-warnings

You may remember that for a couple of years, severe heat waves, strong hurricanes and vicious tornadoes plagued some regions of the country. "Climate change" was to blame, insisted President Barack Obama and other global warming alarmists.But if climate change causes severe weather, how to ...

Eagle deaths no problem for Obama

If you want to open a coal mine or drill a gas well in an area where certain types of rare fish or other endangered wildlife live, be prepared to be told you will have to change your plans. There are government regulations to safeguard some species, after all.Among them are bald and golden ...

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USAC?fundingTHUMBS DOWN: The Underage Substance Abuse Coalition has been doing a lot of good work in Brown County for the past five years, focusing attention on drug and alcohol use problems among young people, and working to change policies programs. USAC?has relied on government grants to ...

Putin’s preening

It is a sad day for U.S. foreign policy when Vladimir Putin, the former KGB officer turned president of Russia, can pretend to assume the high moral ground in international relations.The man who been bullying his neighboring countries of Chechnya and Ukraine, who is an ally of thugs like North ...

Time to step back

President Barack Obama has taken a step back from asking Congress to approve a resolution to use limited military force in Syria - a vote the president seemed sure to lose.On Tuesday, the president, making the case for the need to punish Syria for use of chemical weapons against its own ...

Give Syria a chance, but don’t forget the ‘big stick’

The prospect of war has a way of encouraging the bipartisanship that so many Americans say they want to see in Washington. So it has been regarding President Barack Obama's request that Congress approve military action against Syria.Both Democrats and Republicans are among thoughtful lawmakers ...

Congress should seek other sources

Members of Congress debating President Barack Obama's recommendation the U.S. go to war with Syria have much to discuss. Their questions should not be directed solely at the White House's representatives.Of course, much of the information and opinion lawmakers will hear will have to come from ...

When to intervene is complex question

The Syrian issue facing Congress, the U.S., indeed the whole world community, is one of the most complex questions in international relations. When is it proper for one nation to interfere in the affairs of another? At what point does respect for one nation's right to self determination yield ...

Syria proposal needs answers

The decision by a U.S. Senate committee to endorse President Barack Obama's plan for a military strike on Syria was not exactly a ringing vote of confidence: Ten senators agreed but seven others could not bring themselves to do so.Wednesday's vote clears the way for the full Senate to argue the ...