Editorials

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 ...

Mauer bests Royalty

Joe Mauer is about the closest thing Minnesota has to royalty, so it is appropriate that he and his wife, Maddie, had twin daughters on Wednesday, one-upping Britain's Royal Couple, who had just one baby earlier this week.Of course, William and Kate's son, who has been named George Alexander ...

Weeds: Heat used to drive is outdoors

In September 1934, Sylvester Krzmarzick and Alyce Soukup married and took up lives together west of Sleepy Eye. Electricity wouldn't reach their farm for a couple years. Warming their home that first winter was by coal purchased in town. Staying warm in winter was the first order of business. ...

Question for Hagel – what are priorities?

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is spending much of his time these days jetting around the country to spread his woe-is-us message to the Pentagon's civilian workers.Last week, in a speech to Defense Department employees in Charleston, S.C., Hagel predicted hundreds of thousands will remain on ...

Senate compromise on students loans worth keeping

A compromise on student loans apparently will be approved this week in the U.S. Senate.But even as lawmakers revealed an agreement, some hinted they may try to go back on it this fall.Federal loans for higher education students had been available at a 3.4 percent interest rate. That has gone up ...

U (we) paying too much for health care coverage?

According to a Minnesota Public Radio report, the University of Minnesota may have to scale back its health care coverage to avoid the Obamacare's massive tax penalty on "Cadillac coverage."Some may decry the fact that University of Minnesota employees won't get to keep their health plan, but ...

Obama explains the race issue in Trayvon Martin case

President Barach Obama made a surprise visit to the White House briefing room on Friday, to make some deeply personal comments on the Trayvon Martin case. Obama didn't talk about the jury verdict in Florida that acquitted George Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who shot Martin in a ...

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Bavarian BlastTHUMBS UP: It's Bavarian Blast time again. The festival survived some rocky financial patches the last couple of years with a solid attendance last year, and is back again at the Brown County fairgrounds. The weather promises to be a bit nicer this weekend, which should help ...

New Mexico owes us a ‘thank you’

When it comes to dollars flowing to the federal government, and federal dollars coming back to the state, Minnesota is not doing very well.A study published this week in The Economist shows that over the last 20 years, Minnesota ranks second only to Delaware in the gap between the federal taxes ...

National debt falls on students as well

Predictions of looming disaster for millions of college students have some of them convinced the sky is falling over federal student loan rates. It is not.But a genuine disaster involving the national debt is not far off. Already it is affecting all Americans, including students whose economics ...

Zimmerman verdict not about race, guns

=The killing of Trayvon Martin last year sparked a nationwide debate over some large issues that really had not that much to do with this case. It was considered an example of abuse of the right to bear arms, an example of racial profiling run amok, an example of how poorly the justice system ...

Obama’s Egyptian summer wears on

The so-called "Arab spring" has turned into a long, hot summer in Egypt - but for now, the hottest seat is in the Oval Office at the White House. There, President Barack Obama and his advisers are wrestling, ineptly as usual, with an issue that need not be difficult to solve.Earlier this year, ...

POW/MIA program failings outrageous

Beside and just below the American flag at many places in West Virginia and Ohio can be seen the black and white POW/MIA banner. It is a sign that many local residents view it as a duty to find out what happened to the thousands of Americans still listed as missing in action or as prisoners of ...

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Real farm bill neededTHUMBS DOWN: House Republicans may consider it a victory that the House passed a stripped down version of the U.S. Farm Bill, one that separates the Food Stamp program out of the legislation. But the chances of this version of the Farm Bill getting through the House/Senate ...

State’s surplus good news for schools

The report that Minnesota finished the latest budget year, ending June 30, with $463 million more than had been forecast, put a lot of state government leaders in danger of dislocating their shoulders from patting themselves on the back.Governor Mark Dayton was happy that the money could be ...

Give average citizen the same break

"Obamacare," the White House version of socialized medicine for Americans, always was a train wreck about to happen. Already the law has jumped the tracks.President Barack Obama's administration announced last week it will delay, for one year, a requirement that businesses provide health care ...

MnDOT 20-Year Plan: Speak out for Highway 14!

The draft 20-year State Highway Investment Plan (MnSHIP) recently released by MnDOT lacks vision and does not reflect public input. It stings that Highway 14 - a project that is an overwhelming priority of the citizens - is still not a priority of MnDOT.The only four-lane expansion project of ...

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