Editorials

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 ...

Climate of sexual assault in military must be eliminated

Clearly, the U.S. armed forces approach to preventing sexual assaults is not working. A year ago, the Pentagon estimated about 19,000 members of the military had been sexually assaulted in 2011. Now the estimate for 2012 has been released: 26,000.That has infuriated both President Barack Obama ...

Doing right by Mother Nature

In a spring that was late-arriving, we had to watch our robins muck their way through several snows. They didn't look like they were having any fun. But as has happened every year for my 57 now, spring did in fact arrive.And we got busy. I get absorbed with the work that needs to be done when ...

Lesson of I-35 bridge ignored

One would think the collapse of the I-35 bridge in Minneapolis on Aug. 1, 2007, would be enough of a wake-up call for the nation on the dangers of neglecting road and bridge repairs. Thirteen people were killed and 145 people were injured when the bridge collapsed, sending cars and a school bus ...

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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