Opinion

Mike Pompeo’s war warning to China

Columns

By Patrick J. Buchanan As President Trump flew home from his Hanoi summit with Kim Jong Un, Mike Pompeo peeled off and flew to Manila. And there the Secretary of State made a startling declaration. Any armed attack by China on a Philippine ship or plane in the South China Sea, he told the ...

Bibi and Trump agonistes

Columns

By Cal Thomas Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing indictment on charges of fraud, corruption, breach of trust and bribery. He’s also running for re-election, and with less than six weeks until ballots are scheduled to be cast in Israel, some have raised suspicions of a ...

Why do we need a Space Force?

Editorials

President Donald Trump continues to insist the United States needs an entirely new branch of the military, a Space Force. It is worth asking what on earth — or off it — would that accomplish? Trump seems to have watered his proposal down a bit. Now, he is willing to have the Space Force ...

Kim needs new plan

Editorials

It may be time for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to try Plan B. His initial strategy in dealing with President Donald Trump ­—trying to get something for nothing — flopped badly. Trump and Kim held their second face-to-face meeting last week in Hanoi, Vietnam. But Trump departed ...

Let’s pack the room

Editorials

On Friday, March 8, members of the Minnesota House of Representatives Transportation Finance and Policy Division will hold a field hearing from noon to 3 p.m. in the Mankato City Hall, 10 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato. The meeting is being held to gather public input on the Highway 14 expansion ...

What’s Going On: A lesson in ludicrousness

Columns

A high school friend of mine recently posted a picture of her high school classroom, featuring a Smart Board complemented with sticky notes. Now, I’m too old and technologically impaired to fully explain what a Smart Board is and how it works. But I’m pretty sure based on the picture and ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Happy Festing THUMBS UP: With Bock Fest and Fasching coinciding on the same weekend this year, it should be a great weekend for festing. We salute organizers and for the businesses holding special events for the celebrants for their expanded shuttle service this year. Those who want to get ...

Thou Shalt Not Kill

Letters

To the editor: Sadly, only three Democrats in the Senate voted in favor of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act bill which would have protected the lives of babies who have survived an abortion and are living on their own outside of their mother’s womb. Our society has now ...

Fading surplus

Editorials

Minnesota’s $1.5 billion budget surplus, predicted back in November, is fading fast. The state’s latest economic forecast is now saying the surplus in the state budget will be just $1 billion at the end of the biennium. A slowing economy and lower than expected tax revenues are draining the ...

Town Talk: New Ulm Right-of-Way Management Ordinance

Columns

The City of New Ulm has recently adopted a new right-of-way management ordinance (Section 6.21). The City holds the rights-of-way within its geographical boundaries as an asset in trust for its citizens. The City and other public entities have invested substantial dollars in public funds to ...

Weeds: The world is changing. Make it for the better

Columns

I write often about The World That I Grew Up In. There were great things about being a kid in the Sixties on a farm in the middle of Brown County. I was blessed to be in a safe home with parents who loved me. I got to be outside a lot. There were seasons that meant each day was unique. Sleepy ...

Mueller Report should not be about political vendetta

Editorials

After nearly two years of work, special counsel Robert Mueller is nearly ready to release his report on whether some Americans cooperated with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election. It already is known that Moscow devoted resources to both a social media-based propaganda ...

Brown County Browser: Taking TIME to say hi

Columns

For those of you that don’t know me, I would like to take the TIME to introduce myself. My name is Jason Seidl and I am the newly elected Brown County Sheriff. Some of you may remember seeing a sign or two with my name on it during the summer months. I would like to take this TIME to say ...

Vatican needs concrete plan for predators

Editorials

Pope Francis said all the right things during an extraordinary conference to discuss sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests and coverups by their superiors. But what he did not say has some observers, both inside the church and out of it, upset. Francis summoned 190 Catholic bishops and many ...

Time for this law to be gone

Editorials

Last week the Minnesota House of Representatives voted unanimously — how often does that happen? — to repeal a state law that is so egregious one wonders how it ever got on the books. The law, called the “voluntary relationship” statute, protects people from prosecution for the crime of ...

Put brakes on auto tariffs

Editorials

Slapping stiff import duties on imported cars and light trucks would almost certainly set off a trade war handicapping U.S. automakers. Yet President Donald Trump reportedly is considering such action — in the name of national security. Perhaps the president thinks tariffs would help ...

What’s Going On: A southerner learns to use a northern rake

Columns

A few weeks ago marked the three-year anniversary of me coming to Minnesota. I remember early on in that first year, I went to the local grocery store and was talking to the butcher when he cocked his head to the side and asked me quizzically “are you from … The South?” Now, I ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Generous gift to Sleepy Eye school THUMBS UP: Lots of people donate lots of money to their school districts every year, but Christensen Farms in Sleepy Eye has set the bar high. This week it was announced that Christensen Farms will fund two positions for the Sleepy Eye School District for ...