Opinion

No room today for ‘Common Sense’

Editorials

"Common Sense," written by one of the founding fathers, Thomas Paine, was something of a handbook for American colonists thinking of forming a new government in 1776. One wonders whether any publication by that name would sell today.Yet another example of a culture at risk of allowing ...

Unsuited to science: a self-fulfilling prophesy

Columns

Cultural bias is an intriguing idea.It never occurred to me while growing up to be wary of math just because I was female.I was unapologetically good at it, signed up for contests, and placed at the top of my (admittedly small) nation's math olympics.(If the braggy tone of this reminiscence ...

Move on Real ID

Editorials

It’s hard to believe the state Legislature is still arguing over something as simple as the Real ID bill. The Real ID is a state government issued ID — a drivers license or state photo ID — that conforms with new federal guidelines that really aren’t new anymore. Enacted in 2005, the ...

N Korea’s latest threat is serious

Editorials

North Korea clearly is working feverishly to increase its military capability and to heighten worry about it among other world leaders. To what end?Last week, it was reported North Korea test-fired a missile from a submarine. If true, that is an incredibly provocative move. Pyongyang already ...

Minnesota feels the loss of Prince

Editorials

Minnesota has had superstars before Prince Rogers Nelson dropped his last two names and became one of the brightest pop music stars of the past 40 years. Judy Garland was from Bemidji. Eddie Cochran ("Summertime Blues" writer and 50s rocker who died in 1960, just as his fame was growing) was ...

First Amendment and the IRS

Editorials

Many Americans probably believe the First Amendment is our ironclad guarantee of freedom of speech. Apparently, however, the Bill of Rights is not sufficient protection - or at least is not viewed that way by most members of the U.S. House of Representatives.By an overwhelming voice vote, the ...

Fight like The Mouse

Columns

Fight like a mouse.This phrase has been "adopted" by my sister, her friends and family during her battle with cancer. Call it a rallying cry morphed from her childhood nickname given to her by my father.Three years younger than I, my sister was first diagnosed with breast cancer about three and ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Habitat for HumanityTHUMBS UP: Brown County Habitat for Humanity is getting ready to dedicate its latest house, built to give a deserving family a home.In a letter on this page, Habitat Executive Director Sarah Rotering invites people to their dedication and open house this Tuesday, starting ...

Power rests with party insiders

Letters

To the editor:I think the Democrat nomination for president has, for all intents and purposes, been decided subject to the unlikely event that almost all the so-called "super delegates" change their vote before or at the Democratic National Convention. Do "super delegates" allow party insiders ...

Habitat for Humanity Dedication, Open House

Letters

To the editor:There are many misconceptions about how Habitat for Humanity actually works. Let us help you understand how we're working hard to offer affordable housing to low-income individuals and families in Brown County through "a hand up, not a hand out."Join us for the dedication of our ...

Breathalyzer test is reasonable request

Editorials

To blow or not to blow, that is the question facing Minnesota drivers who are stopped on suspicion of driving under the influence. According to a state law that was argued this week in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, if a police officer asks a driver to take a breathalyzer test to determine ...

Eating sustainably

Letters

To the editor:With the 47th annual observance of Earth Day just around the corner, this is a great time to explore more effective ways of slowing climate change and conserving Earth's natural resources for future generations.A 2010 UN report charged animal agriculture with 19 percent of ...

No safety in small numbers

Editorials

Feeding more American troops into Iraq little by little is an invitation to disaster, yet President Barack Obama persists in the practice.Obama vowed U.S. military involvement in Iraq was over in December 2011. But Islamic terrorists have conquered much of the country since then.In June 2014, ...

New Ulm need a place like Perkins

Columns

I am very happy to hear that Perkins is planning on rebuilding its New Ulm restaurant that was severely damaged by a fire on Sunday afternoon. New Ulm needs a place like Perkins, a family restaurant that takes care of you all day long, from breakfast to dinner to late night coffee and pie.For a ...

Earmarks by another name

Editorials

Remember when Congress said it was eliminating earmark spending? Absurd wastes of taxpayer money through pork barrel projects were going to be a thing of the past. Not so fast. These were politicians making those promises.According to Citizens Against Government Waste President Tom Schatz, ...

We neither have our cake, nor eat it

Columns

I spent the first half of my life in what you would justifiably term "a welfare state." The prevalent orthodoxy of my formative years was that the United States is NOT one.Americans have no paid parental leave ("we" have three years of it!), no universal 'free' health, or pre-school, or ...

Passing along the good things

Columns

(I am recycling a story. This was written in August, 1991.)On a Saturday just before noon closing, I sat in the Sleepy Eye library, either wasting time looking at magazines or expanding my knowledge base, depending. Only librarian Gail Christensen and I were left.A woman pushed in the weighty ...

Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Letters

To the editor:This April, millions of people around the world will recognize April as Parkinson's Awareness Month.Parkinson's disease is a movement disorder that is chronic and progressive. It affects many in our own community. Nearly 1 million Americans are living with Parkinson's. ...

Where did all the implement dealers go?

Letters

To the editor:Back in 1955 you could go to Biebl Implement to buy a new Oliver, Gafford Implement for a new Allis Chalmers, Fesenmaier Implement to buy a new Farmall, Pengilly Implement to buy a new John Deere, Claus Implement to buy a new Case tractor and a New Holland baler, Wagner Hardware ...

Crowded prisons

Editorials

Minnesota has a problem with overcrowding in its state prisons, the natural consequence of years of tougher penalties and longer sentences for a variety of crimes, especially drug related crimes. The state has been shunting some prisoners to county jails, which don't really have the facilities ...

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