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Editorials

Take time to get Census right

Every ten years the U.S. government takes a census of everyone in the country. The nation has been doing this a long time, and usually it follows well-established procedures. Usually by this time of year, the Census Bureau is releasing its results. Cities, counties and states around the ...

Time to look ahead, work for future

Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on Wednesday. We know there are a vast number of people in this country, even in our readership, who do not consider him to have earned the honor, but he won in what courts, state legislatures and Congress have declared to be a ...

Biden’s burden

When Joe Biden officially become President Biden today, he has a tough task awaiting him. He will take on the job of reuniting a country that has shown darn little interest in being united, if it means people have to understand and tolerate those who don’t agree completely with them. This is ...

Expanding vaccine eligibility list

It may be a small step, dependent wholly on the limited availability of COVID-19 vaccines, but the state of Minnesota is expanding the list of people eligible to receive the vaccine. A pilot program, being held in nine sites throughout the state, will begin taking appointments this week to ...

King’s dream

Martin Luther King Jr. would be 92 this week. He was 39 when he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee for his leadership in the Civil Rights movement. In the 53 years since his death, one would hope we have taken steps, made some progress, toward achieving his goal expressed in his famous ...

Thumbs Up/Down

A bit of normalcy THUMBS UP: People are actually going into local restaurants, sitting down and eating meals. Patrons are enjoying a beverage at their local bar. At the Lyric 3, they are sitting down with giant tubs of popcorn to watch the latest Wonder Woman movie. It’s nice to see a bit ...

Vaccinations depend on supplies

The Minnesota Department of Health has announced an expansion of the COVID-19 vaccination eligibility rules. The state is going to allow hospitals and health care systems to vaccinate a broader category of Minnesotans. This would include people who are not frontline health care workers, but who ...

Where to now?

The U.S. House of Representatives made Donald J. Trump the first U.S. president ever to be impeached twice on Wednesday. There’s little chance that Trump, as a result, will be removed from office one second earlier than his allotted time. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he ...

The most ludicrous senator

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden and the Democratic-controlled 117th Congress will benefit from what freshman Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., did at the end of the 116th. It and Hawley will soon recede into the mists of memory, but this should be remembered: Before Hawley immolated his brief political career ...

Getting ready

State governments across the country have been warned by the FBI that militant groups are planning a series of armed protests at their state capitols as inauguration day approaches on Jan. 20. In light of the armed insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, capitol buildings across the ...

Maintain caution when dining out

The state’s restaurants and bars are reopening this week, with some restrictions yet on how many people can be allowed inside, how many can sit at one table and how far apart they need to be. This relaxation of the COVID-19 closure order does not mean that the disease is no longer a danger. ...

Where does his allegiance lie?

Hours after the U.S. Capitol was cleared of the Donald Trump-supporting insurrectionists last Wednesday, Congress took up the job the mob had tried to thwart, the verification of the electoral college vote and the declaration of Joe Biden as the president-elect. Sadly, even after the ...

Trump’s legacy

The Confederate Flag, for the first time in its existence, was displayed at the United States Capitol Wednesday. Understand the historical significance of that. In a four-year Civil War, one million confederate soldiers, led by arguably the most capable American-born general in the history ...

Congressional courage

Following the most harrowing day in our government’s history since the British burned the White House during the War of 1812, Congress returned immediately to work Wednesday night once the U.S. Capitol’s corridors were cleared of insurrectionists. Debating throughout the night, they did ...

An attack on democracy

President Donald Trump's frustrated and frantic efforts to nullify the results of the 2020 election resulted in a mob scene at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday. Hordes of protestors waving Trump banners along with American flags pushed up to, and into, the Capitol, disrupting Congress as it was ...

Reopen restaurants, but be careful

Gov. Tim Walz is expected to announce a relaxation of the order closing restaurants and bars to combat the spread of COVID-19. We welcome that news, and hope local establishments and their employees will be able to come back from the economic woes the closure in November have forced on ...

Congress should live up to its oath

Members of Congress take an oath when they are elected to office that starts out, “I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic...” All newly elected and returning members of Congress took this oath on ...

Law enforcement at its finest

Once again, we have been reminded of how courageously many law enforcement personnel react to their protect-and-serve mandate. On Christmas morning, a bomb exploded in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. It had been placed in a recreational vehicle. The perpetrator had placed a loudspeaker in it, ...

Thumbs Up/Down

2021 is here! THUMBS UP: Maybe people weren’t able to “Party Like It’s 1999” when 2021 rolled in at midnight Thursday, but we’re sure people are looking forward to a better, happier and healthier new year. This might be the kind of situation where we could hold a “half new ...

Ring it out – quickly

When, in the history of the United States, have people been more ready and willing to ring out the old year than this year, the year of COVID-19, of Trump vs. Biden, of distance learning, of business shutdowns and of social distancing and face masks, even with family at Thanksgiving and ...