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Editorials

Make sure we can win war

When our armed forces go to war - and make no mistake about it, they have - Americans rally in support. To ensure their sacrifices are not in vain, we as a people also owe it to them to examine the goals and strategy of the conflict.Air attacks have been launched against Islamic State terrorist ...

MNsure uncertainty

Minnesota's MNsure program, the state's health insurance exchange, had a rough rollout last fall, and it's having a rough first year.This month PreferredOne, the insurance company in with the lowest rates and the most enrollees in MNsure, announced it is pulling out of the program. Preferred ...

Keep invasive species in check

Until recently, most Americans knew little about exotic diseases. Now, the Ebola epidemic in Africa is a center of attention.Likewise, few Minnesotans think much about asian carp, zebra mussels and other invasive species. Yet they are threats to the very essence of our wild, wonderful ...

District 88 Hall of Fame

This weekend the Friends of District 88 inducted the first six members into a new District 88 Hall of Fame.We think it's a wonderful idea, and we can only wonder -?what took so long to create a Hall of Fame for the district?The first six inductees cover a wide range. They include students and ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Vikings got it rightThumbs Up -?no, Down - no, UP for the Minnesota Vikings and their response to the Adrian Peterson debacle this week. The Vikings responded appropriately last week, deactivating their star running back upon his indictment for a felony charge of causing injury to his ...

Flaw in the strategy

Most of President Barack Obama's proposal for destroying the Islamic State terrorist group seems logical. Unfortunately, U.S. officials have boxed themselves into a corner to the point there are not many options.But part of the president's plan is an invitation to disaster, as Sen. Joe Manchin, ...

Corporal punishment

One of the more depressing developments in the Adrian Peterson child abuse case is the number of people, from his fellow athletes to fellow Texans and Southerners, who have been proudly declaring how badly they were "whupped" when they were kids."My momma'd be in jail for life if they saw how ...

Vikings punt on Peterson

The Minnesota Vikings have taken the Adrian Peterson situation head-on by punting.After de-activating their star running back last week when he was indicted on a Texas felony charge for injuring his four-year-old son by "whupping" him with a switch, the Vikings reversed field on Monday and said ...

The threat of the ‘lone wolf’

Let us hope Department of Homeland Security officials took note of recent remarks by their boss, Jeh Johnson, on a major terrorism threat.Speaking to the American Bar Association, Johnson, who is secretary of the agency, reviewed various types of terrorism challenges. Indeed, the department has ...

Terrorism an on-going threat

If President Barack Obama manages to destroy the Islamic State terrorist organization through an international coalition, the odds are he will make the same mistake committed by his predecessor, former President George W. Bush.Declaring "mission accomplished" after a few battlefield victories ...

Peterson’s fall from grace

Minnesota Vikings football fans have long admired running back Adrian Peterson for his toughness, his intensity, his ability to turn any play into a touchdown.Today, that admiration is shaken. Peterson is not playing for the Vikings today, as he faces charges in Texas that he abused his ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Not just NFL's problemTHUMBS DOWN: The nation has been outraged all this past week over Ray Rice and the NFL's wimpy reaction to him punching out his fiance in an Atlantic City casino elevator last February. Videos of Rice dragging her out of the elevator elicited a two-game suspension this ...

Taking it to ISIS

Islamic State terrorists and other bloodthirsty organizations of their ilk will be eliminated as threats to peace only if the United States and other countries go on the offensive against them. Merely reacting to their barbarities leaves most of them alive to murder another day.President Barack ...

Thirteen years later, the threat remains

Thirteen years ago today, a group of fanatic muslim terrorists - 19 in all, armed with box cutters - commandeered four jet airliners in the deadliest attack on U.S. soil. Two airliners were flown into the World Trade Center's twin towers. One was crashed into the Pentagon. The fourth crashed ...

Hit terrorists’ bank accounts

President Barack Obama met with congressional leaders Tuesday to brief them on his strategy for dealing with the Islamic State. He is scheduled to give a speech tonight to lay his plan before the American people.Economic sanctions seem to be the president's all-purpose reaction to any situation ...

Obama’s plan

President Barack Obama was to reveal at least the outline of a policy for dealing with Islamic State terrorists this week. He planned to discuss it today with congressional leaders. It was expected he would announce his plan to the American people during a speech Wednesday.To be effective, ...

Police should be at least as well armed as the criminals

The shooting of a young black man by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., has focused the nation's attention on the continuing mistrust and division between urban police departments and the black communities they serve. Part of the tension was created by the initial response of police to ...

Middle East turmoil and senate politics

It's sad, but Middle East insurgency and turmoil are becoming an issue in Minnesota state politics.In the Minnesota Senate race, Sen. Al Franken and Republican challenger Mike McFadden are smacking each other over who is more concerned about Minnesotans traveling to Syria and Iraq to fight and ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Funding all day KTHUMBS UP: For several years now, District 88 and other districts in the area have been providing all day, every day kindergarten for students. They believed so much in the value of this service to kindergarten students that they have been paying extra for the teachers and ...

Mall needs tenants

The Marktplatz Mall was built in the 1980s with the dream of strengthening the New Ulm retail community's presence downtown, of tying together with Minnesota Street businesses and providing vitality to the business district.Over the years the dream faded as tenants pulled out and ownership ...