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Editorials

It’s what we do

We Americans have paid a high price — more than 52,258 deaths as of Tuesday — for not stockpiling enough medical equipment and personal protective devices to cope with the COVID-19 onslaught. But here, some states seem to have begun flattening that a statistical curve you read so much ...

The case of Capt. Brett Crozier

Capt. Brett Crozier should be reinstated to his command of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, the Navy’s top brass are recommending. His removal, for sounding the alarm about COVID-19 aboard his ship raises questions about what led to his removal in the first place — and whether ...

Be careful as restrictions ease

This week the state is relaxing some of the stay-at-home restrictions, which will allow some 100,000 people to return to work. This is coming at a time when the number of COVID-19 cases and virus-related deaths is rising. On Sunday the state reported 28 new deaths, occuring between 4 p.m. ...

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Earth Day efforts THUMBS UP: Fifty years after its origin, Earth Day hit up against the coronavirus this year. We have no doubt that many plans across the country to mark that day on Wednesday had to be scrapped. But at least locally, the spirit of the occasion was kept alive. Chad and Lori ...

Keeping schools closed makes sense

Gov. Tim Walz announced Thursday that Minnesota’s schools will remain closed through the end of the school year. This is a prudent move that will help slow the spread of the virus, which has killed 200 people in Minnesota so far. COVID-19 seems to be far less harmful to children than ...

Pity the pork producer

When we talk about the economic hardships being endured by Americans during this period of COVID-19 shutdowns, we should be especially mindful of our neighbors, the farmers who are seeing the markets for their commodities disappearing. Egg producers have no one to buy their eggs with the ...

Connecting with parents during at-home schooling

When the COVID-19 virus forced schools to shut their doors and start teaching students via online classes, schools had a few advantages that got them off to a good start. Many schools in the area already have a 1:1 technology program where each student was issued a tablet or laptop to use for ...

$2 trillion not enough for COVID-19 relief!

It is an indication of how devastating the COVID-19 epidemic has been to America’s economy that a $2 trillion relief bill was not enough. Without more, some segments of the economy may suffer permanent damage. Included in the CARES Act relief measure is a $350 billion “paycheck ...

Protests or not, state needs to keep protections in place

Last Friday a group of protestors estimated at 800 stood in front of the governor’s mansion in St. Paul and demanded that Gov. Tim Walz re-open the state. They want stores and businesses to reopen so people can go back to work. Many of the protestors carried Donald Trump flags. Indeed, ...

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Trump’s plan is reasonable, but … THUMBS DOWN: President Donald Trump’s three-phased plan to get the nation back on its feet economically is a reasonable plan. The new guidelines are aimed at easing restrictions in areas with low transmission of the coronavirus, while holding the line in ...

Can Legislature act in emergency situation?

We noticed a op-ed piece in the Star Tribune this week by Rep. Steve Drazkowki, R-Mazeppa, calling for the Legislature to pass a resolution ending the peacetime called by Gov. Tim Walz in March to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. This would, he said, allow “the House and Senate to develop ...

Be careful with new COVID-19 tests

Going on the offensive against COVID-19 will require knowing more about who has had the disease, perhaps without showing symptoms. To that end, new tests have been developed and are being perfected. Most seem to rely on detecting antibodies the body produces to fight and often, defeat certain ...

Helping other states during COVID-19

Had COVID-19 unleashed its full fury on every region of the United States at once, the situation now would be nearly unmanageable — and much more deadly than we hope will be the case. Fortunately, the disease is progressing at different stages in different places. Large cities such as New ...

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Difficult Easter THUMBS UP: Easter Sunday is usually marked by churches packed with worshippers, kids gathering for Easter Egg hunts and families gathering for a big Easter dinner. This year, thanks to the coronavirus, those churches that are having services will be showing them online. ...

CARES-2 act needed

A CARES-2 Act needs to be written and enacted as soon as possible in Washington — not necessarily to pump more money into the national COVID-19 recovery effort, but to correct flaws in the original law. The ink is barely dry on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, which ...

Insulin affordability deal finally reached

It has been almost a year since talks on an insulin affordability bill in the Minnesota Legislature collapsed at the last minute. Ever since then, legislators on both sides of the aisle have been saying, “We should DO something about this!” They said it throughout the summer, and throughout ...

Beware of COVID-19 swindles, scams

Where most of us see tragedy, a few scum see opportunity. Their newest crime is preying on people who expect federal payments to help them get through the COVID-19 outbreak. Needless to say, senior citizens are the preferred targets. Some are receiving calls offering to help them register for ...

Keep up the fight

This week will be a brutal one for Americans. As President Donald Trump put it during the weekend, “There will be a lot of death, unfortunately.” By Sunday, 312,481 Americans had been diagnosed with COVID-19. More than 8,500 had succumbed to the disease. As Trump and members of his ...

Kids need adult contact at ‘school’

For millions of American students, public schools have been closed since mid-March. School has been wherever a quiet place could be found in the home. For most, class starts when they and their parents decide it will. While that is working for many students, it simply will not work for many ...

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Heroes in hospitals THUMBS UP: When Winston Churchill said “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few,” he was speaking of the Royal Air Force pilots who protected the skies over Great Britain from German bombers and warplanes. We could say that today ...