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Editorials

COVID-19 relief act shouldn’t have to wait

President Donald Trump on Tuesday called off negotiations with Democrats in Congress on a COVID-19 relief bill until after the Nov. 3 election. The president accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of not negotiating in good faith, and said that after the election, “after I win, we will pass a ...

Chauvin has right to bail

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of murder in the death of George Floyd in May has posted a bond for $1 million in bail and has been released from state prison pending his trial. Gov. Tim Walz, acting out of “an abundance of caution,” activated the Minnesota ...

Respect COVID-19

There are some who had hoped that President Donald Trump’s coming down with COVID-19 would impress upon him the seriousness of the disease and get him to at least start wearing a facemask. But once he got back to the White House on Monday, off came the mask for a photo op and off he strolled, ...

Businesses still struggling with virus

Many sectors of the U.S. economy continue a slow but steady recovery from the COVID-19 slowdown. By the end of September, the unemployment rate had dropped to 7.9%, down from 8.4% in August. But some businesses — and millions of their employees — continue to struggle. In addition, a ...

COVID-19 and the debates

Were the COVID-19 virus to be a creature capable of thought, it would be easy now to accuse it of engaging in a plot aimed at American democracy. The most devious, evil schemer based in Moscow or Beijing could not come up with a more perfect storm leading up to the Nov. 3 election. With ...

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Get well, Mr. Trump THUMBS UP: The news that President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19 has shocked the U. S. and the world. The president was taken to Walter Reed Medical Center, and the severity of his symptoms was unclear Friday afternoon. At ...

System failed Breonna Taylor

Breonna Taylor’s family is right: The system failed her. She should be alive today, but she is not. It is too late to save Taylor, who died in a hail of bullets from three police officers in Louisville, Kentucky one night in March. It is not too late for law enforcement officials ...

Lots of heat, but little light

To borrow a phrase from the late, great Rodney Dangerfield, “I was watching a fight the other night and a presidential debate broke out.” Those who watched Tuesday’s presidential debate hoping for enlightenment on issues of substance, like the pandemic, the economy, taxation, ...

States need firm rules on voting by absentee ballot

There is one safe bet regarding the upcoming presidential election: If vote totals in any of the states are close, there will be controversy over how ballots were handled. That will be so whether President Donald Trump or Joe Biden appears to have the edge. Ballot battles are nothing new, of ...

Unemployment fraud

It was to be expected that when Congress approved about $3 trillion in emergency aid to Americans hurt financially by the coronavirus epidemic, the criminal element would seize the opportunity for ill-gotten gains. Both as individuals and criminal organizations, they have been doing just that ...

Trump’s talk may be just that

President Donald Trump often shoots verbally from the hip. Many voters like that. Many others deplore it. But Trump, while holding the most powerful office in the world, understands fully that he is bound by certain rules and traditions. One of them is that when we hold an election, the ...

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Play on, safely THUMBS UP: Local high school sports fans have a little more to cheer about this week, after the Minnesota State High School League approved a fall season for prep football and volleyball. The league acted after receiving assurances that games can be held safely, without ...

Flu is on the way

Mention vaccines these days, and chances are the talk will be about when some protection against COVID-19 can be expected. Another killer is about to take the stage, however. “Regular” influenza — actually multiple viruses that vary in threat level, depending on the year — strikes ...

Halloween vs. COVID-19

At least there will be no shortage of masks. So goes one joke about Halloween 2020. It will be upon us in just a few weeks. And, while it may not seem a priority to many in government at all levels, it needs to be addressed. Halloween rivals Christmas in some ways in popularity among ...

Vaccine distribution plan is needed

Though there is some dispute over how soon a COVID-19 vaccine will be available to the general public, it appears a few million doses may be ready before the end of this year. There is general agreement they should go to the most vulnerable among us. That is older people with pre-existing ...

What a difference four years makes

The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has created a controversy about who will nominate her successor, and when. Four years ago, when Justice Antonin Scalia died suddenly on Feb. 13, 2016, then President Barack Obama, who had nearly 10 months left in his term before the next ...

Ginsburg’s legacy

The Notorious RBG, as some admirers referred to her, is gone. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday, at 87, of cancer. She was an icon to Americans with certain political positions — a scourge to others. Already, the battle over a successor has become heated, with ideology at ...

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Nice to be wanted THUMBS UP: Minnesota, in most political maps, is deep in the heart of flyover country. In years past we have tended to vote for Democrats in presidential races, and our 10 electoral votes have not exactly been an electoral gamechanger. This year, howevr, Minnesota is a ...

No room for ‘Playback’

For 20-some years the giant kinetic sculpture “Playback” stood in the New Ulm Public Library. Designed by New Ulm native Helene Fesenmaier, who had moved to London to start a notable artistic career, Playback consisted of three tall, angled wooden and metal beams, topped with colorful ...

Politics not for quitters

Our liberties rest only on the willingness of good men and women to charge into the fray of politics when they think change is needed in government. But merely getting into the battle is not enough. One must be willing to remain engaged. In that light, what happened last week in Georgia ...