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Editorials

Stuck in a tough place

The GFW School Board is in a tough place — with a statutory operating debt, the district is looking at cutting $290,000 from its budget next year. And unfortunately for school districts that have been dealing with budget shortfalls year after year, there’s little waste or fat to cut from ...

The state budget dance begins

The major task of the 2021 session of the Minnesota Legislature is to pass a budget for the next two years. With Democrats in control of the House and the governor’s office, and the Republicans in control of the Senate, this is a dance reminiscent of the “West Side Story” rumble between ...

Mpls settlement comes at funny time

Last Friday, Minneapolis city leaders approved a mammoth $27 million settlement in a civil suit brought by the family of George Floyd. It is the largest pre-trial settlement of its kind anywhere in the nation. It’s a huge amount of money, far surpassing the $20 million settlement the city ...

We are winning, thanks to COVID soldiers

On Friday, when Gov. Tim Walz announced the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions, he was enthusiastic and optimistic. “I'm here to tell you that we're winning. We're winning, and this thing is coming to an end," Walz said at his livestreamed announcement. He’s right. The number of ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Easing up on COVID THUMBS UP: Gov. Tim Walz announced Friday he is relaxing some restrictions on public gatherings. Starting Monday, churches will have no attendance limits, though social distancing will still be required. Bars and restaurants can be at 75% capacity, with a limit of 250 ...

Selling the aid bill’s pros and cons

The Biden administration is planning on hitting the road to sell the idea of the $1.9 trillion virus relief bill that passed Congress on Wednesday, giving President Joe Biden his first major legislative win. It shouldn’t be hard to sell a bill that gives $1,400 checks to most Americans, ...

A break for the fully vaccinated

This past week the CDC issued relaxed guidelines for people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. These are people for whom two weeks have passed after having both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson. Their vaccine should be in full ...

Justice for Floyd requires objectivity for Chauvin

The death of George Floyd last May under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer sparked an eruption of anger and frustration from the Black community that continues to this day. The crowds that have demonstrated and protested and sometimes rioted across the nation want one thing — justice ...

Mega-aid bill had better work

With a $1.9 trillion price tag, the COVID-19 aid bill passed by Congress this week has some lofty goals. It is providing huge amounts for COVID vaccines and testing, shoving money to cities and schools to help them recover from virus-related losses, extending the $300 weekly unemployment ...

Thumbs Up/Down

PUC eases pain Thumbs Up: February utility bills are going to be painful to look at this month. The massive cold spell that struck much of the country created a huge demand for natural gas, and that translates to huge prices for natural gas. We’re all going to be paying much more in ...

Plastic pollution – how we contribute

It is estimated that 8 million tons of plastic waste flows into the world’s ocean each year. Some of it is in pieces large enough to entangle fish and other creatures. Some of it is broken down into beads small enough to be consumed by fish and whales that feed on plankton. A global study ...

Wide open Texas

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott did Wednesday what many people would like other governors to do. He threw the state wide open by repealing most of the state’s COVID-19 restrictions. He said “100% of businesses are open “100 %,” and dropped the requirement for wearing masks. Did he do it on ...

Fair, free elections must be the goal

In states across the country, conservative groups and legislators are pushing legislation they say will make elections more secure. They worry that potential voters don’t trust the process, a worry that should be put to rest by the record-setting voter turnout in the last election. Voters ...

No easy path through Congress

President Joe Biden’s first big legislative goal is to get a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid bill through Congress. But even though Democrats have control (barely) of House and Senate, they are proving that their majority is not enough to ram a Democrat agenda through. One issue of contention in ...

Another vaccine OKd

With the approval of the Johnson & Johnson one-shot COVID-19 vaccine, the nation now has a third bullet in the battle against this disease, which has killed over 500,000 Americans. Johnson & Johnson were shipping out the entire stock Sunday night to the states, and injections should ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Quite a gift THUMBS UP: District 88 has received a magnificent gift this week, the donation of the former Windings buildings on North Valley Street and on Third North, to use for a Careers and Technical Education (TCE) center. Windings has moved into the former Elkay building in the Airport ...

Educating students for the trades

District 88 has been working hard in the last few years to expand its program for students to prepare them for work in the vocational trades. We think this is highly commendable and we think the district should take Superintendent Jeff Bertrang’s recommendation to buy buildings to become the ...

The COVID-19 toll

The enormity of the figure is hard to comprehend. In the past year, over 500,000 people have died from COVID-19. News reports have been full of comparisons — it’s as many as the number of Americans who were killed in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. That’s around 1,370 deaths per day, on ...

Doing away with capital punishment

Virginia state legislators on Monday approved legislation to end the death penalty in that state, making it the 23rd state in the U.S. to do away with the practice. It is notable, because Virginia, over the years, has executed more people than any other state. Virginia has come to the ...

High cost of low regulation

Government regulation is the bugbear of conservatives and businesses who complain it adds to their cost of doing business. But sometimes a little government regulation is a good thing. Just ask some people in Texas who are being hammered with thousands of dollars in extra power costs as a ...