Editorials

Transportation bill should include Highway 14 funding

The Minnesota House is taking up the transportation bill this week, the Associated Press reported. The main focus of the bill is the 20-cent per gallon gas tax increase that Gov. Tim Walz and his DFL allies want to impose. While that is a big issue, and one that is going to dominate the ...

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County job filled THUMBS UP: The position of Brown County Administrator has been filled, after St. James City Manager Sam Hansen agreed to accept the position this week. Hansen was one of two finalists interviewed by the Brown County Board to fill the position of outgoing County ...

The art of the con

Con artists succeed primarily by convincing their victims that riches can be had with little or no investment or risk. So do some politicians. Contenders for the Democratic Party nomination for president next year seem to be engaged in a race to determine which one can offer the most ...

Walz needs to revisit tax plan

As the Minnesota Legislature returns from its Easter break and gets down to the tough issues that lie ahead before its May 20 adjournment, one of the things they and Gov. Tim Walz need to look at is the governor’s tax proposal. An analysis this week by the Department of Revenue, the taxes ...

Terrorism is a worldwide plague

Only about 7.5 percent of Sri Lankans are Christians, but even that tiny number apparently is intolerable to Muslim extremists. On Easter Sunday morning, as many of the country’s Christians were celebrating Easter, the terrorists slaughtered nearly 300 of them in a series of church bombings. ...

Time to take election security seriously

We know that the 2016 U.S. elections were attacked by Russian hackers who tried to get access to voting records and tallying systems. We know they planted false stories on social media to stir up divisions among us. Special Counsel Robert Mueller just got done investigating the breach, an ...

Tragedy in Sri Lanka

Deadly terrorist attacks in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Sunday are terrible enough on the facts alone — 200 people killed and hundreds more wounded in nine bombings that rocked churches, luxury hotels and other sites where people were gathered. The fact that it happened on Easter Sunday, the most ...

Kim’s dangerous game

What was North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s game Wednesday, in publicizing the fact his military had test-fired a new type of rocket? That is difficult to discern — but it is clear his intent was not to reassure anyone he is eager to dismantle his arsenal. One interesting aspect of the ...

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Post Office workers stop scam THUMBS UP: It’s a scam we’ve heard of before, and it nearly happened again recently in New Ulm. Police reported that a woman walked in to the New Ulm Post Office last Friday and wanted to buy an $8,000 money order to bail her grandson out of jail in Florida. ...

The coverup exceeds the suspected ‘crime’

Most of the more than 400-page report special counsel Robert Mueller submitted to the Justice Department falls into the “tell us something we didn’t know” category. From various sources, Americans already had been made aware of nearly all the conclusions Mueller’s team reached in its ...

Time that Assange faced justice

Much of what governments keep secret from their people should be revealed. It is in the nature of public officials to keep knowledge that may threaten them quiet. But there is a difference between that and information that jeopardizes the security of an entire people. There are good reasons ...

Can we build it like that again?

Committed Christians believe in an all-powerful God whose majesty and beauty cannot be comprehended, much less matched. Yet on rare occasions, humans are moved to incredible feats of creation as testaments of the depth of their faith. More than 850 years ago, on an island in the Seine River ...

A great world treasure damaged

It is hard to find words to express the shock of watching the reports from Paris as the Cathedral of Notre Dame burned into the night. Four-hundred firefighters battled to contain the blaze that was consuming one of the world’s most iconic architectural and religious edifices. We don’t ...

‘Radical’ stands on immigration

Two major American political figures recently had some pretty “controversial” things to say about immigration into the United States. The first one said it only makes sense that the people entering a country — any country — work to assimilate themselves into the culture and learn to ...

No deal for Cohen

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, is making a sleazy attempt to save his own skin by pandering to Democrats in Congress. They should turn him down flat. Cohen was caught red-handed in a variety of misdeeds by federal investigators. Last year, he pleaded ...

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Hands-free bill THUMBS UP: The Minnesota Legislature passed it, and Friday Gov. Tim Walz signed the hands-free cell phone bill, requiring drivers to use only hands-free devices for making phone calls while driving. This is a good, common-sense piece of legislation that will encourage safer ...

Venezuelans need to determine their fate

Venezuelans are suffering terribly from the socialist government of dictator Nicolas Maduro. There is no doubt whatsoever about that. Many Americans feel sympathy for them. But there has to be a limit on how far our government will go to help the Venezuelans. Thus far — at least, to the ...

The dark side of major sports events

Hosting a major sports event, such as the Super Bowl or the NCAA Men’s Final Four, provides a big boost in prestige and the economy for the local community involved. Minneapolis has been fortunate to host both events within the past 14 months. But there is also a dark side to these events. ...

Cameras in court

The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Mohammed Noor for the killing of Justine Ruszczyk raises once again the question of whether cameras should be allowed in Minnesota courtrooms. Minnesota courts are usually closed to cameras, except during very limited situations, usually after a ...

Cuba has a long way to go

Former President Barack Obama seemed to believe that treating Cuba’s totalitarian regime as if it were not an enemy of liberty would encourage the country’s leaders to live up to our chief executive’s hopes. That did not happen. News this week of a breakthrough in allowing Cubans at ...