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Editorials

Deficit epidemic hitting the U.S.

Members of Congress and the White House had no realistic option but to approve about $3 trillion in emergency spending to battle COVID-19’s devastating impact on the economy. Even more federal money may have to be appropriated for the purpose. But last week, we were reminded of another ...

Voters can help ensure all ballots are counted

Concern over use of mail-in ballots for the November general election is building. Critics of the process fall into two categories: those who worry about vote fraud and those who insist many Americans may be “disenfranchised” by the system. Indeed, fraud is something of a concern — but ...

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Highway 14 funds THUMBS UP: An important piece of the funding puzzle for the Nicollet to New Ulm Highway 14 project fell into place on Thursday. The U.S Department of Transportation approved the $22 million BUILD grant for the State of Minnesota to use for the Highway 14 expansion project. It ...

Remembering 9-11

Nineteen years ago today, Americans watched the news in shock and horror as flames and smoke poured out of one of the World Trade Center towers after an airliner smashed into it. Was it an accident? An act of terror? The question was answered when a second airliner plowed into the second World ...

Take the time for a proper Census count

Perhaps no Census during the past century has faced challenges like those in charge of the 2020 population count must find ways to overcome. Clearly, however, they indeed must develop solutions to the problem of counting Americans who may have been too preoccupied with staying well to respond ...

Congress should act on COVID-19 aid

Partisan politics continues to delay enactment of a new coronavirus relief measure in Congress. Regardless of your political leanings, that is hurting millions of Americans. Even emergency action taken by the White House has been affected. After negotiators in Congress deadlocked over a new ...

Thanks to those laboring to deal with COVID-19

There is some debate, as there often is with good ideas, about who thought of it first. Was it Peter McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, or was it machinist Matthew Maguire, secretary of Local 344 of the ...

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COVID compliance POINTER: Last week the state Department of Health and Department of Labor announced stepped-up checks of hospitality businesses — bars and restaurants — to make sure they are complying with COVID-19 regulations. Are employees wearing masks? Are tables far enough apart for ...

Parents need to give children the right gifts

Virtually all of the rich and powerful parents caught in the federal probe last year of cheating schemes meant to get their children into prestigious colleges and universities have insisted their hearts were in the right place. They just wanted to help their children. What mom or dad cannot ...

Fed recognizes need for economic recovery

At this point in the economy’s recovery from COVID-19, the concern needs to be stagnation, not inflation. Good for Federal Reserve officials for recognizing that. Central banks are looked to for help in situations such as that facing the economy today. By holding down interest rates, they ...

Don’t let virus take over through neglect

We know people get tired of the coronavirus restrictions. People want to see their families and friends. They are tired of wearing masks all the time. They are tired of keeping a six-foot distance from others. They are sick of waving to grandkids or grandparents through a Zoom window. But we ...

Senate Republicans, Walz must work together to end state of emergency

Sadly, Minnesotans this past month saw just how petty some of their legislators can be when they don’t get their way. The Republican-led Senate, while convened in the August special session, made a stunning 34-32 vote to reject the confirmation of Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry ...

Keep up programs that feed the kids

Behind the unemployment statistics — between 16 million and 18 million Americans without jobs, many as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic — are the children. Millions of them are in homes where the coronavirus continues to make it difficult to put bread on the table. Now is not the time to ...

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Getting political Thumbs Down: With the presidential election nearly two months away, it is impossible for things that shouldn’t be political to get dragged into the campaigns. One of those is racial inequity and the violence that it produces. These are problems that have been around for a ...

Two wrongs equal one big wrong  

Two wrongs don’t make a right. Parents have been teaching their children this truth for generations. They also probably taught them that violence begets violence. But people too often forget those lessons, as we’ve seen in the aftermath of the George Floyd killing in Minneapolis, and now ...

Profiteering from political issue

The power to profit greatly from their misdeeds and to be shielded from punishment is something of which all criminals dream. Occasionally, often through politics, some think they have achieved that. If federal authorities are correct, former White House aide Steve Bannon is among ...

Tired of the liberal slant

To the editor: I am getting very tired of reading the liberal inferences and slant in the national and state news in the Journal. And would hope it is possible to find other sources than the Associated Press that actually try to offer a more balanced reporting. At least you do have some ...

Home sales bright spot

Among the brightest bits of news linked to the COVID-19 epidemic was the report last week that home sales are booming in the United States. The pace of home purchases jumped by a record-high 24.7% last month, according to the National Association of Realtors. Analysts credited low mortgage ...

Back to school calls for careful driving

It seems every year we write reminding readers of the importance of being aware and driving carefully as school starts up again. Though there is nothing normal about this year’s return to school, one thing remains the same: It is, as ever, important to remember there are kids headed back to ...

In virus era, resources must be used wisely

For many years, local public health agencies were viewed by many Americans as centers for anti-smoking campaigns, immunizations for children in low-income families, enforcers of restaurant cleanliness rules and similar activities. Suddenly last winter, all that changed. Now and probably for ...