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Editorials

Some contenders now reject ‘Medicare for all’

“Medicare for all” sounded to a substantial number of Americans like a wonderful idea, until they learned more about it. Democratic candidates for president noticed the shift. Now some who backed the proposal initially are altering their rhetoric. In essence, “Medicare for all” is ...

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Moving in at St. Paul’s THUMBS UP: St. Paul’s Lutheran School is starting classes a little late this year. That’s understandable, given that the school is completing an expansion project that has been going on this summer. St. Paul’s invested $6.7 million into the expansion, which ...

Let’s hope China has learned from 1989

Let us hope and pray the world is not about to witness something like what happened 30 years ago in Beijing. If it happens again, this time in Hong Kong, there will be absolutely nothing the United States or anyone else can do to stop it. During late spring and early summer in 1989, an ...

Sanders’ crazy ‘green new deal’

One need not be a fan of fossil fuels or of reasonably priced electricity generated by them to roll one’s eyes at Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sander’s version of the “green new deal.” Sanders has released his “climate plan.” It envisions spending $16.3 trillion in ...

Vaping not so harmless after all

One of the big selling points the “Vaping” industry has been pushing is that the practice of inhaling nicotine-laden mist is a safe alternative to regular smoking. Turns out, vaping may not be so harmless after all. In the past few weeks hospitals around the country are reporting ...

Cracking down on ‘Robocalls’

How many times after your phone has rung have you looked at the caller ID, seen it was an in-state number, and answered — only to have a recorded voice offer you help in paying off your student loans? Or lowering or credit card interest rate? Or selling you siding or windows? Welcome to ...

Act now to protect military veterans

Men and women who have served us in the military should not have to worry that they may be murdered if they seek treatment at a Veterans Affairs hospital. Federal authorities are investigating as many as 10 deaths at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, W.Va., it has been ...

Budget deficit critics can submit cuts now

Some analysts were predicting this past week that the federal government’s budget deficit during the coming fiscal year will exceed $1 trillion. Horrors! Washington spending $1 trillion more than it takes in during a fiscal year? What is the nation coming to? Pardon our sarcasm. The truth ...

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Project Lunchbox THUMBS UP: The United Way of the Brown County Area is teaming up with a few generous partners to start a new and very needed program this school year, Project Lunchbox. Project Lunchbox provides food over the weekend for students who might otherwise go hungry. It is a sad ...

Glad the Hwy 15 detour is over

The interchange portion of the Highway 14/15 Gateway project was completed on Monday, and the long, long detour for traffic coming from the other side of the river ended. That had been an ordeal for people who lived just across the river, who were used to a five-minute drive through the old ...

Take notice;  Beijing is blinking

Beijing just blinked. True standoffs, with both sides unyielding over their differences, seldom occur. Most of the time, one side sticks to its position for a time, then signals it may be amenable to compromising in order to avoid further unpleasantness. Sometimes we say that, in such ...

A blow to Sleepy Eye and the area

Tuesday’s announcement that Del Monte is going to close its Sleepy Eye plant after this corn pack season is a blow to Sleepy Eye and to many others in the area. The plant is a major employer in town. The closing announcement said that 69 full time and 294 seasonal employees will lose their ...

Trust the Taliban?

Getting U.S. troops out of Afghanistan would be quite a coup for President Donald Trump. It would give him a foreign policy advantage going into next year’s election — one no Democratic candidate could criticize. But would it also be setting the stage for a bloodbath? Would it mean a ...

Kids don’t belong in cars

We see far too many news reports about young children dying after being left unattended in cars. You wonder how any parent or caretaker could be so negligent. Sometimes parents rushing to get to work on too little sleep, or dealing with unusual distractions or personal situations, forget to ...

Who hires those illegal immigrants?

Law enforcement authorities agree that one key to curbing certain types of crime is to sever the supply-and-demand link. Fewer drug addicts means less demand for pushers and thus, fewer of them, for example. Federal officials don’t seem to be doing a very good job of that in regard to ...

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Not funny, Sonny THUMBS DOWN: The beating farmers are taking from the tariff war with China is not a laughing matter. Just ask farmers here in southern Minnesota. Perhaps Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue didn’t get that memo before making a bad joke about farmers during a Farmfest ...

Philadelphia police show strength in restraint

Police officers and sheriff’s deputies are accused regularly — and as a class — of being too eager to use violence, especially against African-Americans. Those who have that attitude ought to consider what happened Wednesday night in Philadelphia. During the day there, police went to a ...

Responsible gun ownership is no laughing matter

An Oregon man is lucky his idea of testing the Second Amendment did not result in his death. Another man, in Ohio, may be about to learn that amassing an arsenal, then talking about mass shootings, isn’t funny at all. What on Earth is wrong with these people and, sad to say, what appears ...

Harpestad should have skills for DHS

Governor Tim Walz took steps to bring the state’s Department of Human Services under better control Monday by naming Jodi Harpestead as the new commissioner of DHS. There has been turmoil in the massive state agency since last month, when the commissioner Walz first appointed, former state ...

Goodbye, MNLARS

The State of Minnesota signed a $33.9 million deal with Fast Enterprises to replace the state’s chronically troubled MNLARS (Minnesota License and Registration System). Despite the expense, and despite kissing goodbye the more than $100 million the state spent trying to develop MNLARS, it ...