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Editorials

A vaccine for Christmas?

Gov. Tim Walz is cautiously optimistic that the first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine could be coming around Christmas time. The state is expected to receive — if information from the federal government remains firm — some 46,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine as early as next week, and 136,000 ...

Take action against the threat of flu

COVID-19 and the seasonal influenza are two different diseases. The “regular” flu can be deadly — though not nearly so much as COVID. The good news is that you don’t have to wait to get protection against the flu. Immunization shots to guard against it are available widely at health ...

Continue suspension of Medicare sequester

Many U.S. hospitals are under siege because of COVID-19. Both in personnel and other resources, they need all the help they can get. Earlier this year, when most people thought the epidemic would peak by this fall, Congress acted wisely by including in the CARES Act a provision suspending ...

Virus aid deserves bipartisan support

A second round of federal COVID-19 relief money, more than $900 billion, may be on its way to Americans soon. Thank a group of U.S. senators and representatives who have grown sick of the partisan bickering that has delayed a new relief bill for months. They are unlike many politicians, ...

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MnDrive looks good THUMBS UP: MnLARS, the computer system that was supposed to bring Minnesota’s vehicle licensing and registration system into the 21st century, took nine years to develop, cost $100 million, ran way, way over its budget and when it was rolled out in 2017, didn’t work ...

States should decide on vaccine order

As the nation gets closer to having an effective vaccine to protect against COVID-19, states are coming up with plans for who will get the first doses of the vaccine. As you may guess, there are many different plans as states weigh their own individual needs. The Associated Press reported ...

Where is Biden’s energy policy headed?

During his successful election campaign, President-elect Joe Biden insisted he did not favor a “green new deal” approach to energy. Now, however, it appears he may be poised to deliver a one-two punch in that very direction. First, Biden said he will name former secretary of state John ...

Financial news good, but not great

Considering last May’s state revenue forecast, the new projections announced Tuesday are absolutely rosy. From a $2.4 billion shortfall in the current budget to a $641 million surplus is good news indeed. Even a projected $1.3 billion shortfall in the next budget is a welcome figure, compared ...

Remote learning evaluation

COVID-19 has been an enormous challenge to the nation’s public school system. It has forced tens of millions of students to stay at home, often for months at a time, rather than go to class. Give educators credit for doing what they could with “remote learning.” Thrown suddenly into a ...

Trump can fix CARES Act flaw

Unless members of Congress find some way to compromise and give Americans an early Christmas through a new round of COVID-19 relief funding, the holiday season will be grim for tens of millions of people. President Donald Trump can do little about that — but he can do something. Among many ...

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Wreaths look nice THUMBS UP: The Christmas wreaths lining Minnesota Street are a nice substitution for the traditional garlands that have graced downtown New Ulm during the Christmas season for decades. In truth, the number of garlands had dwindled over the past several years, becoming ...

Time to remake Native American policy

President-elect Joe Biden is being urged by some to include a Native American in his Cabinet, possibly as secretary of the Interior Department. If he does that, the person named would be the first Native American ever to serve in the Cabinet. Proponent of such action have a person in mind: ...

We need this Thanksgiving

What a year in which to have an opportunity to purposefully gather our thoughts and be thankful. We need this day, which like so much else this year is different. We need this reminder to look toward what is good, and that for which we can, still, be grateful. Some have been blissfully ...

Keep CARES basic

Federal CARES Act assistance has been invaluable for many American families and businesses. Without it, what appears to be a record-setting recovery from the financial crisis caused by COVID-19 would not be occurring. Millions of families with laid-off breadwinners would be in desperate ...

Racing for a vaccine

U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials and scientists are in a raee against death. It is one they must undertake in a cautious sprint. Two COVID-19 vaccines appear nearly ready to go. Before doses already on the production line can be distributed, the FDA has to approve ...

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Dealing with COVID THUMBS DOWN: No one is happy about the new restrictions ordered in by Gov. Tim Walz this week, not even the governor. But neither is anyone happy about the rise in COVID-19 cases that precipitated these restrictions. The chart of the cases per month prepared by Brown ...

COVID-19 and nursing homes

We have learned — at the cost of tens of thousands of possibly preventable deaths — that COVID-19 finds nursing homes to be good hunting grounds. At one time earlier in the epidemic, more than half the nation’s deaths from the disease in many state were among residents of long-term care ...

Aren’t we ALL Americans?

To the editor: I was puzzled by a reference in a recent letter to the editor of “ordinary Americans.” Aren’t we just ALL Americans? May we never forget our connection to each other and always treat each other with kindness and respect. Marcella Bode New Ulm

Keep working on “The Swamp”

More than a few people who voted for Joe Biden as our next president were not unhappy with one aspect of incumbent President Donald Trump, we suspect. It was his pledge to battle the federal bureaucracy on behalf of the American people. Trump calls it “the swamp” — and there is ample ...

Serious measures for a serious

The steep spike in COVID-19 cases in Minnesota, including Brown County, are callling for more serious measures to help stop the spread. Gov. Tim Walz is expected to announce new measures today, which could impact bars, restaurants, gyms and health clubs, youth sports and other ...