Editorials

‘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 ...

Thwart leakers with Mueller report release

We believe the Mueller Report on Russian interference in our 2016 election should be made public; at least, as much as can be responsibly released without affecting national security or interfering with other investigations. We’ve said before it is our right to know what’s in the report, ...

Hatred is not patriotism

A disturbing news story came from the Associated Press on Friday. The FBI has arrested a western New York man who is facing federal charges of threatening to kill Rep. Ilhan Omar, the Democrat who represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District. Rep. Omar, elected this past year, is one ...

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Here’s to SPOTS THUMBS UP: The youth group SPOTS (Students Performing On Tough Situations) is celebrating its 20th anniversary on April 14. The group, part of Healthy Communities / Healthy Youth, does just what its name suggests. These kids get together, and with the help of director Sheldon ...

State of the State

Gov. Tim Walz gave a different kind of State of the State speech Wednesday, one that wasn’t written down and read from a teleprompter. It focused a lot on ordinary people in Minnesota, whose stories Walz wanted to tell to illustrate his talking points. Like his speech, Walz wants ...

Transportation needs reliable source of funding

The transportation debate in the state Legislature is circling back around to the old argument of the past — want more funding for roads and bridges? Then raise the gas tax. Gov. Tim Walz wants to raise it by 20 cents a gallon — a 70 percent increase. Democrats in the House agree. ...

Butina case may help focus on Kremlin

Democrat Party leaders’ laser-focus on allegations that President Donald Trump cooperated with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election does a great disservice to the nation — and not just because the claims have been proven wrong. Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team ...

Replacing ACA harder than repeal

Health insurance entitlements have become the new third rail of politics. Many members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, are so worried about alienating millions of voters that they are unwilling to tinker with the massive government takeover of health insurance — even if they ...

Barr should release nearly the full report

Just two considerations need to be taken care of before Attorney General William Barr makes the special counsel Robert Mullers report available to Congress and thus, to the American people. First is national security. It may be that the report contains some material that would be helpful to ...

Bad messages in Smollet case

Television actor Jussie Smollett lied when he claimed he was the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack in Chicago, police there maintain. They say he used two accomplices to stage the assault, in a bid for publicity he may have hoped would help his career. Yet, other than a few days in jail ...

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Is it getting hot here? THUMBS UP: Or is it just New Ulm? With the Star Tribune Magazine declaring New Ulm this week to be one of the “5 Hottest Small Towns” to visit, we can expect to see an influx of bon vivants and hipsters, looking for some “hot” New Ulm atmosphere. If plans to ...

Special Olympics funding disaster

It would be easier to feel sorry for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos if the $17.6 million cut she included in her department’s budget was going to be rebated to taxpayers or, perhaps, used to help pay down the national debt. But the federal government never, ever spends less. The budget goes ...

Russia’s real threat

Many Americans, perhaps millions, became unwitting tools of Russian President Vladimir Putin during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. Some remain susceptible to Russian meddling. There was no conspiracy between the Kremlin and President Donald Trump’s camp during the 2016 ...

Tough times on the farm

It has been evident that times have been tough on farmers over the past few years. Just how tough became evident in a report released this week by the Minnesota Extension and the state. The state’s analysis found that Minnesota farm incomes hit a new low in 2018, the lowest in the 23 years ...