Editorials

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 ...

Public should see Mueller report

Robert Mueller turned in his report on his investigation into whether Donald Trump’s campaign cooperated the Russian government to interfere with the 2016 election. A four-page summary released to Congress over the weekend aid Mueller found nothing to prove the campaign was involved. On the ...

Job in Syria far from finished

The Islamic State terrorist group is finished, at least in Syria, President Donald Trump and some in the U.S. military are proclaiming. Well, good riddance. Unfortunately, however, the mission of civilized human beings the world over is far from accomplished. Trump this week displayed a map ...

Mueller report ready

At long last, special counsel Robert Mueller’s report may be ready for prime time. Attorney General William Barr has been perusing it and, at some point, the document will go to Congress. No doubt it will be leaked to the public within minutes. But Mueller has made it clear his team of ...

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Springfield at State THUMBS UP: The Springfield High School boys basketball team earned their trip to the MSHSL Class A Boys Basketball tournament last week, and was listed as the top seed. The Tigers, fell, however, to Spring Grove in an opening round upset. They beat Christ’s Household ...

Trump should give up attacks on McCain

Some Americans, including members of Congress, are happy about the success of President Donald Trump’s policies, even as they wish fervently he would learn … well, to keep his mouth shut on certain topics. The late Sen. John McCain, of Arizona, is one of those subjects. McCain was, like ...

Hands-free bill should become law

On Monday, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed a bill that would ban people from using hand-held cell phones while driving. The bill passed 106-21, a strong indication of the bipartisan support this proposal has. This ban should become law. It would add to the ban that already ...

Make better use of fossil fuels

Regardless of what you may hear from members of Congress who believe they have a magic wand they can wave over America and — poof! — do away with fossil fuels, the nation will need coal, petroleum and natural gas for many years to come. There simply is no reliable, affordable alternative ...

Dingell act gets it right

Officials in some environmental groups were not at all happy last week when President Donald Trump signed into law the John D. Dingell Jr Conservation, Management and Recreation Act. But, you say, the act is a major step in protecting the environment. What gives? Indeed, the law, named for ...

College cheating

In the immortal words of Capt. Louis Renault in “Casablanca,” we are “shocked —SHOCKED” to hear that wealthy and famous parents have been using their money and influence to get their undeserving children admission to prestigious colleges and univerities. We had assumed this practice ...

Hatred knows no boundaries

The death toll from the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, reached 50, it was reported Saturday. The 50 are Muslims, all slaughtered as they prayed at their place of worship. The suspected attacker, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, an Australian man, issued a manifesto of hatred toward ...

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Clean up state’s child care program THUMBS DOWN: A Legislative Auditor’s report contains some good news, but mostly bad news on the Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program. The good news — there is no evidence that $100 million or so of the program’s funding has been funneled to ...

Can’t force change in eco-technology

Technology can be built on several foundations. These include existing technology, necessity and even luck. Regardless of how new technology comes into existence, its initial cost may well be out of reach for the ordinary person. What occurs then, over time, is a buildup in supply and demand, ...

Pelosi and her Pandora’s box

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi appears to have recognized that the monster she helped create — an ultra-leftist fringe —is a threat to her Democratic Party’s prospects for the presidency in 2020. The question she may be asking herself is whether she retains enough political ...

Ebola must be contained

We Americans have been very lucky in many ways. One of them involves the truly horrific disease Ebola. Few people in this country have given Ebola much thought since the severe outbreak in Africa during 2014-16. It killed more than 11,300 people, primarily in Guinea and Sierra Leone. Before ...

Trump gets a bible thumping

President Donald Trump is not the first politician to be the target of nitpicking by those who just can’t stand him, and he will not be the last. Still, the most recent episode — let us call it Biblegate — reaches new heights of desperation to find something, anything, to criticize about ...