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Editorials

Look to home for reasons say thanks

When Thanksgiving arrives tomorrow, we should all look close to home for reasons to give thanks. Because looking to the horizon, things look pretty bleak.Across the sea, our efforts over the past dozen years in Iraq and Afghanistan have yielded an entrenched group of Muslim fanatics, the ...

Terrorists still waging war

Kenyans on the bus stopped by armed men at dawn on Saturday knew they were in trouble when their assailants demanded each recite the Shahada, part of Islamic scripture. Those who could not were taken off the bus and told to lie down in a line.Then two men went down the line, shooting men and ...

Abuse of power

Beating the will of the people to the punch is not part of the job description for presidents of the United States. Neither is altering or hamstringing laws with which a chief executive disagrees.Yet that has been the story of President Barack Obama's nearly six years in office. Because no one ...

Obama’s invitation to immigrants

President Barack Obama has an interesting way of dealing with about 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States: Simply declare about half of them are not illegal.In the process, Obama has issued an open invitation to millions more people to come here illegally. He will do little or ...

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Hub Club AnniversaryTHUMBS UP: The New Ulm Farm-City Hub Club is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. It will be holding a celebration event on Sunday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Courtland Community Center.The club was formed 40 years ago to bring the towns people and farm people ...

Release the bird kill statistics

It turns out alternative energy companies, supposedly kinder than kind to Mother Nature, have some dirty not-so-little secrets. At least one of them wants to keep it that way.Americans learned last year that President Barack Obama's administration had given the wind energy industry a break no ...

Peterson issue transcends sports

The National Football League ruled this week that Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, one of its best players, will be suspended the rest of the season, up until April 15 at the earliest, because of the injury he caused to his 4-year-old son while disciplining him with a switch earlier ...

China deal should go way of Kyoto Protocol

Let President Barack Obama talk. Congress should make it clear he is speaking for himself and a few other ultra-liberals - not for Americans worried Obama's climate change theatrics will send much of the U.S. economy into a deep freeze.Last week, Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to ...

Rethink plan to stop Islamic terrorists

Islamic State terrorists - still, for some reason, referred to by many in the media as "militants" or "extremists" - say they have beheaded another American. Given the butchers' track record, there is no reason to doubt their claim.Peter Kassig, an American who made himself vulnerable by ...

Examine Ebola proposal carefully

Just a few weeks ago, the World Health Organization estimated it would cost $1 billion to control the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. President Barack Obama wants Congress to provide $6.2 billion to battle the disease.The White House proposal includes money for infectious disease control ...

Focus should be serving veterans

Department of Veterans Affairs officials have come up with a novel concept for better serving the heroes who depend on them -make things simpler.VA Secretary Robert McDonald said the agency will hire a new chief customer service officer, and then "simplify the way it is organized to deliver ...

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Grain Belt signTHUMBS UP: There's no doubt that purchasing the Grain Belt label was a good move for the August Schell Brewing Co. Since acquiring the famous state beer in 2002, Schell's has seen Grain Belt become a bigger part of its business, especially with the advent of the very popular ...

Don’t think, just let government take care of you

Economist Jonathan Gruber, who helped write the Affordable Care Act - known by most as Obamacare - has admitted Americans were deceived about the measure.Speaking during a conference in October 2013 about health care economics, Gruber said this of Obamacare:"Lack of transparency is a huge ...

Time to start working across party lines

If there was one message that came across in Sen. Al Franken's recent campaign ads, it is that he works across party lines to get things done.Well, we'd better hope that is true, because come January, that's the only way he's likely to get things done.Minnesota maintained its Democratic ...

Wary friendship with China

President Barack Obama shares one thing with most of his predecessors, whether Democrat or Republican: All try their best to put a bright face on U.S. relations with China - while worrying in private about Beijing's intentions.During a visit to China this week, Obama expressed optimism and ...

Veterans deserve nation’s thanks

America's veterans deserve our thanks today, and every day throughout the year.They deserve it for their willingness to serve this nation through military service. It's not an easy job. Our soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen sign away a part of their freedom and personal liberty for the ...

President’s intentions on immigration

For months, President Barack Obama and his aides have been suggesting he would take executive action to repair the nation's broken system of regulating immigration. Then, weeks ago, it was revealed the president would wait until after the midterm elections to do so. Clearly, he was afraid steps ...

Fixing Obamacare should be priority

Saving most Americans money on health insurance by repealing the most objectionable sections of the Obamacare law ought to be a priority when the new Congress convenes early next year.That's right: For most people, it appears repealing Obamacare would lead to lower health insurance ...

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Make wishes knownTHUMBS UP: The town hall meeting held by District 88 this week is one way the district is letting people make their wishes known on what to include in a new high school and the other buildings that are getting revamped.A sizeable contingent of soccer supporters were on hand to ...

Tough task ahead for Republicans

Among astute Republican leaders, there will not be much popping of champagne corks during the next several days. With the sweeping victory they scored in elections Tuesday comes a mandate they know will be difficult to fulfill.Throughout the United States, voters took President Barack Obama at ...