Editorials

Senate should follow House on tax bill

The Minnesota House quickly passed a major tax bill on Thursday, one that would provide real relief to Minnesota taxpayers as early as this year.The bill, which Gov. Mark Dayton said he hopes to sign by March 14, does two major things. First, it would repeal the onerous business-to-business ...

Unsession, undo-session

Gov. Mark Dayton's office unveiled a list of 1,000 items in state law that could be changed in the "un-session," such as the law requiring the Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture to personally capture any wild boars running loose in St. Paul or Minneapolis. We wonder if Ag ...

Empty threats in Ukraine situation

U.S. officials' blustery but empty reaction to Russian intervention in Ukraine sums up failures in foreign policy by President Barack Obama and his administration. In effect, the White House has made the mistake of attempting to shoot first - with an empty gun - while not even asking questions ...

Sales tax confusion

If the Minnesota Legislature is indeed interested in making this an "Unsession," dedicated to cleaning up and clearing up obsolete, confusing and redundant laws on the books, the state's sales tax regulations would be a good place to start.The Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accounts this ...

Eagle Update: Making up for weather

By Jeff BertrangISD 88 SuperintendentI have lost track of the number of Blizzard Warnings and Polar Vortex events we have experienced this winter. There have been too many to count. There are times when the forecast is correct and times when it isn't. Unfortunately, we don't have a crystal ball ...

Can’t fix taxes until you fix all taxes

There's a lot of discussion of the state Property Tax report analysis released on Friday. The Dayton administration is claiming property taxes are going down, a net drop of $8 million in the state in 2014. Republicans are claiming the state's property tax is going up $125 million, and only new ...

Cut defense spending – overseas

Americans may be paying more for defense while getting less in troop strength, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel hinted Monday.During a speech at the Pentagon, Hagel said plans are for the active-duty U.S. Army to be cut from its current 522,000 soldiers to as few as 440,000. The Army has not ...

Would Obama plan fund Highway 14?

President Barack Obama came to Minnesota on Wednesday to trumpet his plan to pump $300 billion into transportation funding.We wonder if there is any money in that plan for Highway 14?The big question, however, is where will the federal government come up with $300 billion? The federal Highway ...

Will surplus grow?

Friday could be a big day for Minnesota taxpayers. The state will be getting its latest economic report from state finance officials, and chances are that the big state budget surplus we are expecting ($825 million after paying back the last of the money borrowed from schools) will be ...

Metropolitan Stadium memories live on

Metropolitan Stadium. If you are over 40, you remember those funky colored exterior panels and the erector set frame. But it was our ballpark and a good one at that.Last week I talked about our group that relived the Twins 1977 season. The effort conjured up globs of memories.May 1, 1977, New ...

Diplomacy test

For most of U.S. history, presidents of all political parties have used ambassadorships to other countries for political reasons. Sometimes they reward friends. Sometimes they get political rivals out of the way.Now the American Foreign Service Association, a group of professionals at the State ...

Don’t mess with the RFS

We are governors from neighboring states and different political parties. We don't agree on everything, but we stand united in our belief that our nation needs a robust Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and together in our opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to weaken the ...

Diplomacy test

For most of U.S. history, presidents of all political parties have used ambassadorships to other countries for political reasons. Sometimes they reward friends. Sometimes they get political rivals out of the way.Now the American Foreign Service Association, a group of professionals at the State ...

THUMBS

Old Man WinterTHUMBS DOWN: We don't know who or what made Old Man Winter so cranky this year, but someone must have egged his house to make him act the way he has this week.We had plenty of warning of Thursday's storm, but still some people got caught by surprise as they tried to get one more ...

Good news, bad news on minimum wage hike

The Congressional Budget Office issued its report on a proposed increase of the federal minimum wage on Tuesday, and while it had a lot of good news that the Obama administration will highlight, it also contained bad news that Republicans will wave about.The report indicated that raising the ...

It’s not funny, kid

By all accounts, Reid Sagehorn is the kind of student everyone looks up to - an honor roll student, captain of the football and basketball team at Rogers High School. And he's been suspended from school until April 22 over a misguided Tweet on an unofficial, anonymous school gossip site.Even ...

Medical marijuana — How beneficial is it?

The latest Minnesota Poll conducted by the Star Tribune indicated that a bare majority - 51 percent - of Minnesotans favor the legalization of marijuana for medical uses.We've always wondered - what exactly are the medical properties of marijuana? We have heard that it helps control pain and ...

Weeds: The best Twins season ever

Somewhere ballplayers are throwing and hitting baseballs on green grass. That's all a fan needs to know. It is spring.It's spring, and another Minnesota Twins season begins. Last year, I actually got to live through two Twins seasons. Let me explain.In a Star Tribune column last March, Patrick ...

Eagle Update: What’s happening in New Ulm school food

If you were to visit the New Ulm High School cafeteria, you may be surprised by the amount of lunch offerings for the 7th through 12th grade students. Pizzas made from scratch, cheeseburgers, beefy nachos, fresh salads and deli sandwiches, unlimited amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables are ...

Super in Sochi

It didn't quite have the importance and incredibility of 1980's "Miracle on Ice," but the USA victory over Russia in the Sochi Winter Olympics Saturday was a very entertaining game, especially the heroics of Warroad native T.J. Oshie, who scored on four of six shots in an overtime shootout to ...