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Editorials

Waste will continue until wasters are held accountable

Estimates by federal agencies that they in effect threw away nearly $100 billion last year should infuriate taxpayers. It is our hard-earned money, after all.But of even more concern should be that the figure represents reports from the very agencies that wasted the money. Analysts at the ...

It’s smarter to make border more secure

President Barack Obama has said he will act on his own to change U.S. immigration policy. But what does he have in mind?During a speech last week, the president dropped a hint. "I'm going to keep doing everything I can to keep making our immigration system smarter and more efficient," he ...

Whistleblowers need more than apology

Many people who work in the private sector would have no trouble answering a "what's wrong with this picture" question about a Veterans Affairs Department official's apology this week.During a congressional hearing Tuesday, VA official James Tuchschmidt apologized for the retaliation some ...

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Waloch appointedTHUMBS UP: Denny Waloch, manager of the Walgreen's store in New Ulm, was appointed Thursday to the District 88 Board of Education to fill the vacancy left by Sharon Gieseke's resignation.Waloch deserves thanks for being willing to jump in. School district business can be ...

Ag prices and rail backlogs

One of the keys to effective commodity marketing is getting the commodity where it needs to be on time. Minnesota farmers have had trouble getting their crops to market because of rail delays this year, and the effect is costing them, and those who depend on the farming economy.The Minnesota ...

Investing our tax dollars — in Chile

President Barack Obama's administration has slashed hundreds of millions of dollars out of research programs to find ways to burn coal more cleanly at power plants. Apparently the president does not believe devising ways to ensure Americans can continue to obtain low-cost electricity generated ...

Terrorism on the rise

Fifty-six people, most of them old women selling food to make money so they could eat, died when Boko Haram terrorists set off a bomb in a Nigerian marketplace last Tuesday.Boko Haram still holds at least 219 school girls the Islamic terrorists kidnapped in April. During just the past two ...

Do we need unionized college athletics?

National Labor Relations Board members have an opportunity to avoid making their agency look ridiculous, simple-minded and biased. They should take it.A regional arm of the NLRB, based in Chicago, has issued a ruling that would allow many college football players to form unions. That would ...

On his own

Congress would not go along with President Barack Obama's plan to close down coal-fired power plants and drive electricity prices up. So Obama is acting on his own to do so.U.S. senators would not confirm the three union sympathizers Obama wanted on the National Labor Relations Board. So Obama, ...

What’s needed in affirming VA head

U.S. senators considering whether to confirm former Procter & Gamble CEO?Robert McDonald as the new head of the Department of Veterans Affairs have two important tasks to accomplish during the next couple of weeks.First, as they question McDonald during hearings, they should determine ...

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New future for old Middle SchoolTHUMBS UP: For years the big question for District 88 has been "What do we do with the Middle School?"At last, the decision has been made and carried through. District 88 and a community-based group, Cenate LLC, closed the deal selling the former school building ...

America’s birthday

It was 238 years ago that the American Continental Congress prepared a declaration dissolving the American colonies' political ties to Great Britain. The Declaration of Independence set forth a reasoned, measured statement of the colonists' grievances with the Crown, and set forth the reasons, ...

How do we define true believers?

The U.S. Supreme Court stood up for one of the primary constitutional rights (freedom of religion) over one of the more recently manufactured ones?(the right to free contraceptives) when it ruled people can run their businesses according to their religious beliefs. By a 5-4 vote, the Court ...

Border problems

A flood of thousands of Central American children who managed, sometimes alone, to sneak across the allegedly secure border between the U.S. and Mexico makes it clear the boundary is nothing more than a line on the map in many places. So yes, more needs to be done to keep illegal immigrants ...

VA bill should include consequences

Leaders in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives hope to reach agreement soon on a bill addressing the Department of Veterans Affairs scandal. Among other things, it calls for veterans to get medical treatment from the private sector if they are placed on long waiting lists by the ...

Children deserve immediate protection

Law enforcement agencies and prosecuting attorneys in this area tend to act immediately when they hear of children being abused. Apparently that is not the case everywhere.Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is serving what amounts to a life sentence in prison. ...

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Getting the word outTHUMBS UP: As the District 88 school bond referendum nears, The Journal will be publishing more information about the district's needs and plans. There is information available online now at www.facebook.com/isd88voteyes, which has answers for frequently asked questions and ...

Why not call a terrorist a terrorist?

Boko Haram, in Nigeria, uses tactics such as surrounding churches, then burning them down to kill all inside.Iraq is besieged by an army of Sunni Muslims who favor crucifixion and beheading of those not fanatic enough for them.Taliban forces trying to regain power in Afghanistan kill children ...

There must be more than taxes

It is a theme that is sounded early and often in the Minnesota election season, indeed throughout each legislative session as well. Minnesota is driving business away with its excessive commercial and income taxes. Businesses are busy looking to escape to less expensive climes, according to ...

Technology in classrooms

The trend toward introducing technology into classrooms has been going on for several years, and it is likely to continue. More and more we hear of school districts that are providing laptop computers or tablets to every student as a way to improve instruction, engage students, and save money ...