Editorials

Eagle Update: Jefferson Elementary Programs

Jefferson Elementary School is a child-focused primary school located at 318 South Payne Street. Jefferson Elementary School is a Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 3 primary school with an enrollment of approximately 625 students. For the 2013-14 school year, there are seven sections of kindergarten ...

Obama’s toothless foreign policy

By an overwhelming margin, voters in the Crimea region of Ukraine agreed Sunday to separate and establish an independent nation. Russian President Vladimir Putin moved swiftly to recognize the new country.President Barack Obama reacted by announcing the U.S. is freezing assets in this country ...

Keeping errors out of the public’s eye

When President Barack Obama took office, he promised Americans the most transparent administration in history. Just the opposite has occurred.The situation is getting worse, according to a study of the federal government's responses to requests for records. The Associated Press found that "the ...

Sunshine Week

No sooner do elected officials proclaim their regard for a free press and an informed public than they begin chipping away at their constituents' right to know. That has been the history of our states and nation.Seldom has the right to know been under a comprehensive assault such as has been ...

White House sends mixed message on drugs

Apparently neither Attorney General Eric Holder nor his boss, President Barack Obama, are familiar with the concept of sending mixed messages.This week, Holder termed heroin use "an urgent and growing public health crisis." He is right about that.Between 2007 and 2012, heroin use in the United ...

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Keep pressure on for Highway 14 fundsNew Ulmites and others who live along Highway 14 have been very vocal in pushing for funding for a Highway 14 four-lane expansion project. Our voices have had a good effect, with money approved last year for the Corridors of Commerce program that is funding ...

Bully bill concerns

The Legislature is working on a beefed-up anti-bullying bill for the second year in a row. Minnesota's old anti-bullying in schools law is so wimpy it would spend most of its time stuffed in a locker if it had to walk the halls of most schools.But coming up with a tougher bill seems to be a lot ...

Learning what makes a mass killer

How did Adam Lanza go from being "just a normal little weird kid," in his father's words, to someone who "couldn't get any more evil"?Peter Lanza made the comments in a magazine story about his son, who slaughtered 20 children and six adults in a 2012 rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in ...

No words can explain profound loss

Editor's note: Randy Krzmarzick of Sleepy Eye writes a regular column for The Journal's editorial page. This week his column focuses on the tragic accident that claimed the lives of four young men in Sleepy Eye last Friday.By Randy KrzmarzickWhen I sit down to write, I think a lot about ...

Park closing was unnecessary

In all likelihood, an Interior Department report last week was intended by President Barack Obama as another slap at conservatives in Congress. During the government "shutdown" last fall, he blamed them for all sorts of havoc.If the report on national parks during the shutdown was issued with ...

Time to review Sunday closing laws

The Minnesota Legislature is taking a look at the laws that ban liquor sales on Sunday in the state. These are laws that harken back to a time when the Sabbath was observed throughout society. Sunday was a day for going to church and relaxing at home with the family.Over the years, however, ...

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Public noticesTHUMBS UP: Good news from the Capitol last week when a committee decided not to vote on the bill that would give local governments the choice of taking public notices out of newspapers and putting them only on government websites.The decision to lay the bill over, the Minnesota ...

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 ...