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Editorials

Foreign policy challenges

President Barack Obama has always preferred dabbling in domestic policy. It is apparent he doesn't understand much about foreign relations. His philosophy on diplomacy can be summed up as strong leadership - if that's all right with everyone else.Now, a global vortex of foreign policy ...

IRS situation needs special prosecutor

Internal Revenue Service officials testifying before Congress in the probe of the agency's harassment of conservative organizations have acted shocked - shocked - at suggestions a coverup is occurring.But the foul odor of attempts to cover up criminal behavior at the IRS has done nothing but ...

Putin must allow investigation of airliner shooting

One fact is clear in the crash of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17, shot down over Ukraine on Thursday. Two hundred and ninety eight innocent people lost their lives. There are many important questions that are causing speculation, conjecture and obfuscation - what kind of missle brought the ...

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Sales tax for roads bound to returnTHUMBS DOWN: The Brown County Commissioners voted down a local option sales tax that would have helped fund county road projects this week. We can understand the reluctance of three of the commissioners to avoid a tax increase, but the problem doesn't seem ...

Turning a blind eye to wind farms

It is illegal to kill certain endangered animals, including golden eagles. If you get caught doing so, even accidentally, the federal government will punish you with stiff fines.That is, unless you are the Shiloh IV Wind Project LLC in California. If you are that firm, no problem.At the same ...

Thank Finstad for All Star Game

Minnesota received a lot of "oohs" and "aahs" over the past week as the eyes of the nation turned to Minneapolis and Target Field for the Major League Baseball All Star Game.Despite some unseasonably cold temperatures and a rain delay for the Home Run Derby, fans and players visiting ...

Leave the 1st Amendment alone

Frustrated that the Constitution enshrines Americans' freedom of speech, including that in which they spend money to speak out on political candidates, a few liberals in the U.S. Senate have become so eager to curb that liberty that they are adopting a new strategy: change the ...

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 ...