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Editorials

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 ...

A likely story

Using illegal methods to harm one’s political opponents, then lying to cover it up, is serious business, as former President Richard Nixon learned. Claiming records sought by investigators were lost accidentally can expose one to ridicule, Nixon’s secretary, Rose Mary Woods, found out. But ...

Be wary of involving Iran in Iraq

History is of full of episodes in which governments unable to cope with violent uprisings asked for military help from their neighbors. Often, such invitations were rued by those who issued them, then found their rescuers were worse than the original problem.Secretary of State John Kerry has ...

Still stuck in Iraq

Even as President Barack Obama was bragging in December 2011 about withdrawing U.S. combat troops from Iraq, skeptics warned the pullout was ill-advised - and from from complete. Thousands of Americans, including about 5,500 at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, remained in harm's way.This past week, ...

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Artstone turning 100THUMBS UP: American Artstone is celebrating its 100th anniversary this week, with a open house at the plant on Wednesday from 1 to 6 p.m., complete with a presentation on the company's history and tour of their facility at 2025 N. Broadway.Originating in Fairfax in 1914, ...

The rain can stop anytime now

Minnesota may have to change it's nickname from "the Land of 10,000 Lakes" to "the Land of One Lake - One Great Big Lake," if all this rain doesn't stop soon.New Ulm has had 10.5 inches of rain in the last seven days, about 12.5 inches for the month, according to the Weather Channel. The ...

Medtronic’s message

Gov. Mark Dayton may be the biggest Pollyanna in politics.On Saturday, the governor heard from the Chairman and CEO of Medtronic, Omar Ishrak, that the company was planning to spend $42.9 billion to acquire an Irish company that makes medical devices. In the merger, Medtronic will move its ...

How secure can our southern border be?

So easy a child could do it. The phrase is used to describe everything from assembling toys to programming remote controls.And now, for sneaking across the border from Mexico into the United States.Border Patrol agents in Arizona and Texas have been overwhelmed by thousands of "UAC" illegal ...

Don’t send Tsunis to Norway

Minnesotans of Norwegian descent make up about 16.5 percent of the state's population. Over 18 percent of the nation's Norwegian Americans live in Minnesota (a good number of them in Hanska).So Minnesotans have a right to be concerned about the kind of ambassador the U.S. sends to represent us ...

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Head to a state parkTHUMBS UP: We'll have to wait and see if the weather holds up, but if it does, here's an idea for something to do Saturday: Go to a state park - call it an early Father's Day treat for your dad. It won't cost you a thing to get in. The Department of Natural Resources is ...

Is Iraq a preview for Afghanistan?

It’s only 11 years since the U.S. invaded Iraq, misguided in the idea we would find weapons of mass destruction, and naive in the notion that we would be welcomed as liberators by a grateful nation which would embrace freedom and democracy. It took eight years of fighting insurgent rebels ...

MNsure progress

University of Minnesota researchers reported on Wednesday that the federal health overhaul has reduced the number of uninsured in Minnesota by 40 percent.Through MNsure, some 36,000 people enrolled in private insurance plans, and about 155,000 people joined the publicly run Medicaid and ...

Cantor’s loss has message for GOP

Somehow, no one saw Rep. Eric Cantor's primary loss coming on Tuesday. But it was all the political pundits could talk about on Wednesday.Cantor is the House Majority Leader, the Number 2 leadership position behind Speaker John Boehner. He was considered an heir apparent for the Speaker's ...

The reality behind job statistics

Some young Americans, unable to find jobs after they graduate from college, simply stay on campus, working toward advanced degrees. Many older men and women who cannot find work choose to take "early retirement" and reduced Social Security benefits.Many people in the prime of life spend months, ...