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Syria: Hold Assad, Russians accountable The targeted strike at chemical weapons facilities and related locations in Syria were justified and overdue. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has for too long been allowed to inflict terror on the world and brutal violence on his own people. For too ...

Gorsuch strikes blow against administrative state

Last week, one week after the first anniversary of Neil Gorsuch’s ascension to the Supreme Court, he delivered an opinion that was excellent as it pertained to the case at issue and momentous in its implications pertaining to the institutional tangle known as the administrative state. If he ...

Still the safest way to travel

For white-knuckle flyers like me, this week’s tragic accident aboard a Southwest Airlines flight from New York to Texas reinforces our worst fears but also reassures us that flying remains the safest means of travel within the United States. I fly 100,000 miles a year, despite my phobias, ...

Short takes

Remembering Beatrice Patzer SIDEWAYS THUMB: Monday was a sad day for Marshall after the announcement that Beatrice Patzer died at age 88. She and her husband, Archie, purchased the Gamble’s hardware store in Marshall in 1967. Gamble’s original location was at 348 W. Main Street, which ...

Not doing enough to identify youths with problems

Are we doing enough to identify children coping with emotional upheavals before they harm themselves and others? Obviously not. On Monday, an 8-year-old student took a knife to school in Sauk Rapids, Minn. He slashed three other children before an adult disarmed him. All three victims ...

Ryan’s frustration

House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said this week he is leaving Congress because he doesn’t want his children to reach adulthood having experienced only a “weekend dad.” After 20 years in Congress, Ryan’s decision is understandable in that light. But one wonders if Ryan, ...

Deterring use of chemical arms

Syria was not the only, or even the most important, target in Friday’s attack on chemical weapons facilities in that country. The focus was on deterring use of such fearsome armaments by any nation. Bashar Assad, Syria’s murderous dictator, has used chemical agents on his own people in ...

Legislature is pushing the clock on timely, transparent policy debates

While there is not a two-year, $45-billion-plus budget to craft this year, the Minnesota Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton do have three major issues to resolve by the time the regular session ends May 21. They are tax reform, a bonding bill and what to do with a projected $300 million ...

Invading privacy is how social media makes money

If you want an idea of the magnitude of the privacy scandal involving Facebook, consider this: There are about 117 million households in the United States, according to the Census Bureau. As many as 87 million people, most in this country, had personal data collected by Facebook accessed by ...

Assad makes it hard for US to leave Syria

As much as President Donald Trump says he wants to pull U.S. troops out of Syria and let others worry about the civil war there, Syrian President Bashar Assad is making it difficult. On Saturday night, Syrian government troops reportedly launch a poison gas attack on the rebel-held town of ...

Gun confiscation rules need to be tightened

A law that allows courts to confiscate guns from those convicted of child or domestic abuse or facing a restraining order was well intentioned when it was passed on a bipartisan vote in 2014, but a recent report shows lax enforcement is still putting victims at risk. A KARE 11 TV ...

Short Takes

Firefighters from all over respond THUMBS UP: Firefighters throughout the region once again deserve a big thumbs up for the response early Friday morning to the fire that destroyed a grain elevator in Hanley Falls. The Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Office said a total of 10 fire ...

Legislature should leave courtrooms alone

All over the nation, states have been allowing cameras in courtrooms to record what is going on, something that is totally in the spirit of the 6th Amendment guarantee of a public trial for those accused of crimes. Courts had previously banned cameras when they were big and bulky and needed ...

U.S. farmers to feel pain from tariffs

President Donald Trump fired the first shot. Now China has returned the fire. China on Monday announced new tariffs on 128 American imports such as pork, nuts, fruits and wine. Soybeans could be next, trade experts say. These experts caution that the two biggest economies are not yet in a ...

Use facts, not fear, to decide use of cameras in Minnesota courts

From closed-door caucuses to end-of-session secret meetings, Minnesotans know some of their legislators don’t like transparency during the most critical times of their jobs. It should not be a surprise then that some legislators want to also continue limiting the lens (literally) through ...

Short Takes

Congressman Peterson checks in THUMBS SIDEWAYS: Good to see Congressman Collin Peterson took the time to visit Marshall Tuesday during Congress’ spring recess. Peterson paid a visit to the Brau Brothers Brewery to meet with area agriculture-related business owners. Peterson, a Democrat, ...

Education, treatment will work best against drugs

President Donald Trump’s suggestion that some especially evil traffickers in illegal drugs may deserve the death penalty got the headlines this week. But other aspects of his initiative against substance abuse, unveiled in New Hampshire, deserve more attention. Buried several lines deep in ...

DEA failed on opioid crisis

Some in law enforcement, including the FBI, failed tragically to prevent a killer from slaughtering 17 people at a Florida high school. But another agency, the Drug Enforcement Administration, may have failed to prevent far more deaths. DEA officials were on the hot slast weekday during a ...

Short Takes

Good response for town hall THUMBS UP: The first of three town halls was held Tuesday night and it appears to have been a success.It featured Council members David Sturrock and Steven Meister. About 20 residents showed up, which isn’t a real big crowd, but it was large enough to spark a ...

Legislature needs to extend pre-K funding

Among the many important issues the 2017 Legislature will tackle this session will be pre-kindergarten funding. In 2017 Gov. Mark Dayton proposed the Legislature approve enough funding to ensure every Minnesota child could attend free, school-based pre-kindergarten. The Legislature fell a ...