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Editorials

To arm or not to arm

A significant number of schools throughout the United States have authorized staff members to carry firearms while at work. The idea is that armed educators and school service personnel can protect students in the event of an incursion by someone bent on violence. But an Associated Press ...

Impeachment — at last?

Not to rain on the Democrats’ impeachment parade, but you might want to grab an umbrella. I’ll be brief: President Trump will not be convicted by the U.S. Senate, and his positioning for reelection will have been strengthened by the process. As even my blind dog knows, the House of ...

European leaders meet to take the future into their own hands

As France headed into a second week of mass transit paralysis due to a nationwide public-sector strike over proposed pension reforms, tensions ramped up among Parisian commuters, and protesters braced for more flying tear gas canisters as they prepared for another day clashing with riot police ...

Short Takes

USMCA trade deal is finally a reality THUMBS UP: Farmers throughout the nation and right here in southwest Minnesota are probably pleased that the Democrats and President Donald Trump finally reached an agreement on the new trade pact with Canada and Mexico. But they are also probably ...

Saudi sympathies ring hollow after Pensacola shooting

If it walks like a duck ... you know the rest. Following a shooting attack at Naval Air Station Pensacola by a Saudi national identified as 21-year-old Mohammed Alshamrani, the FBI issued a statement saying it presumes the incident was a terrorist attack. What might have given them that ...

Time for House to do some real work

After many weeks in which the U.S. House of Representatives has seemed preoccupied with impeachment hearings, action on a new trade agreement may finally be on the horizon. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Tuesday announced her caucus has reached agreement with the White House on the ...

Community colleges are blessing to many

We don’t get it. Really. Apparently, according to The Associated Press, there is some sort of stigma attached to those who attend two-year colleges. As the AP reported, a Perrysburg, Ohio, college president decided to do something about the stigma. Steve Robinson, of Owens Community ...

Rural hospitals take another hit

The struggle of rural hospitals to stay open in today’s economy is well documented. Rural areas have high rates of people without health care coverage, and hospitals face high rates of uncompensated care when they have to come in for treatment. Population is falling in rural areas, meaning ...

No child should be denied a hot school meal

Like a bad meal that revisits hours after eating, lunch shaming in school cafeterias keeps coming back up in Minnesota. Enough already. No school cafeteria worker should ever take away the lunch of any child because of a zero balance in his meal account. No child should get a shaming stamp ...

Lighting up our holiday season

Prairie Home Hospice and Community Care officials are doing a little bragging after last Friday’s kickoff for the third annual Light Up the Night event. And we don’t blame them. What a wonderful way to get into the Christmas spirit. “This year’s attendance during the Light Parade ...

Renew offer of assistance to Mexico

Just a month after Mexican drug cartel murderers massacred at least nine Americans living in that country, more evidence of mayhem south of the border has been written in blood. In early November, two separate groups of women and children were ambushed near their homes in northern Mexico. ...

Stay warm but safe

Temperatures have reached the point where most of us can no longer deny that winter is coming. With the change of seasons comes an increase in the need to heat our homes — and fire departments are warning residents there is also an increased need for caution. One popular way to keep warm is ...

Short takes

New design for city hall looks great, but what about the parking? THUMBS SIDEWAYS: A decision had to be made sooner or later over the outdated and inadequate municipal building in downtown Marshall. Last week the City Council decided to stop kicking the can down the road and voted 5-2 to ...

Giving thanks on Thanksgiving

Too often, we prosperous, free Americans take our many blessings for granted. Nearly all of us enjoy material wealth that is the envy of billions of people in other lands. We are free to do nearly anything our hearts desire, as long as our actions do not harm others. Our nation itself is a ...

Finding out the truth about e-cigs, how they are marketed

For decades, tobacco companies insisted their product was not hazardous to health. When scientific proof countered that, they maintained their advertising strategies were not calculated to get as many new smokers hooked on nicotine as possible. We know now that all of those protestations ...

Water quality: Attention given means progress made

The bad news in a report about water quality in Minnesota was that 56% of state waters are impaired. The good news was we’re doing something about it. Minnesotans shouldn’t be satisfied with the 56 percent impairment rate in the “land of sky blue waters.” No amount of development or ...

Safety should be No. 1 priority for jail

Lyon County Sheriff Eric Wallen and Jail Administrator Brad Marks went before the board of commissioners on Tuesday to request approval to hire more jail staff. Wallen and Marks described a situation of being between a rock and a hard place. The Minnesota Department of Corrections recommends ...

Insulin excuses should be made in public

Gov.Tim Walz on Monday called on legislators to hold public hearings on their conflicting plans to make insulin more affordable. They’ve been holding closed-door negotiations over the past month with no resolution on how to pay for their plans to help those diabetics who can’t afford their ...

Get rid of surprises hidden in health care bills

Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Erin Murphy was fielding questions after her speech during a Lyon County Democratic-Farmers-Labor event Nov. 10 when the subject of health care billing came up. A woman in the audience stood up and described a common experience when it comes to health ...