Editorials

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Minneota, Wabasso true champions THUMBS UP: No matter what happens Saturday morning at U.S. Bank Stadium, a southwest Minnesota high school football team will be crowned Class A champion. Minneota faces Wabasso in the title game. Both teams have been outstanding this season, dominating ...

Winners and losers in tax bill

Money does not grow on trees, even if some politicians want you to believe it does. For that reason, tax reform bills in Congress include some “losers.” For some people to get tax relief, someone else has to pay. But the bottom line on both the reform bill approved last week by the House ...

Minnesota State trustees leave question unanswered

Last Wednesday members of the Minnesota State Board of Trustees were on the Southwest Minnesota State University campus to hold meetings. This was the first time ever that the trustees met in a non-metro location. This was an important development for SMSU and all of the Minnesota State ...

Tracy mayor should reject calls to stifle public comment

Tracy’s City Council is stuck in turmoil. Monday night, its mayor expressed frustration over maintaining control over “negativity” that is poisoning the community. During the City Council meeting, Mayor Steve Ferrazzano announced the resignation of Councilman Bill Chukuske. The mayor ...

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Powerful message on Islam in U.S. THUMBS UP: Dr. Ayaz Virji delivered a powerful message during an event held Monday at Southwest Minnesota State University. The doctor from Dawson talked about “Islam in Post-Trump America “We live in a toxic environment of divisiveness. There’s a ...

Tax reform should not raise taxes on middle-incomes

If a bipartisan assessment of the U.S. Senate’s tax reform bill is accurate, lawmakers need to go back to the drawing board. A measure being billed as tax relief should not force millions of Americans to pay more. Analysts for Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation have concluded the ...

Trade speech is important reminder

We Americans often seem less suspicious of foreign competitors, both economically and militarily, than of each other. Just contrast the rhetoric often heard in U.S. political campaigns with that usually employed in reference to leaders in other countries. But last week in Vietnam, President ...

Identifying people who may be killers

Mass shootings invariably produce calls for stricter limits on access to firearms. They fall into two basic categories: • Some people want to ban all ownership of certain types of guns, including many that are very popular. Such restrictions have little or no chance of being enacted, in ...

Urge Congressman Peterson to stand up for rural farming communities

To the editor: This is farm country! Big farm country. Farming is an important business here! But all is not well in farming. Corn and soybean production is exceeding demand. Farm profits continue to be vulnerable. While the politics of the Farm Bill are focused on production and market ...

Highway roundabouts have proven their value

Not everyone loves roundabouts. In fact, most probably grumble about these new traffic constructs when we come across them. Which way do I go? Which lane am I supposed to be in? Is that car coming at me going to stop? Who invented these confounded obstacles? But a new study from the ...

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What happened to the Marshall Plan? THUMBS DOWN: What’s really good news for Luverne and southwest Minnesota in general, turned out to be somewhat disappointing news for Marshall. The tru Shrimp company announced last week that it will be building its first shrimp hatchery in Luverne ...

Remember, honor our military veterans

Data released by the Department of Veterans Affairs in September provided insight into how much pain some of our military veterans are experiencing. The data was pulled from the VA's comprehensive examinations of more than 55 million records from 1979 to 2014. One finding shows the suicide ...

Church massacre a tragic lesson for military

Another mass shooting, more debate over gun laws. As this debate rages on, it seems the nation just braces for the next tragedy. Who will be the next victims? What can be done to stop the madness? Well, let's start with the laws, regulations and requirements on the books nationwide and in ...

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Legislators, Dayton come to the rescue THUMBS UP: Good to see political forces find common ground over an issue and come up with a solution. On Wednesday, state Rep. Chris Swedzinski joined fellow House Republicans in sending off a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton urging for easing of work ...

Manafort charges should be of great concern

Criminal charges against Paul Manafort and a business associate are not linked to President Donald Trump’s campaign last year, but they still should be of great concern. Manafort was a top aide to Trump during part of the election campaign. But he was fired last August, quite possibly ...

Keep favoritism out of energy policy

Two wrongs don’t make a right, even if the first was very, very wrong — harmful in a way to tens of millions of Americans. For eight years, former President Barack Obama’s administration did all it could to kill the coal industry and shut down coal-fired power plants. Part of the ...

The research is clear: Waiting periods can curb gun deaths

It’s no secret this country is extraordinarily divided on the issue of gun rights, and common ground has been hard to come by. That's why it’s heartening to see fact-based evidence of a law that has produced results in curbing gun deaths without infringing on the rights of lawful owners to ...

Local politics play major role in our daily lives

"All politics is local” is a common phrase in U.S. politics. While political events in Washington, D.C. get maddening by the day, nothing hits closer to home more than the decisions made by our local school boards, county boards and city councils. Two elections are coming up to allow ...

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Investing in the youth of the region THUMBS UP: Some important investments were made in southwest Minnesota this past week. On Tuesday, nearly 50 third-graders and officials from the city and various agencies were on hand at the Red Baron Arena & Expo to celebrate a $50,000 grant from ...

A good first step to right an old wrong

Good for the people of Gainesville, Ga., who have not stopped at engaging in “a conversation” about race. They are doing something extraordinarily powerful to make it clear that for the overwhelming majority of Americans, the bigotry of the past is unacceptable. For many years, black ...