Editorials

One quote is not enough for getting a good deal

The Yellow Medicine County Board last week unanimously approved the expenditure of $58,845 to update software for the prosecutor's office inside the courthouse. This vote took place after County Attorney Keith Helgeson told the board that the software will replace the Minnesota Counties ...

The need to fortify our schools

Remember when public school officials could plan capital improvements campaigns focusing only on new gymnasiums, better science lab equipment, nicer classrooms and the like? Remember when they could spend personnel money on teachers, custodians, bus drivers, etc.? Now, they have to think ...

Prescription drugs: plans won’t impact prices much

While President Donald Trump has finally put some action behind his tough talk to lower “outrageous” prescription drug prices, his recent proposal will barely scratch the surface. And it treats the pharmaceutical industry with kid gloves. Instead, it puts pressure on hospitals, doctors ...

Short Takes

Can we ignore gun violence forever? THUMBS DOWN: Our hearts go out to the families affected by Wednesday’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people and sent scores to hospitals. Just like the Las Vegas shooting rampage, the dead and survivors in Parkland are victims of ...

Why wait for ruling on Fishbach

A lawsuit was filed last month against Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach, who intends to keep her seat in the Minnesota Senate as she serves as lieutenant governor. This week Ramsey County District Judge John Guthmann dismissed the lawsuit on the grounds that she hasn’t tried to serve in the ...

Important session for 2018 Legislature

The opening of the 2018 Legislature is just around the corner and it has the makings of a very important session. Needs such as education, roads and infrastructure continue to be key issues. But when Rep Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent and Gary Dahms, R-Redwood Falls, join their fellow legislators ...

Lowering drug costs

President Donald Trump, in his State of the Union speech, promised that lowering drug prices would be a top priority for his administration. “Prices will come down substantially,” he said. “Watch.” He didn’t say how he would do that, but this past week the White House Council on ...

Short Takes

Exercise your right to vote in Tracy THUMBS SIDEWAYS: A recall election is being held in Tracy Tuesday. The ballot will ask voters, “Shall Council member Tony Peterson be recalled?” The certified recall petition alleges that Peterson overstepped his authority and bullied city employees. ...

Crew 52 displays Minnesota nice to SB visitors

The temperature outside on Super Bowl Sunday was the coldest on record. However, the warmth extended to fans attending the game was at record level as well. After all the preparation and hype, it's finally over. Hosting Super Bowl LII was a major success for the state of Minnesota. It's ...

Easing burden of regulations

A lot of the credit for a rejuvenated U.S. economy seems to be going to Congress and President Donald Trump for their efforts to reform the job-killing federal tax code. Indeed, news of the change seems to have been the catalyst for decisions by many companies to build new facilities and pay ...

Open government: Amazon bid should be public record

Minnesota recently lost its bid to land a second Amazon headquarters and a potential 50,000 jobs, but unfortunately Minnesota taxpayers won’t know much about the bid. The state Department of Employment and Economic Development and Greater MSP, a nonprofit development organization that ...

MNLARS insanity

Albert Einstein famously defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” State lawmakers should keep this in mind as they ponder the idea of giving another $43 million to the people who have already spent nearly $96 million on the Minnesota ...

Plan now for rising population of people 65 and over

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Karin Housley put the spotlight on a very important issue while campaigning in Marshall Tuesday. She claims that by the year 2030, the population of people living in Minnesota ages 65 and over will double. She said the scary part is that there will only be ...

The signs are there — after the fact

In the aftermath of violent sprees students seem to launch with some regularity in schools, the question asked often is why no one saw it coming. Profiling children as potential killers is such a difficult task it does not even fall into the category of “inexact science.” Deciding ...

Time to work on immigration reform

With drama over the “government shutdown” — engineered by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. and fellow liberals — over, members of Congress can get down to work on a comprehensive immigration reform package. Time is of the essence, because of unconstitutional action taken ...

Quick negotiation reopens government

It didn’t take long for Democrats and Republicans in the Senate to work out a deal get the federal government back up and running on Monday. Democrats agreed to support the short-term spending bill that will fund government through Feb. 8 in exchange for a promise from Republicans to start ...

Appointments good opportunity for Tracy Council

It appears the Tracy City Council is starting a new chapter with the start of the new year. The Council survived a rough 2017 that was marked with accusations, resignations and a recall effort. Two weeks ago, the Council unanimously appointed Pamela Cooreman to replace outgoing mayor, Steve ...

The Climate bill grows ever higher

Hurricanes and tornadoes, fires and floods, hailstorms and drought. The natural disasters keep adding up. So does the expense. This week the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that the United States had 16 billion-dollar weather disasters in 2017 — tying the record — ...

Short Takes

Taking steps to expand broadband THUMBS UP: Lyon County and other nearby counties took a positive step last when they joined together for a broadband feasibility study in the region. On Tuesday, Lyon County commissioners heard a report from that study. One possibility offered would be ...

Right balance needed with public works bill

The 50th anniversary of Southwest Minnesota State University reminds us that some of the infrastructure on the campus is at least 50 years old. Infrastructure will deteriorate as time goes along, especially with the harsh weather conditions of southwest Minnesota. So Gov. Mark Dayton’s ...