Short Takes

Request by Tyler Council is reasonable

THUMBS DOWN:

It was reported this week that some Tyler City Council members are not happy with Police Chief John Spindler. They complain the chief is ignoring requests for reports on nuisance ordinance violations. City Administrator Robert Wolfington told the Council that Spindler gave him a verbal report before the meeting. But in this day and age of computers and email, presenting a written an report on nuisance ordinance violations shouldn’t be a burdensome task.

Taking excitement out of sheriff race

THUMBS SIDEWAYS:

The Marshall City Council on Tuesday let all the air out of the balloon involving the November Lyon County sheriff’s race when it unanimously voted to appoint Marshall Police Sgt. Jim Marshall as the city’s new Director of Public Safety. The race between Marshall and Eric Wallen was expected to be close. Nobody can fault the Marshall City Council. They did what was best for Marshall. But their decision sure derailed what would have been an exciting campaign season leading up to the election.

Judges appeal to students to learn

THUMBS UP:

Understanding the judicial system is difficult. State and federal judges make important decisions daily unnoticed by many Americans. The Minnesota Court of Appeals falls into that category. On Wednesday, three judges from the Minnesota Court of Appeals heard arguments in Marshall. After finishing with official business in the courtroom, the judges took the time to answer questions from students from Southwest Minnesota State University and Lakeview mock trial team. These judges should be commended for volunteering their time to educate students on how the appeals process works.

Legislators listen to child care providers

THUMBS DOWN:

State legislators provided a venue on Wednesday for area child care providers to vent during a town hall meeting in Marshall. Their frustrations included shortage of workers and lack of support for providers. And while the demand for child care continues to soar, providers are limited to the number of infants and toddlers they can care for. The providers also complained about dealing with challenging Minnesota child care licensing requirements. It was good to see Rep. Chris Swedzinski, Sen. Gary Dahms and Sen. Bill Weber listening to their concerns. The rest of the state Legislature needs to listen as well. The lack of quality child care is becoming a serious crisis that is not going away.

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