Editorials

The words should not have been spoken

When U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith said that if cattle farmer Colin Hutchinson “invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row,” it was tone deaf and irresponsible. But the single comment alone does not make her a racist, as some have suggested. In a statement after the words from ...

Guns: DFL should take aim to secure public safety

With mass shootings on the rise last year, the GOP-controlled state House of Representatives shut down hearings on things like background checks and taking guns from domestic abusers. The GOP-controlled Senate refused to hold hearings on common-sense gun measures offered by members of its own ...

Short Takes

Too soon to judge Schwan’s outcome THUMBS SIDEWAYS: A lot of disappointment has been expressed on social media over the sale of 80 percent of Schwan’s to CJ CheilJedang of Seoul, South Korea. Schwan’s will operate as a subsidiary of that foreign company. There is one known silver ...

More candidates needed in local election races

No matter what side of the aisle you cast your vote, the current blue wave that has overtaken the House should provide some motivation for those who are concerned about their communities. The new members of Congress are coming from all walks of life. Many are women and many are minorities. ...

Welcoming back our champions

It was a tale of two teams from different southwest Minnesota communities. But the message was the same. In Minneota, the four captains on the Vikings volleyball team spoke before a large welcoming crowd at the Minneota High School gymnasium Saturday evening. Their message was “thanks for ...

To our new leaders: Get to work for all

Democrats ride into the U.S. House with a strong, new majority and, for many of them, decisive wins that affirm their agendas. And they’re not waiting until January to make their presence felt. Incoming House chairs have served notice to acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker that they ...

Minnesota’s political divide

innesota, it is reported, is the only state in the union with a divided Legislature — Democrats in control of the House, and Republicans in control of the Senate. But the results of last Tuesday’s election show the Minnesota divide is not political as much as it is geographic. A map of ...

ACT scores tell the truth about MN schools

The rejection — some might say abject failure — of the national No Child Left Behind Act in 2015 reaffirmed the authority of individual states to set their own goals and standards for student achievement. Fair enough. Education isn’t a one-size-fits-all endeavor, and what works at an ...

Short Takes

Will drivers get a little reckless? SIDEWAYS THUMB: It will be interesting to find out how raising the speed limits on several highways in southwest Minnesota will affect safety. The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced this week the speed limit will increase from 55 to 60 miles ...

State, county are models to follow

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon reported Wednesday that 2,593,922 voters participated in the 2018 statewide general election. That number represents a 63.82 percent participation rate, which is the highest percentage in Minnesota for a midterm election since 2002. It was also the ...

Democrats’ return to control over the House

The Democrats’ return to control over the House of Representatives is much more than a victory for one party. It is a sign of health for American democracy. Distrustful of untrammeled majorities, the authors of the Constitution favored checks and balances, including, crucially, the check ...

Waiting too long for driver’s license

A week ago the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on the long delays new drivers face to get Minnesota driver’s licenses. The report quoted people having to wait months for a license. Some wait more than six months. The end result is a lot of drivers traveling on Minnesota roads with a ...

Friendly reminder to cast your ballot

Hopefully by the time you read this editorial you have already voted or plan to leave soon for the polls. Today is what Democracy is all about. According to Lyon County Auditor/Treasurer E. J. Moberg, the number of ballots already accepted by his office is slightly up from the 2016 ...

Citizenship: Presidents don’t get to decide

Why it matters: President Trump said this week he will abolish birthright citizenship, which is enshrined in the Constitution. It’s bad enough that an American president claims the right to unilaterally override a constitutional amendment, as Donald Trump did this week in pledging to ...

Other Views

State’s taxes help support high quality of life Detractors have been saying for decades that Minnesota’s state taxes are too high for businesses and individuals alike. Despite that, the state keeps attracting educated and energetic newcomers, keeps producing successful startups, and ...

Mass migration: Mortal threat to Red State America

Among the reasons Donald Trump is president is that his natural political instincts are superior to those of any other current figure. As campaign 2018 entered its final week, Trump seized upon and elevated the single issue that most energizes his populist base and most convulses our media ...

State’s taxes help support high quality of life

Detractors have been saying for decades that Minnesota’s state taxes are too high for businesses and individuals alike. Despite that, the state keeps attracting educated and energetic newcomers, keeps producing successful startups, and consistently leads the Midwest, if not the nation, in any ...

Trump’s prescription plan on track

The cost of prescription medication has been an increasing burden to many Americans, and despite the Affordable Care Act, its partial dismantling and constant static from both political parties, there has been little relief. It is thus welcome news that President Trump announced Thursday a ...

Short Takes

Preparing for the unthinkable THUMBS UP: Marshall Public Schools staff recently participated in an ALICE active shooter drill. What is ALICE? It stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. In light of a string of mass shooting incidents throughout the nation in recent years, this ...