Editorials

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 ...

Murray County has legitimate gripe over highway funding

It appears Murray County has a justified argument with Minnesota Department of Transportation. Last week, Engineer Randy Groves reported to the board of commissioners last week that the county was once again passed over for maintenance funding for Trunk Highway 267 despite being high on the ...

Hope for measured health care approach

Republican and Democratic senators announced Tuesday an agreement on a plan to keep the health care insurance markets from collapsing like an imploded high-rise. And oddly enough, President Donald Trump, who just last week ordered the termination of “Obamacare” subsidies, spoke favorably on ...

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Time to listen more in Tracy THUMBS DOWN: Politicians often times are accused of not listening to their constituents. Clear examples of this seems to be happening in Tracy. Embattled Tracy city councilmen Tony Peterson and Bill Chukuske spoke to the Tracy Headlight Herald this week over ...

Tough decisions ahead for school district, voters

Marshall Public Schools is still stuck between a rock and a hard place. On Monday, the district’s board heard from Superintendent Scott Monson who reported that while voters the last couple years shot down bond issues to expand facilities, “the needs are not going away.” Monson ...

Marshall successful in hosting pheasant opener event

The words used by Gov. Mark Dayton when talking to an Independent reporter Saturday probably summed up the best how successful Marshall was in hosting the 2017 Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener this past weekend. “We've had a spectacular weekend here in Marshall,” Dayton said. ...

VA rule needs some common sense

It seems obvious that the scandal-ridden Department of Veterans Affairs needs to have in place — and enforce — a strong code of ethics. Ask any military veteran victimized by “wait-list” schemes at some VA hospitals. But should a VA doctor be told he cannot help educate budding ...

Reframe gun debate to be about people

As much as a majority of Americans support more sensible laws governing guns, expect the political realities governing Washington to easily squelch any serious discussions about making sensible changes. No matter the body count (and injury count) last week in Las Vegas. No matter how many ...

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New start for city administrator position THUMBS UP: With Sharon Hanson’s appointment, hopefully stability will return the city administrator position at Marshall City Hall. The present Pipestone County administrator accepted the job offer from the city and will start Nov. 16. Her ...

Optics not good for Tracy City Council

Recent developments involving the Tracy City Council should set off alarms in this southwest Minnesota community. During the Sept. 25 Council meeting, concerned residents stood up and accused Councilman Tony Peterson of being a “bully” and overstepping his authority. Those residents said ...