Editorials

Trump’s curious coalition

Donald Trump’s strategy for keeping power is to build up his coalition of America’s white working class and the nation’s ownership class. It’s a curious coalition, to say the least. But if Democrats don’t respond to it, it could protect Trump from impeachment and even re-elect him. ...

Chatter about impeachment is premature

Donald Trump’s early stumbling out of the presidential gate in the judicial, legislative and diplomatic realms has already surfaced talk by wishful thinkers of invoking the constitutional route of impeachment to remove him from the Oval Office for committing “high crimes and ...

School shooters are a symptom of a culture that is ill

I know two Greek-American kids who brought shotguns to high school. My brother Peter and me. There were two 12-gauge shotguns. We were going hunting. I suppose that sounds crazy, after what happened at the Santa Fe High School in Texas on Friday. Another mass school shooting, another ...

Politics as (Un)usual

In Marine Corps jargon, a “duty station” is the military base or camp where a Marine is assigned to live. Reflecting our national inclination both to romanticize what is past and to criticize what is current, Marines will regularly gripe that there is no duty station better than the one ...

Don’t be fooled by North Korea threat

For decades, North Korean leaders have been masters of using the carrot-and-stick approach to getting what they want. The key has been their ability to switch between the two with lightning speed. Last week, dictator Kim Jong Un did just that. He called off high-level talks between his regime ...

Other Views

Court decision a victory for public information When a major crime occurs and law enforcement agencies call a press conference, news reporters attend with the goal of getting accurate information to the public in a timely manner. Good journalists do not take the responsibility lightly. ...

A Trump doctrine for Singapore and beyond

After Pyongyang railed this week that the U.S.-South Korean Max Thunder military drills were a rehearsal for an invasion of the North, and imperiled the Singapore summit, the Pentagon dialed them back. The B-52 exercises alongside F-22 stealth fighters were canceled. But Pyongyang had ...

Trump, Giuliani declare war on the FBI

After some early missteps, the new defensive team of Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani is engaged in a bold and brash attempt to stand the Mueller investigation into Russian election meddling on its head. Embellishing on Trump’s repeated allegations of a “witch hunt” and a “Democratic ...

Truth is best antidote to prejudice

The man yelling in a video that has gone viral this week threatens employees at a New York deli that he will call U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement because he overheard employees speaking Spanish: “If they have the balls to come here and live off of my money — I pay for their ...

Short Takes

Failure to communicate continues THUMBS DOWN: Last January, a Short Takes editorial in the Independent accused the Murray County Board of Commissioners and Sheriff Steve Telkamp of failing to communicate with each other. That editorial was written after Telkamp told commissioners during a ...

Hands free cell phone bill won’t get vote — why not?

It would seem to be one of the most common-sense bills that was proposed in the Legislature this year, a bill that would require drivers to use only hands-free cell phones. With all of the reports of accidents, injuries and fatalities related to distracted driving, it would seem like an easy ...

Tax deal won’t be easy to figure

House and Senate Republicans came to an agreement on their separate versions of a state tax overhaul over the weekend. But before it can become law it has to get Gov. Mark Dayton’s signature, and that will require more negotiations. These days it is never just about the tax bill, or the ...

Compromises on tax bill, education top priorities

The Legislature's end-of-session deadline of May 21 is fast approaching and it appears the governor and Republicans are still far apart on some issues. On Monday, Gov. Mark Dayton announced he won’t sign a bill squaring the state’s tax code to sweeping federal changes if Republican ...

GOP: A political party owned by Trump

The U.S. Senate candidacy of Richard Painter is more notable for what it says about the Republican Party than for what it tells us about the DAL, the party whose nomination Painter seeks. Painter’s credentials as a Democrat are slender, to say the least. The University of Minnesota law ...

Short Takes

Visit more often and stay awhile THUMBS SIDEWAYS: It was good to see Gov. Mark Dayton and Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra visit Marshall the past two weeks. But both arrived in town with agendas. Both are lobbying the Legislature for more funding for education. Dayton stayed ...

Take all school threats seriously

There was a time when the idea of arresting a 10-year-old child would be laughable to most people. Zero-tolerance policies resulting in the arrests of young children for minor offenses that should have been treated with common sense and flexibility were rightly met with derision. Such is not ...

Dollars spent fighting Islamic terrorists is money well spent

Islamic terrorism is not confined to the Middle East. It is a threat far to the west in Nigeria, too. When President Donald Trump and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari met last week at the White House, they discussed a variety of topics. Among them were economic issues and ...

Confronting tough questions following the #MeToo Movement

Bill Cosby is a convicted felon. A jury has declared him guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent sexual assault. If you’d told me a few years ago that I would one day be writing lines like that about the actor called “America’s Favorite Dad,” I would have thought you were nuts. ...

Trump, Giuliani declare war on Mueller

After more than a year of deceptive bobbing and weaving in the Robert Mueller investigation, President Trump has bought into the strategy that best suits his personal style: standing and fighting back. In buying into the modus operandi of his latest defense lawyer, former New York Mayor Rudy ...

DOD needs to protect its troops from sexual assault

Many victims of sexual assault or harassment do not come forward because they are afraid of retaliation. One might suppose that if any employer could protect them, it would be the U.S. military. But the number of armed service members reporting they were retaliated against for filing sexual ...