Editorials

Record national debt should be call to action, no matter your politics

When it comes to our national debt, February set a record that should get the attention of every American. The Treasury Department reported late last month that the federal government posted the largest monthly budget deficit in history in February, with outlays exceeding revenues by a ...

Time to ban vaping in public spaces

The increase in people vaping flavored nicotine devices is leading many state lawmakers to crack down on their use in public buildings and places of employment. Passing the legislation is a no-brainer. The House already voted 100-25 to pass HF349, which would modify the Minnesota Clean ...

Short Takes

Getting ahead of any flood waters THUMBS UP: It’s good to see local governments being proactive when it comes to potential flooding this spring. Marshall and Cottonwood each declared a state of emergency last weekend. Yellow Medicine County and Murray County issued their declarations this ...

Lessons from fight against Islamic State

The capture of the last territory controlled by the Islamic State on Saturday was far from a final victory over the movement, as U.S. commanders and diplomats were careful to emphasize. The jihadists retain thousands of fighters in clandestine cells scattered across Syria and Iraq, as well as ...

Tough times on the farm

It has been evident that times have been tough on farmers over the past few years. Just how tough became evident in a report released this week by the Minnesota Extension and the state. The state’s analysis found that Minnesota farm incomes hit a new low in 2018, the lowest in the 23 years ...

Children addicted to soda

Picture this. The nation’s children are drinking on average what amounts to a bathtub full of sugary beverages every year. That’s 30 gallons of soda, sports drinks and probably the biggest healthy drink fraud of all, fruit juice. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart ...

Public should see Mueller report

Robert Mueller turned in his report on his investigation into whether Donald Trump’s campaign cooperated the Russian government to interfere with the 2016 election. A four-page summary released to Congress over the weekend aid Mueller found nothing to prove the campaign was involved. On the ...

Shopko closures part of national trend

If you’re wringing your hands about the closing of all Shopko stores in the area, you're not alone. The loss of these stores, which largely serve rural America and small communities (you won't find Shopko stores in metro areas), is a blow to the retail landscape. It’s especially tough to ...

Job in Syria far from finished

The Islamic State terrorist group is finished, at least in Syria, President Donald Trump and some in the U.S. military are proclaiming. Well, good riddance. Unfortunately, however, the mission of civilized human beings the world over is far from accomplished. Trump this week displayed a map ...

Dairy farms in need of help — now

Dairy farmers — the foundation for Minnesota’s family farm tradition and the backbone of the rural economy — are in serious trouble. Weak raw milk prices in recent months combined with a harsh winter have taken an immense toll. The crisis hasn’t received the attention it deserves, ...

Short Takes

Tim Miles on the hot seat THUMBS DOWN: Sorry to hear about the reports coming out of Nebraska that former Southwest Minnesota State University basketball coach Tim Miles may be on the way out as coach of the Cornhuskers basketball team. Miles coached the Mustangs from 1997 to 2001 and ...

Make better use of fossil fuels

Regardless of what you may hear from members of Congress who believe they have a magic wand they can wave over America and — poof! — do away with fossil fuels, the nation will need coal, petroleum and natural gas for many years to come. There simply is no reliable, affordable alternative ...

Defending purpose of the Electoral College

The Electoral College is on the chopping block as Senator Elizabeth Warren comes out in favor of its abolition, Beto O’Rourke makes sympathetic noises and Colorado’s Democratic governor signs a bill adding his state to the “National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.” .... Like the ...

Be careful with darn Facebook

Darn Facebook! I have always tried to be careful about using anything that connects me to the “outside world.” Quite a few years ago I was pestered by relatives and some friends saying that I should get on that Darn Facebook! I very seldom have used it to send a few messages to ...

Losing Shopko can lead to other opportunities

The comments from shoppers after hearing about the closure of the Marshall Shopko vary from sadness of losing a store to anger with Marshall’s shopping options. But the closure slated for June has nothing to do with Marshall or southwest Minnesota. Shopko announced Monday it was unable to ...

Minneota champs show lots of class

The headline on the front of Monday's Independent sports section said it all: “Top of its class.” Those four words in large print referred to the Minneota girls basketball team defeating Goodhue Saturday to take the Class A state championship. The win in Minneapolis capped off an almost ...

MNLARS: Bipartisan plan will serve Minnesotans

Democrats and Republicans in Minnesota government recently gave Minnesotans evidence that divided government can indeed come together, compromise and solve problems. The recent agreement between House Democrats, Gov. Tim Walz and Senate Republicans to approve $13 million to fix major glitches ...

Walz is willing to bargain, let’s hear plans

In a far-ranging discussion Monday with the Post Bulletin's editorial board, Gov. Tim Walz indicated his positions on the gas tax, a mandate for electric companies to use only clean energy by 2050, and budget proposals are not hard and fast. “I’m willing to work with them,” he said of ...

Short Takes

State legislators getting the job done THUMBS UP: Lawmakers in the Minnesota Legislature have been busy this week advancing some worth while legislation. First, the Senate Transportation Finance and Policy Committee approved a bill that would prohibit the Minnesota Department of ...

Vaping’s not harmless

His heart felt as if it would pound out of his chest, the 15-year-old boy told a resource officer at a high school in Ohio last week. The deputy called for an ambulance to take the student to a hospital. Two other boys, one 14 and the other 15, experienced similar distress. They saw the ...