Editorials

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 ...

Memo to Trump: Defy Mueller

If Donald Trump does not wish to collaborate in the destruction of his presidency, he will refuse to be questioned by the FBI, or by a grand jury, or by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his malevolent minions. Should Mueller subpoena him, as he has threatened to do, Trump should ignore the ...

Smoking out Trump on obstruction of justice

The questions made public that may be asked of President Donald Trump, should he testify in the Robert Mueller investigation, suggest the special counsel is honing in on criminal activity in one or two realms, or both. The first is whether Trump had the intent to obstruct justice by allegedly ...

Finding solutions for child day care requires team effort

In March, the Duluth News Tribune published an article exploring the frustrations by child care care providers over government regulations. “Where do you keep a plunger for your home?” a day care director asked. “In the bathroom, but if you keep a plunger in the bathroom of a child care ...

MnDOT gets it wrong with funding announcement

The Minnesota Department of Transportation was considering several proposed projects to improve travel safety in southwest Minnesota. The projects include additional passing lanes on Minnesota Highway 23 between Pipestone and Willmar and concrete resurfacing on Highway 23 between Russell and ...

NCAA needs to have all involved buy into reformation plan

During her time as U.S. secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice had to navigate the quagmire that is Washington, D.C. One wonders whether she found the world of college basketball to be even more of a swamp. Rice headed a commission formed to recommend solutions to rampant corruption in NCAA ...

Among many victims of tariffs: Newspapers

You may have heard of the chaos theory: a butterfly flutters its wings in New Mexico and a hurricane starts in China. Have you heard the tariff version? A New York hedge fund buys a paper mill in Washington, it petitions the Trump administration for a tariff on foreign newsprint, and the ...

Candidate for governor delivers the wrong message

Republican candidate for governor Phillip Parrish delivered an anti-immigrant message during his campaign stop in Marshall on Friday. This was not the first time Parrish has delivered this message. He has been quoted on other campaign stops that immigrant and refugee resettlement programs are ...

Addressing mental illness at young age is step in right direction

Sen. Tina Smith announced Monday a bipartisan mental health proposal was merged into a larger measure addressing the nation's opioid crisis. Smith said her Improving Access to Mental Health Services Act was added to a package of legislation designed to sharpen the federal government's ...

Other Views

Syria: Hold Assad, Russians accountable The targeted strike at chemical weapons facilities and related locations in Syria were justified and overdue. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has for too long been allowed to inflict terror on the world and brutal violence on his own people. For too ...

Gorsuch strikes blow against administrative state

Last week, one week after the first anniversary of Neil Gorsuch’s ascension to the Supreme Court, he delivered an opinion that was excellent as it pertained to the case at issue and momentous in its implications pertaining to the institutional tangle known as the administrative state. If he ...

Still the safest way to travel

For white-knuckle flyers like me, this week’s tragic accident aboard a Southwest Airlines flight from New York to Texas reinforces our worst fears but also reassures us that flying remains the safest means of travel within the United States. I fly 100,000 miles a year, despite my phobias, ...

Short takes

Remembering Beatrice Patzer SIDEWAYS THUMB: Monday was a sad day for Marshall after the announcement that Beatrice Patzer died at age 88. She and her husband, Archie, purchased the Gamble’s hardware store in Marshall in 1967. Gamble’s original location was at 348 W. Main Street, which ...

Not doing enough to identify youths with problems

Are we doing enough to identify children coping with emotional upheavals before they harm themselves and others? Obviously not. On Monday, an 8-year-old student took a knife to school in Sauk Rapids, Minn. He slashed three other children before an adult disarmed him. All three victims ...

Ryan’s frustration

House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said this week he is leaving Congress because he doesn’t want his children to reach adulthood having experienced only a “weekend dad.” After 20 years in Congress, Ryan’s decision is understandable in that light. But one wonders if Ryan, ...

Deterring use of chemical arms

Syria was not the only, or even the most important, target in Friday’s attack on chemical weapons facilities in that country. The focus was on deterring use of such fearsome armaments by any nation. Bashar Assad, Syria’s murderous dictator, has used chemical agents on his own people in ...

Legislature is pushing the clock on timely, transparent policy debates

While there is not a two-year, $45-billion-plus budget to craft this year, the Minnesota Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton do have three major issues to resolve by the time the regular session ends May 21. They are tax reform, a bonding bill and what to do with a projected $300 million ...

Invading privacy is how social media makes money

If you want an idea of the magnitude of the privacy scandal involving Facebook, consider this: There are about 117 million households in the United States, according to the Census Bureau. As many as 87 million people, most in this country, had personal data collected by Facebook accessed by ...

Assad makes it hard for US to leave Syria

As much as President Donald Trump says he wants to pull U.S. troops out of Syria and let others worry about the civil war there, Syrian President Bashar Assad is making it difficult. On Saturday night, Syrian government troops reportedly launch a poison gas attack on the rebel-held town of ...

Gun confiscation rules need to be tightened

A law that allows courts to confiscate guns from those convicted of child or domestic abuse or facing a restraining order was well intentioned when it was passed on a bipartisan vote in 2014, but a recent report shows lax enforcement is still putting victims at risk. A KARE 11 TV ...