Editorials

2020: Year of the Democrats? Maybe not

If Democrats are optimistic as 2019 begins, it is understandable. Their victory on Nov. 6, adding 40 seats and taking control of the House of Representatives, was impressive. And with the party’s total vote far exceeding the GOP total, in places it became a rout. In the six New England ...

Trump’s Christmas present to the Democrats

On Christmas morning President Trump gave the Democrats a major political gift by declaring the federal government is “not going to be open until we have a wall or fence, whatever they’d like to call it” on the southern border. The flat statement reinforced the opposition party’s ...

Other Views

Trying to silence Tucker Carlson is wrong The progressive mob is on the march, again. Its goal is almost always to shut down conflicting speech by decrying any dissenter as a racist or misogynist or other form of hater. When they’ve got a media type in the crosshairs, the preferred method ...

Xcel: The market is leaving carbon behind

Carbon free by 2050. That's the ambitious, if obviously long-term, goal announced earlier this month by Xcel Energy, which is based in Minneapolis and has electric generation operations in and around Mankato. 2050 is a long time from now; the Xcel leaders who set that goal won't be running ...

The generosity of Americans

Nine days ago (at this writing), Iraq War veteran and triple amputee Brian Kolfage launched a GoFundMe page to help build the wall on the United States southern border with Mexico. In a week and a half, Kolfage has raised over $17 million (toward his stated goal of $1 billion) with gifts from ...

Short Takes

Headline sums it all up THUMBS UP: “It’s a time for giving.” That was the headline on Saturday's article on donations made by the Buffalo Ridge Gobblers and Christensen Farms to the Kitchen Table Food Shelf in Marshall. The Food Shelf provides food to those in need year round. But of ...

Waiting on the wall

President Donald Trump’s Christmas message to the nation is that the government shutdown will continue until he gets his wall along the border with Mexico. Well, a wall or a fence, whatever Democrats want to call it. Why is the wall so essential? According to Trump, it’s the only way to ...

Justice reform makes sense

For far too many years, “getting tough on crime” in America meant passing laws that would put more people in jail for longer sentences for less serious offenses. “Lock ’em up and throw away the key!” “Three strikes and you’re out!” Judges were barred from using judgment when it ...

Farm bill: Compromise plan will boost agriculture

Congress finally harvested a bipartisan farm bill that will backstop farmers in these risky economic times and provide food and nutrition for America’s most needy. The Senate passed the measure on a strong 87-13 bipartisan vote and the House passed it 369-47 on Wednesday. The farm bill ...

Don’t let greed, diabetes win; stop price-gouging for insulin

Remember Daraprim? How about EpiPens? Well, now add insulin to your list of long-used, life-saving drugs that manufacturers appear willing to price-gouge for, even if it's a life-or-death matter. Some Minnesota legislators, health professionals and people directly impacted by skyrocketing ...

Marshall bowling alley was facing 7-10 split

So the wrecking ball finally caught up with the old Marshall Bowl bowling alley building. Wednesday morning, motorists who traveled down East College noticed the large excavator taking bites out of the building. No one should be surprised a savior didn’t jump in to reopen the business ...

State needs to focus on creating skilled workers

The economic engine that is driving Minnesota’s government surplus may be running out of fuel — that is, workers needed to fill the job openings out there. Minnesota’s recent budget forecast, which predicts a $1.5 billion surplus over the next two years, also contains some data that ...

Putting the spotlight on journalists

All journalists enjoy getting recognition for their work. But by nature and tradition, they'd much rather tell the story than be the story. What motivates reporters, from Maryland to Myanmar, is not the desire for fame. It’s the hunger to break news, explain the world and hold the powerful ...

Elected but not in office yet? Use time to find the middle

Election Day is about a month behind us; new terms of office are about a month away. This small window — even crammed full of holidays — is a valuable asset, if those in public service choose to capitalize on it. It's a rare chance to pause, reflect and make some personal decisions about ...

‘A big deal’ closer to reality at Lyon County Museum

Last May, Lyon County Commissioners heard a report of “a big deal” from Lyon County Museum Executive Director Jennifer Andries. She described the plan to construct new exhibits on the second floor that will focus on the county’s history after World War II. She said the project would ...

Short Takes

Getting more efficient at city hall THUMBS UP: Change is never easy. The status quo is always so comfortable, but it also can be less productive. Marshall City Administrator Sharon Hanson is steering some sensible reorganization in the finance department. During Tuesday’s City Council ...

Trump should not hesitate in signing

The farm bill is finally on the fast track. After clearing the Senate hurdle on Tuesday, the House passed the legislation late Wednesday afternoon. It’s now heading toward President Donald Trump’s desk. This bill is not perfect, but it gets the job done. While many conservatives were ...

Ringing in the Christmas season with a message

What is the true meaning of Christmas? Well, Marshall siblings Whitney and Sam Kontz believe they know the answer. The Salvation Army bell ringers were featured in the Independent Tuesday. “Our parents don’t want Christmas gifts,” Whitney Kontz said. “They want us to volunteer, so ...