Editorials

Crack down on phone ‘spoofing’

Many of us have heard the phone ring, glanced down at the caller ID and seen the name and number of someone we know, answered the phone — and found ourselves talking to someone with a sales pitch or worse, a scam. It is called “spoofing,” and it enables the unscrupulous to get to us ...

Preparing for disastrous flooding should start now

State Rep. Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent, is worried about the record-setting snowfall this winter, which is expected to lead to major flooding throughout the state. He, along with other Republicans, are supporting legislation to add funds to Minnesota’s Disaster Assistance Contingency Account ...

Presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar reflects positive traits of Minnesotans

It’s too early to endorse a candidate for president or to even play the odds. The 2020 election is nearly two years away, and the primaries and caucuses are still a year in the future. But with Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar having declared that she is a candidate for the Democratic ...

Short Takes

Taking care of downtown eyesore THUMBS SIDEWAYS: Progress is finally being made when it comes to the Marshall Hotel building. The building next to City Hall has been an eyesore on Main Street in the downtown area. Members of the Marshall City Council last week approved a $72,000 bid for the ...

Quick action on MNLARS

It was refreshing to see the quick action — and bipartisan action — taken in the Minnesota Legislature this week on the funding for the Minnesota License and Registration System (MNLARS). MNLARS is the 9-year, $100 million boondoggle that was supposed to update and modernize the state’s ...

Why do we need a Space Force?

President Donald Trump continues to insist the United States needs an entirely new branch of the military, a Space Force. It is worth asking what on earth — or off it — would that accomplish? Trump seems to have watered his proposal down a bit. Now, he is willing to have the Space Force ...

Kim needs new plan

It may be time for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to try Plan B. His initial strategy in dealing with President Donald Trump ­–trying to get something for nothing — flopped badly. Trump and Kim held their second face-to-face meeting last week in Hanoi, Vietnam. But Trump departed ...

Short Takes

MPS needs input on referendum THUMBS UP: The Marshall Public Schools District launched an online survey Thursday to obtain community feedback on a likely school bond referendum this spring. Superintendent Scott Monson said most of the questions deal with the overall performance of schools, ...

Mueller Report should not be about political vendetta

After nearly two years of work, special counsel Robert Mueller is nearly ready to release his report on whether some Americans cooperated with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election. It already is known that Moscow devoted resources to both a social media-based propaganda ...

Why the Robert Kraft bust matters

Robert Kraft’s name will now long be associated with one of the most despicable scourges of modern life, and rightly so. The New England Patriots owner is charged with soliciting prostitution at a Florida massage parlor busted as part of a sex-trafficking ring. Kraft denies it, although ...

Back to Munich

"There are none so blind as those who will not see.” One might think that after denying the evidence of Adolf Hitler’s rise and objectives that resulted in World War II, Europeans might be more attuned to modern threats. Last week on a visit to Munich (oh, the irony), Vice President ...

Vatican needs concrete plan for predators

Pope Francis said all the right things during an extraordinary conference to discuss sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests and coverups by their superiors. But what he did not say has some observers, both inside the church and out of it, upset. Francis summoned 190 Catholic bishops and many ...

Nobody knows who will be the 2020 presidential nominees

Peter D. Hart, the respected Democratic pollster who has perfected his trade through his work in the past 15 presidential campaigns, candidly warns against the predictive value of polls taken this far ahead of any presidential election. At this stage, so long before voters actually vote, ...

Plunder: An American way of life

Frederic Bastiat, a French economist and member of the French National Assembly, lived from 1801 to 1850. He had great admiration for our country, except for our two faults — slavery and tariffs. He said: “Look at the United States. There is no country in the world where the law is kept ...

Time for this law to be gone

Last week the Minnesota House of Representatives voted unanimously — how often does that happen? — to repeal a state law that is so egregious one wonders how it ever got on the books. The law, called the “voluntary relationship” statute, protects people from prosecution for the crime of ...

Is socialism a threat to America?

In his State of the Union Address, President Donald Trump previewed a theme we are likely to hear a lot about between now and Election 2020. “Here, in the United States,” he declared, “we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country. America was founded on liberty and ...

Grief, revisited and revised

One autumn evening in 1999, I was driving with my 12-year-old daughter in the front passenger seat, when she asked me something about my childhood. I don’t remember her question, but I doubt I’ll ever forget my answer. “I don’t know, honey,” I told her. “We’ll have to ask ...

Low taxes are the best sweetheart deal

Ever since Amazon’s breakup with New York on Valentine’s Day, dejected Mayor Bill De Blasio is complaining that corporations shouldn’t be able to play off one local government against others for tax breaks. “I don’t think it’s really fair to pit city against city and state against ...

Requiem for American vision

"We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” — John F. Kennedy, 1962 This is a requiem for American vision. That that quality has been lost is the unavoidable takeaway from three weeks of debate over the Green ...

Short Takes

Helping out when needed THUMBS UP: To all the Good Samaritans out there who have helped their fellow humans during this spate of snowstorms whether the person is stuck on the street or helping snow blow driveways. A special shout-out goes to Alissa and Josh Moat who helped a Southwest ...