Editorials

Addressing rising student enrollment is ‘problematic’

Rising student enrollment in the Marshall Public School District is the big elephant in the room for Marshall voters. Tuesday night the theme of rising student enrollment took center stage during the district board meeting and a familiar topic popped up as the new school year starts this ...

Doing more with less in America

We hear a lot about unemployment rates, the gross domestic product, business inventories and a variety of other economic indicators. But among the most interesting are productivity reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In essence, productivity data compares the value of goods and ...

Working together for students

The Lake Benton School District and Holy Redeemer School are recent examples of communities working together to give students much needed facility improvements. A renovation project at Holy Redeemer has forced school officials to delay school, but it’s a small price to pay for improved ...

Bull market: Temper enthusiasm about subsidized stock market

Americans aren’t complaining that their 401K balances are decidedly to the positive in the last nine years. Nor should they. We all deserve a little good news. But headlines that by the end of the day today, without a calamity, the stock market will set a record for the longest bull market ...

Short Takes

Lyon County hunters express concerns THUMBS DOWN: There appears to be a disconnect somewhere between those who are responsible for forming the deer harvesting plan for the state of Minnesota and the actual hunters. Well, at least the hunters in Lyon County. The Department of Natural ...

Non-compliant is better than nothing

Shutting down seven of a Georgia county’s nine election polling places was bound to raise a stink. Perhaps the outside consultant who recommended it ought to take a refresher course in American history. Election officials in Randolph County, Ga., are between a rock and a hard place. They ...

McCain’s emphasis was ‘Country First’

Arizona’s Sen. John McCain, who died Saturday of brain cancer, was known as a political “maverick,” someone who didn’t necessarily follow the party line on issues. Instead, he followed his own convictions, his own belief of what was right and fair. Unlike some politicians who consult ...

‘A walk into the Past’ will help us not forget

Carl Sagan once said “You have to know the past to understand the present.” A couple weeks ago, informational signs started showing up along Main Street in Marshall. The signs sit in a table like formation on legs. They are easy to read with wonderful photos of what downtown buildings ...

Today’s revenge

Hell hath no fury like a toady scorned. Michael Cohen, to all appearances, seems a hapless sort — a lawyer with no clients, a millionaire whose wealth from New York taxi medallions faced diminishing in the Uber age, a Donald Trump loyalist who received no appointment to a government job, a ...

Social media enables dirty campaigning

Politics ain’t bean-bag, as the saying goes, and the Minnesota primary election of Tuesday certainly had its share of nastiness. The weekend allegations of domestic violence against Keith Ellison, six-term congressman and now the DFL’s nominee for attorney general, provided a modern twist ...

Pope’s letter a start in atonement

Pope Francis took the proper attitude in his letter to the Roman Catholic Church responding to a grand jury investigation of sexual abuse by priests in Pennsylvania. Given the circumstances it was the only attitude he could take. Released Monday, the letter admitted that too many in the Church ...

MPS takes responsible steps to protect students

What to do when there is an active shooting situation? It’s unfortunate, but educators today are facing the reality of having to answer that question. The odds that one of the schools in southwest Minnesota will become a target of a gunman are low. However, mass shootings have become so ...

Increased security? Not really

Since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, federal officials have devoted an enormous amount of effort and resources to making airline travel safe. In general, they seem to have done a good job. But recently, a mentally disturbed ground crew member stole a 76-seat plane from the airport in ...

Lindsay Whalen Day

Gov. Mark Dayton declared last Sunday Lindsay Whalen Day in Minnesota, a fitting tribute to one of the state’s most popular athletes, male or female. Whalen announced her retirement from playing basketball last week, but she will continue to contribute to the state as coach of the ...

Trump rule would more strictly target use of public benefits

Legal immigrants may need a helping hand to start a new life. That’s not a handout. It’s an investment. Many legal immigrants to this country have already run a gauntlet just getting here. Many start out at the bottom, taking low-paid jobs as they slowly re-establish themselves in a new ...

Short Takes

Don’t take right to vote for granted THUMBS UP: The news that voter turnout in Lyon County for Tuesday’s primary election was at a 30-year high is a positive development. Voting is an American principle and a basic democratic right that should not be taken for granted. The last ...

Mr. President, time for ‘fake news’ talk to end

Less than a month into his term President Donald Trump ramped up his “fake news” battle with several national media outlets, referring to them at that time as the “enemy of the people.” The rhetoric, which actually started during his campaign rallies when he baited the reporters ...

Lincoln County Commissioners should provide answer

Last week, Lincoln County Sheriff Chad Meester went before the board of commissioners to approve the hiring of a sixth full-time deputy to help alleviate overtime hours among staffers who need to cover 548 square miles. His proposal to hire a qualified candidate after a six-month search ...

Tax law no reform for some charities

No bill emanating from Congress is perfect. Given the politics involved and the complexity of implementing seemingly simple ideas, that ought to be obvious. So it is with the comprehensive tax reform law enacted last year. It has been good for the vast majority of Americans. The surging ...

Gas prices: Reducing fuel efficiency will be road to ruin

A Trump administration plan to freeze fuel efficiency standards of automobiles will turn back progress that has been made in reducing gas prices, reducing greenhouse gases and will likely disrupt the auto industry. Part of the plan also calls for prohibiting states from setting their own ...