Editorials

North Koreans cannot be trusted

Well surprise, surprise! U.S. intelligence agencies say North Korean officials are planning ways to cheat on any pact calling for elimination of their nuclear weapons arsenal. Sarcasm aside, that should surprise no one. For decades, North Korean leaders have promised with straight faces to ...

Our rules of the game: US Constitution

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, leading to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, has thrown progressives, the Democratic Party and the news media into an out-and-out tizzy. The online magazine Slate declared, “Anthony Kennedy Just Destroyed His ...

Chico Marx for president

In a scene in the 1933 film “Duck Soup,” the character played by Chico, the most underrated of the funny Marx Brothers, is dressed like another character, and when the other man leaves the room, the woman who remains is surprised to see Chico. She tells him she saw him leave. Chico’s ...

Short Takes

City now has third option for hotel THUMBS UP: Marshall City Council members learned Tuesday somebody is interested in renovating the former Marshall Hotel. If the interest is genuine that could be a good solution to a sore spot on Main Street. Something needs to be done to that building. ...

Good news to report

Newspapers have to report so much bad, upsetting news that the occasional heart-warmer comes as a welcome pleasure. The good news this week was not all from Thailand, where rescuers on Tuesday completed rescue of members of a boys’ soccer team who had been trapped in a cave. We had a ...

Smith’s legislation addresses plight of rural education

Last April, parents and teachers stood up and spoke during a Lynd Public Schools school board meeting. The teachers presented a case that teachers dedicated to their profession deserve commensurate compensation. Tamara Kremin was among those teachers concerned about low pay and teacher ...

Communities in dire need of disaster aid

It was good to see Gov Mark Dayton, U.S. Sen Tina Smith and U.S. Rep. Colin Peterson touring flooded areas in southwest Minnesota. All three traveled the region looking at damage caused by flooding this past week. The flash flooding caused by last week’s heavy rain caused significant ...

Wilder’s books get a healthy reassessment

“There were no people” on the Minnesota prairie when Laura Ingalls Wilder's family arrived in the late 19th century. “There were no people,” Wilder wrote. “Only Indians lived there.” That’s a line from “Little House on the Prairie,” published in 1935. Many years later, the ...

Short Takes

Lyon County doing its part to recycle THUMBS UP: Lyon County is doing its part in taking what would have been landfill garbage and recycling it into usable material. On Monday, the Lyon County Environmental administrator reported to the board of commissioners that a recycling program ...

Becoming American

Merely coming to America is not enough for some people born in foreign lands. Our nation is such a beacon of liberty and prosperity that some choose to go through the rigorous process of becoming citizens. How many do that says much about us, not just about our government but about us as ...

Election victory in Mexico presents good opportunity

After weeks of destructive rains and tariffs targeting their crops and hogs, farmers in southwest Minnesota may have received some good news Monday morning. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrandor is celebrating a shocking victory in Mexico’s presidential election. On Monday morning, Obrandor quickly ...

Other Views

Keep partisan politics out of local elections Does it matter who a city council candidate voted for in the last presidential election? No, and it’s none of our business — or yours — who a candidate for local office voted for in the 2016 presidential election, or 2012 or whenever. ...

No party for old white men

For Nancy Pelosi, 78, Steny Hoyer, 79, and Joe Biden, 75, the primary results from New York’s 14th congressional district are a fire bell in the night. All may be swept away in the coming revolution. That is the message of the crushing defeat of 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley, who had ...

Partisans on both sides are hell-bent on total victory

After the deadly shooting in Tucson that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in 2011, many people erroneously and instantaneously blamed Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and others on the right for their violent or “eliminationist” rhetoric. In the wake of that tragedy, President Obama called ...

Short Takes

Vet memorial, county museum upgrade two worthwhile projects THUMBS UP: The Marshall City Council on Tuesday approved funding for two worthwhile community projects. A total of $30,000 was approved for the veterans memorial being built at Memorial Park and $25,000 was approved for a project ...

Casualties in the trade wars

This year he has sparked a trade war with tariffs on Chinese and European goods, and even on Canada, our good neighbor to the north. This is sparking a trade war that is hitting a lot of the U.S. economy hard as trading partners retaliate with their own tariffs. Pork producers who export a ...

Grace Life steps up to save Head Start program

The United Community Action Partnership’s Head Start and Early Head Start program found itself in a tragic predicament earlier this year. The program that offers vital educational and health services to low-income children was without a home for the upcoming school year. It’s a tragic ...

‘Get this Farm Bill done’

American farmers and ranchers face an uncertain future as they navigate through some difficult economic obstacles. President Donald Trump is pursuing an aggressive trade agenda that leaves the agriculture industry in the cross hairs of countries being targeted by U.S. tariffs. They also face ...

Minnesota should take the lead on rebuilding mental health system

“Deaths of despair.” Overdoses. Alcohol. Suicide. They are causes of death that have been growing steadily for more than a decade, but they only take the spotlight as singular problems — “the opioid epidemic” or “a suicide outbreak.” That’s a fallacy. The so-called “deaths ...

Short Takes

Saddle up for a good time THUMBS UP: It’s good to see such events as the Saddle Horse Holiday that was held in Lake Benton last weekend continue to thrive. These type of events showcase southwest Minnesota's rural lifestyle. At 72 years old, the longevity of this event is amazing. There ...