Editorials

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 ...

Short Takes

Firefighters from all over respond THUMBS UP: Firefighters throughout the region once again deserve a big thumbs up for the response early Friday morning to the fire that destroyed a grain elevator in Hanley Falls. The Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Office said a total of 10 fire ...

Legislature should leave courtrooms alone

All over the nation, states have been allowing cameras in courtrooms to record what is going on, something that is totally in the spirit of the 6th Amendment guarantee of a public trial for those accused of crimes. Courts had previously banned cameras when they were big and bulky and needed ...

U.S. farmers to feel pain from tariffs

President Donald Trump fired the first shot. Now China has returned the fire. China on Monday announced new tariffs on 128 American imports such as pork, nuts, fruits and wine. Soybeans could be next, trade experts say. These experts caution that the two biggest economies are not yet in a ...

Use facts, not fear, to decide use of cameras in Minnesota courts

From closed-door caucuses to end-of-session secret meetings, Minnesotans know some of their legislators don’t like transparency during the most critical times of their jobs. It should not be a surprise then that some legislators want to also continue limiting the lens (literally) through ...

Short Takes

Congressman Peterson checks in THUMBS SIDEWAYS: Good to see Congressman Collin Peterson took the time to visit Marshall Tuesday during Congress’ spring recess. Peterson paid a visit to the Brau Brothers Brewery to meet with area agriculture-related business owners. Peterson, a Democrat, ...

Education, treatment will work best against drugs

President Donald Trump’s suggestion that some especially evil traffickers in illegal drugs may deserve the death penalty got the headlines this week. But other aspects of his initiative against substance abuse, unveiled in New Hampshire, deserve more attention. Buried several lines deep in ...

DEA failed on opioid crisis

Some in law enforcement, including the FBI, failed tragically to prevent a killer from slaughtering 17 people at a Florida high school. But another agency, the Drug Enforcement Administration, may have failed to prevent far more deaths. DEA officials were on the hot slast weekday during a ...

Short Takes

Good response for town hall THUMBS UP: The first of three town halls was held Tuesday night and it appears to have been a success.It featured Council members David Sturrock and Steven Meister. About 20 residents showed up, which isn’t a real big crowd, but it was large enough to spark a ...

Legislature needs to extend pre-K funding

Among the many important issues the 2017 Legislature will tackle this session will be pre-kindergarten funding. In 2017 Gov. Mark Dayton proposed the Legislature approve enough funding to ensure every Minnesota child could attend free, school-based pre-kindergarten. The Legislature fell a ...

Zero-tolerance policy is essential

During the months before Nikolas Cruz went to a high school in Parkland, Florida, and massacred 17 people, there were many signals that he had become a threat. In some cases they were ignored. In others, law enforcement agencies were urged to act, but did not. In other places school officials ...

Marshall police officers deserve the recognition

The fatal shootings of Philando Castile in St. Anthony and Justine Damond in Minneapolis grabbed the big headlines the past couple years in Minnesota newspapers and other media outlets. Unfortunately, those headlines cast a dark shadow on law enforcement. We don’t always hear all the ...

Trade wars are not good, or easy to win

Despite widespread opposition from his own party, business leaders and allies around the world, President Donald Trump on Friday imposed stiff tariffs on steel and aluminum. While aimed at protecting some U.S. steel industry jobs, the effects will be felt harshly by consumers who will pay ...

Another questionable decision by the school district

The event was designed to create a “positive/productive learning experience” for students clamoring to participate in Wednesday’s nationally coordinated “Walk Out.” Marshall school officials were tasked with balancing the preservation of the learning environment and students’ ...

Bill deals with OD treatments

Three in five people who die of drug overdoses had been treated in hospital emergency rooms for previous overdoses, a study in Maryland found. That ought to be impetus enough for Congress to approve a bill recently introduced by U.S. Reps. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and Mike Doyle, D-Pa. The ...

Plenty of blame to go around on senior care abuses

The proposed changes to the state’s oversight of Minnesota elder care facilities announced Tuesday by Gov. Mark Dayton and a bipartisan group of lawmakers is a step in the right direction. The legislation unveiled Tuesday would use nearly $15 million of the state’s surplus to streamline ...

A walkout for all the right reasons

On Wednesday, Women’s March Youth EMPOWER is calling for a nationwide walkout in honor those killed in the massacre at a Parkland, Florida, high school earlier this year and to protest gun violence. Some students, instructors and officials at Southwest Minnesota State University are expected ...

Short Takes

Thanks for keeping us safe THUMBS UP: A Murray County official called the struggle in keeping roads cleared during Monday and Tuesday’s blizzard “a losing battle.” At times, it probably seemed that was the case for everybody in southwest Minnesota. But once again, snow removal crews ...