Editorials

Bipartisanship in fight against opioid crisis step in right direction

Lawmakers in Washington are bragging of more successful bipartisanship that resulted in common sense legislation called the “Opioid Crisis Response Act” this week. It passed in the Senate 99-1. U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith are both taking credit for helping sponsor opioid ...

More changes ahead for health care in Marshall

In 1950, the Louis Weiner Memorial Hospital opened its doors in Marshall. Since that time, there have been many changes, such as the eventual partnership with Avera in 2004. Avera has enhanced medical facilities and services since that merger. Most recently, Avera is renovating the ...

Institutions fail to deal with sex abuse openly; pay a price for that failure

It plays out in depressingly similar fashion time after time, at major universities and religious institutions and athletic organizations: Sex abuse reports downplayed, hidden, dismissed. The grand jury report out of Pennsylvania last month, a brutally detailed accounting of decades of ...

Short Takes

Request by Tyler Council is reasonable THUMBS DOWN: It was reported this week that some Tyler City Council members are not happy with Police Chief John Spindler. They complain the chief is ignoring requests for reports on nuisance ordinance violations. City Administrator Robert Wolfington ...

Making a difference in voting booth

On the surface, a U.S. Census report Wednesday that household incomes rising for a third straight year should be good news. It was reported that the typical household, adjusted for inflation, rose 1.8 percent, from $60,309 in 2016 to $61,372. However, that is still below the 1999 level of ...

Take conflicts of interest out of farm payouts

Occasionally, members of Congress become ensnared in technicalities in ethics rules. Some have been criticized officially for potential conflicts of interest involving personal businesses that might be affected by bills upon which the lawmakers vote. What about measures providing billions of ...

9-11 ceremony an opportunity to unite and remember

Seventeen years ago, 19 terrorists hijacked four fuel-loaded American commercial airline jets that were bound for destinations on the West coast. These individuals were militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda. Two of the planes crashed into the World Trade Center. ...

Other Views

Politicians, help families: Let state's new school assessments stand Minnesota’s Department of Education released its new assessments of school and student performance known as the North Star system. Designed to “create more equitable and well-rounded learning opportunities for all ...

U.S. foreign aid should be redirected to risk-taking companies

The Pentagon cancelled $300 million worth of military aid to Pakistan, just as Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, was preparing to travel to Islamabad to meet with Prime Minister Imran Khan. The move is no doubt a negotiating tactic to get Pakistan to stop diversifying its weapons purchases to ...

Balance sheet for the forever war

"It is time for this war in Afghanistan to end,” said Gen. John Nicholson in Kabul on his retirement Sunday after a fourth tour of duty and 31 months as commander of U.S. and NATO forces. Labor Day brought news that another U.S. serviceman had been killed in an insider attack by an Afghan ...

The silly debate about socialism

What’s with all this socialism business? A handful of lefty candidates are calling themselves socialists without a single radical socialistic item on their promise lists. They seem to have little idea of what socialism is. And most of the conservatives talking back to them don’t seem to ...

Geoffrey Owens is a real somebody

He was minding his own business (his employer’s business, more to the point), doing what he was hired to do at Trader Joe’s in Clifton, New Jersey — checking out customers without fuss or fanfare, bagging their groceries, sending them off with a soft “Have a nice day.” One of those ...

Short Takes

Welcome back students THUMBS UP: Schools throughout southwest Minnesota are starting the new school year this week. It’s amazing what teachers are doing to welcome students back into the classrooms — especially the preschoolers and kindergartners. Attending school for the first time can ...

Neil Armstrong didn’t forget the flag

History is usually airbrushed to remove a figure who has fallen out of favor with a dictatorship, or to hide away an episode of national shame. Leave it to Hollywood to erase from a national triumph its most iconic moment. The new movie “First Man,” a biopic about the Apollo 11 astronaut ...

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 ...