Opinion

Go the distance with the Andromeda Galaxy

Local Columns

How would you like to see the farthest thing visible to the naked eye? It’s possible, but you’ll need to bundle up and sit back on a lawn chair. Your neighbors may think you’ve cracked up sitting out there in the winter, but you’re on a mission! You’re out in the cold to find the ...

A criminal, an immigrant and a wall

Local Columns

By all accounts, he was true to his name: he was an ordinary Joe. Your typical blue-collar worker, Joe did whatever it took to provide for his family, mostly in construction. And he had quite a family — six children in fact, four boys and two daughters before his first wife died. Now, ...

Reading challenges

Local Columns

New year, new reading goals. That’s what a lot of folks on the Reader’s Coffeehouse Facebook page and Bitter is the New Book Club Facebook page have been talking about. One reader set a goal to read 1,000 books in a year. My jaw dropped. Then she decided to make it 365 books, one for every ...

Trump putting personal ‘win’ before workers

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Jan. 3 editorial, “Democrats won’t deal on the wall,” is as simplistic as Donald Trump’s insistence on fulfilling an uninformed campaign promise. First, you call $5 billion “pocket change,” as if the money doesn’t matter. The GOP hypocritically styles ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Alcohol and snow can lead to tragedy THUMBS DOWN: The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says more people lost their lives on state roadways in 2018 compared to the year before. That is according to a Minneapolis Star Tribune article this week. This report comes after tragedy struck ...

2019 message from Mayor Bob Byrnes

Letters to the Editor

As we begin the New Year, this is a time to reflect on the past and plan for the future. This year marks my 33rd year of elective office in Marshall; six years as councilman and 27 years as mayor. I am told this is one of the longest tenures in the state, though there is no accurate record to ...

Democrats won’t deal on the wall

Editorials

It is astonishing that the federal government has shut down over what essentially amounts to $4.4 billion. That is the difference between what Senate Democrats are willing to spend on border security and what President Trump wants ($5.7 billion) for a border wall with Mexico. It is ...

He likes dogs

Editorials

I wanted to write this column about dogs. If you follow me on Twitter or have read my work elsewhere, you probably know that about me: I like my dogs. Though truth be told, I probably like your dogs, too. Because I just like dogs. It’s a common sentiment. Dog ownership has been going up ...

Sweden isn’t socialist

Editorials

For years, I’ve heard American leftists say Sweden is proof that socialism works, that it doesn’t have to turn out as badly as the Soviet Union or Cuba or Venezuela did. But that’s not what Swedish historian Johan Norberg says in a new documentary and Stossel TV video. “Sweden is ...

Stock market a poor indicator of economy

Editorials

Economic advisers who try to keep track of the ups and downs of the stock market can be excused if their necks are a bit sore these days. Watching the stock market has been like watching an elephant on a bungee jump ride. On Christmas Eve the Dow Jones Industrial average plummeted about 653 ...

2020: Year of the Democrats? Maybe not

Editorials

If Democrats are optimistic as 2019 begins, it is understandable. Their victory on Nov. 6, adding 40 seats and taking control of the House of Representatives, was impressive. And with the party’s total vote far exceeding the GOP total, in places it became a rout. In the six New England ...

Trump’s Christmas present to the Democrats

Editorials

On Christmas morning President Trump gave the Democrats a major political gift by declaring the federal government is “not going to be open until we have a wall or fence, whatever they’d like to call it” on the southern border. The flat statement reinforced the opposition party’s ...

Other Views

Editorials

Trying to silence Tucker Carlson is wrong The progressive mob is on the march, again. Its goal is almost always to shut down conflicting speech by decrying any dissenter as a racist or misogynist or other form of hater. When they’ve got a media type in the crosshairs, the preferred method ...

Annual ups and downs

Local Columns

The end of the year and the start of a new one heralds not only a time to look forward at goals to be accomplished, but also to celebrate the seasons that have wrapped and analyze what went wrong, what went right and what lessons were learned to be relied upon in the moments of truth next year ...

Beans: Healthy and versatile

Local Columns

During the month of January, there are numerous food holidays celebrated. From Spaghetti Day on Jan. 4 to Blueberry Pancake Day on Jan. 28, there are many opportunities to celebrate various foods throughout the month as we start the New Year. One of the foods we can acknowledge during the ...

It’s all about perspective

Local Columns

As I write this column, this saying seems appropriate: “If you have not found joy in snow, you’ll have less joy in your life but the same amount of snow.” With our recent blowing snow and cold, it’s sometimes hard to find joy because of the many disruptions that occur due the snow ...

Ancestral archeology

Local Columns

Even when it’s deadly cold outdoors I will bundle up and venture forth for my daily constitutional. Perhaps a part of me wants to prove that I have the same mettle as my pioneer forbears. Except for me, a warm house, a mug of hot chocolate and 500 cable channels are just moments ...

Post-holiday thoughts

Local Columns

By the time you read this article, most people will have taken down and packed away all the remnants of this Christmas and have begun buying up items, on sale, to be used for Christmas next year. The commercialization of the holidays that begins earlier every year started this year before ...

Caring for children

Local Columns

District manager During the holiday season, most of us, regardless of our beliefs, focus on the children we love. Children are our future — we share our knowledge and talent with them — we pass on our values to them knowing they will share those gifts. Social Security safeguards ...

Xcel: The market is leaving carbon behind

Editorials

Carbon free by 2050. That's the ambitious, if obviously long-term, goal announced earlier this month by Xcel Energy, which is based in Minneapolis and has electric generation operations in and around Mankato. 2050 is a long time from now; the Xcel leaders who set that goal won't be running ...