Opinion

‘Fox and Geese’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:If you are familiar with the game "Fox and Geese" you know that a big circle is tramped out in new snow, and then further tramped into pieces of eight.One person is "the Fox" and all the other players are "the geese." The geese try to escape the clutches of the fox who tries to ...

More on Trump

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:In his Dec. 9 editorial, Per Peterson lavishes praise on Donald Trump saying, "...isn't it refreshing to have a candidate be so bold as to actually speak what's on his mind?" No, it isn't at all refreshing. Trump's hate speech is splitting the Republican party. The vast majority ...

Trump’s ideas would change this country for the worse

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:You titled your Trump editorial with the question: "Trump isn't right, but how wrong is he?" In the course of the essay you asked several more questions along the same vein. The question I found most chilling was:"we need to be honest, too, don't we? At least with ourselves. ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Education reformTHUMBS UP:Thank you, U.S. Congress for passing a new education law, allowing us to finally, after more than a decade, put the ghastly No Child Left Behind law in our review mirror. Surely, the NCLB plan had good intentions, but it failed badly, because it forced us to focus only ...

You’re welcome

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:This is to the person who almost drove head-on into me yesterday (Dec. 10) during my morning commute on County Road 11 just north of Tracy.I don't know why you drifted over the center-line into my path; I'm assuming it wasn't a medical emergency, because you continued on down the ...

Trump isn’t right, but how wrong is he?

Editorials

In the spirit of Donald Trump: "What the hell do we do" with Donald Trump?The bombastic presidential candidate, reportedly a Republican, brought his in-your-face bravado to CNN on Tuesday morning in a phone interview where he discussed his rationale behind what he said Monday about curbing ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Expanded medical marijuanaTHUMBS UP:We applaud health officials in Minnesota who said Wednesday they will expand the enrollment in the state's medical marijuana program so people with chronic pain can purchase medical marijuana, starting in August. Minnesota will become the 19th state where ...

We need a discussion on mental illness

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Thank you for your article, "Angel at His Side," by Anna Haecherl on 11/24. It is important for the media to facilitate a discussion regarding mental illnesses. Haecherl's article eloquently describes how mental illness has impacted one family.There are many myths, stigma and ...

Short Takes for Nov. 27

Editorials

The "Quick-hit" version of "Thumbs Up" is a new feature that will run periodically as a twist to the regular commentary normally published in this space on Fridays.THUMBS UP: What more can you say about the Hively family? What a courageous group, carrying on the Thanksgiving meal tradition ...

Take your time when giving thanks this year

Editorials

What are YOU thankful for this year? Considering all that's going on around the world, your list should be a long one.First, there are personal things: Health, family, friends, having a job, being able to travel, a table full of good food. Everyone's list is a bit different.But there is so much ...

Darkness or light?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:In the advent of yet another tragic terrorist attack we have a choice - let fear lead to massive distrust and hatred, or see it as another reason to stand strong and face fear with compassion for victims of such insanity.The vast majority of Syrian refugees are ISIS victims. They ...

Short Takes for Nov. 20

Editorials

Charlie HebdoTHUMBS UP:We like Charlie Hebdo's defiant cover this week that reads "They got the weapons -- Screw them, we got the Champagne!" The cover also shows a man drinking Champagne as it pours out of holes in his body. Certainly there will be those who think this cartoon cover lacks ...

They don’t make penalty flags big enough

Editorials

It's clear as day that an obviously-frustrated Minneapolis North Community High School football player purposely poked Minneota's Isaac Hennen in the eye late in Saturday's Class A Prep Bowl final. It's also clear that the player was part of a team that was not only outplayed, but outclassed by ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Embarrassment at MizzouTHUMBS DOWN:There are certainly much bigger things going on at the University of Missouri - things that speak to the moral fabric of the campus in terms of race relations - but what mass media professor Melissa Clark did in trying to get a student journalist to stop ...

Foster parent or fostering to adopt

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:There continues to be a need to expand the pool of foster parents in the Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Rock, Pipestone, and Redwood counties.We strive to make the best match possible between foster families and children, so we are always looking for providers of all races/ethnicities ...

Leave God out of it?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I was enjoying one of the talk shows I listen to on a daily basis. There was a caller being interviewed who has been married to his wife (a woman) for over 20 years. This man is an atheist. The reason for the call was to share his opinion that Christians need to "shut up," keep ...

Short Takes (Quick-hit version)

Editorials

The "Quick-hit" version of "Thumbs Up" is a new feature that will run periodically as a twist to the regular commentary normally published in this space on Fridays.THUMBS UP: Good to see all those referendums pass Thursday. Schools' success in getting these passed is further proof that ...

Leave good farmland alone

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:There has been a lot of discussion on clean water and pheasants, and I feel it is time to explain my feelings.As a farmer, I read many times and in many articles that by the year 2050 we will have to produce half again as much food to feed the world as we produce now. That is ...

COLA too important to ignore

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I am writing to express my deep disappointment in the recent announcement that there will not be a cost of living increase for Social Security beneficiaries next year. As healthcare costs continue to rise, the strain on seniors, like me, is becoming unmanageable - especially as ...

Is President Obama a Christian?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:One of Webster's definitions of a Christian is "having the qualities demonstrated and taught by Jesus Christ." The Bible says in Matthew 7:16a "By their fruit you will recognize them." To answer that question I am going to take what President Barack Obama does and says (fruit) and ...