An event perfect for Memorial Park
THUMBS UP: Law Enforcement Memorial Day was recognized in Marshall on Tuesday, and there is no better place we can think of in Minnesota to honor such a day than Marshall's downtown Memorial Park, which is where dozens of law enforcement personnel gathered that day to honor their fallen brothers. People have - and some still do - scoff at the park just to exercise their cynic muscles, but we must remember the deep meaning behind the park and what makes it unique. Memorial Park is special in its own right. It doesn't have a playground or sandy area for the kids; there's no picnic shelter, no bike trail - Marshall's more traditional parks have those things covered - but Memorial Park stands alone because of what it represents. And we should never take that for granted.
THUMBS DOWN: With college students borrowing more and still finding it difficult to land a good job after graduation to make a living and pay off those debts, we're disappointed to see another tuition hike possibly on the way for schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. MnSCU officials said tuition fees could rise by 3.6 percent on average at the state's two-year schools and by 4.6 percent at the seven universities, of which Southwest Minnesota State University is one. MnSCU blames a lack of state support for the possible tuition increases - a sign that our elected officials need to get on the ball and do something to keep the costs of getting an education under control.
Troops a step closer to getting their benefits
THUMBS UP: We applaud Congressman Tim Walz and his colleagues for the work they've done on bipartisan legislation to ensure National Guardsmen in Minnesota receive the benefits promised to them prior to their deployment. The Minnesota "Red Bulls" were deployed for 22 straight months in 2007 and then redeployed last summer to Kuwait, prior to which they were promised this time off when they returned home. Last October, while they were still serving overseas, the Department of Defense released new guidance that reduced the time-off they were promised - some stand to lose as many 27 days of paid leave. It's important our Guardsmen receive the benefits they have coming to them.