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Opinion

What a difference four years makes

Editorials

The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has created a controversy about who will nominate her successor, and when. Four years ago, when Justice Antonin Scalia died suddenly on Feb. 13, 2016, then President Barack Obama, who had nearly 10 months left in his term before the next ...

Democrats want to take the game ball home

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In the fullness of time, political views swing back and forth in public debate. Like a clock pendulum shifting between left to right, but in irregular periods. They tend to be a response to one side going too far or having power too long. Right now the Republicans are in ...

Ginsburg’s legacy

Editorials

The Notorious RBG, as some admirers referred to her, is gone. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday, at 87, of cancer. She was an icon to Americans with certain political positions — a scourge to others. Already, the battle over a successor has become heated, with ideology ...

Scent checked

Local Columns

In the headlights, the yellowing leaves of fall in the ash tree alongside the approach on the gravel country road were pre-dawn reminders of the ongoing seasonal shift. The cool air that curled into the truck as I opened the door was the second, and the third was the ritualistic walk around the ...

One day

Local Columns

I believe music is the best medium to bring people together. Recently, I’ve heard a lot of people say that, one day, we’ll get back to normal. The two words — one day – have become almost a chant for us. We say it without thinking about them — it’s just, one day... Then, I ...

Wildfires show that action needed on climate change

Editorials

The coronavirus pandemic overshadows many other issues, including climate change. The catastrophic wildfires raging across the west provide a sobering clarity about the price the country and globe will pay because climate change hasn’t been taken seriously enough. Oregon, California and ...

Regional EDA will allow SW MN to survive

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I applaud all the elected and appointed persons who actively participated in the recent city and county EDA discussion. This is very important but should include many cities and counties. A regional organization is the only way that we in southwest Minnesota are going to be ...

‘Historic’ diplomatic pact on bottom of page?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: (Wednesday, Sept. 16: Taking it to the street corner) How in the world does the Independent headline their font page with a large picture and story of a local “pop-up” campaign event and report in the AP’s own words Israel’s “historic diplomatic pacts with two Gulf ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Stealing signs not cool THUMBS DOWN: Day by day we see one example after another of ugly politics as General Election day approaches. Right here in southwest Minnesota, theft and vandalism of signs continues. Lyon County Democrats and Republicans held a round table discussion last month to ...

COVID-19 toll soars past early estimates

Editorials

Remember just a few months ago when some disease analysts who had been predicting COVID-19 would kill 200,000 Americans were being ridiculed by some people? For a time, it appeared the pandemic would claim fewer than 100,000 lives in our country. But on Sunday, the tally had topped 194,000. ...

The purple season

Local Columns

You know that it’s time to harvest your grapes when you start to see purple bird doots on the windshield of your pickup. In any case, that’s the system I use. There are about half a dozen grapevines scattered around our farmstead. Most of them are the Valiant variety. This particular ...

Peterson may determine presidential election

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As the presidential election approaches, the likelihood that the results will be contested are increasing. Donald Trump and his supporters are casting doubt on the legitimacy of mail-in-voting, and Joe Biden is creating a legal team of hundreds of lawyers in preparation for a ...

Deficit epidemic hitting the U.S.

Editorials

Members of Congress and the White House had no realistic option but to approve about $3 trillion in emergency spending to battle COVID-19’s devastating impact on the economy. Even more federal money may have to be appropriated for the purpose. But last week, we were reminded of another ...

Law enforcement urges your vote for Dahms

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association represents Minnesota’s public safety officers, including police, corrections officials, dispatchers, and firefighters. We’re writing to urge your support and vote for Senator Gary Dahms in the General Election on Nov. ...

Voters can help ensure all ballots are counted

Editorials

Concern over use of mail-in ballots for the November general election is building. Critics of the process fall into two categories: those who worry about vote fraud and those who insist many Americans may be “disenfranchised” by the system. Indeed, fraud is something of a concern — but ...

The shot not taken

Local Columns

The eastern bank of clouds meant that my friends on the far side of the state likely would not see much hunting action as my dog and I traversed the gravel roads south and west of town away from the shadow of the frontal boundary. The sun slowly climbed over the gray bank and dawn was delayed ...

Hagedorn and misuse of congressional mail

Editorials

Two weeks ago, we said Congressman Jim Hagedorn owes his 1st District constituents more details on the print-and-mail scandal that has embroiled his staff. We knew at the time that the first-term Republican had racked up the highest spending on taxpayer-paid printing and mailing in Congress ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Peterson, Smith not seen in Lyon Co. THUMBS DOWN: Candidate Jason Lewis told Lyon County Republicans Tuesday it’s “game on” in his bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Tina Smith. During the Lyon County Republicans banquet Tuesday, he pointed out that several polls show the U.S. Senate race is now ...

Congress should act on COVID-19 aid

Editorials

Partisan politics continues to delay enactment of a new coronavirus relief measure in Congress. Regardless of your political leanings, that is hurting millions of Americans. Even emergency action taken by the White House has been affected. After negotiators in Congress deadlocked over a new ...

Not buying the Democrat narrative

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Let me get this right. Trump is causing violence and demonstration in large democratic cities? Does Trump run these cities? Does Trump control the local police? Has Trump kept these cities close for business? (Keeping people unemployed?) Since very early in the riots ...