Editorials

We cannot permit ourselves to forget

Who remembers the young man — just a boy, really — who was cut to pieces by German machine gun fire on June 6, 1944, his lifeless body falling to the sand of Omaha Beach? His comrades in arms, those still left among us, remember. They recall his name, his hometown, the trouble he got ...

Short takes

Time to watch the Boys of Summer THUMBS UP: The Boys of Summer are back. Minnesota baseball fans have been enjoying the recent resurgence of the Twins. Currently sitting on top of the American League Central Division standings with a 32-16 record, the Twins have been a pleasant surprise. ...

FEMA still a bureaucratic mess

The word “frustrated” and the acronym FEMA often go hand-in-hand when it comes to news articles about aid for disaster relief. So it wasn’t surprising to hear Lyon County Emergency Manager Tammy Overbeke tell commissioners on Tuesday “I’m really frustrated with the federal role in ...

U.S. must be patient with Iran, to a point

Some wars are ignited not because they were planned, but because what could have been contained confrontations blew up in everyone’s faces. That should not — cannot — be permitted to happen between the United States and Iran. Since President Donald Trump pulled this country out of the ...

Budget deal includes needed increase in education funding

Both Republicans and Democrats are calling Sunday’s budget deal a hard-fought compromise. While the deal boosts the general fund overall by 6%, both sides gave in a little on some key issues. Gov. Tim Walz doesn’t get his 20-cent-per gallon increase on the gas tax. He was hoping to use ...

New players, same train wreck over state budget compromise

This time, it was going to be different. New governor. Lots of new legislators. A clean slate. Just a few weeks ago, lobbyists and Capitol watchers were telling this editorial board they were optimistic this year Minnesota could maybe — just maybe — avoid the traditional train wreck at ...

Short Takes

Off and running to their careers THUMBS UP: Congratulations to the 2019 Southwest Minnesota State University graduates who participated in Saturday’s commencement. Outgoing SMSU president Connie Gores told the graduates during the ceremony this was “the start of something new,” for ...

Launch a well-timed coincidence

If, as U.S. officials insist, last week’s test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile had nothing to do with events elsewhere in the world, it was a fortuitous coincidence. North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea off its coast. It appears the rockets were a new ...

Budget standoff

Minnesota’s political leaders are locked in a standoff over the state budget. A week ago Monday, they missed a self-imposed deadline for setting overall budget targets, from which they could shape their negotiations. On Sunday, with one week left to make a deal, talks between Democratic ...

Support LWCF funding bill

Among the most important federal programs very few people have heard of is the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Ensuring it has enough money is the proverbial no-brainer. Doing so will require action by Congress and approval by President Donald Trump, however. Lawmakers and the president ...

Downtown businesses bounce back after disaster strikes

Not many businesses possess the resiliency to bounce back from disaster like a dozen downtown Marshall retail operators showed this past winter. But resiliency and determination is now paying off for these businesses victimized by fire last October at the building located next to City Hall. ...

Farmers need action from Washington

It’s no secret that these are extremely tough times for Minnesota’s farmers. We can easily go down the list of reasons why: declining prices, a hard winter followed by a wet, cold spring, a tit-for-tat tariff war, a stalled NAFTA 2.0 trade deal, and inaction by Congress. Add it all up ...

School bond referendum has flaws — but are they fatal?

When a school district in Minnesota places a bond referendum on the ballot, like the $30 million one before Marshall voters, state law prevents school officials from openly campaigning for its passage. As a direct result, school officials attempt to “inform” and “educate” voters ...

Short Takes

Marshall district protecting students THUMBS UP: In the wake of more school shootings in recent weeks, it’s good to see Marshall Public Schools District in the process of upgrading security at two school sites. On Monday, the board voted to approve a construction bid for the two projects ...

Savings species in our best interest

It is inevitable that some of the 8 million or so species of plant and animals on our Earth will go extinct within the next few decades. Some will die out this year. In many ways, nature is no guardian of biodiversity. Human activity is accelerating the rate of die-offs, scientists warn. They ...

Americans must never forget horrors of Holocaust, statism

The last men and women who saw the horrors of the Holocaust with their own eyes will pass away within just a few years. No more elderly women will be left to tells about mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters sent to death camps, never to return. No more white-haired veterans who liberated the ...

Conservation worth funding

Among the most important federal programs very few people have heard of is the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Ensuring it has enough money is the proverbial no-brainer. Doing so will require action by Congress and approval by President Donald Trump, however. Lawmakers and the president ...

E-Verify works. Trump should be touting it

President Trump had the crowd roaring at his rally in Green Bay last month over his jabs at Democrats for opposing his immigration agenda. He proclaimed how quickly the immigration system could be fixed if only Democrats joined his side. “I used to say in 45 minutes. It's really 15 minutes. ...

Let’s unite to fight sectarian terrorism

For the second time in as many weeks, worshipers were attacked in a horrific, hate-filled assault. Last week, it was Christians on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka as three churches and three hotels were targeted in suicide bombings carried out by Islamic terrorists allegedly directed by ISIS in ...

Short Takes

Send pipeline gunman a bill THUMBS DOWN: The no. 1 rule of gun safety: Keep your firearm pointed in a safe direction. Here's another important rule: Be certain of your target, your line of fire, and what lies beyond your target. All of the facts in the the pipeline break near Cottonwood ...