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Editorials

Expanding the vaccine eligibility list

It may be a small step, dependent wholly on the limited availability of COVID-19 vaccines, but the state of Minnesota is expanding the list of people eligible to receive the vaccine. A pilot program, being held in nine sites throughout the state, will begin taking appointments this week to ...

King’s dream

Martin Luther King Jr. would be 92 this week. He was 39 when he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee for his leadership in the Civil Rights movement. In the 53 years since his death, one would hope we have taken steps, made some progress, toward achieving his goal expressed in his famous ...

Capitol riot shows need to evaluate law enforcement

The violent takeover of the U.S. Capitol left many lessons for public officials and the public to wrestle with. One issue that should get intense scrutiny is the actions and makeup of the Capitol Police and in a larger sense, the radical, often white supremacist-centered views of some in law ...

Vaccinations depend on supplies

The Minnesota Department of Health has announced an expansion of the COVID-19 vaccination eligibility rules. The state is going to allow hospitals and health care systems to vaccinate a broader category of Minnesotans. This would include people who are not frontline health care workers, but who ...

Where to now?

The U.S. House of Representatives made Donald J. Trump the first U.S. president ever to be impeached twice on Wednesday. There’s little chance that Trump, as a result, will be removed from office one second earlier than his allotted time. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he ...

Getting ready

State governments across the country have been warned by the FBI that militant groups are planning a series of armed protests at their state capitols as inauguration day approaches on Jan. 20. In light of the armed insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, capitol buildings across the ...

Maintain caution when dining out

The state’s restaurants and bars are reopening this week, with some restrictions yet on how many people can be allowed inside, how many can sit at one table and how far apart they need to be. This relaxation of the COVID-19 closure order does not mean that the disease is no longer a danger. ...

Where does his allegiance lie?

Hours after the U.S. Capitol was cleared of the Donald Trump-supporting insurrectionists last Wednesday, Congress took up the job the mob had tried to thwart, the verification of the electoral college vote and the declaration of Joe Biden as the president-elect. Sadly, even after the ...

Trump’s legacy

The Confederate Flag, for the first time in its existence, was displayed at the United States Capitol Wednesday. Understand the historical significance of that. In a four-year Civil War, one million confederate soldiers, led by arguably the most capable American-born general in the history ...

Short Takes

Taking the oath of office THUMBS UP: Congratulations go out to Michelle Fischbach, Chris Swedzinski and Gary Dahms, and our other government representatives recently taking the oath of office. Fischbach is now our new congressional representative in the 7th district. She took her oath ...

Congressional courage

Following the most harrowing day in our government’s history since the British burned the White House during the War of 1812, Congress returned immediately to work Wednesday night once the U.S. Capitol’s corridors were cleared of insurrectionists. Debating throughout the night, they did ...

An attack on democracy

President Donald Trump’s frustrated and frantic efforts to nullify the results of the 2020 election resulted in a mob scene at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday. Hordes of protesters waving Trump banners along with American flags pushed up to, and into, the Capitol, disrupting Congress as it was ...

Congress should live up to its oath

Members of Congress take an oath when they are elected to office that starts out, “I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic…” All newly elected and returning members of Congress took this oath on ...

Law enforcement at its finest

Once again, we have been reminded of how courageously many law enforcement personnel react to their protect-and-serve mandate. On Christmas morning, a bomb exploded in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. It had been placed in a recreational vehicle. The perpetrator had placed a loudspeaker in it, ...

Daily vaccination updates is the right thing

The world’s scientists have completed their miraculous mission of developing a COVID-19 vaccine. Now, the focus shifts to actually giving people the shots. This is a massive challenge that will take months at a minimum to accomplish. Fortunately, Minnesotans will be able to closely monitor ...

Time to clean up VA

It has been the worst American year since at least 1968, or 1862, or, arguably, ever. It has, however, provided episodes that will amaze and perhaps amuse a calmer future America. There has been feverish statue-toppling: Up with “social justice,” so down with Ulysses S. Grant, pulverizer ...

Keep politics away from CDC, other agencies

When politicians talk about “the science,” they often limit discussion to their science. As long as we understand that, we can defend ourselves by checking more reliable sources. But what happens when the politicians start tinkering with primary sources — with reports from government ...

Keep ‘Warp Speed’ going at top speed

Distribution of millions of doses of vaccine effective against COVID-19 was no Christmas miracle. It happened only because many people at private drug companies worked hard and at top speed — encouraged by the federal government — to develop and test the vaccines. And they were released ...

Emmer has one last chance to get it right

There’s an old saying in politics: “When it’s clear you’ve lost, declare victory and depart the field of battle.” That would have been easy for 6th District U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer, because the National Republican Congressional Committee chairman had a lot of victories to declare ...

Joy to the world — Merry Christmas

It is Christmas Eve, one like nothing in our memories. In too many homes, the silence tonight is painful, not comforting. It is the absence of precious family members, cherished friends, neighbors who were more than that. We are assaulted by something that on this holy night is an unholy ...