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Editorials

Omicron is here

Well, that didn’t take long. It was only a week ago that health officials in South Africa reported a new variant of the COVID-19 virus, now known as the omicron variant. Other nations tried to set up travel bans to keep the virus in Africa, but it was already too late. Cases have been ...

MLB’s latest work stoppage — Why?

The Major League Baseball collective bargaining agreement expired last night at midnight, and since players and owners were unable to agree on a new one, the owners are locking out the players. Since the World Series concluded last month, there isn’t much work to stop, but it still begs the ...

Trump court takes on abortion case

Religious conservatives are about to have their day in court, the day they have been waiting for since the U.S. Supreme Court wrote the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision establishing women’s right to have an abortion up until the final trimester of pregnancy. Since 1973 they have rallied, voted for ...

What happened to ‘respectfully disagree’?

There was a time when members of Congress referred to each other as “distinguished gentlemen” or “honorable representatives,” even as they were ripping each other’s positions on this or that issue. Lately, however, congress men and women have been targeting each other with racist, ...

S. African travel ban is justified reaction

The World Health Organization was urging nations not to impose travel bans on south African nations after the outbreak of a new COVID variant, the omicron variant. Other countries, including the U.S., have banned travelers from that area, which WHO claims is not a science-based reaction. In the ...

Give the state’s heroes hazard pay

One of the crying shames of the Minnesota legislative game playing is the impasse that has kept Gov. Tim Walz from calling a special session to approve passing out the hero pay for frontline workers, drought relief, and stabilization measures for nursing homes. The state has $250 million from ...