Editorials

The wayward special counsel

In the end, by-the-book Robert Mueller departed wildly from the book. He invented an extraconstitutional legal standard for his obstruction investigation and acted, at best, in violation of the spirit of the special-counsel regulations. His departing act was a public statement meant to ...

No credit where credit is due

The quote is attributed to President Harry Truman, and Ronald Reagan kept it on his desk: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” It is even more amazing what has been accomplished with the American economy, but Democratic presidential candidates, ...

Don and Kim in 2020

As the 2020 election gears up, it seems apparent that Mike Pence’s days as vice president are numbered. Trump’s preference is obvious: Kim Jong Un. The vice-presidential candidate often plays the attack dog in a campaign — hurling invectives, slinging mud and taking the heat for ...

Short Takes for May 31

Minnesota lawmakers come through for pre-kindergarten programs THUMBS UP: Marshall Public Schools received good news this week when it was confirmed that the Minnesota Legislature passed an education finance bill that included $46.79 million for pre-kindergarten classes across the state. ...

Could we survive as they did?

Lost for 17 days in a Hawaiian jungle, all alone in only a tank top and capri yoga pans, I’m not sure what I would do. Would I work past my fractured leg, blistered wounds and terror to survive? Would I eat mystery fruit and moths and sleep in the mud or a wild boar’s den? Would I ...

Waiting for a pledge from Palestinians

Israelis understand that, at least under President Donald Trump’s administration, they have a staunch, valuable ally. Now it is time to make it clear to the Palestinian people that Washington wants to help them, too. Many enemies in the Middle East desire to wipe Israel off the map. The ...

Not a good time to release Lindh

One wonders why anyone in the U.S. justice system thought Thursday, less than a week before Americans honor those who died defending our freedom, was a good time to release John Walker Lindh from prison. Lindh, the “American Taliban,” spent more than 17 years in prison after being ...

Best graduation speech ever

In this season of graduation speeches, it has to be conceded that the best graduation speech ever in the history of higher education was given two Sunday ago by Robert F. Smith at Morehouse College in Atlanta. Smith, a billionaire tech investor who founded Vista Equity Partners, told the ...

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 ...