Editorials

Man must explore the space frontier again

“Where no man has gone before. Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life.” These are phrases from the long-running, popular TV series “Star Trek. Unfortunately, the interest ...

ICE abuses use of facial recognition

Increasingly law enforcement is turning to automatic facial recognition technology, usually without any clear rules about its use. As one British civil rights group put it, facial recognition is “arsenic in the water supply of democracy.” Indeed many of the fears about abuses of the ...

Short Takes

Fixing the health care system THUMBS DOWN: The health care landscape is changing at a rapid pace throughout the nation and right here in southwest Minnesota. This week the Independent reported on the closing of DaVita Dialysis Center in Marshall by the end of the month. Patients needing ...

Veterans deserve help to get into farming

Sen. Tina Smith on Thursday announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is making up to $16 million available to eligible groups and organizations to fund efforts to get veterans and non-traditional farmers in Minnesota and across the country to get into agriculture. In the release, ...

The marvel of Apollo 11

Fifty years ago, millions of people around the world watched as the Apollo 11 mission blasted off from Cape Kennedy in Florida, carrying the first men who would walk on the moon. The marvel of that accomplishment, carried out only eight years since President John F. Kennedy had proposed a ...

Trump’s racist tweet

President Donald Trump has exhibited racists tendencies since he first announced his candidacy for president by denouncing the “rapists and murderers” who were crossing the southern border from Mexico. If there was any doubt about his feelings towards other races and cultures, he made it ...

Close loopholes that allow big farms to skirt caps

When President Trump tore up trade agreements and slapped tariffs on farm products, America’s farm economy suffered. To mollify farmers, a big part of his base, the president announced billions of dollars in aid to farmers. There were supposed to be caps on how much each farm could collect ...

Short Takes

Scholarships ‘a game changer’ THUMBS UP: Facing some backlash last month from the announced 3 percent tuition increase approved by Minnesota State system trustees Chancellor Devinder Malhotra personally delivered some good news for potential students in the Marshall area and throughout ...

Mexico dealing with its immigrant influx

Even before President Donald Trump threatened to use tariffs on Mexican goods imported into the United States, that country’s leaders seemed to be doing more than their predecessors to keep potential illegal immigrants from crossing our southern border. Now, however, the campaign has ...

State should take on gerrymandering

Since the U.S. Supreme Court decided it is too hard for it to get involved in settling gerrymandering questions, we guess it is up to the states to settle the question when one political party tries to redraw legislative or congressional boundaries to perpetuate its own advantage. Minnesota ...

Take the time to drink some coffee with cops

It’s a tale of two coffee events with different results. Last Thursday, six police officers were standing together enjoying their drinks inside a Starbucks coffee shop in Tempe, Ariz. Apparently, the presence of those officers left one customer feeling unsafe and he complained to a ...

High court abandoned voters in gerrymandering case

After next year’s census the majority parties in most states will redraw legislative district boundaries that will be in place for a decade. That work often leads to political gerrymandering — incumbents in charge drawing districts that all but ensure their party will garner enough votes ...

Short takes

Keeping computers old out of landfill THUMBS UP: Lyon County Public Works Administrator Roger Schroeder gave commissioners an update this week on recycling programs. One such program is giving new life to old computers. The program is called ResQzone and takes unwanted, but usable computers ...

In the pursuit of happiness

What comes after the phrase, “and the pursuit of happiness ...”? Today, we Americans celebrate the Declaration of Independence. Our focus is what the document meant — creation of a new nation. But what the document itself says about the Founders and about what they intended for us ...

Red Baron Arena requires maximum parking

"Build it and they will come.” That’s the famous line from the Kevin Costner movie “Field of Dreams.” And it’s a line often used when talking about building facilities to draw people or businesses. In the case of the Red Baron Arena and Expo — it was built and people have been ...

Other Views

Trump health care disclosure order a good start to transparency A Trump administration executive order to require hospitals to disclose prices of procedures and tests is a good start to creating an environment of transparency with the consumer in command. Consumer choice in medicine is a ...

Reparations: How not to foster racial harmony

About reparations, a skeptical President Barack Obama in 2016 told reparations proponent Ta-Nehisi Coates that it would divide the country. Obama said: “It is hard to think of any society in human history in which a majority population has said that as a consequence of historic wrongs, we ...

Anti-Trump crafters: A decade-long unraveling

Fun fact: I’ve been crocheting since I was 10, when my Tita Lisa taught me the magic of granny squares. Fellow yarn nerds will understand the heavenly bliss of spending hours at Hobby Lobby or Walmart immersed in a sea of alpaca, mohair, angora, super bulky and super saver skeins for ...

A lot to celebrate on the Fourth of July

Sixty-six percent of Americans believe that the Fourth of July is one of our nation’s most important holidays. To celebrate, 62% of Americans will watch fireworks, 54% will enjoy a cookout with family and friends, 19% will attend a parade, 13% will go to the beach, and 11% will sing patriotic ...

Short Takes

Diocese can maybe move on THUMBS SIDEWAYS: With an apology and a $34 million settlement with clergy sexual abuse victims, hopefully the Diocese of New Ulm can move on now and start a new chapter. Hopefully lessons were learned and changes made not only in the New Ulm Diocese, but the ...