Editorials

Immunization Week

The yearly calendar is full of days and weeks devoted to building awareness for various causes, or social problems, or health concerns. This week has a special theme that deserves a lot of attention — it is National Infant Immunization Week. What makes this week especially significant is ...

Mexico vs. ‘The Beast’

The United States can give Mexican officials some credit for working to stem the tide of illegal immigrants flowing through their country and into the United States. In contrast with past practice, Mexico City seems to be more interested in keeping its promises regarding the problem. It is, ...

Short Takes

Politicians failing to act THUMBS DOWN: Both Democrats and Republicans are failing Americans when it comes to Medicare and Social Security. The Associated Press article in Tuesday’s edition reports that the retirement programs are still heading toward crisis situations. Insolvency for ...

Terrorism is a worldwide plague

Only about 7.5 percent of Sri Lankans are Christians, but even that tiny number apparently is intolerable to Muslim extremists. On Easter Sunday morning, as many of the country’s Christians were celebrating Easter, the terrorists slaughtered nearly 300 of them in a series of church bombings. ...

Time to take election security seriously

We know that the 2016 U.S. elections were attacked by Russian hackers who tried to get access to voting records and tallying systems. We know they planted false stories on social media to stir up divisions among us. Special Counsel Robert Mueller just got done investigating the breach, an ...

Anxiety building up inside state’s dairy barns

The cries of desperation are getting louder. They come from the soybean fields and the small hog operations. But lately, many of these pleas for help can be heard from inside dairy barns. A couple weeks ago a 26-year-old Pine Island farmer posted a 6-minute video on Facebook which went ...

Once again, Minnesota takes the lead on special education

It wasn’t so long ago that 1 in 5 children with special needs were kept out of public schools in this country. In many places they were shunted off to state institutions or subpar facilities, far away from others. Not until the 1970s did Congress step in with groundbreaking legislation that ...

Short Takes

Important visitors in Marshall THUMBS UP: Southwest Minnesota received some welcomed attention by the Gov. Tim Walz administration this past week. First, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan was in Marshall on Monday to participate in a roundtable discussion on chronic homelessness in southwest ...

Can’t afford to wait for politicians to keep students safe

Twenty years after the Columbine High School shooting left 12 students dead, America is still desperately searching for ways to protect students inside schools from deviant attackers. Since Columbine, several more massacres have occurred at school sites across the nation, including the Sandy ...

A great world treasure damaged

It is hard to find words to express the shock of watching the reports from Paris as the Cathedral of Notre Dame burned into the night. Four-hundred firefighters battled to contain the blaze that was consuming one of the world’s most iconic architectural and religious edifices. We don’t ...

Tigers complete their missions

Congratulations to Chad Wyffels, La Oeltjenbruns and James Carr. All three were inducted into the Pride in the Tiger Foundation Hall of Fame Saturday evening. The foundation has been recognizing Marshall alumni, faculty and staff members since 2000. Each of the inductees, according to ...

Copycat bills demand questions from voters, transparency from legislators

For anyone who follows state government, it’s always been a question: Why are Minnesota legislators so often addressing the same issues as legislators in other states? Is it the zeitgeist, or something else? Think marijuana, tort reform, minimum wage, gay marriage, taxes on sugary drinks, ...

Being counted in the next federal census makes a difference

The actual collection of information is a year away, but awareness needs to be beefed up now about how important it is for Minnesota residents to participate in the 2020 census. The attempt to count everyone — not just U.S. citizens but anyone who lives here — is a big undertaking that ...

Chasing our Tails? More like tucking our tails in shame

We should be ashamed. We should be ashamed because a viable company that would have created 30 jobs and filled the massive, empty County Fair building was turned away. We should be ashamed we allowed fear to rule our thought process which when it inevitably does, leads to bad decisions ...

Short Takes

Area educators honored by state THUMBS UP: Two area educators were honored with statewide honors recently. Lakeview Public Schools District Superintendent Chris Fenske was named the 2019 Administrator of Excellence by the Minnesota Association of School Administration. And Marshall High ...

Allow cameras in court

The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Mohammed Noor for the killing of Justine Ruszczyk raises once again the question of whether cameras should be allowed in Minnesota courtrooms. Minnesota courts are usually closed to cameras, except during very limited situations, usually after a ...

Medications that can reduce opioid deaths

Walter Ginter began using heroin in the early 1970s while serving in the Army. By 1977, desperate to kick the habit, he turned to daily doses of methadone, a synthetic opioid that eases withdrawal and decreases cravings. The treatment worked. “I have a good life today,” says Ginter, 69, ...

Hatred is not patriotism

A disturbing news story came from the Associated Press on Friday. The FBI has arrested a western New York man who is facing federal charges of threatening to kill Rep. Ilhan Omar, the Democrat who represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District. Rep. Omar, elected this past year, is one ...

State takes the lead on special education

Craig, Stauber rightly team up in bipartisan push to close the gap in federal funding. It wasn’t so long ago that 1 in 5 children with special needs were kept out of public schools in this country. In many places they were shunted off to state institutions or subpar facilities, far away ...