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Editorials

The case of Capt. Brett Crozier

Capt. Brett Crozier should be reinstated to his command of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, the Navy’s top brass are recommending. His removal, for sounding the alarm about COVID-19 aboard his ship raises questions about what led to his removal in the first place — and whether ...

Governor should stay the course on COVID-19

Minnesota has been under a stay-at-home order since March 27. And for the past month, most of us have been practicing social distancing habits. Our senior care centers have been in lockdown, banning all visitors. Our students will finish the school year with distance learning methods. More ...

Mail ballots for all the safest way to vote

If you need convincing that mail-in ballots for all voters makes perfect sense in these uncertain times, take a look at neighboring Wisconsin for proof. The National Guard was called in to help when the number of election judges for the April 7 primary dwindled as COVID-19 cases ...

Short Takes

Heartbreaking, but correct decision THUMBS UP: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said it was a heartbreaking decision when he announced the closure of schools for the remainder of the school year. He apologized to the students who will miss out on graduations, tournaments and end of year ...

Testing deal good news for getting back to work

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is calling it a breakthrough for rapid and widespread testing for COVID-19. He made that assessment during his Wednesday briefing where he announced an agreement with the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic to test as many as 20,000 people per day for the ...

$2 trillion not enough for COVID-19 relief!

It is an indication of how devastating the COVID-19 epidemic has been to America’s economy that a $2 trillion relief bill was not enough. Without more, some segments of the economy may suffer permanent damage. Included in the CARES Act relief measure is a $350 billion “paycheck ...

Anger over shutdown is misdirected

Protesters outside the governor’s residence in St. Paul this weekend rallied around the battle cry: “Liberate Minnesota.” Hundreds of protesters waving U.S. flags and standing shoulder to shoulder demonstrated against Gov. Tim Walz’s stay-at-home restrictions. They want stores and ...

Short Takes

Trump’s plan is reasonable, but ... THUMBS SIDEWAYS: President Donald Trump’s three-phased plan to get the nation back on its feet economically is a reasonable plan. The new guidelines are aimed at easing restrictions in areas with low transmission of the coronavirus, while holding the ...

Be careful with new COVID-19 tests

Going on the offensive against COVID-19 will require knowing more about who has had the disease, perhaps without showing symptoms. To that end, new tests have been developed and are being perfected. Most seem to rely on detecting antibodies the body produces to fight and often, defeat certain ...

Facing the wild card in dealing with the COVID-19 threat

A week ago Gov. Tim Walz said the stay-at-home order is working. But during that same COVID-19 briefing, he extended the order to Mary 4. That decision was met with disappointment from a variety of sectors in the state. The next day, the top Republican in the Minnesota Legislature came out ...

Helping other states during COVID-19

Had COVID-19 unleashed its full fury on every region of the United States at once, the situation now would be nearly unmanageable — and much more deadly than we hope will be the case. Fortunately, the disease is progressing at different stages in different places. Large cities such as New ...

Don’t let coronavirus pandemic block out government transparency

The number of paradigm shifts the COVID-19 pandemic is inflicting on American culture is impossible to calculate. Yet one of those shifts — limiting public access and input to elected bodies’ efforts to govern in the name of public health — must end as quickly as possible. It’s ...

Short Takes

Old Glory gives us a needed lift THUMBS UP: These are tough times for most of us - both economically and mentally. We all needed a lift. Motorists driving through downtown this week found it in Old Glory flying high again above Main Street. The U.S. flag that was taken down from its ...

Beware of COVID-19 swindles, scams

Where most of us see tragedy, a few scum see opportunity. Their newest crime is preying on people who expect federal payments to help them get through the COVID-19 outbreak. Needless to say, senior citizens are the preferred targets. Some are receiving calls offering to help them register for ...

Keep up the fight

This week will be a brutal one for Americans. As President Donald Trump put it during the weekend, “There will be a lot of death, unfortunately.” By Sunday, 312,481 Americans had been diagnosed with COVID-19. More than 8,500 had succumbed to the disease. As Trump and members of his ...

Following the guidelines to flatten the curve

It’s pretty much official now — COVID-19 is here. On Monday, the Minnesota Department of Health listed confirmed cases in Murray and Pipestone Counties. Lincoln County is now at two and Lyon County rose to four cases. Yellow Medicine County still has one case. But remember, those are ...

Election: Pandemic cannot halt voting

The United States held a presidential election during World War II. It held one during the Civil War. It held an off-year election during the worst of the influenza pandemic in 1918. Several states postponed presidential primaries this month as part of the effort to tamp down the COVID-19 ...

Short Takes

A big thank you to medical workers THUMBS UP: As Americans deal with the COVID-19 pandemic we have to express appreciation to the first responders and those who work in the hospitals. We are now hearing the horrific stories in New York and other large cities of medical workers getting sick ...

Keep CARES 2.0 clean of pork

No doubt some members of Congress had to hold their noses while they were voting for the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. CARES includes a ton of money for initiatives that have nothing to do with COVID-19. Why on earth did anyone think it was important to cough ...

We can’t keep outsourcing health care equipment

Sources ranging from the CIA to the Census Bureau disagree on how reliant we Americans are on drugs and medical equipment imported from China. Extend that to international agencies and the variances are even greater. For example, some sources place China far down on the list of countries ...