Editorials

School bond referendum has flaws — but are they fatal?

When a school district in Minnesota places a bond referendum on the ballot, like the $30 million one before Marshall voters, state law prevents school officials from openly campaigning for its passage. As a direct result, school officials attempt to “inform” and “educate” voters ...

Short Takes

Marshall district protecting students THUMBS UP: In the wake of more school shootings in recent weeks, it’s good to see Marshall Public Schools District in the process of upgrading security at two school sites. On Monday, the board voted to approve a construction bid for the two projects ...

Savings species in our best interest

It is inevitable that some of the 8 million or so species of plant and animals on our Earth will go extinct within the next few decades. Some will die out this year. In many ways, nature is no guardian of biodiversity. Human activity is accelerating the rate of die-offs, scientists warn. They ...

Americans must never forget horrors of Holocaust, statism

The last men and women who saw the horrors of the Holocaust with their own eyes will pass away within just a few years. No more elderly women will be left to tells about mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters sent to death camps, never to return. No more white-haired veterans who liberated the ...

Conservation worth funding

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 ...

E-Verify works. Trump should be touting it

President Trump had the crowd roaring at his rally in Green Bay last month over his jabs at Democrats for opposing his immigration agenda. He proclaimed how quickly the immigration system could be fixed if only Democrats joined his side. “I used to say in 45 minutes. It's really 15 minutes. ...

Let’s unite to fight sectarian terrorism

For the second time in as many weeks, worshipers were attacked in a horrific, hate-filled assault. Last week, it was Christians on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka as three churches and three hotels were targeted in suicide bombings carried out by Islamic terrorists allegedly directed by ISIS in ...

Short Takes

Send pipeline gunman a bill THUMBS DOWN: The no. 1 rule of gun safety: Keep your firearm pointed in a safe direction. Here's another important rule: Be certain of your target, your line of fire, and what lies beyond your target. All of the facts in the the pipeline break near Cottonwood ...

Why did House bother to pass bill?

The Minnesota House of Representatives voted Monday to increase the state’s gas tax by 20 cents per gallon, or 70 percent from its current 28.5 cents. Don’t worry. This tax will never be enacted. The vote in the House was along party lines, 74-58. Democrats control the House and passed ...

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 ...