Editorials

Thwart leakers with Mueller report release

We believe the Mueller Report on Russian interference in our 2016 election should be made public; at least, as much as can be responsibly released without affecting national security or interfering with other investigations. We’ve said before it is our right to know what’s in the report, ...

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School safety: Fund more counselors for students’ emotional health While there’s a renewed push to boost spending on school safety through more locks and tighter security to fortify schools, a new study of school shootings suggests that will not be enough to prevent future school ...

CUP for County Fair building too vague

On March 28, I attended the Marshall Planning Commission’s public meeting concerning a requested Conditional Use Permit by Carr Family LTD Partnership, the owners of the building formerly housing County Fair Foods, to allow Chasing Our Tails, out of New Hampshire, to operate a pet treat ...

Short Takes

Highway 14 work worth the trouble THUMBS UP: Many roads and highways need attention in southwest Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Transportation and project contractors held a informational open house for the resurfacing of Highway 14 that starts this spring. The project targets ...

It’s a dog-eat-dog world when it comes to filling empty buildings

The trend of big-box stores and restaurants closing and leaving large empty buildings doesn’t discriminate between rural and metro. Communities large and small are struggling to fill these buildings. Marshall is also no stranger to the “retail apocalypse.” Marshall economic ...

Replacing ACA harder than repeal

Health insurance entitlements have become the new third rail of politics. Many members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, are so worried about alienating millions of voters that they are unwilling to tinker with the massive government takeover of health insurance — even if they ...

Barr should release nearly the full report

Two considerations need to be taken care of before Attorney General William Barr makes the special counsel Robert Mullers report available to Congress and thus, to the American people. First is national security. It may be that the report contains some material that would be helpful to our ...

Record national debt should be call to action, no matter your politics

When it comes to our national debt, February set a record that should get the attention of every American. The Treasury Department reported late last month that the federal government posted the largest monthly budget deficit in history in February, with outlays exceeding revenues by a ...

Time to ban vaping in public spaces

The increase in people vaping flavored nicotine devices is leading many state lawmakers to crack down on their use in public buildings and places of employment. Passing the legislation is a no-brainer. The House already voted 100-25 to pass HF349, which would modify the Minnesota Clean ...

Short Takes

Getting ahead of any flood waters THUMBS UP: It’s good to see local governments being proactive when it comes to potential flooding this spring. Marshall and Cottonwood each declared a state of emergency last weekend. Yellow Medicine County and Murray County issued their declarations this ...

Lessons from fight against Islamic State

The capture of the last territory controlled by the Islamic State on Saturday was far from a final victory over the movement, as U.S. commanders and diplomats were careful to emphasize. The jihadists retain thousands of fighters in clandestine cells scattered across Syria and Iraq, as well as ...

Tough times on the farm

It has been evident that times have been tough on farmers over the past few years. Just how tough became evident in a report released this week by the Minnesota Extension and the state. The state’s analysis found that Minnesota farm incomes hit a new low in 2018, the lowest in the 23 years ...

Children addicted to soda

Picture this. The nation’s children are drinking on average what amounts to a bathtub full of sugary beverages every year. That’s 30 gallons of soda, sports drinks and probably the biggest healthy drink fraud of all, fruit juice. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart ...

Public should see Mueller report

Robert Mueller turned in his report on his investigation into whether Donald Trump’s campaign cooperated the Russian government to interfere with the 2016 election. A four-page summary released to Congress over the weekend aid Mueller found nothing to prove the campaign was involved. On the ...

Shopko closures part of national trend

If you’re wringing your hands about the closing of all Shopko stores in the area, you're not alone. The loss of these stores, which largely serve rural America and small communities (you won't find Shopko stores in metro areas), is a blow to the retail landscape. It’s especially tough to ...

Job in Syria far from finished

The Islamic State terrorist group is finished, at least in Syria, President Donald Trump and some in the U.S. military are proclaiming. Well, good riddance. Unfortunately, however, the mission of civilized human beings the world over is far from accomplished. Trump this week displayed a map ...

Dairy farms in need of help — now

Dairy farmers — the foundation for Minnesota’s family farm tradition and the backbone of the rural economy — are in serious trouble. Weak raw milk prices in recent months combined with a harsh winter have taken an immense toll. The crisis hasn’t received the attention it deserves, ...

Short Takes

Tim Miles on the hot seat THUMBS DOWN: Sorry to hear about the reports coming out of Nebraska that former Southwest Minnesota State University basketball coach Tim Miles may be on the way out as coach of the Cornhuskers basketball team. Miles coached the Mustangs from 1997 to 2001 and ...

Make better use of fossil fuels

Regardless of what you may hear from members of Congress who believe they have a magic wand they can wave over America and — poof! — do away with fossil fuels, the nation will need coal, petroleum and natural gas for many years to come. There simply is no reliable, affordable alternative ...

Defending purpose of the Electoral College

The Electoral College is on the chopping block as Senator Elizabeth Warren comes out in favor of its abolition, Beto O’Rourke makes sympathetic noises and Colorado’s Democratic governor signs a bill adding his state to the “National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.” .... Like the ...