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Editorials

‘Red Flag’ laws should have limits

So-called “red flag” laws are being debated both in Congress and state legislatures in attempts to curb mass murders in the United States. Red flag laws would enable law enforcement authorities to take guns owned by people deemed by the courts to be clear threats to public safety. But the ...

California law points out imbalance in college sports

California now has a law that allows college student-athletes to make money — legally –through endorsement deals, selling autographs and so on. It allows them to do a lot of things that would normally bring down NCAA punishment on themselves and their colleges. The law points to the ...

Time for Tracy to move ahead

Attend a Tracy City Council meeting or public hearing these days, and there’s a good chance you will hear an insightful speech by one of its members. During the Aug. 28 public hearing to decide his fate on remaining on the Economic Development Authority board, City Council member Tony ...

Fake news/online smears of Omar proliferate

The Free Press has, for several months, run on the weekends an Associated Press feature labeled “Not Real News,” an examination of false “information” that somehow finds traction on social media. It is alarming how often canards denigrating Minnesota’s Somali community in general, ...

Short Takes

Music you can march to THUMBS UP: Another outstanding performance by the Marshall High School at Saturday’s Pursuit of Excellence marching band competition at Southwest Minnesota State University. This year’s show was about Amelia Earhart. Actually, all the marching bands put on a great ...

Who’s the enemy?

Curious, is it not, that the major industrial power doing the most to battle climate change is the target of the bulk of criticism regarding that concern? With a new general session of the United Nations underway, multiple world leaders are citing worry about a range of issues. In fairness to ...

Saudi attack reminds of oil vulnerability

Officials in Saudi Arabia have said damage from a recent attack on oil production facilities is being repaired quickly. By last week Wednesday, about half the production capacity affected had been restored. Still, the interruption in exports from the oil-rich kingdom ought to serve as a ...

Good news on abortion rate

Recent news about abortions ought to be viewed as one of the great public health triumphs of the past few decades. Abortions have become less common in the United States than at any time since they became legal, through a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, in 1973, the Guttmacher Institute reports. ...

Government hurting crop prices, farmers

The biggest worry for farmers used to be the weather. Now it’s the government, specifically the Trump administration and its supporters in Congress. In June 2018, southern Minnesota soybean prices were $9.40 per bushel before the soybean tariffs were set to be imposed by China. The country ...

Short Takes

Missed opportunity by commissioners THUMBS DOWN: The recycling controversy involving curbside pickup in Lyon County has turned into a messy situation with county officials and commissioners desperately seeking a solution. On Tuesday, commissioners voted to request for proposals to provide ...

Kavanaugh and the New York Times

Last year, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh faced confirmation hearings that at times seemed more like an inquisition than an effort by U.S. senators to get at the truth. In the end the fact Kavanaugh had been subjected to a purely partisan assault became clear when the full Senate voted ...

Insulin users still in need of relief

Several weeks ago Minnesota government leaders seemed close to a deal on providing relief for diabetics who can’t afford the high cost of their life-saving insulin. An emergency program would be set up to provide a 90-day supply of insulin to those who can’t afford it. It’s an idea that ...

Facing challenge of changing recycling landscape

This morning the Lyon County Board of Commissioners will again take up the controversial subject of curbside recycling when it meets this morning. Curbside recycling pickup was suddenly threatened earlier this summer when in June Southwest Sanitation gave notice it would withdraw from its ...

As lawmakers do nothing, businesses adopt gun control measures

If it seems like we just wrote about this a few weeks ago, it's because we did. Following the back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that left more than 30 people dead and dozens more injured at the beginning of August, we (as well as millions of Americans) called ...

Short Takes

Follow the paved road THUMBS UP: It’s amazing what a paved road can do for the psyche of a small town. The paving project for Yellow Medicine County Road 20 that includes Main Street in Echo is now finished. Echo City Clerk Sue Paradis told the Independent she’s heard favorable ...

Turning Freddie and Fannie loose again

Let’s say you decide to go into business for yourself. You’ve always wanted to be a home construction contractor. Why not? Credit could be a problem. Even if you have socked aside enough to build a few “spec” houses, how will you operate while you wait for them to sell? You’ll need ...

Take bad behavior out of politics

American history is full of stuff being thrown at politicians. • In 2000, Illinois Gov. George Ryan was hit with a pie that was tossed by a Southern University student in protest of Ryan's education policies. • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had to duck when a shoe came flying at ...

Threat list too broad to be effective

More than a million people in our country are “known or suspected” terrorists, according to the government, in a claim that reaches astronomical heights of imbecility. It makes sense for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies to maintain a list of people who truly pose threats to ...

President Trump continues attack on the environment

Of all the greenhouse gases, methane is one of the most potent because it so efficiently absorbs heat in Earth’s atmosphere. It is dozens of times greater at warming the Earth than carbon dioxide. That is why the Obama administration instituted rules that forced oil and gas companies to ...

Short Takes for Sept. 6

A problem that needs a solution THUMBS DOWN: It’s too bad there isn’t a better solution for the curbside recycling in Lyon County. On Tuesday the Lyon County commissioners, facing a huge increase in the recycling contract, voted to end curbside pickup. Residents will have to cart their ...