Editorials

Personal safety should trump gun possession

In a case of selective law enforcement, an Orlando, Florida woman has been arrested for theft after turning over her abusive husband’s guns to police. Courtney Irby’s husband Joseph Irby had been charged with domestic violence-aggravated battery. He was in jail for a day for ramming her ...

Is wiping out college debt feasible?

Sen. Bernie Sanders upped the ante on his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination on Monday, calling for the government to eliminate all college student loan debt. Just wipe it out, all $1.6 trillion of it. How to pay for it? Sanders would raise the money through a tax on Wall ...

Concentration camp comparison flawed

Give U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez credit for one thing: She is highly intelligent — enough so to understand entirely how most people interpret the term, “concentration camp.” Ocasio-Cortez, a frequent critic of U.S. immigration policy, posted this on Twitter a few days ago: ...

Minnesota’s kids are doing well — with exceptions

Once again, Minnesota is among the top five states on a well-respected national rating of children’s well-being. And once again, that status masks what's happening for too many of the state's kids of color. The annual “Kids Count” study from the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that ...

Short Takes

Research farm a good resource THUMBS UP: During a time of anxiousness in the agriculture community, it’s good to see there are experts like Randy Tholen trying to help farmers look at viable crop alternatives. Tholen operates a research farm in rural Balaton and he came up with something ...

State should rush to help insulin users

Gov. Tim Walz indicated last week he would be willing to call a special session to pass an emergency insulin access bill to help insulin users who can’t afford the skyrocketing cost of their insulin, or their deductibles. But before he does there has to be bipartisan support for the ...

E-learning efficient way to deal with snow days

The Marshall Public School District is following the lead of few smaller school districts in the area and seriously considering implementing an e-learning days program to be used on scheduled school days during inclement weather. An “e-learning day” means a school day where a school ...

Voluntary efforts will propel clean energy production, use

While the federal government is cutting back on clean energy research and support programs, Minnesota is one of the states leading the charge to reduce greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. A good percentage of that effort isn’t coming from the state Capitol, but rather in the private ...

Visit a state historic site this summer

At Jeffers Petroglyphs, a Minnesota Historical Society site near New Ulm, 5,000 ancient and sacred Native American rock carvings of bison, turtles, thunderbirds and humans can be viewed. The carvings are estimated to be up to 7,000 years old. Visitors can walk across these carvings, examining ...

Short takes

City scores on basketball court award THUMBS UP: Marshall Council member Steven Meister is right — the news that construction will begin this summer on a special basketball court in Marshall is “fantastic.” The project to refurbish the basketball court at Independence Park is ...

Trump’s economic brinksmanship

President Donald Trump’s brand of economic brinksmanship is nerve-wracking, but it seems to have worked in his push to get Mexico to do more to stem the flow of Central American migrants heading through their country to the U.S. Trump made the extraordinary threat of slapping a 5 percent ...

Make school referendums rare or extinct

On Monday, Gov. Tim Walz gave reporters from Greater Minnesota an update on education spending. His office shared numbers that added up to good news for the Marshall Public Schools District. While the Legislature continues to support prekindergarten funding, Walz is seeking more. He vowed to ...

Share Avera hotline for farmers

It would have been a normal obituary submitted by loved ones. Except there was one line that made it different. “This wet spring just got too much for our farmer.” Farming can be a very rewarding profession. But it can also be a traumatic experience during hard times. Today, farmers are ...

Drop in dairy farms could mean end of a way of life

The traditional view of rural America is of a red barn, dairy cows grazing in the pasture, and family members working side-by-side. That slice of nostalgia is getting more and more difficult to conjure up as major changes rock the dairy industry. Small family dairy farms are apparently on ...

Short Takes

Parking dilemma in downtown area THUMBS DOWN: Traffic on Main Street through downtown Marshall gets pretty brisk during weekday business hours. That’s a good sign for area merchants. But we heard the downside Wednesday morning during the Marshall Downtown Business Association meeting. ...

FAA must do more to ensure safety

Federal Aviation Administration acting chief Daniel Elwell was on the Capitol Hill hot seat a couple of weeks ago — and members of Congress were right to grill him harshly. Elwell was called before the aviation subcommittee in the House of Representatives to answer questions about the ...

Chinese threat highlights our shortsighted policy

Thank you, Beijing, for making it clear to Americans how short-sighted we have been for many years. Chinese officials have issued a new threat as part of their reaction to President Donald Trump’s increases in tariffs on some goods imported here from China. His purpose is to force Beijing ...

Waiting for justice in pipeline break

It’s been more than a month since damage to a pipeline caused 8,000 gallons of diesel fuel to spill into Yellow Medicine/Lyon Judicial Ditch 24 which flows into the Yellow Medicine River. Fortunately, first responders reacted quickly and contained the spill before it caused major ...

Other Views

Legislature: Minnesota became better with bipartisan budget While the ghosts of the no new taxes crowd haunted the Minnesota Capitol this year, reason prevailed and the ghosts were banished to the place they hate most: the place of compromise. If media tend to focus on the negative and the ...

Is the liberal hour ending in the West?

Hillary Clinton called them “the deplorables.” Barack Obama called them losers who “cling” to their Bibles, bigotries and guns. To President Jean-Claude Juncker of the European Commission, they are “these populist, nationalists, stupid nationalists... in love with their own ...