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Editorials

Immigration overhaul due for rocky debate

President Joe Biden said, after being sworn in, that one of his priorities would be immigration reform that would offer a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million people living in the United States illegally. On Thursday, Biden and congressional Democrats proposed a plan to do ...

Minneapolis needs to be ready; Minnesota needs to help

Minneapolis is getting ready for what might transpire when the trial of Derek Chauvin starts in a couple of weeks. Chauvin is the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd on May 25. Floyd died after Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly 8 minutes while Floyd, ...

New hope to protect BWCA from mining damage

Those who embrace environmental protection have been cheered by President Joe Biden’s restoration of practices and reviews that don’t place profits above protection of natural resources. That renewed embrace of the environment should aid in preventing approval of a copper mine in the ...

Let’s take a moment to stand with Buffalo

The shock of last week’s shooting at the Allina Clinic in Buffalo is still there, especially for the people of Buffalo and the health care workers in the clinic who were the target of the rampage. Today, we can all do something to show solidarity with Buffalo and the clinic. Allina Health, ...

New hope to protect BWCA from mining damage

Those who embrace environmental protection have been cheered by President Joe Biden’s restoration of practices and reviews that don’t place profits above protection of natural resources. That renewed embrace of the environment should aid in preventing approval of a copper mine in the ...

Stunning images at Trump trial

The U.S. Senate’s impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump may not result in a conviction. There are enough Republican senators hewing to their party line to prevent the conviction. Their minds were made up before the trial began that they would not vote to convict Trump. But this ...

How did he get a gun?

We don’t know what set off Gregory Paul Ulrich, sending him on a rampage to shoot up the Allina Clinic in Buffalo on Tuesday. But the fact that something was bound to set him off sooner or late was pretty well known by the staff at the clinic and by local law enforcement. The 67-year-old ...

Getting better at vaccinating

Minnesota made a big jump in the rate of vaccinations recently. On Monday the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Minnesota jumped from 45th place to 14th in the nation in the rate of doses administered per 100,000 population. That’s good news. At least 569,164 Minnesotans ...

Looking ahead to lifting restrictions

The Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature have been very strident and demanding about lifting the restrictions Gov. Tim Walz has imposed on the state’s businesses to curb the spread of COVID-19. They have tried, month after month since last June, to strip the governor of his emergency ...

State can’t afford not to be ready for Chauvin trial

Minnesota is facing a potential powder keg next month when the trial of ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin starts. Chauvin is charged in the death of George Floyd, the incident that sparked nationwide rage over perceived police brutality against Blacks. Chauvin knelt on the neck of a ...

Debating legalized marijuana won’t hurt

The question of legalizing recreational marijuana in Minnesota was reintroduced in the Legislature this week. House Democrats are pushing the legislation to legalize marijuana, to expunge minor marijuana convictions. It would, they say, create a fair, regulated marketplace for marijuana and ...

Vaccination numbers rise as COVID cases decline

We are beginning to see progress in the battle against COVID-19. We don’t know if this statistic, reported Tuesday, is meaningful, but it is heartening — Minnesota now has nearly as many people who have at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine than it has recorded cases of the virus. That’s ...

Biden should talk to GOP senators about COVID-19 aid bill

President Joe Biden is pressing to get a COVID-19 relief bill passed, and he indicated he is willing to push it through with the slim Democratic majority he has in Congress. This weekend a group of 10 Republican senators proposed he meet with them to hear about a bill, a $600 billion bill ...

Vaccine fears

A report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention released Monday indicates that only a third of nursing home workers have been getting COVID-19 vaccinations when they are first offered. In a look at 11,000 nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities, 78 percent of the elderly ...

Vaccines: State must remain nimble in rollout

Minnesota’s rollout of coronavirus vaccines has to this point remained somewhat underwhelming. It’s important the state overcome bureaucratic obstacles and manage not only distribution of vaccines but the risk of each form of distribution. Federal data comparisons show Minnesota in the ...

Back again: Voter ID bill

The idea of requiring a photo ID from people before they cast votes keeps yo-yoing back in the Legislature. Sen. Scott Newman, (R-Hutchinson) is proposing a bill to present photo identification at the polls. This bill has been proposed and shot down before, most notably in 2012, when ...

The Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star on the legacy of Hank Aaron:

Back before it was possible to access any bit of baseball trivia on one’s iPhone, the Baseball Encyclopedia was an essential part of a stats geek’s library. Turn to the player register, and it was possible to see the complete big-league statistics of anyone who ever played. How fitting that ...

Do we really need sports betting?

Once again, the issue of legalizing sports betting is popping up in the Minnesota Legislature. Democratic Sen. Karla Bigham, of Cottage Grove, and Republican Rep. Pat Garofalo, of Farmington, are proposing a bill that would allow on-site sports wagering at tribal casinos for the first year, ...

Walz’s budget plan needs more planning

Gov. Tim Walz has announced his budget plan for the coming biennium, a $52.4 billion budget that would raise the income tax on wealthiest Minnesotans, lower the income tax for low earners, and slap another $1 tax on cigarettes and snuff. He would create a new tax bracket for those in the top ...