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Editorials

Sharing the cure

Charity begins at home, especially in safeguarding Americans from COVID-19. But we have a long, praiseworthy record of having big hearts, and now should be no exception to that. Efforts to develop new medicines to treat the symptoms of COVID-19 and to develop vaccines against it have ...

COVID-19: Pandemic brought some unexpected benefits

It’s been difficult to find many bright spots as the country has been moving through various stages of the coronavirus pandemic. But one of them is that more dads are connecting with their kids like never before. As many parents work from home, it’s brought some clear challenges. Not ...

Short Takes

We hate to see you go too THUMBS UP: The Independent headline said “Leaving his mark.” There is no truer statement when it comes to Glenn Olson. He retired from the city of Marshall after serving as the city engineer since 2001. And during that span of time, Olson directed many ...

Security, transparency needed for payouts

American taxpayers should not be handing out hundreds of billions of dollars in aid to businesses without having at least some idea of where our money is going. That seems obvious. However, demanding such transparency puts the U.S. Treasury Department — and some of the businesses being ...

Milley’s comments are reassuring

Regardless of how you lean politically, what Army Gen. Mark Milley did a few days ago was reassuring. President Donald Trump has been criticized by some — and, in needs to be noted, praised by others — for something he did after a night of civil unrest near the White House. You will have ...

Incompetence, not obstruction

Complaints about voter disenfranchisement often have more to do with incompetence than partisan scheming, we suspect. This year’s primary election in Georgia appears to be a case in point. Complaints about voter disenfranchisement often have more to do with incompetence than partisan ...

Economic challenge looms across country

As the United States began the process of “reopening,” there was encouraging news on the economic front. About two weeks ago, nearly 25 million Americans were receiving unemployment benefits, the Labor Department reported. By last Thursday, the number had decreased to about 21.5 ...

Defund police – then what?

We can understand the feelings behind the demands that Minneapolis defund its police department following the death of George Floyd while in the custody of the Minneapolis PD. His death was the latest in a litany of deaths of black men and women at the hands of police, not just in America but ...

Getting rid of the few bad apples in law enforcement

Use of excessive force by law enforcement personnel is a problem that transcends race, as a video shot a few days ago in Buffalo, New York makes clear. Taken by a television news crew, the video shows Buffalo police responding to a demonstration in the city’s Niagara Square. Like so many ...

Walz leaves baseball season hanging

Minnesota’s amateur baseball season is usually in full swing right about now. This year, however, the COVID-19 restrictions have kept ball teams off the field and spectators out of the stands. Gov. Tim Walz has been working hard to protect the health of the state’s citizens by restricting ...

Short Takes

Don’t believe everything you read on social media and hear in the rumor mill THUMBS UP: News of a “peaceful protest” in honor of George Floyd to be held Wednesday evening in Marshall drew lots of concern and social media buzz. Rumors swirled around town, including claims that bus ...

A ray of good news sunshine

Plenty of the headlines these days are Bad news with a capital “B.” What seems to be going on all around us is disheartening, to say the least. Plenty of the headlines these days are Bad news with a capital “B.” What seems to be going on all around us is disheartening, to say the ...

Don’t let riots distract from focus of protests

Sometimes we wish we could “rewind” something we have just seen, because we can’t believe our eyes. What we thought we saw can’t be what really happened, we reason. Dozens of times during the past week or so, the media has permitted us to take another look at what occurred March 25 in ...

Walz’s plan makes sense, puts all Minnesotans to 2-week test

Agree with him or not, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz deserves credit for matching his actions to what he’s been saying all along about the state coming out its COVID-19 quarantine. His message: It isn’t going to happen fast, it’s going to be based on science, and it’s going to prioritize ...

Short Takes

Examples of doing what we can THUMBS UP: The life of shelter-in-place is starting to wear on people -†especially with summer just around the corner. It’s good to see some of the different ways people are getting around the current restrictions. In Tracy and Tyler, for instance, outdoor ...

A failure in law enforcement

The video was shocking. It was a video that showed callous disregard for life. The Facebook Live was recorded Monday evening on a Minneapolis street by a bystander using his smart phone. It captures an African-American man laying on his ...

Taliban support must be basis for truce

While we Americans were paying tribute to our fallen heroes during Memorial Day weekend, observant Muslims here and abroad were marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Even in Afghanistan, there was a pause in hostilities between government and Taliban forces. It came as U.S. and ...

Find ways to hold summer school

Many public school districts are ending the academic year early or plan to do so, The Associated Press reports. In some, use of distance learning via online tools has been pronounced a disappointment. But come August and September, when American children return to school — we hope — ...

American Legion Memorial Day speech

Every crisis has new heroes. During the 9/11 attacks, they were the first responders running into burning and crumbling buildings as others ran out. Now, during the Coronavirus pandemic, the most visible heroes are the health care professionals, who are saving others and risking their own ...

Short Takes

A slight turn of the dial THUMBS SIDEWAYS: As anticipated, Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday turned the dial a little more. But for some, he didn’t turn that dial enough. In fact, a lot of restaurant and bar businesses, along with churches, expressed disappointment. Minnesotans have been ...