Editorials

Be careful with darn Facebook

Darn Facebook! I have always tried to be careful about using anything that connects me to the “outside world.” Quite a few years ago I was pestered by relatives and some friends saying that I should get on that Darn Facebook! I very seldom have used it to send a few messages to ...

Losing Shopko can lead to other opportunities

The comments from shoppers after hearing about the closure of the Marshall Shopko vary from sadness of losing a store to anger with Marshall’s shopping options. But the closure slated for June has nothing to do with Marshall or southwest Minnesota. Shopko announced Monday it was unable to ...

Minneota champs show lots of class

The headline on the front of Monday's Independent sports section said it all: “Top of its class.” Those four words in large print referred to the Minneota girls basketball team defeating Goodhue Saturday to take the Class A state championship. The win in Minneapolis capped off an almost ...

MNLARS: Bipartisan plan will serve Minnesotans

Democrats and Republicans in Minnesota government recently gave Minnesotans evidence that divided government can indeed come together, compromise and solve problems. The recent agreement between House Democrats, Gov. Tim Walz and Senate Republicans to approve $13 million to fix major glitches ...

Walz is willing to bargain, let’s hear plans

In a far-ranging discussion Monday with the Post Bulletin's editorial board, Gov. Tim Walz indicated his positions on the gas tax, a mandate for electric companies to use only clean energy by 2050, and budget proposals are not hard and fast. “I’m willing to work with them,” he said of ...

Short Takes

State legislators getting the job done THUMBS UP: Lawmakers in the Minnesota Legislature have been busy this week advancing some worth while legislation. First, the Senate Transportation Finance and Policy Committee approved a bill that would prohibit the Minnesota Department of ...

Vaping’s not harmless

His heart felt as if it would pound out of his chest, the 15-year-old boy told a resource officer at a high school in Ohio last week. The deputy called for an ambulance to take the student to a hospital. Two other boys, one 14 and the other 15, experienced similar distress. They saw the ...

Crack down on phone ‘spoofing’

Many of us have heard the phone ring, glanced down at the caller ID and seen the name and number of someone we know, answered the phone — and found ourselves talking to someone with a sales pitch or worse, a scam. It is called “spoofing,” and it enables the unscrupulous to get to us ...

Preparing for disastrous flooding should start now

State Rep. Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent, is worried about the record-setting snowfall this winter, which is expected to lead to major flooding throughout the state. He, along with other Republicans, are supporting legislation to add funds to Minnesota’s Disaster Assistance Contingency Account ...

Presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar reflects positive traits of Minnesotans

It’s too early to endorse a candidate for president or to even play the odds. The 2020 election is nearly two years away, and the primaries and caucuses are still a year in the future. But with Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar having declared that she is a candidate for the Democratic ...

Short Takes

Taking care of downtown eyesore THUMBS SIDEWAYS: Progress is finally being made when it comes to the Marshall Hotel building. The building next to City Hall has been an eyesore on Main Street in the downtown area. Members of the Marshall City Council last week approved a $72,000 bid for the ...

Quick action on MNLARS

It was refreshing to see the quick action — and bipartisan action — taken in the Minnesota Legislature this week on the funding for the Minnesota License and Registration System (MNLARS). MNLARS is the 9-year, $100 million boondoggle that was supposed to update and modernize the state’s ...

Why do we need a Space Force?

President Donald Trump continues to insist the United States needs an entirely new branch of the military, a Space Force. It is worth asking what on earth — or off it — would that accomplish? Trump seems to have watered his proposal down a bit. Now, he is willing to have the Space Force ...

Kim needs new plan

It may be time for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to try Plan B. His initial strategy in dealing with President Donald Trump ­–trying to get something for nothing — flopped badly. Trump and Kim held their second face-to-face meeting last week in Hanoi, Vietnam. But Trump departed ...

Short Takes

MPS needs input on referendum THUMBS UP: The Marshall Public Schools District launched an online survey Thursday to obtain community feedback on a likely school bond referendum this spring. Superintendent Scott Monson said most of the questions deal with the overall performance of schools, ...

Mueller Report should not be about political vendetta

After nearly two years of work, special counsel Robert Mueller is nearly ready to release his report on whether some Americans cooperated with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election. It already is known that Moscow devoted resources to both a social media-based propaganda ...

Why the Robert Kraft bust matters

Robert Kraft’s name will now long be associated with one of the most despicable scourges of modern life, and rightly so. The New England Patriots owner is charged with soliciting prostitution at a Florida massage parlor busted as part of a sex-trafficking ring. Kraft denies it, although ...

Back to Munich

"There are none so blind as those who will not see.” One might think that after denying the evidence of Adolf Hitler’s rise and objectives that resulted in World War II, Europeans might be more attuned to modern threats. Last week on a visit to Munich (oh, the irony), Vice President ...

Vatican needs concrete plan for predators

Pope Francis said all the right things during an extraordinary conference to discuss sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests and coverups by their superiors. But what he did not say has some observers, both inside the church and out of it, upset. Francis summoned 190 Catholic bishops and many ...

Nobody knows who will be the 2020 presidential nominees

Peter D. Hart, the respected Democratic pollster who has perfected his trade through his work in the past 15 presidential campaigns, candidly warns against the predictive value of polls taken this far ahead of any presidential election. At this stage, so long before voters actually vote, ...