Local Editorials

Taxpayers deserve to know more details

When most men are found to have harassed or attacked women, they pay a price. It may be dismissal from a job. It may be a hefty lawsuit judgment or out-of-court settlement. Sometimes, that helps predators escape criminal prosecution. You will not be surprised to learn things are different in ...

Congress needs to get on with reforming taxes

Money does not grow on trees, even if some politicians want you to believe it does. For that reason, tax reform bills in Congress include some “losers.” For some people to get tax relief, someone else has to pay. But the bottom line on both the reform bill approved last week by the House ...

Parents, guardians should note new study

Suicide rates for teenagers increased substantially from 2010-15, at the same time use of social media by young people shot up. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study hints the two phenomena may be linked. It would be foolish to suggest, based on this one study, that social media ...

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An intriguing idea, though We think the Winnebago City Council made the right decision this week by deciding not to implement back-in parking downtown. With back-in parking, drivers would back into angled spaces rather than parallel park. This would create more parking spaces. Council ...

Court gives governor extraordinary powers

Court gives governor extraordinary powers The Minnesota Supreme Court on Thursday backed Gov. Mark Dayton’s veto of the Legislature’s operating budget, ending a half-year political dispute. The court said the other two branches of government will have to resolve this issue on their ...

President is correct to put his nation first

We Americans often seem less suspicious of foreign competitors, both economically and militarily, than of each other. Just contrast the rhetoric often heard in U.S. political campaigns with that usually employed in reference to leaders in other countries. But recently in Vietnam, President ...

Senate can do better in its tax reform efforts

If a bipartisan assessment of the U.S. Senate’s tax reform bill is accurate, lawmakers need to go back to the drawing board. A measure being billed as tax relief should not force millions of Americans to pay more. Analysts for Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation have concluded the ...

Constitutional convention is definition of democracy

When the United States was founded, there was a constitutional convention held that drafted our nation’s founding document. It is essentially the political rules by which we all live, in conjunction with the constitutional amendments that have been added since. The Supreme Court is the final ...

How about enforcing the existing laws first?

In 2012, an Air Force court martial found Devin Patrick Kelley guilty of assaulting his wife and child. He served a year of confinement before receiving a bad conduct discharge. That should have disqualified him from purchasing firearms. Yet he was able to do so. He used them recently to ...

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Republicans are failing Democrats had reason to celebrate Tuesday night with gubernatorial election victories in New Jersey and Virginia. Is this an anti-Trump wave? Hardly. These are two “blue states” that favor Democrats. That said, Democrats can celebrate something else very ...

Public might need help with use of roundabouts

We believe the Minnesota Department of Transportation when it says a study it conducted shows that roundabouts installed statewide have reduced the number of injuries and fatalities due to car crashes. But we likewise believe Blue Earth Police Chief Tom Fletcher, who says the number of overall ...

Given laws, there has to be an energy source

A portion of Faribault County is involved in debate over a proposed wind farm in Barber Township, located several miles northeast of Blue Earth. EDF Renewable Energy plans to build 80 to 100 wind turbines by working with participating landowners. It has run into some public opposition from ...

Down road, Congress should kill off mandate

Republican leaders in Congress were not happy with one tax reform proposal from President Donald Trump. It was that the comprehensive tax bill on which they are working include a provision rescinding the Affordable Care Act’s so-called “individual mandate.” Tax reformers knew that ...

Aid to Puerto Rico must prompt reforms there

President Donald Trump has been accused of discriminating against Puerto Rico in terms of U.S. aid to help the island recover from devastating hurricanes. Far from it. Trump appears to be discriminating against U.S. states with big disaster recovery bills. Trump previously had told the ...

U.S. Park Service forgot about murder of its own?

In September, the National Park Service announced it would provide $98,000 for a project to honor the legacy of the Black Panther Party. The money was to go to the University of California at Berkeley. One wonders whether the park service would have paid that much to honor the legacy of one ...

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Making Halloween fun We extend kudos to Fairmont, and especially the residents along Woodland Avenue, for making Halloween a special evening for youngsters and adults alike. The city took action this year to close Woodland Avenue to vehicle traffic so the popular trick-or-treating street ...

Don’t let compromise gut real tax law changes

Republicans writing a comprehensive tax reform bill already have made compromises. One occurred this week, when they bowed to the “tax-the-rich” crowd by agreeing to leave rates at current levels for top earners. Those are the very people most likely to have taken any tax savings and ...

Iranian announcement provides little assurance

Iranian Revolutionary Guard officials announced Tuesday that the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameini, has restricted the range of missiles manufactured in Iran to 1,240 miles. Oh. Everything’s all right, then. All that worry over Iran’s missile and nuclear weapons programs ...

Left scrambles to undermine tax cuts

As conservatives in Congress and President Donald Trump move closer to enacting a major tax relief bill, liberal opponents are scrambling to find arguments against it. Their quest has taken them even to the point of disavowing — for now — one of the key tenets of liberal philosophy. Now, ...

U.S. intelligence needs to get it right on N. Korea

Knowing what North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is thinking is virtually impossible, because of his brutal, often erratic personality. One question is whether he understands he has an ace in the hole and is using it. If so, Kim may well bring on a nuclear war. During the weekend, U.S. ...