Local Editorials

Justice demands more be done in this matter

$5 million is a lot of money. It is not nearly enough to compensate three men for being imprisoned wrongly — for 20 years. At least they ought to have some assurance that true justice will prevail in their cases. In 1995, three Cleveland,Ohio, men — Laurese Glover, Eugene Johnson and ...

Single-payer would be costly, damaging

Of all the solutions that might be implemented to help more Americans obtain and afford health care, we cannot understand the drive by some on the left for a single-payer system. Columnist John Stossel, on this page, offers a rundown of the issues surrounding single-payer and its flaws. There ...

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Farm bill may pass soon There may be some movement on a federal farm bill. That is good news for producers in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa, as well as the ag businesses that work with them. Republicans in the U.S. House had wanted work requirements for those obtaining food stamps ...

Legalize marijuana? Other priorities exist

As Gov.-elect Tim Walz begins his transition to take over the seat from Gov. Mark Dayton in January, he has been meeting with past governors to seek their counsel and advice on the role he will now play. That is a wise strategy, provided he doesn’t feel too obligated to accept their ...

Exercise guidelines: More needless meddling

Here’s a shocker: Exercise is good for you. Even short-term bursts of activity can help you lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety and help you sleep better. Medical professionals say that anything helps, or doing something is better than doing nothing. Perhaps that message will help inspire ...

Easy test: Will Pelosi negotiate on border wall?

At one point in time, critics rightly called out American lawmakers for being too cozy with one another. Democrats and Republicans happily engaged in logrolling to pass their pet projects and programs, getting federal largesse flowing to their home districts. That legacy is part of the reason ...

Higher gas tax? Maybe cut spending elsewhere

The legislative agenda of Gov.-elect Tim Walz is starting to emerge. Walz will be working with a Democratic-led House of Representatives and a Republican-controlled Senate when the Legislature reconvenes in January. What those facts mean is that nobody can get everything they want, and nobody ...

We acknowledge, thank our American veterans

One hundred years ago, the conflict many hoped was “the war to end wars” drew to a close. For decades, Nov. 11 each year was observed as Armistice Day. Now, we know it as Veterans Day, honoring those among us who have served at any time in the armed forces. Though the last American ...

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What’s the end goal? The 2018 election is over, and Democrats have scored a success by gaining control of the U.S. House. They deserve congratulations, and scrutiny. What, we wonder, do Democrats actually want to do? Not just in the House this year, but in the nation for the next decade ...

Divided government at state, national levels

The Minnesota Legislature, like the U.S. Congress, is split between Democrats and Republicans. In both, Democrats control the House while Republicans control the Senate. So, in order to get anything done, it will take bipartisanship, intellectual maturity and compromise. Democrats in the ...

Health care resonates because prices baffle

On Tuesday night, Democrats won back the U.S. House of Representatives. On Wednesday, Speaker-in waiting Nancy Pelosi discussed their victory, noting that her party’s candidates who won in crucial swing districts stayed on message, and that message had primarily to do with health care, not ...

Careless drivers put children in grave danger

It really is a question about how much children mean to us. Are they precious enough for us to pay just a little bit of attention while we are driving? Not for some people — and that includes a few right here in our area. We doubt there is a school bus driver in our area who has not ...

Today’s the day to get out, exercise your rights

The right to vote ... the right to select our representatives in government, the right to help set the course for our town, county, state and nation. It is an awesome right, and one that makes this country different from and better than many others around the world. This right gives us a ...

President Trump can’t just do what he wants

Republicans used to bash President Barack Obama for his “imperial presidency” — his use of executive orders to do things that the Republican-controlled Congress wouldn’t go along with. What, then, do they have to say about President Donald Trump, who Axios on HBO he could to sign an ...

Sentinel Editorial

Fairmont Foods growing On March 17, 2015, Downs Food Group of Mankato purchased the Fairmont Foods plant and saved 150 full-time and part-time workers. This has been a perfect fit for Downs Food Group and the Fairmont area. They have continued to grow, adding over 200 workers and expanding ...

Immigration must remain a legal process

Clearly, officials in some Central and South American countries are capitalizing on U.S. domestic policies to handle some of their own problems. The fact they get to embarrass President Donald Trump’s administration seems to be a bonus for some of them. Rampant violence and poor economies ...

Caravan must be stopped peacefully

Unless they find motorized transport, the 7,000 Central Americans trudging on foot through Mexico will not arrive at their destination, the U.S. border, for three to six weeks. Good. U.S. officials will need all the time they can get to prepare for the group’s arrival. Use of caravans has ...

Ancient evil has reared up again in shooting

An ancient and evil hatred showed itself once again in Pittsburgh on Saturday, when 11 people were shot to death in the Tree of Life synagogue as they gathered to pray. That hatred led the accused, Robert Gregory Bowers, to charge into the place of worship with an AR-15 rifle and three ...

Help youngsters stay safe this Halloween

It’s “trick or treat” time throughout the nation, with communities throughout our area setting times and dates this week for costumed children to go door-to-door asking for treats. Excited youngsters running to and fro, often ignoring basic safety rules about crossing streets and ...

Caravan must be halted, but by peaceful means

Unless they find motorized transport, the 7,000 Central Americans trudging on foot through Mexico will not arrive at their destination, the U.S. border, for three to six weeks. Good. U.S. officials will need all the time they can get to prepare for the small army’s arrival. Use of caravans ...