Local Editorials

Pope needs to draft detailed, concrete plan

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 ...

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Dangerous way to drive Human beings have some bad habits, often revolving around their need to cram more things into a smaller time frame. In addition, they now live attached to their cell phones, leaping to view the next bit of information rolling in. These are among the reasons that ...

For liberals, policy is now all about ‘morals’

With all their talk about “morals” these days, one would think that American liberals had started their own religion. Perhaps they have. Funny that they cannot see it, or their own hypocrisy, given their disdain for others’ religious beliefs. First, you will recall, House Speaker Nancy ...

Little real evidence that N. Korea is cooperating

Let us hope President Donald Trump agrees with former President Ronald Reagan’s policy in dealing with promises of disarmament: “Trust, but verify.” To that, Trump ought to add, “and quickly.” In pursuit of the worthy goal of lessening the threat to peace posed by North Korea, ...

City of Fairmont, YMCA plan to study options

The city of Fairmont and the YMCA of Albert Lea and Worthington this week entered into an important agreement. The two entities will assess if it is possible to financially meet the programming needs of both and provide adequate cash flow to operate, staff and maintain a community center in ...

Why would anyone publicly support him?

It seems some of Jussie Smollett’s fellow performers on the “Empire” television series have chosen to give him their unqualified support. Why on earth would they do that? If Chicago police are correct, Smollett committed a despicable crime. They say he paid two men to stage an attack on ...

Difficult to see a real national security issue

Slapping stiff import duties on imported cars and light trucks would almost certainly set off a trade war handicapping U.S. automakers. Yet President Donald Trump reportedly is considering such action — in the name of national security. A relatively little-used law allows presidents to use ...

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‘Community’ hurting Our society’s transformation centered around technology that nearly eliminates the need to leave one’s home is having a detrimental effect on communities, we believe. It is evident in the decline in community groups and difficulty in getting (young) people to ...

Outstate Minnesota should weigh ‘benefits’

In the wake of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s two-year budget proposal that includes billions in new taxes, Republican leaders in the state Senate say Walz has gone too far and should not expect their support. That’s good news for hard-working Minnesotans. Taxes in Minnesota are already too ...

Try enforcing existing laws to help save lives

Local, state and federal advocates of more limits on firearms ownership and use might do well to take aim at another method of curbing the mayhem caused by gun violence — enforcing existing laws. Just a few days ago, five people were killed and six others wounded when Gary Martin pulled ...

Massive surplus not enough for Gov. Walz

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s catchphrase is “One Minnesota.” We found out what it means Tuesday when he released his first two-year budget. If the state’s residents were to ask the new Democratic governor how many of their hard-earned dollars they get to keep, rather than send to St. ...

Trump’s action creates worry about precedent

Give President Donald Trump credit for being transparent about his plan to exert executive authority in what many view as a challenge to Congress. At least Trump, unlike his predecessor, is not engaging in a covert operation. For months, the president has insisted at least $5.7 billion is ...

Americans are failing to deal with debt crisis

We Americans are failing to cope with a serious crisis, and it has little to do with border security. It is the national debt, which topped $22 trillion last week. Consider just one aspect of the debt: Federal government spending totals about $4.4 trillion per year. Of that amount, more than ...

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Rebates get results One positive way to enact change is to give people an incentive to do something, rather than punish them if they do not. So it is in Fairmont, where commercial and residential utility customers have netted more than $1.3 million in rebates in the past five years. They ...

Walz: Enbridge now needs a ‘social permit’

Enbridge Energy has operated a crude oil pipeline — called Line 3 — across northern Minnesota since the 1960s. It begins in Canada and ends at a terminal in Superior, Wis. The oil is processed by refineries in the Midwest that turn it into many products, including gasoline. Line 3 is ...

Trump should sign bill, keep making his case

Fifty-five miles of border made impassable to illegal immigrants beats nothing. That is the view President Donald Trump should take of a border barrier compromise hammered out by Republicans and Democrats in Congress. With the three-week deadline to avoid another partial shutdown of ...

Compassion involves personal choice, action

Our society needs to have an honest discussion about compassion. While people may think they know what it means, it is clear there are instances of compassion being misinterpreted, and even twisted to represent something it is not. Let’s start with the basics. We probably all know someone, ...

Pelosi’s forces work to torpedo compromise

When winning at all costs becomes the primary objective of politicians, the American people suffer. Important initiatives are not undertaken. Bad things can happen. During much of the so-called “government shutdown,” it appeared that both President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy ...

They know the truth, but are not interested

At first, one might be inclined to think that liberals (wrongly) believe they can just “tax the rich” to pay for the government schemes they dream up. But since “the rich” actually do not have enough money to cover all these plans, one might conclude that liberals are just ...

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Making big promises Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, a Democrat, recently told a gathering of officials from outstate cities that he plans to boost local government aid to them by about $30 million. The pledge drew strong applause from city officials. Residents of outstate cities certainly deserve ...