Local Editorials

Tax relief isn’t issue; spending out of control

Many members of Congress who have opposed tax relief as approved by both houses of Congress insist their concern is increasing the national debt. How reassuring that lawmakers are worried about that — finally. It is estimated that during the next decade, the tax cuts will increase the ...

Action, investigation of EPA officials needed

Most of the time, politicians tend to let bygones be bygones in the wake of elections. No matter how many of the rules an opponent may have broken, it is viewed as good form for the winner to forget about them. That should not be the case now, as more and more evidence of wrongdoing by former ...

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Airport needs hangar Fairmont’s airport has become an important part of the city’s economic development apparatus, and is well-used by pilots in general. The airport has a modern terminal and has made investments in runways, taxiways and lighting. It is a fine facility. One shortcoming ...

Accountability check needed at B.E. Area

The rumors and questions have swirled around the case of four Blue Earth Area football players who allegedly held down and beat a teammate at an end-of-the-regular season party in Winnebago on Oct. 19. The shocking nature of events — and the school’s response — have sparked outrage among ...

Now governor wants to work with Legislature?

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, in an interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune published Sunday, said he is ready to restore funding to the Legislature and work with lawmakers to get some important things done in the final year of his term. It may be a little late for that. Dayton slashed the ...

Automatic tax hikes? What about spending?

Is it possible to have a tax cut worse than no tax cut? It may be. Leave it to Congress to find a way to make Americans look a gift horse in the mouth. Republican leaders in the Senate are scrambling to ensure they can muster a majority when their chamber votes on a tax reform bill, sometime ...

Moderate Muslims can do more to help

In the bloodiest attack ever by Islamic terrorists in Egypt, they massacred at least 235 fellow Muslims in an attack on a mosque Friday. Bombs were set off, and those who escaped them were mowed down by gunmen. The mosque, in Egypt’s Sinai region, was packed with members of the Sufi branch ...

Legislative leaders must be ready to act

Two Minnesota legislators accused of sexual harassment and misconduct recently agreed that they will resign. Democratic Sen. Dan Schoen announced his resignation Wednesday, though his attorney raised questions about whether he is guilty as charged of groping a Democratic political ...

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School has work to do A police investigation has resulted in charges against four Blue Earth Area students following an alleged assault. The incident — and others — sparked an outcry among the public over how Blue Earth Area is handling bullying. Those voices made themselves heard at a ...

Faulty tax bill analysis adds sunset provisions

One sometimes wonders if there is a limit to the absurdity of complaints about tax reform proposals. Apparently not. Tax Policy Center analysts recently revealed that “the Senate tax overhaul bill would produce tax increases for half of all taxpayers by 2027.” But wait. Read the next ...

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 ...