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Opinion

Citizens will have to back police or crime

Local Editorials

Shootings are on the rise in major American cities. Some on the left and many in the media are scrambling to suggest this has nothing to do with the lawlessness that has been allowed to grow under the guise of “protests” over police killings of black men. But peaceful protests are one ...

State updates manual for driver, police safety

Local Editorials

Minnesota has made an important update to its driver’s manual. We hope those drivers who are also gun owners are paying attention. Drivers who are stopped by police may be asked if they have a firearm in the car. To keep everyone — driver, passengers, police — from danger, drivers are ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Voting my conscience To the Editor: I was born and raised on the West Coast. I had a D behind my name on the voter registration for decades. Every four years, I voted accordingly. However, as I grew older it was becoming harder to check that box. I can understand your concerns. The DFL ...

Iran builds arsenal as world is distracted

Local Editorials

While the rest of the world was preoccupied with other things this spring and summer, Iranian leaders — despite a severe COVID-19 epidemic in their own country, were busy creating another threat. Iran has continued to increase its stockpile of enriched uranium, needed to build the nuclear ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

CREST adapting To the Editor: In the midst of our fast-changing world, CREST has found the basic needs of our aging and caregiver populations have not changed but are intensified. Isolation is the culprit that has given CREST an opportunity to modify our services to better meet the ...

Mainstream media misses boat on blame

Local Editorials

The United States has been going through a lot this year, but it seems that regardless of the issue — coronavirus, reopening the economy, Black Lives Matter riots — the national mainstream media does all it can to smear blame on the Trump administration and its political allies. It’s ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Preventing the spread To the Editor: I just re-read the letter to the editor recently submitted by Char Kahler. I applaud her statements concerning wearing masks and social distancing. Her statement: “I have heard comments like, ‘If I get COVID, I get it,’ ‘It’s in my car, but I ...

Museums, historical sites need our support

Local Editorials

It will take some time for us all to get used to the “new normal” after the COVID-19 epidemic. One aspect of our lives that should not change — but could — is the variety of museums or historical sites that educate and entertain us, our children and grandchildren. Throughout the ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

Maintain good habits People are beyond tired of the COVID-19 pandemic and most are anxious to get back to normal lives. Who can blame them? But as we have seen across parts of the country in recent weeks, reopening the economy has meant new spikes in virus cases. Those new cases spawn even ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Funds will aid veterans To the Editor: Thank you to everyone who donated to the Welcome Legion Auxiliary Post 553 in support of Poppy Day. All funds donated go to our veterans. We appreciate your donations. Lois Nelson, president Welcome Legion Auxiliary Post 553 Support ...

Investigations needed on failures of response

Local Editorials

In some respects, COVID-19 may seem like a bad dream for many Americans, even though it is far from stamped out in our country. One aspect of recovery — placing blame — already is well along. But recriminations that were common during the height of the epidemic are trailing off. That ...

Tearing things down betrays nation’s values

Local Editorials

Demonstrators this summer have engaged in a round of tearing down statues of people they see as champions of bigotry. Their actions should not be condoned. Tearing things down is not how we accomplish change in this country. We do it democratically, by participating in a process that takes ...

Using fireworks? Please use your common sense

Local Editorials

Fireworks are part of the Fourth of July. They are more available than ever in most areas. And this year, for obvious reasons, even some people who did not buy and set off their own pyrotechnics in the past may be tempted to use them to blow off some steam. Just so no one blows off a couple ...

North Korean actions deserve no rewards

Local Editorials

Some things never change. North Korean dictators’ determination to stay in power by keeping the rest of the world off balance is one of them. For a time, it seemed as if North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un might be altering course from that pursued by his father and grandfather. Kim and ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

Making tough choices The Martin County West School Board this week made a tough but necessary decision. It voted to close the Welcome school as of Sept. 30. The district will then consider uses for the site. Communities, like Welcome, often feel that their schools are their lifeblood and ...

What matters in saving more lives? Production

Local Editorials

Charity begins at home, especially in safeguarding Americans from COVID-19. But Americans have a long, praiseworthy record of having big hearts, and now should be no exception to that. Efforts to develop new medicines to treat the symptoms of COVID-19 and to develop vaccines against it have ...

State fails to pass along CARES funding

Local Editorials

The federal government this year passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act. It is the legislation that put more money into the pockets of furloughed workers and included the $1,200 checks sent out to individuals. The act also included federal ...

Any new relief package must be sensibly crafted

Local Editorials

Members of Congress were wise to pause their campaign of priming the economic pump to counter the effects of the coronavirus epidemic. Nearly $3 trillion in aid to individuals, families, businesses and local and state governments were given time to work before more federal spending was ...

TSA possibly erred badly on coronavirus

Local Editorials

Mistakes made by some public officials in dealing with COVID-19 seem outrageous to us now. That may not have been so obvious when the errors were made — but knowing about them can avoid their repetition. The coronavirus epidemic is much like wartime: Resources must be used effectively. ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Please be considerate To the Editor: Can we do the simple, considerate and responsible thing? Wearing face masks? What was a concern of mine before was fueled by a recent news story about a restaurant owner who had saved money for his family to purchase a home and instead invested ...