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Local Editorials

Correcting misperception must be priority for police

Leave aside, for a moment, the political correctness that has resulted in universal condemnation of all law enforcement personnel. In the interest of saving lives, let us return to using our common sense. As The Associated Press reports, a significant number of police officers, deputies, ...

Trump’s push clearly has a political basis

President Donald Trump was letting his political desires show too much with his insistence last week that the nation’s public schools reopen in the fall. He has threatened to withhold federal dollars if schools do not bring back students. Trump also criticized the Centers for Disease ...

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Public needs access Martin County commissioners this week tackled the topic of whether to continue meeting via videoconferencing, and what to do when the state of Minnesota’s emergency declaration ends. The board apparently can continue to meet as it has been, but this raises questions ...

Citizens will have to back police or crime

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

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 ...

Iran builds arsenal as world is distracted

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 ...

Mainstream media misses boat on blame

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 ...

Museums, historical sites need our support

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 ...

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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 ...

Investigations needed on failures of response

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

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

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

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 ...

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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

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

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

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

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. ...

Joint Chiefs chairman rightly regrets action

Regardless of how you lean politically, what Army Gen. Mark Milley did recently was reassuring. President Donald Trump has been criticized by some — and, it needs to be noted, praised by others — for something he did after a night of civil unrest near the White House. You will have heard ...

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Campsites reopening Martin County commissioners this week moved ahead with reopening county parks, although with added sanitary precautions and limits on the quantity of campers. We believe commissioners have done the right thing. It is summer and much “camping” is done outdoors, where ...