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Another waste of VA dollars

May 27, 2015 Why are top leaders at the Department of Veterans Affairs not firing bureaucrats by the dozens? That may be the question some veterans were asking during Memorial Day weekend, as one more VA scandal... more »»

Thanks for the Broadway Sign

May 27, 2015 To the editor: As many of you have noticed the city parking lot sign on Broadway and been turned on for the first time in many years. more »»

Ramadi raises worry about ISIS in Iraq

May 26, 2015 Contrary to what some commentators are saying, Islamic State terrorists’ conquests of the Iraqi city of Ramadi do not raise questions about U.S. strategy to defeat the vicious group. more »»

Our veterans truly deserve our thanks

May 25, 2015 Even taking into account the many challenges facing our nation, we Americans enjoy liberties, security, peace and prosperity that is the envy of most other people in the world. more »»

Congress should meet highway needs

May 24, 2015 Congress has kicked the proverbial can down the road so many times on one critical issue — highway and bridge funding — that lawmakers’ toes must be getting sore. more »»

Thumbs Up/Down

May 23, 2015 Bird flu on the wane? THUMBS UP: The incidence of avian flu in Minnesota seems to be slowing down. more »»

Transportation bill should be recalled

May 22, 2015 For years, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has been struggling to keep up with the maintenance and repair of the state’s roadway. more »»

Protecting Hillary

May 21, 2015 A federal judge, perhaps disgusted by the blatantly political attempt to protect former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has rejected one aspect of it. He should proceed to the next step. more »»

Back to special session

May 20, 2015 Back in 1992, following the Los Angeles riots sparked by the Rodney King beating and the acquittal of the officers who were videotaped beating him, King asked the plaintive question, “Can’t we all... more »»

It’s not easy being religious

May 20, 2015 It had rained a spot on Saturday, enough to chase me and my planter in from the field. Now on Sunday morning, I was walking up the steps at St. Mary’s in Sleepy Eye for Mass. more »»

Chickens finally here

May 19, 2015 Last year when the New Ulm City Council began debating the question of keeping chickens in town, the turnout at council meetings seemed to indicate there was quite an intererest in keeping flocks... more »»

Budget deadline

May 18, 2015 Today is crunch time for the Minnesota Legislature. It has until midnight tonight to pass the state’s two year budget before it adjourns. The only thing standing in their way, it seems, is Gov. more »»

Ethics office gave cover to Clintons

May 17, 2015 Imagine yourself as a State Department ethics office employee, asked for opinions on the propriety of activities that earn your boss’ family millions of dollars. more »»

Thumbs Up/Down

May 16, 2015 Keep birds at home THUMBS UP: The Minnesota Board of Animal Health has canceled all poultry shows in the state, including those at county fairs and the Minnesota State Fair, as it battles to stop th... more »»

Water rule problems not just matter of perception

May 15, 2015 Like a child caught with his hand in the cookie jar, Environmental Protection Agency officials are admitting they made some mistakes with their “waters of the United States rule. more »»

Budget talks

May 14, 2015 No news is good news in the state budget talks, apparently. Legislative leaders and Gov. more »»

Local law enforcement among the best

May 14, 2015 To the editor: May 10 to May 16 is National Police Week. more »»

Obama aggravating Middle East crisis

May 13, 2015 A genuine foreign policy crisis is occurring, and President Barack Obama’s reaction to it betrays his clear failure to comprehend the peril his ongoing missteps have created. more »»

Downtown hydrant painting timeline extended

May 13, 2015 To the editor: The local Public Utilities Commission approved painting the 10 downtown fire hydrants into colorful caricatures that small children would recognize and/or of a German theme. more »»

Paying lip service to accountability

May 12, 2015 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is very conscientious about telling Americans, both businesses and individuals, they have to clean up their air emissions, water discharges, etc. more »»



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