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Social Security can’t afford this waste

June 9, 2015 Seventeen billion dollars is a drop in the bucket compared to the long-term fiscal challenges facing the Social Security program. more »»

Looking past EPA propaganda

June 8, 2015 According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's latest crowing, its proposed Clean Power Plan would cut carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 1,500 million metric tons per year by 2025. more »»

A lot of money spent on TSA incompetence

June 7, 2015 Most of us who have traveled by air over the past 13 years have experienced the inconvenience of dealing with Transportation Security Administration screenings, random searches and regulations. more »»

Thumbs Up/Down

June 6, 2015 Lights in Essig THUMBS UP: They may not put Essig on the map — Carl’s Corner and its award-winning broasted chicken have already done that — but the new lights at the Essig Ballpark have ushered... more »»

Rising cost of affordable health care

June 5, 2015 Health insurance is going to cost a lot more for many Americans who thought they were getting “affordable care,” as the president promised. more »»

Don’t blame Iraq?

June 4, 2015 Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s attitude in demanding more help in the fight against an Islamic State terrorist army should worry U.S. more »»

Put some controls on NSA’s domestic snooping

June 3, 2015 Intelligence agencies want unfettered authority to invade our privacy. It is in the very nature of spying organizations such as the National Security Agency. more »»

Youth drinking survey cause for concern

June 2, 2015 Brown County parents, educators and authorities should be concerned about the results of a 2013 state survey of young people’s behaviors. The survey shows 6. more »»

Prevent expanded water regulations

June 1, 2015 ]One U.S. Environmental Protection Agency goal in releasing new water pollution rules was "to stay out of agriculture's way," claims EPA Administrator Gina McCarth. more »»

Iraqi forces need to keep weapons we give them

May 31, 2015 U.S. officials should rethink how military assets are being used in the fight against Islamic State terrorists, President Barack Obama said Monday. more »»

Thumbs Up/Down

May 30, 2015 Well-deserved thanks Leslie Pitt Schneider is having a wonderful life, in spite of losing her left leg above the knee in a traffic accident when she was a six-year-old in New Ul. more »»

IRS must keep our information secure

May 29, 2015 Thieves stole about $5.8 billion from the Internal Revenue Service in 2013, by taking tax refunds due to people whose personal information they used to make the claims. more »»

There oughta be a law – and soon!

May 28, 2015 We’ve all heard the phrase, “There oughta be a law...” in reference to some injustice or wrong that is so obviously but seems to have slipped through the statutory cracks. more »»

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 »»

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 »»



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