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June 20, 2015 Ugliness of hate THUMBS DOWN: It is impossible to fathom the depth of the degradation of a human mind that thinks it is justified in killing black people because they are “taking over the world. more »»

State sex offender program problems not going away

June 19, 2015 State officials have apparently been in denial about the problems facing the state’s sex offender treatment program. U.S. more »»

Better no deal than weak deal with Iran­

June 18, 2015 At one time, President Barack Obama insisted that any pact to keep Iran from building nuclear weapons had to include agreement by Tehran to provide details of its past attempts to do that. more »»

Where is government accountability?

June 17, 2015 One might think that when the government pours billions of dollars into a program, there would be some oversight to ensure the money is not wasted. That would not be an accurate assumption, however. more »»

Nienstedt resignation will allow for healing

June 16, 2015 Archbishop John Nienstedt resigned as head of the St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese on Monda. more »»

Court needs to hear Obamacare challenge

June 15, 2015 A critical case involving the national health care law “probably shouldn’t even have been taken up” by the Supreme Court, President Barack Obama said last week. more »»

Session finally done

June 14, 2015 Special legislative sessions in Minnesota are becoming so common they should be called “extra sessions” — there’s not much special about them. more »»

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June 13, 2015 Session stumper THUMBS DOWN: The Minnesota Legislature’s one-day special session passed most of the important legislation facing it, but stumbled on the agriculture and environmental bill. more »»

Record setting concealment

June 12, 2015 President Barack Obama’s administration, which he promised in 2009 would be the most transparent in history, instead is on track to set new records for concealing information. more »»

Get the session started soon

June 11, 2015 It sounds like the Minnesota Legislature’s latest special session should be starting soon. Gov. Mark Dayton announced Friday that the basic agreements have been reache. more »»

Computer security hard, but necessary

June 10, 2015 Lock your front door and a determined burglar will merely climb through a window. Lock it and he may just break the glass to enter. As homeowners know, it can be very difficult to keep thieves out. more »»

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 »»

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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 »»



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