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The solution to Islamic extremist: Destruction

December 23, 2014 If peace-loving people throughout the world needed any more evidence Islamic terrorists must be wiped out, it came last week. more »»

Only in Washington can this story be true

December 22, 2014 It is nothing new that the penalty for malfeasance in federal government often is a promotion. Another example of the practice surfaced this week. more »»

Et Cetera ...

December 20, 2014 Prairieland cuts costs We keep hearing better news out of the Prairieland waste-processing facility these days. more »»

Iowa simply trying to make system efficient

December 19, 2014 The state of Iowa has come up with a great idea:?Let people register to vote online by using a driver’s license or photo ID. more »»

Minnesota has messed up ‘medical marijuana’

December 18, 2014 The state of Minnesota decided to get involved in the world of medical marijuana, but only in a Minnesota nanny-state kind of way. more »»

Environment always affected by what we do

December 17, 2014 No technology — not even the so-called “green” ones — can produce energy without affecting the environment in some way. Even the most primitive, undeveloped cultures emit pollutants. more »»

AIDS, malaria kill more than Ebola, need funding

December 16, 2014 Congress probably will go along with President Barack Obama’s request for $5.4 billion to fight Ebola abroad and ensure this country is better prepared for an outbreak. more »»

Some national sites are also sacred places

December 15, 2014 Some national parks and historic sites are much more than beautiful places and reminders of our heritage as Americans. more »»

Et Cetera ...

December 13, 2014 Clarifying job duties Fairmont City Council made a couple of good but not unanimously popular decisions this week. more »»

Greater Minnesota to get more attention

December 12, 2014 Research by Republicans in the Minnesota House of Representatives shows that outstate Minnesota pays 16 percent more in taxes than metro counties and gets back 6 percent less in major tax aids,... more »»

It’s simple: Eric Garner did not have to perish

December 11, 2014 It is difficult to watch the video of the July 17 arrest of 43-year-old Eric Garner without being stunned and horrified. more »»

Remember local stores this shopping season

December 10, 2014 As Christmas draws nearer, many of us cast nervous looks at our shopping lists and wonder how we will get it all done. more »»

Ignoring professionals not good sign for U.S.

December 9, 2014 As leaks from the Pentagon grow in the wake of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s decision to step down, it becomes apparent part of the problem has been White House micromanaging of the military. more »»

Surplus is no reason to go on spending spree

December 8, 2014 Minnesota’s latest state revenue forecast on Thursday had encouraging news for Gov. Mark Dayton and lawmakers who will write up a new budget when the Legislature convenes in January. more »»

Et Cetera ...

December 6, 2014 One system works best Martin County commissioners this week defended their decision to adopt a true county assessment system, in the face of frustration expressed by some township officials. more »»

GHEC should do what it must to save costs

December 5, 2014 In Iowa, the state creates incentives for the smallest school districts to combine their operations. The result is the efficient use of buildings, staff and resources. more »»

If Minnesota has lottery, it should utilize Internet

December 4, 2014 The Minnesota State Lottery and state lawmakers are in a fight that begs some questions about the state’s role in gambling. more »»

Obama, Reid ready to play politics, again

December 3, 2014 Time is running out for Congress to act on critical pieces of legislation. more »»

Secretary of Defense turnover not heartening

December 2, 2014 President Barack Obama does not seem to have very good luck in keeping secretaries of defense. The third one of his administration, Chuck Hagel, is resigning. more »»

In this day and age, toy guns can be deadly

December 1, 2014 Twelve-year-old Tamir Rice of Cleveland probably would be alive today had he not brandished a realistic-looking gun when challenged by a police office. more »»



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