Editorials

07/19/2017 - 9:05am
Two area newspapers reported this week that driver diversion programs in their counties had been abolished because of new legislation enacted in 2017. The programs have been abolished in both Sibley and Wright counties, according to newspapers in Arlington and Buffalo. The premise of driver diversion programs seem simple enough — and beneficial to communities and drivers. In these...
07/12/2017 - 9:01am
By Lee H. Hamilton I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to journalism, I’m a traditionalist. Old-fashioned, even. But I don’t think it’s a coincidence that even while confidence in the media drops to new lows and Time magazine feels moved to wonder “Is Truth Dead?” on its cover, huge numbers of...
07/05/2017 - 6:22am
At last Wednesday’s meeting of the McLeod County Planning Advisory Commission, the question was raised as to why some conditions — such as hours of operation and reclamation timeframes — can vary on gravel mining pits in the same area. Acoma Township officials noted that conditions for two requested mining permit renewals were...
07/05/2017 - 6:21am
To the Editor: As an avid bicyclist, local elected official, member of the county trail committee, and county taxpayer, I am in tune to the discussions that have taken place regarding development of the Dakota Rail Trail in McLeod County. Unfortunately, a lot of misinformation has been disseminated to try to derail this effort. A recent letter...
07/05/2017 - 6:20am
By Lee H. Hamilton Back when I was in Congress, I got a call from a constituent one day. I’d recently voted to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, and the man was more than irate. “Don’t you understand that we’ve got a serious spending and debt problem in this country?” he asked. “Why did you cast this...
07/05/2017 - 6:19am
By U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar Grilling hot dogs and corn on the cob, marching in parades, staying up late to watch fireworks light up the night sky — the Fourth of July always reminds us how united we are. We are united in independence. We are united in freedom. We are united in patriotism, our unwavering love of this nation and the...
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