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Trump could privatize nation's air traffic controllers
Your fleece jacket might be polluting the Mississippi River
No draft for women in $618.7 billion annual defense bill heading to Obama
Landmark survey finds U.S. transgender people harassed in public restrooms
Man facing 16 felonies for alleged kidnapping, assault of Willmar woman
Bruce & Deb Johnson
Russel & Dorraine Miller
August 15, 2016
Dionne: Politics as an Olympian endeavor
WASHINGTON—Simone Manuel, Katie Ledecky and Simone Biles will not be eligible to run for president until 2032, although Michael Phelps...
August 15, 2016 - 12:15am
July 11, 2016
Minnesota Opinion: Beware, it's election season and polling time
All those ear-to-ear grinning, hand-grabbing, stickers-sticking politicians in your local summer parade should have tipped you off: It's election season. Yes, yes, Election Day is still four months off, but Minnesota's primary election — to narrow the fields of candidates in...
July 11, 2016 - 1:00am
December 17, 2013
Letter: The echo chamber of opinion
Talking heads on TV are not good sources of objective information that can be relied upon for our present dilemma of Congressional stalemate, since it is to their advantage to stoke the fires of controversy just to keep TV addicts tuned in to their everlasting bloviating. Any issue,...
December 17, 2013 - 2:00am
March 21, 2013
Letter: A cushy deal for politicians
I wish I could write myself a raise. If politicians would give the taxpayers the list of perks they get now, people would not believe their eyes. You don’t find too many part-time jobs that pay as well as they are. How many jobs give a pension after only a few years with the company...
March 21, 2013 - 12:00am
Cartoon: Merry Christmas to politicians
December 21, 2012 - 6:37pm
August 13, 2012
Farmers' message to politicians
REDWOOD FALLS -- Gene Stengel and Roger Dale sprinkled seasoning on pork chops, then grilled them to just the right temperature to serve to hungry Farmfest visitors. But they cranked up the heat while roasting politicians of all stripes, in Washington and St. Paul, because they cannot...
August 13, 2012 - 12:00am
July 26, 2012
Editorial: More gun control is not option in 2012, politicians will not tackle guns in 2012
West central Minnesota and the rest of America were united Friday in grief for the victims of the Colorado movie shootings and in rage for the suspect. The incident was not even a day old before the debate quickly shifted to a debate of gun rights versus gun control. New...
July 26, 2012 - 8:46am
January 19, 2012
Letter: It's time for term limits
This is in response to Norm Baker's letter in the Jan. 16 paper. Shame on you for insulting the mentally handicapped. Unlike the idiots in Washington, D.C., they want out. Senators and representatives think the marriage vow "till death do us part" was in their oath of office. It...
January 19, 2012 - 12:00am
October 28, 2010
Letter: Winds started with campaigns
The high wind warning that is in effect through Wednesday is actually a little late. It should have been posted when the political campaigns began. Politics this year has been some of the most negative in recent years and all the parties are involved. Today their campaign spending...
October 28, 2010 - 12:00am
October 23, 2010
Cartoon by Clay Jones
October 23, 2010 - 12:00am
October 12, 2010
Letter: A reason to get political
Like you, I hate getting unsolicited political phone calls, but yesterday I was making them. Like you, I bet, I have been really disgusted lately with politics and politicians, so when I saw a yard sign, "Rice for State Senate," I thought, "That can't be the Larry Rice I know, he's...
October 12, 2010 - 12:00am
September 4, 2010
Letter: Peterson is a career politician
After reading Merlin Marlowe's flawed analysis of Collin Peterson in the Aug. 30 edition of the West Central Tribune, I feel compelled to set the record straight concerning Congressman Peterson. Collin Peterson is a career politician, plain and simple. He was first elected in 1976....
September 4, 2010 - 12:00am
May 27, 2010
Commentary: What were they really thinking?
The candidates subject themselves to all those boring chicken dinners, weekends on the road and having to flatter unpleasant people. Their campaign workers, contributors and media friends struggle to pull them over the finish line. The politicians taste victory, or at least a commanding...
May 27, 2010 - 12:00am
May 24, 2010
Commentary: Casting stones at glass houses can be rough
WASHINGTON -- A fall from grace of the sort experienced recently by Indiana's Mark Souder typically brings smiles to the faces of liberals weary of moralistic religious types who preach one thing and do another. But I took no pleasure in Souder's resignation from Congress last week...
May 24, 2010 - 12:00am
Commentary: Real, true Marines just do not lie
WASHINGTON -- I have a thing for Marines, always have. It began a long time ago when I watched my older brother amble away in the night toward his barracks at Camp Pendleton near San Diego. I cried myself dry that evening, thinking that I might not see him again, knowing that the...
May 24, 2010 - 12:00am