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Kick the can again? We can only hope

February 26, 2013 Sequestration is a fancy word that kind of rolls off the tongue. Surely, most taxpaying U.S. citizens know what it means by now. more »»

Short takes for Feb. 22

February 22, 2013 Voting process under spotlight again THUMBS DOWN: It looks like we’re in for another if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it scenario with our election/voting process, with the failed photo ID issue just... more »»

Colorado House thankfully starts bar-setting process on gun control

February 20, 2013 It comes as little surprise that the state of Colorado, the state where a gunman opened fire at a movie theater last summer, has taken the lead on stronger gun control within its borders. more »»

Short takes for Feb. 15

February 15, 2013 School payment plans SIDEWAYS THUMBS: We find it a bit odd that education groups from Minnesota are telling lawmakers that the state’s IOUs to schools from past funding shifts shouldn’t be a priorit... more »»

Short takes for Feb. 8

February 8, 2013 Sorry, LaPierre, let’s bring on the background checks THUMBS DOWN: We take issue with what Wayne LaPierre, National Rifle Association executive vice president, said about background checks and how... more »»

Short takes for Feb. 1

February 1, 2013 Olsen pays a special visit THUMBS UP: Hats off to Larry Olsen of the Larry Olsen band for making a special trip to Marshall on Wednesday to play his accordion with Prairie Home Hospice resident Elme... more »»

Legislators: Gun law changes needed, but tread lightly

January 31, 2013 The state of Minnesota needs to update its gun laws — no one can disagree with that. more »»

Short takes for Jan. 25

January 28, 2013 Smokes going up? THUMBS UP: There are holes in Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget proposal to be sure, but we like the cigarette tax and hope it flie. more »»

Short takes for Jan. 18

January 18, 2013 Progress at the Pointe THUMBS UP: It’s nice to see steady progress being made at the Heritage Pointe senior living center on North 4th Street in Marshall — the former site of the Marshall Junior Hig... more »»

NRA in self-defense mode

January 17, 2013 Between President Barack Obama laying out his plan to fight gun violence and New York state enacting the state’s toughest gun restrictions, it’s been a tough week for the National Rifle Association. more »»

Short takes for Jan. 11

January 11, 2013 Patriots pitch in THUMBS UP: Marshall High School Activities Director Bruce Remme recently sent an email to the Minnesota State High School League’s John Milea singing the praises of the Sioux Falls... more »»

Short takes for Jan. 4

January 4, 2013 Peterson tells it like it is THUMBS UP: Few men or women in Congress these days would qualify for a “thumbs up,” but we’re giving one to District 7 Rep. more »»

Congress doesn’t exactly deserve three cheers

January 3, 2013 Don’t confuse a collective sigh of relief for enthusiasm and optimism for the future of our economy in the wake of Congress finally passing legislation that steered us clear of the ‘fiscal cliff. more »»

Short takes for Dec. 28

December 28, 2012 Control: Are guns the concern, or who is getting their hands on them? THUMBS DOWN: William Spengler’s actions Monday further confirmed the need for this country to do something to make it as... more »»

Short takes for Dec. 21

December 21, 2012 Schools react THUMBS UP: In the wake of last Friday’s school shooting in Newtown, Con. more »»

Short takes for Dec. 14

December 14, 2012 Winter reminders THUMBS DOWN: Last weekend’s snowstorm turned the landscape into a winter wonderland, but it should also serve as a reminder to slow yourself down a bit and pace yourself. more »»

As smaller deficit looms, it’s time for politicians to make hay

December 6, 2012 It will be déja-vu all over again for state senators and representatives returning to St. Paul in 2013, as budget officials have projected a $1.1 billion budget deficit for the 2014-15 biennium. more »»

Unfortunately, we’re in for a real ‘cliff’hanger

December 4, 2012 Minnesotans know firsthand what the consequences are when politicians aren’t able to compromise. more »»

Short takes for Nov. 30

November 30, 2012 Sportsmen’s Act blocked THUMBS DOWN: It was disappointing to see the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 get shot down by the U.S. Senate on Monday. more »»

What better time to give thanks

November 22, 2012 When you looked out your window today, you probably saw the same scene you see every day: neighbors getting their mail, that dog that always seems to get loose sniffing around, kids playing across... more »»



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