ObamaCare detractors should offer alternative proposal

Dennis DalmanEditorial0 Comments

Monday was the beginning of what might prove to be one of the most momentous Supreme Court decisions in the past half century. At issue is whether the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act (sometimes called ObamaCare) is or is not constitutional. The nine Supreme Court justices began hearing testimony, pro and con, Monday. After testimony, the justices will

Death raises questions in gun-crazed culture

Dennis DalmanColumn, Sartell – St. Stephen0 Comments

The murder of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., has rightfully raised howls of outrage far and wide. His senseless death, hopefully, will not be forgotten. Maybe, just maybe, we can all learn something from it and start facing head-on the problems caused by this gun-crazed culture. Martin’s killer – 28-year-old George Zimmerman – was not arrested simply because he claimed

Heed spring burning restrictions

TaLeiza CallowayEditorial, Opinion, St. Joseph0 Comments

The weather this winter has no doubt been a little warmer than expected. Many might not complain about this. Others still long for the snow that has been absent. The warm weather has not only affected the scheduling of events or natural processes but has forced the implementation of spring burning restrictions. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources started to

Good customer service is scarce

TaLeiza CallowayColumn, Opinion, St. Joseph0 Comments

According to the American Heritage Dictionary, one definition of the word courtesy is “polite behavior.” Some might think to themselves, I know what courtesy is supposed to look like, but a sad reality is it is becoming harder and harder to spot when it comes to customer service. Whether you’re shopping in the grocery store, your local mall or driving through

Reader says taxpayers should not fund sexual activities

Christian GilmanLetter to the Editor0 Comments

Ron Scarbro, Newsleader reader I have no intention of trying to defend Rush Limbaugh. He has fared pretty well so far without my help and he will probably do OK without me now. That having been said, I thought his recent comments were stupid. His choice of words was ridiculous. If you didn’t hear, he basically referred to a young

Salvation Army helps out 365 days in every year

Dennis DalmanEditorial0 Comments

It never ceases to amaze people when they learn how the Salvation Army manages to offer such a vast array of services. During a recent open house at the St. Cloud-based Salvation Army facility, visitors heard the following statistics: 1. The Salvation Army serves close to 18,000 people who have emergency needs – both individuals and families in crisis situations.

Health-care solutions abound elsewhere

Dennis DalmanColumn0 Comments

Why is the United States so afraid of learning good things from other countries? Take health care, for example. Many Americans have been bamboozled into thinking the United States has the best health-care system in the world while the rest of the countries have horrible socialistic systems where people – if they’re not waiting in line – are dying in

Op-ed Senator Klobuchar: What I want to see in the next farm bill

Christian GilmanColumn, Letter to the Editor0 Comments

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar During the past year I’ve visited dozens of Minnesota’s businesses and farms. All over our state you see “Made in America” isn’t just a timeworn cliche – it’s happening here and it’s happening now. Wherever I go, I’m always reminded of how important farming is to our state’s economy. In fact, you could even say agriculture