Support immigrants after ban’s ugly shadow

The framers of the “travel ban,” signed by President Donald Trump, keep insisting it’s not a “ban on Muslims.”

However, imagine how it feels to be a hard-working, law-abiding, tax-paying Somali man, woman or child right here in our area – many of whom have become by now full-fledged American citizens. Imagine how they felt when Trump, as a candidate, promised a ban on the entry of Muslims into this country. And imagine how they now feel? We are told the ban is not a blanket exclusion of Muslims, and yet – remembering Trump’s campaign promise – how can we and especially the Muslims among us be reassured of the intentions behind that ban?

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Replace Obamacare? Look to Minnesota

As hungry hounds get ready to rip apart Obamacare, all Americans should start looking to Minnesota for answers on how to replace it.

In 1992, Republican Gov. Arne Carlson and bipartisan legislators created what’s called MinnesotaCare, a state-operated health-insurance program. Thanks to that program, close to 110,000 Minnesotans now have affordable health coverage, based on income levels. And, as Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton recently noted, the program runs with less than 3 percent in annual overhead costs, which is vastly more efficient than other kinds of plans.

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So-happy ice fishing can turn tragic

“Why are you fishing in the minnow bucket? You need to put your line in the ice hole to catch a big one.” That was the response from my daughter’s father when I sent him a picture of the palm-sized perch I caught two weekends ago on Julia Lake near Clear Lake. It was the only fish I caught after two full days of ice-fishing. I should have kept it as a friend to my eight-inch goldfish at home.

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Trumpian birds of a feather flock together

Kent Nelson, Sartell

When I and my friends used to do something naughty or unwise, my mom always called it silly-goose behavior. Geese always fly in a V formation. The lead goose breaks wind for those that follow, making it easier for those in the rear to benefit from the effects of the wind and as the lead goose tires, another goose flies forward to take its place. Breaking wind has two connotations, and the one most apt will describe what is to follow.

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City sign is dangerous

Tom Ellenbecker, St. Joseph

I, too, have concerns about the new city sign as a previous letter-to-editor writer (“Needless city sign distracts drivers,” Newsleader, Feb 10). After touring the new government facility during Monday’s open house, I voiced apprehensions to St. Joseph Police Chief Joel Klein.

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Learning to be anti-scam savvy a vital skill to avoid being ‘took’

Once again, phone scams are in the news.

The latest involves the “Yes” scam in which the caller “tricks” a person into saying “Yes” on the phone. The crook on the other end of the line then records that person’s “Yes.” It can then be used later when the unwitting victims learn they owe a bill for something they did not order or want. If a victim scoffs at the bill, the scammer will then play back the sound of that person saying “Yes” as “proof” they agreed to the offer.

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It can’t happen here … or can it?

Sauk Centre-born Sinclair Lewis wrote a 1935 dystopian novel entitled It Can’t Happen Here. A big seller in its day, it faded to near oblivion. Now it’s suddenly back again, its sales increasing, along with performances across the nation of a 1936 play based on that book.

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So what can the president do?

With the recent inauguration of the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump, the issue of presidential power is on the minds of many. During the last few weeks, the president has issued several executive orders, some concerning heated topics. One of these orders, which included an immigration ban on seven countries, was recently stayed by a federal judge. So the question is, what powers does the president have on his own, and what goes too far or is outside the limits?

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