West Central Tribune Editorial Board
America and its citizens are often cautious about jumping into a foreign conflict like the civil strife in Iraq and Syria.
It is unfortunate, but it has become lockdown time for invasive carp on the Mississippi River in Minnesota. A bill closing the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis is currently awaiting the signature of President Obama. The president should sign this bill into law. While this lock is not used much by recreational boaters, there is some opposition by some. The danger of the invasive carp is too big to ignore. These bighead and silver carp can grow to weigh more than 100 pounds.
It was a tragic accident on April 24 near a rural Utah town where a truck hauling turkeys crashed through a guardrail on U.S. 189 and plunged into a reservoir. The driver was thrown clear of the truck cab, but survived with injuries, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.
A student and faculty effort is opposing an upcoming appearance of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at the University of Minnesota. The University Senate has scheduled a vote next week on a resolution calling for the university to withdraw its Rice invitation This is unfortunate. Rice’s address on civil right is scheduled for April 17 as part of the Humphrey School Of Public Affairs “Distinguished Carlson Lecture Series.” A Humphrey School news release called Rice “one of the most influential and powerful people in the world,” according to a Star Tribune report. Opponents of the
We have long advocated on the importance of a high-quality transportation system for the state of Minnesota. Thus, we compliment the large statewide coalition, Move On, calling for an investment in maintaining and improving Minnesota’s transportation system. The state strives to do the best it can to maintain and improve transportation systems all around the state.
Ethanol is important in west central Minnesota and across rural America. That is why it is critical for all citizens to take time to write letters to the federal Environmental Protection Agency by Tuesday, citing their opposition to its proposal to reduce the nation’s Renewable Fuel Standard by 10 percent or 1.4 billion gallons in 2014. This is a significant decrease, one that would hit Minnesota’s ethanol industry hard and impact west central Minnesota. Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Dave Frederickson said the EPA proposal would result in a decrease in demand in Minnesota of about 1