The Free Press, Mankato, MN


March 1, 2014

Our View: Weather helpers are heroes


State finance officials released a new budget forecast Friday showing the state with a projected $1.233 billion surplus for the current biennium. That’s an increase of $408 million from the last forecast in December.

For those with short memories, it wasn’t that long ago the main reserve hit zero and officials had to dip into the credit line to pay bills. And a healthy surplus affects the bond ratings making it cheaper to borrow money. Bakk’s emphasis on a bigger rainy day fund is well placed.

Ariz. veto was right thing to do

Thumbs up to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer who vetoed a controversial bill that would have allowed businesses in the state to deny service to gays and lesbians.

How it got that far is bewildering. Arizona’s two GOP senators urged the veto and even several GOP state legislators who voted for the measure retreated and said it was not the right thing to do. Even the segment this bill was supposed to “protect” — Arizona business — was among the strongest opponents arguing this would cost them customers. This was nothing more than misplaced special-interest ideology masking itself as legislative protection.

Editorial Board

Clovers Pathstone’s sweethearts

It was a ho-hum day at Pathstone Living where there usually is so much going on. We were having our customary 3 p.m. tea and cookies when a group of young women walked through the door.

They handed each of us a valentine and wished us a very happy Valentine’s Day. There also was a group of young men who delivered their valentines to another part of the building. I believe they all are members of the Clever Clovers 4-H Club from St. Clair. We are truly appreciative for their visit and generosity. It’s nice to see the young generation willing to help make our days brighter.

Alice Lindberg


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