Opinion

Another nice mess

Editorials

“Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into!” The line was made famous by the comedy team of Laurel and Hardy. Oliver Hardy delivered it to Stan Laurel in many of the pair’s films as the kicker to the most ridiculous of misfortunes. The phrase could be used around the ...

Off the Record: Dormant? We’ll see

Columns

A few weeks ago the Minnesota Department of Transportation put the finishing touches on last year’s Highway 15 improvement project, which included resurfacing Broadway. It planted trees in the boulevards along Broadway where some had been cut down, or were missing. One of the new trees was ...

Haspel may be what the CIA needs

Editorials

To judge by her comments moments after she was sworn in as the new CIA director, Gina Haspel has her priorities in order. Haspel, a 33-year veteran of the intelligence agency, revealed some of her plans on Monday. She wants to improve CIA personnel proficiency in foreign languages, strengthen ...

Getting tired of Torkelson

Letters

To the editor: We could have had a completed four-lane highway to New Ulm from Mankato. We could have gotten the necessary funding to get the road built. We could have had commerce expanded. We could have had a safer road with fewer accidents. We could have had all of this, but the chair of ...

Weeds: Krzmarzick calls in a pinch hitter

Columns

So, I got “the call.” One of my favorite columnists, Randy Krzmarzick, called and asked if I’d write a column for him while he gets busy in the fields this spring, assuming spring would ever come. Randy gets these column breaks every spring and fall like Joe Mauer gets a “scheduled day ...

We must find what triggers murderous violence

Editorials

Once again our children have paid with their lives to teach us a lesson about school violence. It is that banning so-called “assault rifles” or even semi-automatic pistols will not stop them. It is that people kill people, and unless we learn more about what triggers homicidal behavior, ...

New Ulm is looking pretty run down

Letters

To the editor: New Ulm slowly is losing its reputation as “The City Beautiful” because too many residents are not caring properly for their properties. Why? Because there are too many sidewalks in unsafe conditions for walkers; too many lawns haven’t seen a mower this spring or lawns ...

Don’t be fooled by North Korea threat

Editorials

For decades, North Korean leaders have been masters of using the carrot-and-stick approach to getting what they want. The key has been their ability to switch between the two with lightning speed. Last week, dictator Kim Jong Un did just that. He called off high-level talks between his regime ...

Final day dash

Editorials

Today is the final day of the Minnesota legislative session. For three months legislators have been working on a number of issues, important issues that will affect us all. Three months should be enought time to work up some plans, work out the details and work out the deals needed to get them ...

What’s Going On: What do we really think about police officers?

Columns

It had been a long day for the Dallas mayor, and he looked it. “Our police department was attacked this afternoon,” Rawlings said at a news conference hours before a suspect was arrested for shooting two officers. “I continue to be upset at the lack of respect for our police in this ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Graduation time THUMBS UP: The snow has finally melted, just in time for high school graduations in the area. Martin Luther College held its commencement ceremonies last Saturday, and this Sunday Cathedral High School kicks off a seven-day period that will see all three local high schools ...

VA service

Editorials

Opponents of a measure to make it easier for military veterans to see private-sector health care providers instead of relying on the Department of Veterans Affairs have one big complaint: Doing that could lead to privatizing the VA, they complain. Horrors! Take control of veterans’ health ...

Town Talk: Is the city taking action on blighted properties?

Columns

New Ulm is known to be a clean, attractive city in the scenic Minnesota River Valley. For some time, some of its citizens have expressed concerns about certain areas or properties that present unsafe, unsanitary, or blighted conditions. The City Council has appointed a Blight Committee that ...

Tax bill tangle

Editorials

We know Gov. Mark Dayton doesn’t like the Republican tax bill that is making its way through the House and Senate. It doesn’t look like his. The Republican plan lowers the tax rates for businesses and individuals. It would use the gains from conforming to the new federal tax rules to do ...

Don’t exclude our LGBT youth

Letters

To the editor: This letter is in response to the May 14, 2018 column written by Erick Erickson titled Death by conformity. Mr. Erickson infers that youth and adults that identify as being members of the LGBT community as lacking godly values and having corrupting influences. That is a blatant ...

Eagle Update: Kids Connection

Columns

The Kids Connection school age childcare program is a community service program that provides care for school age children during the school year and summer. This program is available to all students entering grades K-6 in the New Ulm Community. School age care is a student choice program ...

Hands free cell phone bill won’t get vote – why not?

Editorials

It would seem to be one of the most common-sense bills that was proposed in the Legislature this year, a bill that would require drivers to use only hands-free cell phones. With all of the reports of accidents, injuries and fatalities related to distracted driving, it would seem like an easy ...

Mental illnesses, let’s Make it OK

Letters

To the editor: Each year, one in four Americans from every walk of life experiences a mental illness. Most people live with the symptoms of a mental illness for ten years before seeking treatment, largely due to the stigma. The sooner people get treatment, the greater their chances of ...

Tax deal won’t be easy to figure

Editorials

House and Senate Republicans came to an agreement on their separate versions of a state tax overhaul over the weekend. But before it can become law it has to get Gov. Mark Dayton’s signature, and that will require more negotiations. These days it is never just about the tax bill, or the ...

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