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Franken disappoints THUMBS DOWN: The tsunami of unleashed resentment and anger over sexual harassment has struck yet another politician, this one closer to home. Sen. Al Franken, the Minnesota Democrat who came to the Senate after a career as a comedian and writer of political satire, was ...

Under Dayton’s thumb

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The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Thursday on the issue of whether the governor of the state can use the line-item veto power given to him by the state constitution to wipe out the operating funds for the Legislature. We can’t believe that this is what the framers of the state constitution ...

Tax reform should not raise taxes on middle-incomes

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If a bipartisan assessment of the U.S. Senate’s tax reform bill is accurate, lawmakers need to go back to the drawing board. A measure being billed as tax relief should not force millions of Americans to pay more. Analysts for Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation have concluded the ...

Brown County Browser: The importance of county Income Maintenance Unit

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The Income Maintenance Unit is a part of Brown County Human Services, and is located at 1117 Center Street in New Ulm. The unit helps members of the community with a variety of state and federal mandated programs. We help people who meet program requirements, including ages from newborn to ...

Trade speech is important reminder

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We Americans often seem less suspicious of foreign competitors, both economically and militarily, than of each other. Just contrast the rhetoric often heard in U.S. political campaigns with that usually employed in reference to leaders in other countries. But last week in Vietnam, President ...

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Aggressive plan needed to tackle harmful pollutants At a time when attention is being paid to the devastating effects pollution has worldwide — killing more people every year than all war and violence, a major study recently revealed — the U.S. may be dialing back its pollution ...

Identifying people who may be killers

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Mass shootings invariably produce calls for stricter limits on access to firearms. They fall into two basic categories: • Some people want to ban all ownership of certain types of guns, including many that are very popular. Such restrictions have little or no chance of being enacted, in ...

Mary Ellen Domeier: “They loved all things New Ulm. Look at the many organizations they served.”

What’s on your mind?

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How do you remember Bruce and Barb Fenske? (Asked at the Fenske tribute Saturday at the State St. Theater)

Ensure names get on FBI’s database

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For any caring human being, the heartbreak of what happened Sunday in tiny Sutherland Springs, Texas, is agonizing. Twenty-six people in a small church, including some children, were shot to death. Add to that emotion outrage over reports regarding the murderer, Devin Patrick Kelley. His ...

What’s Going On: When Godless heathens take a stand

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“Down is up, up is down. Good is Wicked, Wicked is Good. The times are changing. This is what Oz has come to.” – Author Danielle Page. It all started with Harvey Weinstein. It’s been about a month since the accusations surfaced surrounding the famed Hollywood producer/director. ...

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Thanks, Veterans THUMBS UP: In recent years, America’s military has relied on an all-volunteer military force. Americans should be grateful to all those who have chosen to serve in the military. These men and women choose to serve out of a sense of duty, out of patriotism and a wish to serve ...

Existing laws should have stopped shooter

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The 26 men, women and children massacred in a Texas church Sunday might be alive today if existing laws on firearms ownership had been obeyed. They were not — and the full extent of government’s failure in that regard is both horrifying and angering many Americans. Devin Patrick Kelley, ...

Town Talk: What’s new in housing?

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Editor’s Note: The City of New Ulm presents a weekly column highlighting activities in different departments in the city government. Once a month the city will answer questions from readers. Questions on New Ulm city issues can be sent to comments@ci.new-ulm.mn.us. The New Ulm Economic ...

Dems who disregard their own voters

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Turmoil has been the order of the day among leaders of both the Republican and Democratic parties. Listing all the many concerns of millions of voters who have been loyalists of either party would require a book. But a book by Donna Brazile, formerly chairwoman of the Democratic National ...

ACA mandate and the tax reform bill

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Republican leaders in Congress are not happy with one tax reform proposal from President Donald Trump. It is that the comprehensive tax bill on which they are working include a provision rescinding the Affordable Care Act’s so-called “individual mandate.” Tax reformers know that ...

Brown County Browser: Thank a vet today

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Normally when challenged to write an article for the Browser ideas smoothly flow from my brain to the key board. But today seems different despite writing this within a week of Veterans Day. Suddenly my email notification chirped. I clicked it open and to my disappointment I immediately ...

Weeds: Plenty of corn to go around

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With apologies to Britney Spears, “Oops, we did it again.” American farmers are harvesting another very good crop. Around here, soybeans were a bit disappointing, but corn yields made us smile. So why “Oops?” As is the case every year, we grow these large crops first and then we ...

Puerto Rico still needs to clean up its own system

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President Donald Trump has been accused of discriminating against Puerto Rico in terms of U.S. aid to help the island recover from devastating hurricanes. Far from it. Trump appears to be discriminating against U.S. states with big disaster recovery bills. Trump previously had told the ...

Issues up for election Tuesday

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We voted last November to elect a president, our U.S. representatives, and our state legislators. We also elected city councilors, school board members and county officials. Next November we will be voting for U.S. representatives and senators, legislators, city, school and county officials ...

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