Opinion

Federal government has spending problem

Editorials

Now the bare-fisted battle for money begins: President Donald Trump is recommending a $4.1 trillion federal budget. There is something in it — or, rather, not in it — to anger just about every member of Congress. Both senators and House of Representatives members from Minnesota and Iowa ...

What’s Going On: Media should hold up a mirror

Columns

A study came out of Harvard last week that really shouldn’t surprise anyone: media coverage of Donald Trump’s first 100 days as president was overwhelmingly negative. In fact, the negativity involved was of historic proportion, at least in modern times. Measuring stories in major ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Celebrations abound THUMBS UP: With area high schools holding graduation ceremonies this week, graduation parties and celebrations are coming fast and furious. It’s a great time for friends and families to get together for a good time. This weekend is also Memorial Day weekend, a kickoff ...

Trump treated with negativity

Letters

To the editor: A Harvard study of President Trump’s national news coverage found the percentage of negativity was: CNN 93 percent; NBC 93 percent; CBS 91 percent; FOX 52 percent; New York Times 87 percent; Washington Post 83 percent. It does not take a battery of intelligence agencies, the ...

Our View: Assault on reporter is assault on you

Editorials

So it has come to this. Donald Trump spent his whole campaign dissing reporters who were assigned to cover him. He called them dishonest, disgusting and liars. He used them to inflame the crowds at his rallies, ordering news crews to turn their cameras to show the size of the crowd and then ...

Town Talk: Shelter rentals

Columns

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. New Ulm Park & ...

Brown County Browser: Doughboy has unique history

Columns

Have you seen the large bronze statue of the World War I soldier in the New Ulm City Cemetery? I have and I also gave it no more thought that this statue was the only one of its kind. After all, most war memorials are unique to their placement by the particular group who commissioned the ...

Eradicate vicious terrorist network

Editorials

President Donald Trump is criticized often for his shoot-from-the-lip style. Not infrequently, his sometimes harsh tone is looked down upon. But he had it exactly right on Monday. Trump was speaking in the hours after a suicide bomber killed 22 people and wounded 59 at a concert hall in ...

Housing needs collaborative effort

Letters

To the editor: We appreciate the column by Journal Publisher Greg Orear on Sunday, lamenting the housing shortage in New Ulm. He highlighted an issue of great concern to many in our community including employers, Realtors, the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce, school officials and others. ...

Let’s in-fill New Ulm first

Letters

To the editor: Before New Ulm annexes valuable contiguous farm land for housing, let’s in-fill the city first. I confess to little knowledge of real estate, construction, zoning, tax policy or the economics of land use. Nevertheless on May 22 I drove around the city and observed ...

Off the Record: Will this be year of the tomato?

Columns

Sometimes I envy Randy Kzmarzick, who writes the “Weeds” column every other Wednesday on this page. Not only is he a better writer than I am, he knows how to grow stuff. He’d better know how to grow stuff — he’s a farmer, and farmers who don’t know how to grow stuff soon ...

Better late than never

Editorials

Governor Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders reached agreement late Monday —very late Monday — on a state budget agreement. It was too late to get the budget work completed by the end of the session at midnight Monday, but the agreement was solid enough for Dayton to call an ...

Kris Wiley a joy to work with

Letters

To the editor: Recently we had the opportunity to work with Kris Wiley, Library Director of the New Ulm Public Library. Not only was she a wonderful host and representative of the library and its staff, but she provided us with a tremendous amount of support and assistance in making our ...

Another year of school ending

Columns

We are closing out another school year. I am always amazed at how fast each year goes by and what gets accomplished by our staff and students. It seems like we just started in our new and remodeled spaces. My hat’s off to all of our staff for taking what they had on September 1st for rooms ...

Reality can be worth escaping

Columns

When daughter Abby was young, we had a full house. Besides human beings and a cat, there were Squirrel Friend, Spider Friend, and Toothbrush Friend. You could say they were Abby’s imaginary friends, but for a time they seemed quite real. I am a big fan of imagination and willingly engaged ...

Sometimes blunt messages are better

Editorials

There can be no doubt Saudi Arabia leaders got the message President Donald Trump was sending Saturday. Ironically, it was one former President Barack Obama claimed to be trying to convey — but in which he failed dismally. Trump has been accused of, in effect, being unnecessarily blunt and ...

Keep city expansion out of farm fields

Letters

To the editor: According to Greg Orear in Sunday’s Journal, housing is the “biggest problem” and the solution is “annexing more land” because he sees “a lot of empty fields on Highways 14, 15, and 29.” We wonder which empty fields he is referring to. As members of the ...

Town meeting time excludes working people

Letters

To the editor: Despite numerous and frequent requests to hold town hall meetings when everyone can attend, Sen. Gary Dahms and Rep. Paul Torkelson, have demonstrated they don’t want to hear from their constituency. Once again they have scheduled their town hall meetings during the working ...

Time to fix state teacher licensing

Editorials

Last week the Legislature passed — and Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed — legislation designed to streamline and revamp a Minnesota teacher licensing system that Office of the Legislative Auditor says is broken and in need of significant changes. The bill passed last week addressed many of the ...

Kris Karpen of Hanska: “Yes, (Mueller) is outside of Trump’s circle.”

What’s on your mind?

Columns

Do you support the appoint of a special prosecutor to investigate coordination between President Trump and Russia?

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