Opinion

Where is the truth?

Editorials

A new Gallup/Knight Foundation Survey on Trust, Media and Democracy shows the conundrum many people feel today. While the vast majority (84 percent) of Americans say that the media has an important role to pay in democracy, just 33 percent have a "very favorable" or "somewhat favorable" opinion ...

Weeds: Piece of living history still alive

Columns

You’ll remember a couple of years ago, we learned of a fellow who had been at Babe Ruth’s barnstorming game in Sleepy Eye in 1922. And he was in the well-known photo of that event. And he had one of the baseballs that Babe hit that day. And he was still living in Virginia, Minnesota! Len ...

Curse may be over

Editorials

Never have so many people’s spirits been lifted so rapidly as the spirits of people in Minnnesota during the last ten seconds of the Minnesota Vikings game with the New Orleans Saints. Minnesotans have grown used to the Vikings snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in the playoffs over ...

Visioning benefits

Editorials

Friday’s Hot Topics luncheon at the New Ulm Country Club was a chance to see what has been happening with the Community Visioning process in New Ulm. Last year around 100 people got together for a couple of days to talk about New Ulm and its needs. It resulted in several groups getting ...

Well test opponents mistaken

Letters

To the editor: Mr. Vogel, in his letter opposing Brown County water testing, is misinformed about groundwater and about what sampling our drinking water will reveal about local aquifers. Vogel is also mistaken because the families want to know about the quality of their drinking water. The ...

Don’t disappoint Iranian reformers

Editorials

Imagine 3,700 Americans being arrested for protesting conditions in our country. You probably can’t. The First Amendment safeguards our right to protest peacefully. Any demonstrations so severe that they resulted in criminal activity requiring that scale of arrests would be taken by ...

What’s Going On: Why the frog shouldn’t get mad at the scorpion

Columns

The fable’s origin remains unknown. Some think it’s a version of one of the animal fables found in The Panchatantra, an Indian collection dated back to the mid-sixth century. Others believe the fable first emerged in an Orson Welles film in the 1950s. Either way, this week’s ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Trump turmoil Thumbs Down: President Donald Trump has thrown the country, and the world, once again into turmoil with the language he reportedly used on Thursday to describe undesirable immigrants. “Why are we having all these people from (expletive deleted) countries come here?” he ...

Clean up movie, TV language

Letters

To the editor: In response to the language that our president may or may not have said... Something should be done about the terrible language that is heard on TV and the movies. We went to a movie not long ago. In the first 10 minutes the F-word was spoken or yelled at least 15 times. We ...

Immigration is in Congress’ court

Editorials

Some members of the national press corps made much of a meeting at the White House on Tuesday, to discuss immigration legislation. President Donald Trump and lawmakers from both parties spent a substantial amount of time talking about the issue — with reporters present. Normally in such ...

Town Talk: Library offers books and more

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. Ask people what comes to ...

Let’s focus on Winfrey’s message

Editorials

Oprah Winfrey must have been pleased at the talk after her speech at the Golden Globes awards ceremony the other night. Who wouldn’t be flattered at widespread suggestions she ought to run for president? But if Winfrey is smart — and she is — she will wonder whether the message she ...

Iran reaping what it has sown

Editorials

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad may have enjoyed a good chuckle over an Iranian official’s warning on Monday. Others familiar with the situation may have thought it less humorous. Iran has been wracked by anti-government demonstrations during recent weeks. On Monday, Foreign Minister Mohammad ...

Brown County Browser: Why ‘Human Services’

Columns

So why was the name of this county agency changed in January of 2017? Many ask this. Many still call it Family Services. It is difficult to change a name that has been in place for 43 years. There were several reasons it was done. Here are the main ones: Brown was the last county in this part ...

U should let police handle sex assault complaints

Editorials

The University of Minnesota athletic program has been hit with yet another complaint of a sex assault involving an athlete. Reggie Lynch, the star center on the Gopher’s basketball team, was suspended this week after the university’s Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) office ...

Trump takes Wolff bait

Editorials

President Donald Trump is a self-described “counterpuncher.” If you attack him or criticize him he punches back twice as hard. He’s been doing it his whole professional life, including his political life. So he is easy pickings for someone like Michael Wolff, author of “Fire and Fury: ...

What’s Going On: When cold really isn’t THAT cold

Columns

The news anchcor was so … serious. Gravely serious. “With the dangerously cold temperatures outside, area officials are making the difficult, and unfortunate decision, to cancel several outdoor events this New Years.” I was in Missouri watching this newscast at my parents’ ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Ice is ready THUMBS UP: Conditions are finally right for the New Ulm Park and Rec Department to put in ice at the outdoor skating rinks at Harman Park. It is one of the traditional joys of a Minnesota winter to be able to head down to the rink, skate around with your friends, warm up in the ...

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