Opinion

Dingell act gets it right

Editorials

Officials in some environmental groups were not at all happy last week when President Donald Trump signed into law the John D. Dingell Jr Conservation, Management and Recreation Act. But, you say, the act is a major step in protecting the environment. What gives? Indeed, the law, named for ...

College cheating

Editorials

In the immortal words of Capt. Louis Renault in “Casablanca,” we are “shocked —SHOCKED” to hear that wealthy and famous parents have been using their money and influence to get their undeserving children admission to prestigious colleges and univerities. We had assumed this practice ...

Hatred knows no boundaries

Editorials

The death toll from the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, reached 50, it was reported Saturday. The 50 are Muslims, all slaughtered as they prayed at their place of worship. The suspected attacker, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, an Australian man, issued a manifesto of hatred toward ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Clean up state’s child care program THUMBS DOWN: A Legislative Auditor’s report contains some good news, but mostly bad news on the Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program. The good news — there is no evidence that $100 million or so of the program’s funding has been funneled to ...

Man’s not to blame for CO2 rise

Letters

To the editor: A Mar. 10 letter said: “There seems to be a growing consensus that climate change is real and that man (that’s us) has a hand in the negative consequences.” So are we to cut back on fossil fuel burning? Not really, because man is not the cause of global ...

Can’t force change in eco-technology

Editorials

Technology can be built on several foundations. These include existing technology, necessity and even luck. Regardless of how new technology comes into existence, its initial cost may well be out of reach for the ordinary person. What occurs then, over time, is a buildup in supply and demand, ...

Regrets and hope

Letters

To the editor: One of the headlines in the March 4th Journal read: “Has the Catholic Church committed the worst crime in American history?” I wondered if the columnist, George Will, has a list of the possible 2nd and 3nd worst crimes in America?” As a Catholic priest of 61 years in ...

Scouting for Food Saturday

Letters

To the editor: This Saturday morning, March 16, Troop 25 Boy Scouts will be collecting non-perishable food and toiletry items for the “Scouting For Food” service project. Please set donations out by 9 a.m. The Scouts and their driver parents will be scouring the town to pick up your ...

High cost of college

Letters

To the editor: One recent major news issue involved the unethical, maybe illegal, extent which some wealthy parents would go just to get their children admitted to what might be considered elite private and public colleges and universities, to the detriment of some meritorious students. ...

Town Talk: PD to enforce junk, blight ordinance

Columns

The New Ulm Police Department will once again begin enforcing city ordinance 8.63. which deals with junk or blight related materials on public or private property. Items considered junk include unlicensed, unregistered, or inoperable vehicles, trailers, or recreational vehicles, intact or ...

Pelosi and her Pandora’s box

Editorials

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi appears to have recognized that the monster she helped create — an ultra-leftist fringe —is a threat to her Democratic Party’s prospects for the presidency in 2020. The question she may be asking herself is whether she retains enough political ...

Ebola must be contained

Editorials

We Americans have been very lucky in many ways. One of them involves the truly horrific disease Ebola. Few people in this country have given Ebola much thought since the severe outbreak in Africa during 2014-16. It killed more than 11,300 people, primarily in Guinea and Sierra Leone. Before ...

Weeds: Memories of people-watching in Spain

Columns

You often hear someone say that the people-watching was good at a certain place. I think of malls, ballgames, parks, anywhere there are multiple representatives of our species. Urban Dictionary says people-watching is like bird watching except with people. Sounds about right. People-watching ...

Brown County Browser: Property valuation

Columns

The Brown County Assessor’s office is in the process of finishing up values for Assessment 2019. If you have not yet received your valuation notice, you will be shortly. This value is used to calculate taxes payable in 2020. Valuation notices are a yellow piece of paper that comes along with ...

Trump gets a bible thumping

Editorials

President Donald Trump is not the first politician to be the target of nitpicking by those who just can’t stand him, and he will not be the last. Still, the most recent episode — let us call it Biblegate — reaches new heights of desperation to find something, anything, to criticize about ...

Vaping’s not harmless

Editorials

His heart felt as if it would pound out of his chest, the 15-year-old boy told a resource officer at a high school in Ohio last week. The deputy called for an ambulance to take the student to a hospital. Two other boys, one 14 and the other 15, experienced similar distress. They saw the ...

Israel deserving of criticism

Letters

To the editor: Go, Rep. Omar! Condemnation of Israel is not condemnation of Jews. The U.S. Congress—particularly the U.S. Senate, the most powerful political unit in the world—must stop its love affair with Israel. We give billions of dollars annually to Israel and stockpile her ...

What’s on your mind?

Columns

How did you get started in the black powder community? (Asked at the New Ulm Trade Show at Turner Hall Saturday)