Editorials

Senate DFL reaching deeper for taxes

So much for the idea of raising taxes only on the wealthy. The Senate DFL is proposing tax increases on the middle class as well. The tax increases would hit single taxpayers earning $80,000 a year or more, and couples earning $140,000 or more.The Senate plan, instead of creating a new bracket ...

Should we have known about Boston bombers?

Did U.S. terrorism experts fail again to connect the dots? That should be among the first questions asked by those investigating the killing spree allegedly committed by two brothers who raised suspicions among Russian authorities more than two years ago.Brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ...

What makes a mass killer?

While President Barack Obama and most members of Congress have seemed preoccupied with proposals for new limits on gun ownership since the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., not much has been said about getting to the root causes of such horror - insanity and the evil that sometimes drives ...

Remarkable in Boston

Procedural crime dramas have been dominating the Nielsen ratings for years, but none of them could compete with the compelling real life coverage late Thursday and Friday of the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.The FBI?and Boston Police released images of the two suspects on ...

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Big happenings on the hillTHUMBS UP: The Diocese of New Ulm broke ground on Friday at the site of its new diocesan Pastoral Center. The new Pastoral Center will be a year in the building, and will replace the current pastoral center, built in 1960 as a bishop's residence office building. The ...

A stirring anthem

We sometimes wish they would do away with singing the National Anthem at all sporting events, especially when some famous pop singer tries to see how many extra notes he or she can toss in there.But then we watched the video of the Boston Bruins fans singing the National Anthem at the beginning ...

Senators dealt with their own threat

The slaughter of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., was a horrible thing, but not horrible enough to shake enough votes loose in the U.S. Senate for some meaningful gun law reform.The Senate failed to pass a compromise gun control amendmentWednesday, a ...

A cowardly act of terrorism

The bombing at the Boston Marathon on Monday was a cowardly, despicable act of terrorism. Authorities don't know yet who did this, or why, but there can be no worthwhile cause or belief that justifies taking this kind of action.Details released about the bombs show that they were designed to ...

Weeds: Looking ahead to the Later Years

I was having a beer with a younger friend. A fellow walked by who I wanted to compliment for something. "Hey, good job!" My right hand went up to make a clenched fist salute, a power fist. But midway up, it sort of rolled into a thumb's up. It turned out to be a limp, nothing fist. My friend ...

Property tax relief needs to be part of overall tax reform

Minnesota House Democrats are working on a bill to provide $250 million in property tax relief for state property owners and renters.While we agree that property tax payers have been hit particularly hard in the past few budgets as the state dipped into the Local Government Aid program, and ...

School Talk: School calendar filled with events

]Time for a change. Yes, it is time for the seasonal change from winter to spring. Although moisture is desperately needed to restore soil moisture, the number of classroom instructional hours lost to weather related conditions now totals over 30. Extra curricular contest scheduling has also ...

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Happy 150th, NU?BatteryTHUMBS UP: The New Ulm Battery is celebrating its 150th anniversary today with a banquet at Turner Hall. It is fitting that the Battery celerbates at Turnery Hall - both are vital parts of New Ulm history.The Turnverein, of course, was one of thegroups that helped found ...

Hard to come up with effective gun bill

Following the terrible massacre of innocents students and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., immediate pressure was put on Congress to do something about the terrible problem of guns being misused in society.Several months later, that pressure has crashed up against a ...

Mayo flexing its muscle

The CEO of the Mayo Clinic is borrowing some strategy from Zygi Wilf and the Minnesota Vikings when it comes to wheedling money from the state. Dr. John Noseworthy, president and CEO of the Mayo Clinic, said at a National Press Club appearance Tuesday that "there are 49 states who would like ...

Gas tax needed for Highway 14

Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday voiced his opposition to raising the state's gas tax. People won't stand for it, he said.The people of Minnesota don't like taxes, but they are smart enough to understand that taxes are necessary to get needed projects done. And in this part of the state, we need to ...

Thatcher was a friend to America

After some initial unpleasantness between us, Americans and Britons have enjoyed a deep friendship and an unshakeable alliance. Today, then, thoughtful people in this country join our cousins "across the pond" in mourning the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.Known as ...

In memoriam: Chief Ernest R. Wabasha

NEW ULM - Through more than 30 years of friendship, two men worked to build understanding and respect between communities not historically known for a harmonious coexistence; the Lower Sioux Community and the most German of American towns, New Ulm.The men started by making and gradually ...

Remove limit on child sex abuse

Most state lawbooks contain statutes of limitations, setting limits on how much time can pass before states can no longer charge a person with a crime, or a person can no longer file a civil suit. After three years, or seven years, or whatever, form some offenses it's time to move on. There are ...

Funds for the Capitol – and for Highway 14

The Minnesota Legislature is set to start working on a bonding bill this week. Bondingn proposals require a 60 percent majority vote, so Republican support will be needed to pass anything this year.One project that should have no problem getting support is repairst and restoration at the ...

Close to crossing a terrible line

Americans concerned about the ease with which abortions can be obtained, not to mention government subsidies for some organizations that provide them, have warned for years that such changes in our society might lead to the crossing of a terrible line - to infanticide.That is killing a baby ...

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