Editorials

Nations must look to their own best interest

Developed nations probably could do more to alleviate hunger and illness in third-world countries. But blaming ourselves solely for every outbreak and famine that occurs simply is not honest. Dr. Peter Salama, head of the United Nations’ World Health Organization, engaged in a bit of ...

Sunday Night Massacre

The Sunday night massacre in Las Vegas will spark a furious — and that is the correct word — debate in America. How can we as a people not wonder what, if anything, could have been done to prevent an attack that claimed at least 59 lives and wounded more than 500 other people? Knee-jerk ...

Calm heads needed in wake of shooting

The only conclusion shocked Americans should draw in the immediate aftermath of the horrifying massacre in Las Vegas is that no conclusions should be drawn until investigators have had more time to learn exactly what happened and why. Page one of today’s newspaper tells the story: At least ...

Release the files on JFK assassination

Despite conclusive debunking of most of the conspiracy theories regarding the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, many Americans believe our government has not told us everything. It hasn’t. At all levels, federal officials insist the basic facts are established: Lee Harvey ...

Olympics more than just games

If “our security cannot be assured, the French team will stay at home,” declared French Sports Minister Laura Flessel, regarding the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Way to show the terrorists and bullies of the world they have not achieved their goals. Certainly the French ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Ground floor living THUMBS UP: For the second time in the past year, the New Ulm City Council has granted a variance to allow ground floor apartments in the downtown area, something that the city’s Zoning Ordinance has generally proscribed against. In both cases, the apartments have been ...

ACA’s problems still remain

It has been suggested there is no sense in crying over spilled milk. But an enormous amount of it was spilled by the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — and members of Congress are right to attempt to clean at least some of it up. Their most recent attempt to do so failed dismally this ...

Something needs to change in N. Korea

President Donald Trump’s administration “clarified” Monday that it is not seeking to remove North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. That’s too bad. In reaction to a round of North Korean saber rattling during the weekend, Trump had tweeted that if that nation’s leaders continue to ...

Community trust critical for police

In many towns and cities, some members of minority communities do not trust police officers. Many in law enforcement work to build trust among those they serve. Clearly, however, enforcing the law is the department’s overriding priority. We pay police officers and sheriff’s deputies to ...

Decision is with PUC

The decision by the New Ulm City Council to end its subsidy to the New Ulm Economic Development Corporation (NUEDC) goes this week to the New Ulm Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The PUC, like the city, has provided $50,000 in an annual subsidy to NUEDC to help pay for its operations. The ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Mediation a bust THUMBS DOWN: The mediation session between Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republican legislators who sued him for stripping their funding from the state budget bill has gone nowhere. After two days of behind closed doors talks to try to work out their difference, the two sides ...

A reasonable city tax levy limit

The New Ulm City Council set the preliminary tax levy for 2018 on Tuesday, with a 5.5 percent maximum increase that will likely be lowered a point or two before the city’s final budget is set in December. A 5.5 percent increase is a reasonable upper limit. It is a marked contrast to last ...

UN harrumphs over Trump

Some world leaders have made their disdain for U.S. President Donald Trump very clear, very publicly. On Tuesday, he heard another round of lectures, after delivering one himself, at the United Nations. Trump reiterated the philosophy that helped get him elected president. While embracing ...

Court should settle line item veto question

Attorneys for the Minnesota Legislature filed a report Monday with the Minnesota Supreme Court, saying the Legislature will have to start laying off employees and shutting down by December if no agreement is reached between Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature over the legislative funding ...

IAEA’s blinders

During much of Iran’s drive to build nuclear weapons, the watchdog that was supposed to be preventing that — the International Atomic Energy Agency — often appeared to be wearing blinders. On multiple occasions, the IAEA reported it could find no evidence Iran was doing anything more than ...

Equifax fiasco

The digital economy has changed the face of crime. No longer is it necessary for a thief to approach you with a gun to take your money, or to break into your house to steal your goods. Nowadays, a computer hacker who isn’t even on the same continent as you can steal your personal information, ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Butterflies rebound THUMBS UP: This year we have seen more Monarch butterflies flittering around the city than we have seen in the past several years. We don’t know all the factors responsible for that, but we would guess a lot has to do with the emphasis on planting gardens and fields with ...

A needless loss

Wayzata Police Officer William Mathews was laid to his final rest Thursday, escorted, as are all police heroes who lose their life in the line of duty, by a convoy of fellow police officers from around the state and across the nation. His death is especially sad, because it was so needless. ...

Virgin Islanders need our help, too

Texans and Floridians hurt by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are on the minds of millions of their neighbors throughout the United States. But what about our other fellow Americans in the U.S. Virgin Islands? If anything, devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the USVI is worse that what is ...

Licensing fail

It’s hard to fathom that the state of Minnesota is having such a tough time rolling out its new computerized system for the state’s licensing system. The new Minnesota Licensing and Registraton System (MNLARS), which replaces the one licensing bureaus have been using the past 30 years, has ...

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