Editorials

Twitter must strive for fairness in applying new rules

Twitter announced last week it has begun to enforce new rules meant to reduce abusive, hateful, violent content. Of course, the intent is good; and Twitter has every right to host whatever content it chooses. It is free to encourage or suppress whatever speech its decision-makers deem meet or ...

Let’s hope DOD audit will cut waste

Perhaps the Pentagon’s decision to launch a comprehensive audit demanded for years by members of Congress is progress. We’ll believe it when we see it. If history is any guide, the Defense Department will spend too much on an audit that covers up massive misspending, then will ignore the ...

Sexual harrassment solution – no toadying to powerful

A few weeks ago, the entertainment industry formed a special panel, the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace. If you have to ask why, you have not been paying attention during the past six months or so. Chaired by law professor Anita Hill, the ...

Listen for the angels

“The world in solemn stillness lay, “To hear the angels sing...” —“It Came Upon The Midnight Clear” by Edmund Sears, 1849 Edmund Sears, a Unitarian minister in Wayland, Mass., wrote the poem and carol, “It Came Upon The Midnight Clear” in 1849, but its message is so ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Thanks to donors THUMBS UP: This time of year is full of opportunities for people to open their hearts to others, and once again, the generosity of people is overwhelming. Local projects like Santa’s Closet, the New Ulm Food Shelf, the Jaycees Christmas Baskets and the Kiwanis Coats for ...

Is MnDOT becoming the Hwy. 14 Grinch?

Over the years the Minnesota Department of Transportation has seemed to respond to the Highway 14 expansion project like an owl. Whenever it came to funding the four-lane expansion all the way to New Ulm, MnDOT has said: “Who? Who?” It has even refused to include Highway 14 project’s ...

The power of one vote

For those who like to say, “Why should I vote? What difference does it make?” there is now an answer. Take a look at the Virginia legislative election, where 94th District count has the control in the Virginia House of Delegates hanging in the balance. In November, Del. David ...

Why not OK free well testing?

We don’t understand the objection the Brown County Board of Commissioners has to accepting a Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) program that would provide free well testing for some township residents. On Tuesday the majority of the board refused to act to enter a joint powers agreement ...

Tax reform can’t please everyone

Nothing as complex as the U.S. tax code, linked as the process is to the federal budget, can be amended in a manner that will make everyone happy. Negotiators for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives seem to have come up with something close, however. If approved, perhaps this week, ...

Still time to help

Christmas is just a week from today. Except for a few odds and ends, most people have their holiday preparations in place. It is different for the many churches and other organizations that help the needy during the holidays, with everything from toys for the children to food for families. ...

Military spending should support the servicemen, women

America’s armed forces are the very best funded in the world. Given the responsibilities the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard must handle, that is appropriate. But years of neglect under former President Barack Obama have left the military in a rebuilding mode. A $700 billion ...

Thumbs Up/Down

EDA funding Thumbs Down: The New Ulm Economic Development Authority has agreed to provide $50,000 for the New Ulm Economic Development Corporation (NUEDC), turning down a request from the City to provide $50,000 in funding for the Economic Development Director/Assistant City Manager the city ...

Statehouse Two-Step

As many pundits predicted, Gov. Mark Dayton has named Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to replace Sen. Al Franken when he resigns from the Senate in the next couple of weeks. Smith had a long history of working for various elected officials, including Gov. Dayton before he asked her to be his running mate ...

Moore’s loss may be GOP’s gain

Alabama voters shocked the rest of the country on Tuesday. Scandal-plagued Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, lost to Democrat Doug Jones by some 20,000 votes. It’s the first time in decades that Alabama has elected a Democrat to Congress and Moore should have had smooth ...

Would-be bomber could provide clues

Thankfully, the would-be suicide bomber who detonated an explosive device in a corridor in the New York subway system was so incompetent he couldn’t kill himself, much less anyone else. His bomb, which may have gone off prematurely, wounded him and slightly injured three other people on ...

They won’t go away

The Belle Plaine City Council thought the issue was settled, but the satanic temple that wanted to put a monument in Belle Plaine’s veterans park just won’t go away. Last year the council created some controversy after it received a complaint about a memorial marker someone had created ...

Ending predation by the powerful

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., resigned on Thursday. He was following U.S. Rep. John Conyers’ lead. Conyers, D-Mich., “retired” earlier in the week. So, the two members of Congress in the news recently for sexual harassment have left. Problem solved? Hardly. The problem is not two ...

The challenge of appointing a senator

Gov. Mark Dayton has a tricky task ahead of him in the appointment of a senator to replace Al Franken. Franken announced he will resign from the Senate in the coming weeks as accusations of sexual harassment continued to hamper his effectiveness in office. In picking his successor, Dayton has ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Halfway home THUMBS UP: With a major gift commitment of $50,000 from the New Ulm Area Foundation on Friday, on top of a major donation from New Ulm Telecom last week, the State Street Theater Company is about halfway to its $500,000 fundraising goal to finance improvements for the theater ...

Franken resignation the right thing to do

Sen. Al Franken might have withstood the first charge of sexual misconduct leveled by KABC anchor Leeann Tweeden. But eight women now have come forward to say that Franken grabbed, groped or tried to kiss them. His hope to continue doing the important work he was elected to do is now an ...

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