Editorials

Democrats won’t deal on the Wall

It is astonishing that the federal government has shut down over what essentially amounts to $4.4 billion. That is the difference between what Senate Democrats are willing to spend on border security and what President Trump wants ($5.7 billion) for a border wall with Mexico. In Washington, ...

How long can we go without non-essential government?

One of the big risks facing furloughed and laid-off “non-essential” government employees is the idea that people may soon realize just how non-essential they are. The longer the government shutdown over the Border Wall lasts, the more people may realize that we really don’t need this ...

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Thanks to outgoing public servants THUMBS UP: This is the time of year when lots of public servants whose terms are ending are attending their final meetings, casting their final votes, shaking hands and heading off to the sunset. We’d like to take this opportunity to saygoodbye to them and ...

Scouting remains good for boys and girls

This has been a year of change nationwide at both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Both organizations are struggling financially. Efforts to attract new scouts have pitted the two against each other, as the Boy Scouts now are accepting female members. Interest in scouting has declined ...

Stock market a poor indicator of economy

Economic advisors who try to keep track of the ups and downs of the stock market can be excused if their necks are a bit sore these days. Watching the stock market has been like watching an elephant on a bungee jump ride. On Christmas Eve the Dow Jones Industrial average plummeted about 653 ...

Waiting on the Wall

President Donald Trump’s Christmas message to the nation is that the government shutdown will continue until he gets his wall along the border with Mexico. Well, a wall or a fence, whatever Democrats want to call it. Why is the wall so essential? According to Trump, it’s the only way to ...

Enjoy the peace

It has been a frantic buildup to Christmas — and we don’t mean the shopping, decorating, cooking and so on that goes with getting ready to celebrate. Our federal government is in shutdown, our top defense and diplomatic officials are resigning over President Trump’s pulling troops out of ...

Justice reform makes sense

For far too many years, “getting tough on crime” in America meant passing laws that would put more people in jail for longer sentences for less serious offenses. “Lock ’em up and throw away the key!” “Three strikes and you’re out!” Judges were barred from using judgment when it ...

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CHS’s Bob Mertz   THUMBS UP: By any standard you apply, Bob Mertz’s career as the softball coach at Cathedral High School in New Ulm has been exceptional. In his 39 years, he has a won-loss record of 802-141, an .851 winning percentage. His teams have won seven state championships. ...

Let’s make forecast more accurate

Minnesota lawmakers are very enthusiastic at the news that a $1.5 billion surplus awaits them in the coming budget biennium. But there’s reason to be cautious about their optimism. It’s because state budget forecasts are required by state law to factor in inflation when talking about ...

Expect more from sex assault investigators

A blue ribbon panel on issued a 47-page report on Tuesday on changes the Legislature should make in setting standards for law enforcement and prosecutors when it comes to investigating and processing cases of sexual assault. We can’t imagine the Legislature will ignore this report. This all ...

Mueller probe digs and finds … sex

Special counsel Robert Mueller was assigned the job of looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign “colluded” with Russian contacts to, presumably, gain an edge in that election. Like every special counsel, it seems, Mueller has gone off in a ...

Jobs to fill

The economic engine that is driving Minnesota’s government surplus may be running out of fuel — that is, workers needed to fill the job openings out there. Minnesota’s recent budget forecast, which predicts a $1.5 billion surplus over the next two years, also contains some data that ...

Internet criminals needs to be pursued

Last Thursday bomb threats were emailed all around the country to various businesses and organizations. The Journal, through its New Ulm Shopper email account, was one of those businesses. The threat was so poorly written, so inept, that it was hard to take it seriously. We probably should ...

Trump should not hesitate in signing

The farm bill has cleared Congress and is sitting on President Donald Trump’s desk. This bill is not perfect, but it gets the job done. While many conservatives were unsuccessful in pushing for more work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the final version does ...

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Outstanding teacher THUMBS UP: Beth Sletta has been an outstanding teacher in District 88 for some time, and its about time someone recognized it. This week Sletta, who teaches Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) courses at Jefferson Elementary School, was recognized by Minnesota ...

Finally, a Farm Bill

With the U.S. Senate approving the 2018 Farm Bill on Tuesday on a strong bipartisan vote (87-13), the House followed on Thursday with another overwhelming vote (386-47). The long-awaited bill now passes to President Donald Trump, who should sign it quickly. The bill allocates billions of ...

Dems double team President Trump

Tuesday’s Oval Office meeting between President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer left observers asking “What just happened?” What happened was that the meeting, caught by television cameras, turned into the ugly equivalent of a barroom ...

‘Voice of reason’ needed during legislative session

On Thursday, the State of Minnesota projected a $1.5 billion surplus for the next two-year budget period. It was good news because it gives Democratic Gov.-elect Tim Walz and the Legislature more room to negotiate spending initiatives, tax cuts or the combination of both during the upcoming ...

Political times have truly changed

As U.S. presidents born nearly a century ago, the late George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter each reached the age of 94. Observing Carter seated in the front row during Bush’s Wednesday funeral, we couldn’t help but reflect on how dramatically the nation’s political landscape has changed ...