Editorials

Millard Fuller helped others to help themselves

To our readers The Journal's editorial on Feb. 6 regarding the death of Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity, is in error. Mr. Fuller died in 2009, not 2019. The editorial was based on an article posted on the Washington Post site reporting his death, which was in error. The ...

The State of the Wall

President Donald Trump may have much to say on a great number of topics today, when he delivers his postponed State of the Union speech. But many listeners, perhaps including the woman who will be seated directly behind Trump, will be listening closely for comments on a single subject: “the ...

Warring over words

Politics used to be described as the art of compromise. Apparently it has degenerated into a game of semantics. It appears one politically important question involved in whether President Donald Trump gets the $5.7 billion he wants for more physical barriers along our border with Mexico is ...

Past indiscretions

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is being roasted by the outrage over a photo from his 1984 medical school yearbook page showing two men, one in blackface, one in a KKK robe. Northam at first apologized and said he was one of the men in the picture, but on Saturday he said he doesn’t believe ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Thanks for the thaw THUMBS UP: After two days of record low subzero temperatures and even lower wind chills, it was so nice to have temperatures approaching normal levels again on Friday. Who knew 15 degrees could be so comfortable? The Polar Vortex, as it was called, kept a lot of people ...

Weary in Afghanistan

To Americans of a certain age, the conflict in Afghanistan is beginning to look a lot like the Vietnam War. There are crucial differences, however, and they need to be borne in mind. U.S. troops continued to fight — and die — in Vietnam long after Washington stopped trying to win that ...

Trump should resume regular press briefings

Presidents of the United States are big news, whether they want to be or not. President Donald Trump is a more riveting story than many of his predecessors. Yet Trump has broken with the tradition, established in recent years, of regular press briefings at the White House. Reportedly, he told ...

No room for racist rant in America

Alma Marin simply spoke her mind recently about her opinion of our current president. She told The Journal’s “Whats on your mind?” reporter that the just-ended government shutdown shows what a “bad president” we have. Perhaps the person who responded by sending Marin a hate-filled, ...

Education funding

Gov. Tim Walz is considering moving the state away from making school districts rely on local tax levy referendums to fund their operations. A report in the Star Tribune Monday said Walz is considering overhauling the way the state funds school districts, to make the state more responsible for ...

Time for Pelosi to deliver on immigration

Now, the ball is in House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s court. She has insisted for weeks that she and other Democrats would negotiate over President Donald Trump’s request for funds to erect new physical barriers on the nation’s southern border only if he agreed to end the ...

Shutdown reprieve

The agreement reached between the White House and Congress on Friday brought an end to the longest-ever government shutdown, but it is only a repreive, not a solution. The agreement reopens the federal government for a three week period, until Feb. 15, when another spending continuation will ...

Shutdown reprieve

The agreement reached between the White House and Congress on Friday brought an end to the longest-ever government shutdown, but it is only a repreive, not a solution. The agreement reopens the federal government for a three week period, until Feb. 15, when another spending continuation will ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Service to Ag Randy and Carol Schroeder were presented with the New Ulm Farm City Hub Club Service to Agriculture Award Monday. Randy has been the club’s membership chairman since 2012 and served a year as club vice president. He is a current board member. Both Randy and Carol volunteer at ...

Other Editors

Sandler’s persistence paved the way There was a time not that long ago when being on the cheerleading squad was the only sport available to young women. Today they can choose to compete in a variety of athletics at school and college. Thanks to Bernice Sandler. She was the point person ...

Our View

State of the Union? Divided and bitter Each year, the Constitution says, the president is to present to Congress a report on the state of the union. The constitution doesn’t say if should be a written report, or an oral address, but in the last century is has become a formal piece of ...

Town Talk

Flushable wipes are not really flushable Editor’s Note: The City of New Ulm presents a weekly column highlighting activities in different departments in the city government. Once a month the city will answer questions from readers. Questions on New Ulm city issues can be sent to ...

Other Editors

Saints loss in the NFL playoffs Three days after referees blew a blatant pass interference call and robbed the New Orleans Saints of a return trip to the Super Bowl, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said nothing publicly. A league official admitted to Coach Sean Payton almost immediately ...

Inventing evil to condemn is wrong

So eager have too many Americans become to find people to call evil that we have taken to inventing them. That attitude, a form of aggressive mental laziness, itself is wrong. Thoughtful people — which represents the overwhelming majority of the nation, in our opinion — were reminded this ...

Who’s going to pay for Democratic campaign promises?

Promise-them-anything Democrat candidate for president Julian Castro was under fire this week from fellow liberals — for not promising Americans enough. Castro, who served as secretary of Housing and Urban Development under former President Barack Obama, announced last weekend that he is ...

State government has grown too big

The federal government is bloated and broke. A potential spending frenzy is building in St. Paul. Yet very little government does is efficient or effective. Despite the poor track record, we are constantly told that the solution is not less government but more. Why? A group of Republicans in ...