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Cart ordinance THUMBS UP: The New Ulm City Council advances the issue of people being permitted to drive golf carts and other types of vehicles on city streets. We are happy to see that the councilors are insisting that anyone driving a vehicle of any kind on city streets have a driver’s ...

North Korea can’t be allowed to follow path

If there ever was a time when North Korea’s bullying militarism could be curbed without great loss of life, it probably passed decades ago. That should not blind world leaders to the reality that the regime’s lethality grows by the week — and cannot be ignored forever. A new North ...

Politicians need to reconsider hyperbole

It would be difficult these days to find a member of Congress not concerned about acrimony in politics spurring a few crazies to commit violent acts. Even Montana Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte, convicted recently of assaulting a reporter, is calling for more civility. But some of the very people ...

‘Affordable’ health insurance? Hardly

A measure of the problems with the so-called Affordable Care Act which was adopted during former President Barack Obama’s administration can be seen in legislation Congress is considering now to replace the ACA — Obamacare, as it has come to be known. Throughout the country, insurance ...

United we stand

“There is no ‘Republican,’ no ‘Democrat,’ on the Fourth of July, — all are Americans.” —James Gillespie Blaine It is important to remember the quote above as we celebrate the Fourth of July, the anniversary of the day the Second Continental Congress served notice on King ...

Let’s trade data?

President Donald Trump’s blue ribbon voting fraud panel is getting a rocky reception from states after asking for detailed information on every voter in the U.S., so it can undertake the president’s charge to unearth the massive “voter fraud” that kept him from winning the personal vote ...

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Offender in chief Thumbs Down: When is the responsible adult in President Donald Trump’s life going to ground him and remove his cell phone privileges? His latest Tweet blast, trashing MCSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and especially Mike Brzezinski, have been blasted on all sides as ...

Rethink proposed new import tax

It is no wonder so many U.S. companies have moved operations overseas, taking jobs with them. Corporate tax rates here are draconian in comparison with much of the rest of the world. So reform is in order. But part of a proposal to do that bears objective scrutiny to avoid a “reform” that ...

Saving low-income students money

Common sense and the federal government is a topic that sometimes seems all too difficult to discuss with a straight face. But this year a common sense change is being made in the Pell Grant program, which helps low-income college students. Pell Grants now will be available to help with the ...

Holding employees at VA accountable

Government employees should not be disciplined or fired without good cause, certainly not for political reasons. That seems obvious. Just as plain is that civil service laws should not protect rogue employees who cheat taxpayers by failing to do their jobs. Critics of new legislation aimed ...

The rush to repeal Health Care law

Last Thursday the Senate leadership pulled the veil off of their health care repeal and replacement act. While Senators struggled to read and understand the 142-page bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said leadership wanted to have the bill approved before the July 4 recess. Why the ...

Buying time on legislative lawsuit

Governor Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders agreed last Friday to a joint stipulation in the legislators’ lawsuit agains the governor, asking the judge to allow funding to keep the Legislature solvent up to October. It’s only a small break in the ice jam between them. Both ...

Democrats need to do more than obstruct

The Democratic Party lost another special election for a U.S. House seat on Tuesday night, this time in Georgia. So much for the party’s strategy of smearing President Trump and hoping the stain sticks to all its political opponents. Democrats can do better, and the country deserves it. We ...

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Festival city Thumbs Up: People like to say, only half-jokingly, that New Ulm has a festival for just about anything. This weekend is the proof of that. The “City of Festivals” is celebrating baseball, cars and quilts this weekend. The 2017 Junior Upper Midwest Classic baseball ...

Health care is a genuine crisis

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says lawmakers in his chamber of Congress are primed to vote on a new national health care law next week. Details of the Senate bill are sketchy, but it clearly will have to be a better version than that approved by the House of ...

Give Camp David time to work its charms

President Donald Trump’s style is, well, different. In many ways he seems determined to redefine the presidency. In doing so he may give his successors new tools to deal with both domestic and foreign policy. Let us hope he recognizes the value of some of the old, well-worn tools, ...

Those who serve are in harm’s way

Americans’ admiration and gratitude for the bravery, dedication and toughness of the armed forces in combat zones is expressed so often and so fervently that those who serve ought to take it for granted. But we forget, sometimes, about the hundreds of thousands of men and women in the ...

Isolate North Korea’s murderous regime

Last week North Korea made a “humanitarian” gesture, releasing U.S. college student Otto Warmbier from custoday, 17 months into his 15 year hard labor sentence for the crime of allegedly trying to steal a propaganda poster. His parents had only recently learned that Warmbier, held without ...

Lawyers benefit from state lawsuit

Because Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republicans in the Legislature are playing “I’ll Cut Your Funding,” the end of the legislative sesison this year features something new — a lawsuit. Because Gov. Dayton vetoed the tax bill last year, this year Republicans included a “poison pill” ...

Restraint evident in Castile protests

It is no surprise, of course, that the acquittal of Jeronimo Yanez in the shooting of Philando Castile has been met with anger and dismay by his family and by the black community and others who have been galvanized by a long string of deaths of young blacks at the hands of police. It was ...

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