Editorials

How not to treat customer security

Financial services companies assure us they will handle the confidential information they often demand from us responsibly and securely. As many Americans have learned from data breaches in the past, those are promises not always kept. Now Equifax, the giant credit reporting agency, has made ...

Attacking the market for sex with underage girls

“Some people think sex sting operations can’t happen in small towns, but this is proof that they can. I believe these eight arrests show that this problem is far more prevalent than anyone thought. No one is policing the Internet. These arrests are the reality of the situation.” — ...

Court-ordered cooperation?

The Minnesota Supreme Court recognized the right of Gov. Mark Dayton to use the line item veto, even to totally defund the Minnesota Legislature. The court, however, ordered the two sides in the lawsuit over Dayton’s unprecedented veto to find a mediator by Tuesday and work out their ...

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Festive Weekend THUMBS UP: It promises to be one of those sparkling fall weekends in New Ulm, perfect weather for the abundance of fun and festive things to do. Today we have the Drew’s Crew Colorfest 5K race, an annual event to support Drew Aufderheide in his continuing battle with an ...

DACA change leaves window open

President Donald Trump basically did what he had to do this week in announcing he was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals rule that was put in place by his predecessor. President Barack Obama had put the rule in place, contrary to current immigration law, to prevent the ...

City owed NUEDC at least a hearing

Well, that was sudden. The New Ulm City Council, after 20 years of subsidizing the work of the New Ulm Economic Development Corportation’s, voted 3-2 Tuesday to end that subsidy, putting the effectiveness and activity of that organization in serious question. And they did it despite pleas ...

Haley wasn’t exaggerating

Diplomats sometimes engage in hyperbole to make their points. But what Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Monday may be the literal truth. Haley spoke during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. It was called after it was confirmed that North Korea has ...

Employment data can be misleading

During our national Labor Day holiday we celebrated our many hard-working Americans, took a day off and, perhaps, reflect on what we contribute to the economy. Trouble is, the percentage of us supporting it is dropping, despite what the government’s unemployment rate reports may have you ...

The changing world of work

The first Labor Day was celebrated over 100 years ago, when labor unions in New York decided in 1882 to celebrate their union members with a parade. Workers had to take an unpaid day off to attend, but they did in droves. In 1894 President Grover Cleveland signed it into the books as a federal ...

Trump’s strategic reset

At various times during our history, American troops abroad have been targeted with special ferocity by enemies aware that the more U.S. troops they killed, the more likely our government would be to accelerate already declared timetables for withdrawal. That ends now, President Donald Trump ...

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Texas in need Pointer: Texans are reputed to be a proud bunch most of the time. But the suffering inflicted by Hurricane Harvey makes it clear that Texans need everyone’s help. They shouldn’t have to ask. There are many ways to help, but the best may be to donate to the American Red ...

Don’t play politics with Harvey aid

It has been suggested by some that politics will play a role in how quickly and decisively Congress responds to the massive flood disaster occuring now in Texas and Louisiana. Democrat lawmakers may try to punish Texans for supporting President Donald Trump in the election last year, it has ...

Real Americans rise to occasion

It has been suggested what is happening in Houston, Texas, now is a welcome diversion from focus during recent weeks on the very worst people among us. But perhaps we should think about the extremists responsible for violence across the country, including in Charlottesville, Va., even as we ...

Kim shaking things up

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un seems to be determined to keep U.S., South Korean and Japanese leaders off balance. It is a very dangerous game. For several days, it had seemed to some that Kim had at least paused in his saber rattling via missile launches. U.S. Secretary of State Rex ...

Debt ceiling going up

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin won last week’s Stating the Obvious Prize when he predicted Congress will approve an increase in the government debt limit sometime in September. Of course lawmakers will approve a new debt ceiling. There will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth by both ...

Power struggle comes before court

The Minnesota Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments today on an important question dealing with checks and balances in government and the separation of powers. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s attorneys will be arguing that he had the power to line-item veto the Legislature’s funding after ...

Harvey’s aftermath

As Hurricane Harvey gathered strength in the Gulf of Mexico and headed for the Texas coast on Friday, weather forecasters were sure of just one thing — wherever it made land, it was going to be bad. And it was. Saturday, Texas communities near Corpus Christi looked over shattered buildings, ...

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Princess Kay THUMBS UP: Congratulations to Nicollet County Dairy Princess Emily Annexstad, a college student from St. Peter, who was crowned Princess Kay of the Milky Way on Wednesday at the Minnesota State Fair. Minnesotans know that as honors go, it doesn’t get much better than being ...

Slow down, be safe

Here’s a warning to kids who are dreading the thought of returning to school. You may want to turn to the comics page rather than read any further. But the fact is, schools are getting ready to reopen. Teachers are having meetings, food services are getting their big boxes of beef patties ...

Military service carries risks

Two ships do not run into each other in the open sea without someone being at fault. During the coming weeks, Navy investigators will try to set blame for the weekend collision between an oil tanker and an American destroyer, the USS John S. McCain, near Singapore. The Navy also will look ...

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