Editorials

100 years later, we still owe a great debt to Veterans

One hundred years ago today, the conflict many hoped was “the war to end all wars” drew to a close. For decades, Nov. 11 each year was observed as Armistice Day. Now, we know it as Veterans Day, honoring those among us who have served at any time in the armed forces. Though the last ...

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Voting does matter THUMBS UP: People who claim their votes don’t really matter are proven wrong nearly on nearly every election day when one race or another is decided by a handful of votes. There were plenty of them in this election. In Sanborn, the mayor’s race was decided by two votes. ...

Try, try again… and again

Jim Hagedorn, who won the First District congressional seat by a margin as thin as the one he lost by in 2016, is proof of the adage, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” — and in his case, ... and again, and again. Hagedorn, the erstwhile Republican candidate, won the seat ...

Bipartisanship will be required

The Minnesota Legislature, like the U.S. Congress, is split between Democrats and Republicans. In both, Democrats control the House, and Republicans control the Senate. So, in order to get anything done, it will take bipartisanship, intellectual maturity and compromise. Democrats in the House ...

Another pedestrian hit

For the third time in the past month and a half, a pedestrian crossing a street in New Ulm has been hit by a car. This accident happened at First North and Garden Street near Harman Park at about 7:28 a.m. Tuesday. Paulette Schmeling was struck as she walked along North Garden Street, and ...

You have a personal interest in voting

You may be asking yourself, “Why is it so important that I vote today?” There are a lot of good reasons, but one of the best is that it is in your own best interest to vote, to elect someone who will represent you and your interests. We will be electing US senators and representatives ...

Exercise your right to vote

The right to vote... the right to select our representatives in government, the right to help set the course for our town, county, state and nation. It is an awesome right, and one that makes this country different from and better than many others around the world. This right gives us a ...

Temper the rhetoric

This has been a tempestuous campaign season. Republicans and Democrats both have declared this a historic turning point, with “the very future of the country” at stake. Whoever winds up in control of Congress will either save or destroy America as we know it, depending on which side you ...

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Blessed silence THUMBS DOWN: We have heard that 100 years ago, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the Armistice ending World War I went into effect, and the guns and artillery all along the front fell into blessed silence. That is what we hope will happen on Tuesday, Nov. ...

Trump should leave Constitution alone

Republicans used to bash President Barack Obama for his “imperial presidency” — his use of executive orders to do things that the Republican-controlled Congress wouldn’t go along with. What, then, do they have to say about President Donald Trump, who Axios on HBO he could to sign an ...

Wieland is the perennial ‘Good Cop’

We’re sure in his 30-year career as a police officer in New Ulm, Police Chief Myron Wieland did just about every job there was. But there’s one thing he was incapable of doing — playing the “bad cop” in the “good cop-bad cop” interrogation scenario. He is just too cheerful for ...

Stop the caravan, but peacefully

Unless they find motorized transport, the 7,000 Central Americans trudging on foot through Mexico will not arrive at their destination, the U.S. border, for three to six weeks. Good. U.S. officials will need all the time they can get to prepare for the group’s arrival. Use of caravans has ...

An ancient evil rears up again

An ancient and evil hatred showed itself once again in Pittsburgh on Saturday, when 11 people were shot to death in the Tree of Life synagogue as they gathered to pray. That hatred led the accused, Robert Gregory Bowers, to charge into the place of worship with an AR-15 rifle and three ...

School Board tossup

In the District 88 School Board election this year we have four candidates vying for three positions. The three incumbents, Duane Winter (12 years on the board), Steven Gag and Melissa Sunderman, are all seeking re-election, and their are joined by a 4th, challenger Amanda Groebner. The ...

Seidl for Sheriff

The campaign for Brown County Sheriff has generated more letters to the editor than any other local race this fall. The interest is high, and pros and cons have been listed for both candidates. We have two highly qualified candidates with very different backgrounds. Brown County Chief Deputy ...

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Human Rights award THUMBS UP: Congratulations to Alma Marin, who earlier this week received the New Ulm Human Rights Commission’s annual Human Rights Award. Marin is a tireless worker for the rights of everyone, and has served this community on many boards and commissions. She is also ...

Prochniak for Auditor-Treasurer

In the race for the Brown County Auditor-Treasurer, the difference in experience between the two candidates is telling. Jean Prochniak, the incumbent Auditor-Treasurer, has been working in the office for the past 38 years. She was elected to the position four years ago after assisting Marlin ...

No place for terrorism  

Someone has been very busy in the past week, mailing packages containing pipe bombs to 10 high-profile Democratic figures, including former president Barack Obama, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, George Soros, former Vice President Joe Biden, actor Robert DeNiro and to CNN, all ...

Mack in 4th Ward

As in the New Ulm Mayoral election, voters in the 4th Ward City Council election have a difficult decision on Nov. 6 trying to decide between two good candidates. Larry Mack is finishing his first term as the 4th Ward council member. His challenger is Andrea Boettger, a candidate with good ...

Beussman has earned another term

The election for New Ulm Mayor presents citizens with a difficult choice. In Robert Beussman and Kathleen Backer, voters have two excellent candidates willing and able to do the job of mayor. Both, we feel, would do an excellent job. So who should be elected? As one of only two city offices ...