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Hot time for workersTHUMBS UP: We who struggled this past week or so to endure the heat we encountered walking from our air conditioned cars to our air conditioned offices have a special appreciation for those who work outside. The construction crews working on road projects in town, builders, ...

Let’s not rush in Syria

Terming use of chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war a "red line" that, if crossed, would result in decisive U.S. action was a mistake on President Barack Obama's part. Living up to his pledge could be an even greater error.Last week, rebels fighting dictator Bashar al-Assad's regime said ...

Some schools aren’t built for summer

There is a reason a lot of schools, especially older schools, don't have air conditioning. They are usually empty in the summer, and by the time classes start the weather has started to cool off.That hasn't been happening this week. Summer seems to have saved its hottest, nastiest conditions ...

Safety on a stick

The New Ulm Chamber of Commerce is very serious about the Highway 14 project, so serious, in fact, that they are resorting to satire as a means of pushing the issue.The Chamber has commissioned several editorial cartoons on the Minnesota Department of Transportation's lack of committment to the ...

Iraq’s failed policy

Forty-six people were killed in Iraq Sunday, as it becomes clearer and clearer U.S. strategy to pacify that country was a dismal, bloody, expensive failure.More than 3,000 people have been killed in Iraq during the past few months. Much of the violence seems to involve battles among Sunni and ...

Get Vikings deal done and done right

July 2016 seems like a long way off, and yet the game of hardball being played in the negotiations for a Minnesota Vikings stadium development agreement now could have an impact then.The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority wants the Vikings to continue negotiations on the final use and ...

Still dreaming?

On Wednesday the nation will mark the 50th anniversary of what many consider the greatest speech of the 20th century, Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech made at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, looking out over a crowd of ...

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Back to schoolTHUMBS UP: It's back to school for a lot of students next week. A few schools in the area have already started classes, but more students will be heading to class on Tuesday, while the rest will be starting the following week, after Labor Day.There has been a lot of debate in ...

Weeds: Even comely places need some help

"Comely" is a word we don't use much. It means attractive, pleasing, in a subtle way. It comes from Old English "cumli" which is exquisite and Old German "kaum" which is more like tender or frail.This is leading to my choice for the comeliest place on Earth. First, we have to go to Leavenworth. ...

Guns in the Capitol

Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon has been presiding over hearings by an advisory committee on state capitol security this week. The topic is a hot one - should the state continue to allow people with gun permits to carry guns into the state capitol? Of course there are two deeply divided sides on ...

What’s the holdup at Yucca Mountain?

Among the most serious energy-related challenges facing the United States is what to do with waste generated at nuclear power plants, health care facilities and other users of radioactive materials. There is no place where the highly dangerous waste can be stored securely and safely over the ...

Eagle Update: Getting ready for the school year

There are many activities occurring the next couple of weeks as we swing into the new school year. Many teachers can be found preparing their classrooms and getting their materials ready. Our paraprofessionals have received updated training on the proper techniques to use when responding to ...

A great state fair

Summer seems to be galloping to a close. The Vikings have already closed training camp in Mankato, school teachers are heading to pre-school workshops, and most telling of all, the Minnesota State Fair is about to open.The State Fair is a grand collection of farm and ag displays, multi-cultural ...

An epidemic of broken Obamacare promises

Health insurance will be cheaper, we were assured. If you like the policy you have, you'll be able to keep it, President Barack Obama insisted.Those were some of the promises made about "Obamacare," the new national health care law.But they weren't true.On Tuesday, the highly respected, ...

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Fireworks fundTHUMBS UP: It's a complaint we hear every year - why doesn't New Ulm ever have fireworks for the 4th of July?The answer, in large part, is cost. Big, impressive fireworks shows are expensive. The liability coverage needed is a major part of the cost as well. It's a lot of work, ...

Minnesota jobs report could be better

The Minnesota Jobs Report for July came out Thursday, and while the numbers look encouraging, they could be better.The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) said the state gained 4,300 jobs in July, with the unemployment rate holding steady at 5.2 percent. That ...

Terrorists also target Muslims

Americans sometimes wonder why Muslim clerics are not more energetic in their criticism of terrorists who claim to be Islamic fundamentalists. In some places, however, a few leaders of the faith do speak out - and pay heavy prices for their religious honesty and courage.As many as 44 Muslims ...

Holder is right on prison sentences

Attorney General Eric Holder is taking on prison overpopulation and spiraling costs by taking aim at mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug crimes. In comments to the American Bar Association this week, he said, "We will start by fundamentally rethinking the notion of mandatory minimum ...

Uptrend in revenue no reason to relax

Taxes have gone up, not just for "the wealthy" but for every American who works. The national debt is approaching $17 trillion. Deficit spending still is reported in hundreds of billions of dollars a year.But some liberals are saying that federal spending cuts can be put on the back burner now, ...

Court Matters: Minor counts on criminal record can haunt for years

It seems to me that the majority of people asking to have their records expunged are young people looking for their first "real" job. Too often I find young people in court on relatively minor crimes; theft by shoplifting, underage consumption, etc. Unfortunately these young people often do not ...

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