Editorials

The Iran deal

A substantial number of members of Congress, along with several other countries that have been longstanding allies of the U.S., are worried about the so-called "deal" President Barack Obama's administration has announced with Iran.Far from providing an opening that could prevent Iran from ...

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Christmas seasonTHUMBS UP: We must say, New Ulm does do Christmas kickoffs well. The holiday get the old world treatment from the Christkindlmarkt, the Glockenspiel plays Christmas songs, and the annual Parade of Lights gets more entertaining every year.With a late start because Thanksgiving ...

Congress can’t cut

Among the many upsetting aspects of federal spending negotiations going on in Washington is a comparison of budget cuts in dispute to those agreed upon with little controversy.U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., are discussing how to avoid another budget showdown ...

Many reasons to give thanks

Thanksgiving may be a national holiday, but it is an intensely personal one as well. We as a nation may have many reasons to give thanks -?or not, depending on your view of the economy, or of politics, or of international relationships - but when we sit down at the table tomorrow with our ...

Weeds: Why do we stay here?

You know it's coming. Someday soon, you'll wake up and the funster radio guy will be playing, "In the lane, snow is glistening, a beautiful sight, we're happy tonight" You don't even have to look out the window; you know what's out there. Winter. You mutter at the radio, "Shut. Up."Oh, it's ...

Celebrate Thanksgiving first

The old question about which came first, the chicken or the egg, could be applied to the earlier starting hours for the holiday shopping season. Retailers say it is shoppers' demand that makes them open earlier, with many stores now opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Shoppers who are in ...

Eagle Update: Conference change

This past week the school board approved a resolution to leave the South Central Conference and join the new Big South Conference. All of the South Central Conference Schools have made this choice. We will go from six teams in a conference to thirteen. Belonging to a conference provides ...

What does filibuster rule mean outside of Washington?

Senate Democrats voted this week to change the rules for closing a filibuster, creating a collective "Harrumph!" from Republicans so large that it threatened to knock over the Washington Monument that had been weakened by Superstorm Sandy last year.We doubt that few people outside of the U.S. ...

Iran deal just a beginning

To be sure, getting Iran to agree to any kind of nuclear pact, if only a six-month pause while talks continue on a permanent pact that would prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, is a significant accomplishment.But there are many pitfalls on the way to a final pact. First, of course, ...

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That Christmas lookTHUMBS UP: Next week city crews will be stringing garlands of evergreen branches across Minnesota Street. The garlands, with their neon bells and stars, have been a tradition in New Ulm for many years.How many years, you ask? According to the knowledgeable folks down at the ...

A day to remember

Fifty years ago today, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The horror of a U.S. president being murdered was, by itself, enough to ensure the event would burn itself into most memories and into the history books. But he was more than just any president. He was young, charismatic, ...

The murder of JFK: The survey says…

Last Tuesday, a crowd of over 60 New Ulmers (and a few out-of-towners) gathered to listen to my talk on the Kennedy assassination at the New Ulm Library. The audience viewed some video clips, watched a PowerPoint presentation and collected some handouts.Prior to the program, nearly 50 people in ...

Renew ban on plastic guns

Ever since Jules Verne wrote about trips to the moon and submarines that could travel 20,000 leagues under the sea, science fiction has developed a history of becoming science fact.Today, the idea of 3D printers that can make objects out of raw materials and a computerized design have become a ...

Time to stop smoking

The Brown County Board talked about banning e-cigarettes this week but decided to wait until someone actually determines whether they are a health risk to smokers and to others.We realize there are lots of reasons to prefer e-cigarettes to the real thing, but e-cigarettes still deliver an ...

Time to review sex offender program

Minnesota, like many other states, has a program that commits dangerous sexual predators, those most likely to offend again, to a state treatment program for sex offenders once their prison terms have been served.The program has become an indefinite imprisonment. In the 19-year history of the ...

Nominee’s top priority should be security

Ask most people what they believe is top priority at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and they are likely to say battling terrorists.That isn't how President Barack Obama's nominee to head the agency sees it. Counterterrorism work is third on his priority list.Jeh Johnson, nominated to ...

‘Farm’ supports?

Though getting government spending under control often is seen as a Democrats vs. Republicans battle, some of the most egregious waste gets bipartisan support."Farm support" spending is a good example. Taxpayers pay out about $30 billion a year in various agriculture subsidy programs. ...

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Good Luck KnightsTHUMBS UP: Sleepy Eye St. Mary's football team is heading to the Metrodome on Saturday after advancing in the Class A Minnesota State High School League football tournament. The Knights will play Dawson-Boyd at 9 a.m.The Knights have played 12 playoff games in the last three ...

Corridors of Commerce recognizes Highway 14

The state announced the 10 projects included in the $300 million "Corridors of Commerce" bonding program, and it is gratifying that the Highway 14 expansion project will receive up to $73 million in state funding for three of its five projects that had been submitted for consideration.That is ...

Aid to the Philippines

Whenever anyone in the world is suffering from a massive natural disaster, Americans are among the first to send aid. That is as it should be.But people with stronger links than most to us are in agony now, because of what may have been the strongest typhoon on record.For more than a century, ...