Editorials

Time to step back

President Barack Obama has taken a step back from asking Congress to approve a resolution to use limited military force in Syria - a vote the president seemed sure to lose.On Tuesday, the president, making the case for the need to punish Syria for use of chemical weapons against its own ...

Give Syria a chance, but don’t forget the ‘big stick’

The prospect of war has a way of encouraging the bipartisanship that so many Americans say they want to see in Washington. So it has been regarding President Barack Obama's request that Congress approve military action against Syria.Both Democrats and Republicans are among thoughtful lawmakers ...

Congress should seek other sources

Members of Congress debating President Barack Obama's recommendation the U.S. go to war with Syria have much to discuss. Their questions should not be directed solely at the White House's representatives.Of course, much of the information and opinion lawmakers will hear will have to come from ...

When to intervene is complex question

The Syrian issue facing Congress, the U.S., indeed the whole world community, is one of the most complex questions in international relations. When is it proper for one nation to interfere in the affairs of another? At what point does respect for one nation's right to self determination yield ...

Syria proposal needs answers

The decision by a U.S. Senate committee to endorse President Barack Obama's plan for a military strike on Syria was not exactly a ringing vote of confidence: Ten senators agreed but seven others could not bring themselves to do so.Wednesday's vote clears the way for the full Senate to argue the ...

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Big day in New UlmTHUMBS UP: Today is a day 150 years in the making for New Ulm (or 125, depending on whether you're celebrating the New Ulm Battery or the Hermann Monument's Cornerstone). Today is the double anniversary celebration for the New Ulm Battery, New Ulm's Department of Defense for ...

Justice turning a blind eye to pot

Marijuana is illegal under federal law. Yet Attorney General Eric Holder has decided not to interfere in any way with two states where recreational use of the drug has become permissible.Colorado and Washington decriminalized marijuana last fall. Many states allow its use for medicinal ...

Little sympathy for Ariel Castro

The sordid case of Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man who kidnapped three young women and imprisoned them for more than years under the most unspeakable of circumstances, came to a sudden end on Tuesday when he hung himself in his prison cell, barely a month into his life sentence.There can be ...

Eagle Update

Here we go! School is off and running for New Ulm Public Schools. My thanks to all of our staff for their efforts in getting ready for the students and parents. There are many days and weeks of preparation required for our staff to have things ready for the students. The open houses last week ...

Weeds: Oh, the words that come out of our mouths

My father, Sylvester, did not swear often. A rare "damn" was used if things were going terribly. The s-word was used simply because we had animals and had to deal with the waste substance being described.But on occasion, when a cow was not cooperating or some man had done something despicable, ...

Act prudently on war vote

President Barack Obama finally has decided to submit the decision on war with Syria to Congress. In doing so the president has placed a heavy burden on lawmakers, but one the Constitution insists they must bear.Obama already has ordered the military to draw up plans for an attack, in ...

Schools need pressure from public, not gov’t

Apparently the absence of some useless federal regulations makes some hearts grow fonder of them. No one should lament the demise of "No Child Left Behind," the decade-old federal school improvement law, however.Although Congress has not removed it from the books, NCLB no longer governs schools ...

Labor Day issues

As people all over the U.S. celebrate Labor Day by taking a day off, there are issues surrounding the day that emphasize that not everyone enjoys the satisfaction and blessings of a good job that pays a satisfying, supportive wage.Economic figures show job numbers are growing little by little, ...

NFL?can afford settlement

The NFL has settled a lawsuit from former players and the survivors of former players over the issue of concussions and their impact on the later lives of those who made professional football America's favorite game.It is a huge settlement, one in which the NFL will pay $765 million, including ...

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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 ...