Letters

Hands free cell phone law in effect Aug. 1

To the editor: Over the past decade, distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of vehicle crashes on our nation’s roads. In the last five years there have been at least 49 crashes in the city of New Ulm that were caused by distracted driving. The New Ulm Police Department will ...

View the fireflies while you still can

To the editor: On 4th of July eve take your grandchildren and greatgrandchildren out to view the fireflies, because one day soon there will be no more fireflies. Just as: once there were tallgrass prairies arraying their colors to the sky around. Fireworks, all over the U.S. on this one ...

Give Hagedorn time to hold public meetings

To the editor: To those criticizing Congressman Hagedorn for dodging people and not being willing to discuss issues: if anyone in southern Minnesota didn’t see or talk with him before he was elected it was because they apparently didn’t attend a parade, county fair or major town event for ...

Musical performances deserve support

To the editor: This past Sunday my wife, Norma, and I attended the initial performance of the Pro Musica Chamber Ensemble’s Music Festival (June 16-21) at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato. The featured performers were the Ensemble’s two artistic directors-Bethel Salge (pianist) and ...

Why won’t Hagedorn face his constituents?

To the editor: As a constituent of Nicollet County and as one of a group of citizens who has been visiting Rep. Hagedorn's office every week during our lunch hour to ask for a town hall, I was shocked to hear that on Thursday, June 13th at 1:30, as many of us were working and going about our ...

The issue that keeps on giving

To the editor: Abortion is the issue that keeps on giving to cynical politicians who milk the issue for money and votes. They are drawn to it like maggots to a festering wound. It’s all about heat and no light, about opposing sides screaming at each other across an ideological abyss. ...

Veterans organizations need your membership

To the editor: Now that Memorial Day and the D-day events are over looking over the past few years I think of all those I have served with and also those that I have come to know after I left the service. I have found a great group of people that I can spend some time with and go over the old ...

In defense of dodgeball

To the editor: The Canadian Society for the Study of Education at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences has decided that dodgeball — the gym class game and rite of passage for most elementary schoolers — is not merely a somewhat dangerous schoolyard pastime, it’s a tool ...

From New Ulm to eternity

To the editor: Memorial Day is a time to remember and reflect. The founders and organizers of New Ulm’s three cemeteries: New Ulm City Cemetery, New Ulm Catholic Cemetery, and St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, had the foresight and wisdom to place them together so they abut each other, a ...

Memorial Day Vietnam Vet and Abortion

To the editor: Why is a vet concerned with abortion? Why would a veteran of war take a life? Why were the Viet Nam Vets called baby killers? The name calling came from those who were not there and were against war and killing. Peace and love were their answer. The offspring of peace and ...

Memorial Day Ceremony

To the editor: Memorial Day 2019, has again come and gone. As always, it was a beautiful ceremony but this year it was exceptionally well done. In spite, of the weather it was perfect. I admired M.C. Chris Schneeberg, the Honor Guard, Concord singers, and Municipal Band managing the crowed ...

The Gift of Life

To the editor: As I have watched the people who are protesting against the ban on abortions I have noticed they all have one thing in common. Their mothers made the decision to give them the gift of life. Paul Guggisberg Lafayette

Heartbeat of America

To the editor: I am writing to comment on The Journal editorial on Friday May 17, “U.S. birthrate becoming an issue.” The Journal goes on to say birth rates in the United States have dipped to historic lows, causing ramifications of fewer children being educated in colleges, smaller ...

Hagedorn’s leadership hurts farmers

To the editor: Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District’s strength is our rich, agricultural way of life. Substantial work and investments are being made by citizens, foundations and organizations to continue to strengthen our rural communities. It’s difficult to see these efforts undone ...

Hagedorn prioritizes guns over women’s lives

To the editor: For someone who believes in the sanctity of human life, Representative Jim Hagedorn has a funny way of showing it. Last month he had an opportunity to support the Violence Against Women Act, a law specifically designed to protect life — in particular the lives of victims of ...

State must fund infrastructure improvements

To the editor: It is no longer a secret that our state’s infrastructure is aging and deteriorating. According to the recently released American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) annual state report card, Minnesota roads received a D+ overall grade while bridges received a C and transit ...

In defense of Jim Hagedorn

To the editor: In his time in office, Congressman Jim Hagedorn has been a tireless champion for Southern Minnesota farmers. He’s urged House leadership to extend bio-diesel tax credits, advocated for year-round use of E-15, and urged EPA to stop the abuse of small refinery exemptions, ...

Let’s get it straight!

To the editor: It was with great disappointment I read the Journal editorial regarding Congressman Hagedorn’s comment in Worthington about hunger in America. Except if you read the story in the Globe, and the subsequent corrections, it’s clear he wasn’t talking about hunger at all, ...

The real Deal

To the editor: Recently Congressman Hagedorn and other House Republicans signed a discharge petition to force a vote on the Green New Deal so the American people know where their representatives stand. They say the Green New Deal will end farming as we know it and end air travel. The ...

Hagedorn’s comments misconstrued

To the editor: I am a private citizen living in Worthington, MN and I am a member of the Worthington Noon Kiwanis Club. I was present on April 23, 2019 when Congressman Jim Hagedorn spoke at our Kiwanis Club; in fact, Congressman Hagedorn came to speak in Worthington at my request. One ...