Letters

Thank you, Mike Mathiowetz

To the editor: At the end of January, with little fanfare, one of the finest public servants Brown County has had the fortune of knowing retired after decades of service. He requested no party nor cared for any accolade. Yet he deserved both and more. As jail administrator, he supervised ...

Our disconnect from reality

To the editor: Noted that Minn. drivers licenses will now have the option to let people identify themselves as ‘non-gender’ which will be marked ‘X’ instead of male or female. One legislator commented: “Will this change hamper law enforcement’s ability to properly identify ...

Here’s my point of view

To the editor: I agree 100% with Jan Platz, Jon and Rachel Scharleman on their recent letters. As I look at my newest grandson, I ask Democrats: How can you be for murdering innocent babies at birth or before when you are AGAINST executing convicted murderers? Don’t give me the excuse ...

DFL Committee denounces hate mail

To the editor: Recently, Alma Marin, an active member of the New Ulm community, received an anonymous letter containing personal insults, ethnic and homophobic slurs, and vicious criticism of this person’s resident status as an immigrant citizen. While we realize that in a democracy ...

Satan is alive and well

To the editor: I just finished reading a book entitled, “The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity,” by Matthew Kelly. If you haven’t already read it, please read it! The false promises from our secular culture that claim will make us happy in this world are just that, “False ...

Isn’t abortion deplorable too?

To the editor: My wife Rachel and I are native to New Ulm. We acknowledge with deep appreciation the moral and work ethic we received from our parents and the community. We agree with your Jan. 30 editorial comment that “There should be no room for that (racism) in America, or in New ...

New Ulm Forward responds to hate letter

To the editor: When a person in New Ulm receives hate mail, the citizens of New Ulm should respond. A hate letter does not define our community, but what does it say about our community? How should we respond? New Ulm Forward began May 2018 following a community forum on race September ...

Taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for school mental health services

To the editor: I absolutely approve of the student support programs and mental health services being made available to our children in the public schools. But tax payers in the local school districts — including parochial — will have to shoulder the financial burden. That is ...

U. S. Highway 14

To the editor: Moving freight to south and north, Taking it to every coast, Shifting goods both back and forth Go the trucks that New Ulm boasts. From this junction of two roads, U.S. One Five and Fourteen, Means New Ulm trucks haul the loads Here and there and in between. But ...

Better to share tax burden among all

To the editor: Yes, Gov. Walz wants to make local tax-levy referenda “rare or extinct.” This would result in major financial relief for all rural taxpayers in Minnesota. Yet you, Editor, write (1-29-19) that adding the $1.6 billion of referendum levies would create an additional burden ...

LWV values and promotes civil discourse

To the editor: The anonymous writer who sent hate mail attacking Alma Marin for her gender, her ethnicity and her opinion also attacked the League of Women Voters, of which Alma is a valued and active member. For those who are unfamiliar with our work, the League of Women Voters encourages ...

Studying languages can help defeat hatred

To the editor: Here are my morning thoughts on the current local controversy. I really TRIED to abstain but it proved impossible. I can’t say I’m well-acquainted with Alma Marin, but I remember chatting with her briefly at the public library when she and students were putting up posters ...

Add assault rifles to NFA regulations

To the editor: We are all familiar with gangster movies set in the 1920s: snappy-dressing thugs carrying “Tommy Guns” spraying bullets indiscriminately from a speeding sedan. But in movies set in the 1940s, things have changed. In shoot-outs, the criminals are firing handguns, not ...

Thank you

To the editor: On Tuesday we experienced an emergency situation in the Walmart parking lot. We needed to pick up prescriptions at the pharmacy. Upon returning to our car this incident happened. Almost immediately several kind people came to us to be of aid. They brought blankets, called 911 ...

Please clear walkways for postal carriers

To the editor: Now that Polar Vortex Jayden has moved on and we are headed for a brief warm up, we need our customers’ help. Postal carriers have suffered serious injuries related to slips, trips and falls due to icy and snow covered walkways and porch steps. Preventing a slip or bad fall ...

Right to an opinion

To the editor: I read with interest the comments about hate mail and tolerance in New Ulm. I have lived in New Ulm nearly 43 years, after living at various other cities in the state, including the Metro area. Each community has its own distinct beauty, personality, and opportunity for ...

We can do better

To the editor: Shame on the coward who wrote the threatening letter to Ms. Marin. This sort of thing is a total embarrassment and disgrace to our fine community. I pity this uneducated and uninformed man who knew what he did was wrong. Naoko Meyer New Ulm

I Love to Read month

To the editor: For many years, February has been promoted as “I Love to Read” month in Minnesota. As a teacher and librarian for 43 years, I always felt it was very important to promote “the love of reading” not only in February, but throughout the year. If you have young children, ...

Hate letter writer should be ashamed

To the editor: I wish to address this letter to whomever sent hate mail to Alma Marin. We as Americans have a right to our opinions. You have the same right but you should be ashamed of the hate mail you sent, unsigned, to Alma. Except for the Native Americans, we are all immigrants. My ...

We’re made in God’s image

To the editor: If you had a good parent, you learned early that nobody is better than someone else. Different characteristics, yes, but not better. We are all members of the race of man, just different shades of brown. Let’s honor the memory of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., who longed ...