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Letters

Just say NO (to Walz)

To the editor: It is soon time for Gov. Tim Walz to extend his dictatorship again. Do as I say, not as I do Walz. Remember the riots in Minneapolis? Minneapolis had mask requirements at the time. Funerals were postponed or cancelled across the state. Public gatherings were limited to 10 ...

Wear a mask when visiting NUMC clinic

To the editor: I work at our medical clinic and I want to assure you the COVID-19 Pandemic is real. Fortunately Minnesota (and Brown County) have done a good job of trying to keep it under control. I am concerned because recently we are having a lot of people coming into the clinic who are ...

Suicide: The hidden risk of addiction and mental health issues

To the editor: It can be difficult for a person who suffers from addiction and mental health issues to ask for help. Tragically, the stigma surrounding addiction and mental health can make a person feel worthless, helpless, and hopeless. Addiction and mental health issues also affect the ...

The Three-Fifths compromise

To the editor: A column in The Journal of June 27-28 touched briefly on the three-fifths compromise in the Constitution. At issue was how much representation in Congress, and therefore how much power, slave states would have. Since slaves were considered property, a Northern delegate at the ...

Missing trees in German Park

To the editor: German Park is really going to be nice with the addition of the amphitheater. But I am trying to figure out why someone would give the OK to cut down two young, beautiful, healthy shade trees. There was only one bench at the fountain that was shaded between 1 and 4 p.m. ...

The rest of the story about BLM

To the editor: I read with interest the article entitled “Why “Black Lives Matter’” in the 6/27-28 New Ulm Journal. I won’t refute what was written, but felt compelled to tell the rest of the story about the organization known as Black Lives Matter (BLM) that was omitted and is ...

Finding hope in protests

To the editor: Thank you, Kevin Sweeney, for your words re: “Black Lives Matter” on Saturday, July 27. You stated so well what everyone needs to be reminded of each day, “that each life matters.” This has not been true, as our history tells us. I, as a privileged white person, ...

What’s the basis for current protests?

To the editor: John McWhorter candidly designates anti-racism as a religion. Niger Innis protests the harm done to Blacks by leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement. Shelby Steele protests the rioting and looting and the idea of systemic racism. Candace Owens protests the myth of racially ...

Shooting practice in the pit

To the editor: Weekly, stalwart patriots fire off their automatic and semi-automatic firearrns in the Cambria gravel pit. A family lives directly across the highway, State Highway 68. Both spouses work and undoubtedly would like to relax, of a Saturday. I hasten to add: this family have ...

Equal rights for all

To the editor: One thing that has always baffled me, as an American citizen, is how other American citizens think that the Constitution and Bill of Rights, the Civil Rights Act, only applies to some. If you are an American citizen, it should not matter whether you are a straight white ...

Dan Feehan will unite us

To the editor: What we need right now, more than ever, is a leader. And if we can’t have one at the national level, let’s at least try to have one at the local level. It’s in our power, and our best interest, to elect candidates who unite instead of divide. Dan Feehan is one such ...

2020 election

To the editor: Fellow citizens, in this time of unrest and uncertainty few things are guaranteed. Death, taxes, the behavior of the Republican Party and the fact that this is, without a doubt, the most important election of our lifetime. As a retired educator, and as an Army veteran, a ...

Wear masks to protect others

To the editor: I recently shopped at the New Ulm ALDI and was very impressed with the work that they do to protect us from the virus. They had sanitizing stations for their carts, one-way arrows for their aisles, masks and protective plexiglass for their checkout clerks. They also have the ...

How will the world end?

To the editor: Heat waves will become the greatest scourge of all, and sooner than we think. What can we do? Migrate to the poles? This is unlikely. We cannot refrigerate the temperate zones. Will the world, then, end in fire or ice? I think it will end in fire. Walter O. ...

Thank you, New Ulm and Brown County police officers, deputies!

To the editor: Police officers often deal with difficult and sometimes dangerous people and/or situations at any time of day. They don’t go into this occupation for money. This is not an occupation that pays lots of money. Since I moved to New Ulm 23 years ago, I had some opportunities to ...

Off with his head!

To the editor: On May 8, 1794, one of history’s great scientists, Antoine Lavoisier, was executed in that maelstrom of mayhem, the French Revolution, in which many of the participants were radicals seeking to refashion society. Should there be a lesson in that for us? Permit three other ...

Danger of nitrate in rural water supply

To the editor: A City Pages article by Hannah Jones on the water pollution in Minnesota indicates it is also a manure problem in farm country. The 72 agricultural counties in the state have seen nitrate contamination (1995-2018) in the drinking water increase by 61% on average. Minnesota ...

Don’t call her racist

To the editor: In response to the letter writer who responded to my letter of June 4 (“Don’t blame all cops for Floyd’s death”): I feel a person is racist if all they see are people’s color, ethnicity, sexual preferences, religions, disabilities, political preferences, etc. As I ...

To Black America

To the editor: I have watched in horror, anger, sorrow, fear and yes finally HOPE, the unfolding of events in Minneapolis and around the world. After seeing the George Floyd memorial service on television, I have spent sleepless nights pondering everything I’ve learned in school and from my ...

The Real America

To the editor: What’s happening in America? Where are we headed? There are some who would like this all to end in revolution. They would like to throw out our current system, which upholds the right of the individual citizen to possess his property in peace and live according to the ...