Letters

“Change is a constant”

To the editor: After meeting with some Chamber Members on the topic of workforce availability, housing and seeing the masses of orange cones on Broadway, it is clear we have challenges in our community. At the Chamber, we see the cyclical nature of the business climate and know “change is ...

Economic development important to community’s success

To the editor: We celebrate Economic Development Week May 8-13 and the role economic development plays in making our communities better places to live and work. Heartland Consumers Power District is proud to partner with New Ulm to improve the economic well-being of the community through ...

Dog Park Safety

To the editor: Happy Tails New Ulm Dog Park is a safe, fenced-in space in New Ulm where dogs can exercise and play together off leash. The park was made possible by the hard work of volunteers and generous donors, as well as the City of New Ulm for providing the land. Bring your vaccinated ...

Child Care Provider Appreciation Day

To the editor: Since 1996, the second Friday in May had been recognized at Child Care Provider Appreciation Day. This is a day to recognize those who work closely with our small children as in-home daycare providers, child care center staff, and preschool teachers. It takes a special type ...

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month

To the editor: Spring is here and American Bikers for Awareness, Training, and Education (ABATE) of Minnesota would like to remind motorists that motorcycle riders are back on the roads. ABATE of Minnesota has 26 chapters throughout the state and each chapter has their own way to make May ...

State bills threaten Campaign Finance Reform Committee

To the editor: I am concerned about bills advancing in the state legislature which would combine to devastate any effective regulation of special interests influencing voters in Minnesota. George Beck, former chair of the Minnesota Campaign Finance Reform Committee, provides an accurate ...

A journalists’ connection from 1973

To the editor: In June 1973, Bruce Fenske and I started our “full-time” jobs at the New Ulm Journal the same day. I, fresh from graduation Friday at Mankato State, started on Monday and walked in the door for what was then called “orientation” for my 90-day probationary hiring as ...

CROP Walk is on for Sunday

To the editor: Brown County Area CROP WALK will be on Sunday, April 30, at 1 p.m. starting at the Putting Green (1915 S. Valley St.) following the bike trail to German Park and returning to the Putting Green. Registration begins at 12:45 p.m and we plan to hold the event through rain, sleet, ...

Taxed enough, already

To the editor: A few comments in response to the what do you think question at the end of the April 26 Journal Our View: “It is not possible to think we do not pay enough taxes.” The 16th Amendment authorizing Congress to lay and collect taxes on income was ratified in 1913. It ...

Phosphorous in grass hard on water quality

To the editor: Comments on the meeting at Courtland regarding buffers. The fact that nitrates increased after leaving Mankato is due to the removal of ammonia in the treatment discharge. Ammonia is very toxic to fish but when ammonia is reduced, the nitrates increase. The fact that ...

Stop invasive garlic mustard!

To the editor: Don’t ignore your garlic mustard! If you do, it will probably get very bad for you and your neighbors. We already have a massive number of plants in the southwestern corner of the city. The main invasion is located at Flandrau State Park and adjoining areas. Seeds produced ...

Celebrating Earth Day

To the editor: Each year on April 22, we celebrate Earth Day, a day set aside to think about how each of us affects the environment. Earth Day began as a nationwide, grassroots environmental protest in 1970. Twenty million Americans demonstrated for a healthy, sustainable environment in ...

Reminders for safe biking not very safe

To the editor: There was an article on bicycling in The Journal issue of Saturday, April 8, titled “HONU issues reminders for safe bicycling.” Normally the HONU has good information and has done good work but in this case I believe that it gave some inaccurate and unsafe advice. The ...

Renewed faith in young people

To the editor: I was recently asked to speak with four classes at the New Um Public Middle School. The students I was to speak with are in Ms. Amanda Thorson’s sixth grade science classes. Ms. Thorson has been teaching them about the dangers of drugs and alcohol as well as smoking and ...

Keep cats at home

To the editor: Body parts, mutilated corpses, fouled sandboxes and vegetable gardens — all evidence of cats on the loose just doing their thing! While cats are not licensed in New Ulm, they are not allowed to roam at will, per local ordinance. However, many people feel it’s perfectly OK ...

Thank you, Gerald Woodley

To the editor: Gerald Woodley gave his energy and talent to the Brown County Humane Society during his lengthy tenure as a volunteer and board member and deserves thanks for his dedication. Through its many fundraisers and his public relations efforts, he reminded the community of the ...

Buddy Poppy displays coming to New Ulm

To the editor: Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1648 and the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 132 will be asking for donations to display the Buddy Poppy Display Cards to local merchants on April 25 and 26 respectively. In 1923 the Buddy Poppy was fashioned by disabled and needy ...

Compromise within the parties needed

To the editor: To expand on Roger Nelson’s March 28 letter (“We have to stay united for US to be strong”), I say passing legislation also necessitates compromise within the majority political party. A political party was voted the majority in Congress for a reason. I think most people ...

Single payer health care the way to go

To the editor: I humbly disagree with the writer of the letter in Tuesday’s Journal (“We have to stay united for US to be strong”) that health care is best left to the insurance companies. They are in the business of making a profit on our care. Instead, I propose we start looking ...

Real vs. government-enforced charity

To the editor: “Who REALLY Cares,” by Arthur C. Brooks, is a book that, in the words of Richard John Neuhaus, “documents the dramatic gap between those who talk about caring and those who actually care.” Brooks, raised in a politically liberal family, was forced by his research to ...

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