Opinion

Senseless violence changes nothing

Editorials

Adopting the Old Testament eye-for-an-eye reaction to violence accomplishes nothing except, perhaps, to leave everyone involved blind. When it is directed at the peacemakers, it harms us all in a very direct way.It has been said of the men and women in law enforcement that they "have targets on ...

Keep those history pages coming

Letters

To the editor:Many thanks to The Journal for putting those pages in the Saturday papers from 50 and 100 years ago. I love them being included and sincerely hope they continue to be added. I moved to New Ulm in 1967 and next year I hope to be able to reminisce about things from my first year ...

Perkins rises from the ashes

Letters

To the editor:"Rising from the Ashes" was the headline on The Journal on Sunday, April 17, the day of the fire at Perkins.With the help of our Fire Department and Police and their quick response, Erdahl Construction and team, Tom Furth, West Bend Mutual Insurance, Klassen's Plumbing ...

Wendell Anderson

Editorials

As governor of Minnesota from 1970 to 1976, Wendell?Anderson led the reform of the state's school financing system and overhauled many programs to make the state more responsive to the needs of the people. His leadership and charisma earned him a cover on Time Magazine touting "The Good Life in ...

Historic downtown perspective

Letters

To the editor:Ten years ago the New Ulm City Council voted to create a downtown historic district. The reasons were that the preservation of downtown buildings help to define the community's identity and that, by working together, it can benefit business as well. The whole is greater than the ...

Battling terrorists

Editorials

How is it that a few small terrorist groups with relatively limited resources have been able to kill so many people in so many different places? We know the answer to that, but it raises another question: Why are the major powers of the world not doing more to stop the evil movement?Not so long ...

Historic building saved, but for what?

Columns

Progress versus preservation.It's a topic that has been discussed several times in many places and this week surfaced again here in New Ulm.At a meeting Wednesday night, the New Ulm Historic Preservation Commission rejected a request to demolish a "historic" building located at 513 Center ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Have a (Bavarian) blast this weekendThis is the big weekend for Bavarian Blast in New Ulm. This is the annual celebration put on by New Ulmites for New Ulmites and anyone else who enjoys a good time.There is music, entertainment, games and events for kids and adults. There will be good food and ...

Government can’t have it both ways on secrecy

Editorials

Secrecy over technology is unacceptable when the prosecutors need evidence, government lawyers argued in the Apple cellphone situation a few months ago. A court showdown was prevented when experts cracked Apple's encryption.But when the government wants to protect its software secrets, that's ...

Law enforcement appreciates public support

Letters

To the editor:I would like to take this time to thank the citizens of Brown County. Law enforcement is getting scrutinized every day in the media, yet the citizens of Brown County are reaching out in support of Law Enforcement. It really means a lot to all of us at the Sheriff's Office. I am ...

You ask, we answer New aerial fire truck due in October

Columns

Editor's Note: The City of New Ulm presents a weekly column highlighting activities in different departments in the city government. Once a month the city will answer questions from readers. Questions on New Ulm city issues can be sent to comments@ci.new-ulm.mn.us.When is our new Fire Truck ...

Money to continue the good work

Editorials

We've heard a lot in the past week about some things that police do wrong. But more often than not they do right by people, especially victims of crime.A case in point: In the year local authorities in Brown, Nicollet and Blue Earth counties have mounted special programs to attack the problem ...

Nothing wrong with Ginsburg’s mind

Columns

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made news this week by speaking her mind about Donald Trump's presidential chances.In interviews with the Associated Press and the New York Times published over the weekend, Ginsburg made comments that are highly unusual coming from a Supreme Court ...

Are we asking police to do too much?

Editorials

"We're asking cops to do too much in this country," Dallas, Texas, Police Chief David Brown worried aloud on Monday. "Every societal failure, we put it off on the cops to solve," he explained.Brown, whose department lost five officers to a racially motivated killer last week, is right to an ...

Time to raise a fuss

Editorials

As Eddie Cochran so famously sang in his rock classic Summertime Blues, "I'm gonna raise a fuss, I'm gonna raise a holler."Minnesotans need to raise a fuss and a holler if we're ever going to get state leaders to agree on a special session this summer.The Legislature left a lot of important ...

Stop by again some time

Letters

To the editor:I would like to respond to the couple that stopped by my yard this afternoon (July 8). I did see you walking down the sidewalk, and you saw me as I went into my house, but maybe you didn't see me carrying my granddaughter in for a nap. I was absolutely not afraid of you because of ...

Use money for mowing at Flandrau

Letters

To the editor:Attention Flandrau State Park:With the $1,000 donated by Schell's is there any chance the donated money could be use for mowing more of the grass in the picnic area and pool area?Ben StringerNew Ulm

Bank employees thwart scam

Letters

To the editor:My utmost thanks to two Wells Fargo Bank employees for their professional demeanor and fantastic assistance in handling what could have been very costly for me.I answered the telephone Friday morning to a sobbing, frantic call for help which, I was certain, was the voice of my ...

Vicious circle of racism and violence

Editorials

In the past week we have seen the vicious circle of violence leading to more violence, racism leading to more racism and both feeding off the other.The shooting of two more black men by police last week, one in Baton Rouge, Lousiana, the other in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, led to protests and ...

Get over it

Letters

To the editor:As the retired DNR Regional Engineer, I think it is time for me to weigh in on the Ft. Ridgely State Park situation.I started working for the DNR in December 1975. After one month I came to New Ulm with my wife Sharon. This led up to purchase our house in Courtland, where we have ...

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