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Ready to listen THUMBS UP: It is one of the sadder stereotypes about politicians that they are vitally interested in the issues that matter to you — right up to the time they get your vote. Then it’s “See you in two years (or four years, or however long their term is).” That’s why ...

Distracted driving has to stop

Letters

To the editor: I urge everyone to please look out for pedestrians in the crosswalks; they have the right-of-way by law. I walk my dog Grace every day for three miles; sometimes twice a day for a total of six miles a day so we cover a large area of town. For the most part; there are many ...

Get ready to repeat the past

Letters

To the editor: “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there” (L.P. Hartley). Example: Those viewed as obstinate heretics could be put to death — even by being burned at the stake. After all, the cancer had to be rooted out, the imminent threat to society ...

Off the Record: Celebrating 100 with Mom

Columns

Many, many years ago — 34, to be exact — I made what I thought was an interesting observation to my mother. I was 33 at the time and she was 66. “Gee, Mom, do you realize you’re twice as old as I am?” I don’t remember her exact response, but it was probably a lot more polite ...

Farm bill agreement can’t come too soon

Editorials

Word is coming out of Washington that House and Senate conferees have reached an agreement in principle that will break the impasse on a new farm bill. While the conferees are still awaiting cost estimates from the Congressional Budget Office and have to finalize the language in the proposal, ...

Town Talk: Snow removal rules

Columns

The City Ordinance, as stated below, allows the City to have snow removed 24 hours after snowfall if a property owner has not complied with the ordinance. If you have any questions, please contact the City’s Department of Building Safety at 507-359-8245. CHAPTER 6 STREETS AND ...

Legislature should act on genital mutilation bill

Editorials

People have a right to their beliefs. What they do not have is a right to torture and maim little girls. Minnesota State Rep. Mary Franson is vehemently opposed to the practice of female genital mutilation, which occurs in parts of Asia, the Middle East and Africa. It is a cultural or ...

PUC responds to electric rate increase question

Columns

New Ulm Public Utilities recently received a question from one of its customers: “I read in the paper a couple weeks ago about the study of allocation of electric rate increase amongst different classes of customers. What I didn’t see mention was any effort to PREVENT a rate increase ... ...

We can’t afford to ignore climate change report

Editorials

Mother Nature was not kind to farmers this past growing season. Snow in April and too much rain in July made for a rough start in the fields. On Friday, a scientific report issued by 13 federal agencies set off dire climate alarms. The report warned that if significant steps are not taken to ...

Brown County Browser: Wrapping up the 2018 election process

Columns

The A-T office is in the final stages of completing all the required steps for the 2018 mid-term election! It truly has been a year filled with challenges as we introduced new election equipment, new election software, consolidated polling locations, had five of our townships/cities opt to vote ...

Hard times on the farm

Editorials

According to an analysis from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, the number of farms filing for bankruptcy has been growing this past year. According to statistics, 84 farms filed for Chapter 12 bankruptcy in Wisonsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana in the 12 months ...

If Hinckley wants to act, ‘rules’ won’t stop him

Editorials

There was news out of Virginia last week that John Hinckley Jr., who tried to kill President Ronald Reagan in 1981, will be allowed to move out of his mother’s house and live on his own. Not only is it absurd that Hinckley is being granted this freedom, it is absurd that he is mixing with ...

Single-payer would be costly, damaging

Editorials

Of all the solutions that might be implemented to help more Americans obtain and afford health care, we cannot understand the drive by some on the left for a single-payer system. Columnist John Stossel, on this page, offers a rundown of the issues surrounding single-payer and its flaws. There ...

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Editorials

Support small businesses today THUMBS UP: There are so many good reasons to support small busineses — they exist right here in your community, they employ you and your neighbors, the money they make stays right here, they pay taxes to support education, public safety and other services. So ...

Smoke detectors really save lives

Editorials

This is the time of the year when home safety experts warn us the danger of fire goes up. Colder weather means heating equipment shut off for months is put back in service. The Christmas season means some of us go all-out in decorating, sometimes overloading circuits and wires with hundreds, ...

Immigrants realize we have something to be thankful for

Editorials

Most of us have good reason to pause and give thanks on this Thanksgiving season. Our families top the list of blessings bestowed upon us, of course. We may also be thankful for our jobs, our health, our good fortune. Do we ever just give thanks to be living as citizens of America? Or is that ...

Weeds: Dazzling careers often come to less than satisfying ends

Columns

Each of us has some disposable income if we are fortunate. You can look through your checkbook and see where that went: vacations, hobby and entertainment costs go here. We also have disposable time. Here fits TV, reading, listening to music, and such. Time and money are limited; who we are ...

Brown County Browser: Brown Co. Highway Dept. had a busy year

Columns

The Brown County Highway Department has been busy performing many maintenance operations this summer. We have completed 18 miles of crack sealing, 35 miles of seal coating, major & minor patching of blacktop roads that are breaking down and spot graveling of county gravel roads. These ...

Please stop for school buses

Editorials

It may be the most dangerous time of a school child’s day, the few seconds he or she is crossing the street to get on a school bus, or crossing to get home after getting off the bus. It shouldn’t be dangerous at all. State laws all across the country require motorists to come to a ...

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