Opinion

Brown County Browser: Brown County needs foster care homes

Columns

Brown County Human Services is in need of foster homes like never before. In the past years Brown County was challenged with placing 30 children in 20 available foster care homes. The number of foster children needing placement in Brown County has increased to 40 children and the number of ...

The State of the Wall

Editorials

President Donald Trump may have much to say on a great number of topics today, when he delivers his postponed State of the Union speech. But many listeners, perhaps including the woman who will be seated directly behind Trump, will be listening closely for comments on a single subject: “the ...

U. S. Highway 14

Letters

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

Letters

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 ...

Warring over words

Editorials

Politics used to be described as the art of compromise. Apparently it has degenerated into a game of semantics. It appears one politically important question involved in whether President Donald Trump gets the $5.7 billion he wants for more physical barriers along our border with Mexico is ...

Past indiscretions

Editorials

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is being roasted by the outrage over a photo from his 1984 medical school yearbook page showing two men, one in blackface, one in a KKK robe. Northam at first apologized and said he was one of the men in the picture, but on Saturday he said he doesn’t believe ...

LWV values and promotes civil discourse

Letters

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

Letters

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 ...

What’s Going On: Alligators sometimes eat their own

Columns

Call it a guilty pleasure. When the reality TV show “Swamp People” first came out, my wife and I enjoyed it more than we should. Set in the “swamps of Louisiana,” TV crews followed around groups of hunters during the annual alligator season. Typically, two-men hunting crews decked ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Thanks for the thaw THUMBS UP: After two days of record low subzero temperatures and even lower wind chills, it was so nice to have temperatures approaching normal levels again on Friday. Who knew 15 degrees could be so comfortable? The Polar Vortex, as it was called, kept a lot of people ...

Add assault rifles to NFA regulations

Letters

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

Letters

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

Letters

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 ...

Eagle Update: Weather-related decisions are tough call for schools

Columns

Boy did we hit a tough stretch of weather this past week. It is never easy to make weather-related calls for school and this week was a challenge with the extreme cold temperatures — affecting people, equipment and buses. From dangerous wind chills, to equipment that has fits in cold weather, ...

Weary in Afghanistan

Editorials

To Americans of a certain age, the conflict in Afghanistan is beginning to look a lot like the Vietnam War. There are crucial differences, however, and they need to be borne in mind. U.S. troops continued to fight — and die — in Vietnam long after Washington stopped trying to win that ...

Right to an opinion

Letters

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

Letters

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

Letters

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, ...

Town Talk: IT responsibilities

Columns

An Information Technology (IT) department is often thought of as the people who fix the computers, and for many employees who use technology in some part of their jobs, that can be the most common way they interact with IT staff. Truth is, however, that IT does quite a lot more than that. ...