Opinion

Park going back to nature

Letters

To the editor: Several years ago the school building at Riverside Park became home of Riverside History & Nature Learning Center which has grown into a very worthwhile attraction. Admittedly, as curator of the facility, I am biased but I’ve not had any visitors express ...

ACA obstacles

Letters

To the editor: Mr. Greg Orear’s article in The Journal July 30, 2017 alleged that the Affordable Care Act was a failure because it did not control the cost of health care. When the Obama administration and the Congress started plans for health insurance reform they negotiated in advance ...

The USA, North Korea, and the Bomb

Letters

To the editor: Thank you, Editor Sweeney, for the editorial on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, sanctions, and the weapons of today. Thanks also for your personal views in your Off the Record piece comparing the scary situations of the two weeks of the Cuban Missile Crisis and today’s ...

Town Talk: Natural gas excess flow valve regulation change

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. In accordance with recent ...

Kim doesn’t care about sanctions

Editorials

Leaders of most countries would buckle under the weight of economic sanctions such as those the United Nations is preparing to implement against North Korea. If fully effective, the punitive steps could slash that nation’s exports by as much as one-third. President Donald Trump and other ...

Don’t cut crime-fighting funds to sanctuary cities

Editorials

Cities that refuse to help the federal government enforce the laws, including those on illegal immigration, should be penalized. But making it more difficult for them to crack down on violent criminals is not the way to do that. Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week threatened to withhold ...

Letter From Ulm: German beer is a grand tradition

Columns

Jon Braegelmann is the current Sister Cities Hans Joohs Exchange Intern in Ulm Germany. Below is his second article about his time in Ulm, Germany. His topic in this article is one of the first thoughts that comes to one’s mind when thinking of German and possibly even New Ulm … BEER or as ...

Time to focus on different enemies

Editorials

For decades, U.S. military strategy could be focused on the single nation capable of launching an attack on our mainland, the old Soviet Union. A secondary, though still important, consideration was China. There were no other major threats to Americans here in the United States. That has ...

Despicable attack on freedom to worship

Editorials

Early Saturday morning, as members of the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington prepared to say their morning prayers in the center’s mosque, a firebomb was through through the window of the imam’s office, starting a fire that was quickly extinguished. Though no suspects have been ...

What’s Going On: A pro-life Democrat? Impossible!

Columns

A few months ago, everyone’s favorite Democrat, House Minority Leader and Empress of Liberaland (aka California) Nancy Pelosi ruffled quite a few donkey feathers by stating a voter, and even candidates can be pro-life and be a Democrat. Oh My! Gasp! What did she say? Pro-life AND Democrat? ...

Poor golf etiquette

Letters

To the editor: I’m not a golfer. It has always been portrayed as a “rich boys” club. My experience today has not changed that perception. I don’t have a fancy truck. It is old, has many miles, is dented and has some rust. It is a ‘97. But I take care of it and it serves me ...

The VA ‘swamp’

Editorials

A package of emergency funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs was approved by the U.S. Senate this week. It includes $2.1 billion for a special program to ensure veterans are not kept waiting for health care treatment at VA facilities. Meanwhile, the agency continues to spend in some ...

On behalf of all Gibbon Reds fans…

Letters

To the editor: On Tuesday evening, more than 150 Gibbon Reds fans made the trip to New Ulm for their team’s play-off game against the New Ulm Brewers. The fans arrived expecting a close game and hoping for a victory. Well, what they got was so much more… Yes, the Gibbon Reds came out ...

Congratulations, Reds

Letters

To the editor: Congratulations to the Gibbon Reds baseball team! It seems only a short time ago that Tony Stadtherr walked up to me and asked “Claus, do you think we can get a baseball team going in Gibbon?” I replied “It takes money and warm bodies.” Tony said “I’ve got the ...

Thanks, BCHS

Letters

To the editor: I would like to thank the Brown County Humane Society (BCHS) and especially Theresa Grams for their dedication to animals in need. Theresa went out of her way last week to come to our home and pick up a mother cat who was very close to having her babies. It was obvious the ...

Sham election in Venezuela

Editorials

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is well aware of the powerlessness of leaders in this country and others upset about his ongoing repression of his own people. Despite enormous oil reserves, Venezuela’s economy is a shambles and Maduro’s regime is in the process of making liberty no more ...

Off the Record: Words that will never go out of style

Columns

There are some phrases that come into style and slip right out again, like “Where’s the Beef?” or “Twenty-Three Skidoo.” (I know the origin of the first phrase, but the latter comes from the Roaring Twenties and I have no idea what it is supposed to mean.) But there’s one phrase ...

Take a break, but don’t forget Obamacare

Editorials

The realities of politics and human behavior being what they are, it is time for U.S. senators — and President Donald Trump — to take a break from attempts to reform health insurance. Emotions are running far too high to expect that holding lawmakers’ noses to the grindstone would result ...

Weeds: Listen to the kids, head ‘tside’

Columns

Pam and I are trying out this grandparenting thing. It comes highly recommended. Levi is going to be two in September. He’s the cutest kid ever. I might be biased. Daughter Anna asked if I could watch Levi for an afternoon while she visited friends in New Ulm. It turned out to be the Sunday ...

1-35 Bridge collapse forced changes

Editorials

Ten years ago today the Interstate 35 bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis suddenly shuddered and collapsed, sending dozens of cars, trucks and buses tumbling. Some stayed on the collapsed bridge decking, others tumbled into the water. A massive rescue effort began immediately, but ...

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