Opinion

Hollywood has some explaining to do

Editorials

As the floodgates opened for a tidal wave of sexual assault allegations against former movie magnate Harvey Weinstein this week, quite a few in the entertainment industry have some explaining to do. It appears that Weinstein’s sexual predation was an open secret among many in Hollywood and ...

Some ACA relief may be on the way

Editorials

President Trump is expected to issue an executive order this week providing at least some relief from skyrocketing health insurance premiums that resulted from the Affordable Care Act. While the ACA — Obamacare — granted millions of Americans either free insurance through Medicaid or ...

Weeds: Tough start for a Monday

Columns

With age comes minor annoyances: reading glasses, not hearing so well, aches that linger. One of them is occasionally not sleeping well. Sometimes you lie awake thinking of some problem. Sometimes you lie awake thinking about lying awake. Monday before last was one of those. Sometime after ...

Alternate vehicles – so far, so good

Editorials

We noticed this weekend that the Sleepy Eye City Council is looking at the possibility of adopting an ordinance similar to New Ulm’s alternative vehicle ordinance, which allows people to drive golf carts, ATVs, utility vehicles and so on on city streets. We hope it goes as well in Sleepy ...

Shaking up the intelligence services

Editorials

It has been clear for some time that U.S. intelligence agencies need an overhaul. Too much reliance has been placed on technology, with old-fashioned human spying taking a back seat. On Wednesday, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said that is about to change. More intelligence agents will be sent ...

Are good loans going to bad schools?

Editorials

Unless they are pressed by the government to do otherwise, as they sometimes are in considering mortgage loan applications, private lending institutions look hard at two factors before making loans. First, the borrower’s ability to repay the loan is considered. Second, the value of the ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Oktoberfest THUMBS UP: It doesn’t quite carry the cachet of saying, “We’re Number ONE,” but New Ulm’s Oktoberfest was rated number 2 in the nation by 10Best, a USA Today feature. If you want to see what all the hoopla is about, head out to the Best Western Plus or downtown New ...

Have respect for the National Anthem

Letters

To the editor: We want to end the ungrateful lack of respect for the National Anthem. As young people we recited the Pledge of Allegiance and stood for the National Anthem at sporting eventss. In the service of the country I stood at attention and saluted the flag. I am a Vietnam veteran and ...

Approve CHIP without add-ons

Editorials

Few members of Congress seem to disagree that federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program should be continued. It serves an estimated 8.9 million youngsters whose parents have moderate incomes, but not low enough to qualify for Medicaid coverage. A bipartisan bill extending ...

Calling all Goosetowners!

Letters

To the editor: Hi to all my Goosetown friends! This invitation is to all Goosetown residents, alumni (past residents), or any Goosetown supporters. All are invited to join us. On Saturday, Oct.7, fellow Goosetowners will meet at the Glockenspiel for the German-American Day Parade at 10:30 ...

Town Talk: Fire Prevention Week coming up

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. Fire Prevention Week is ...

Preservation should be done right

Editorials

Kudos to the New Ulm City Council for choosing to go the proper route in preservation work on the Kiesling House. The council on Tuesday approved using wooden materials to replace siding and windows that are showing signs of wear and tear. The City Park and Department had prepared an ...

Nations must look to their own best interest

Editorials

Developed nations probably could do more to alleviate hunger and illness in third-world countries. But blaming ourselves solely for every outbreak and famine that occurs simply is not honest. Dr. Peter Salama, head of the United Nations’ World Health Organization, engaged in a bit of ...

Refusing to address the problem of guns

Letters

To the editor, Kudos to The Journal for their spot on take on how to handle the aftermath of the most recent mass shooting in the USA. “Calm heads needed...........” The editorial is correct, there should be no rush to judgment. It’s very important to find out if the perpetrator had ...

Off the Record: The Fake News excuse works every time

Columns

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson felt he had some explanations to make Wednesday in the aftermath of a NBC News report that he had contemplated quitting his post, and had called his boss, President Donald Trump, a “moron.” Tillerson on Wednesday made a public statement denouncing the ...

Sunday Night Massacre

Editorials

The Sunday night massacre in Las Vegas will spark a furious — and that is the correct word — debate in America. How can we as a people not wonder what, if anything, could have been done to prevent an attack that claimed at least 59 lives and wounded more than 500 other people? Knee-jerk ...

Brown County Browser: Property taxes due

Columns

Fall is a very busy season for everyone, and that includes the County Auditor-Treasurer’s office! The second half property tax will be due on October 15th. Because the 15th is a Sunday, property owners can pay their tax obligation on Monday, October 16th. Keep in mind the payment options ...

Calm heads needed in wake of shooting

Editorials

The only conclusion shocked Americans should draw in the immediate aftermath of the horrifying massacre in Las Vegas is that no conclusions should be drawn until investigators have had more time to learn exactly what happened and why. Page one of today’s newspaper tells the story: At least ...

Kraft expansion marvelous for New Ulm

Letters

To the editor: Back in the mid-1950’s, a group of business leaders formed New Ulm Industries (today New Ulm Economic Development Corporation), using their own funds and their own financing, to both recruit and facilitate land acquisition, the first-ever city annexation of additional land, ...

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