Opinion

Seattle takes risk with ‘head tax’ plan

Editorials

Events in Seattle are re-emphasizing a point about economic development that too many government officials seem to have forgotten: Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. Officials in that West Coast city have said they plan to establish a new “head tax” on businesses that gross more than ...

What’s Going On: Trying to win a rigged game

Columns

For one day this last week, newspapers throughout Minnesota perfectly mimicked each other with a variation of the exact same headline: “MnDOT ignores Highway (fill in the blank) corridor.” Here in New Ulm, the blank read “14” in relation to funding requests to expand the two-lane ...

MnDOT’s choices left Greater Minnesota behind

Columns

For years, the Corridors of Commerce program has helped pay for critical road projects in the Metro and Greater Minnesota that help boost regional development and make our roads safer for Minnesotans to travel and for farmers and businesses to bring their goods to market. Traditionally, the ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Take care on roads SIDEWAYS THUMB: The highway construction in and around New Ulm can be a hassle and an inconvenience. It can also be dangerous. This week a semi driver failed to stop at the stop sign placed at Highway 14 and Nicollet Co. 37. He slammed into a car drive by Gary L. Lienig, ...

An open letter to taxpayers…

Letters

To the editor: I am a New Ulm High School student graduating this May. For the past two years I have been taking Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) classes at Minnesota State University in Mankato. This program, funded by the tax money allocated for education, has allowed me to take ...

Scrutiny of FBI is no threat to security

Editorials

Disgraced, fired FBI Director James Comey is saying that attacks on the agency are dangerous because they undermine public confidence in the nation’s top law enforcement institution. Nonsense. Comey is wrong, and we suspect he knows it. In a telephone interview with The Associated ...

Republicans controlled by NRA

Letters

To the editor: Minnesotans are being held hostage at the tip of the barrel of the National Rifle Association (NRA) with the full connivance of the states’ Republican politicians. Republicans control both the state House of Representatives and the Senate. The leader of the Republicans in the ...

Driving is more than just a habit

Letters

To the editor: With the new road construction in and around the New Ulm area, there are many changes in our regular driving habits in and around town. The Highway 14 and Nicollet County 37 intersection interests me most. That is one of my most used roads to enter the south end of town. In ...

Angle and Welcome sign together

Letters

To the editor: The May 3rd Journal featured a great photo-story on its front page. The Angel of the Waters fountain picture is a truly magnificent depiction of a scene that also includes the unique WELCOME TO NEW ULM sign atop the grain elevators. Thanks to the generous offering by the ...

Zelle explains MnDOT decision on Corridors of Commerce

Columns

In 2013, the Minnesota Legislature established the Corridors of Commerce program, which provides funding for needed transportation infrastructure improvements that remove traffic bottlenecks, improve the movement of freight, and reduce barriers to commerce. Over the last five years, the ...

DOD needs to protect its troops from sexual assault

Editorials

Many victims of sexual assault or harassment do not come forward because they are afraid of retaliation. One might suppose that if any employer could protect them, it would be the U.S. military. But the number of armed service members reporting they were retaliated against for filing sexual ...

MnDOT cuts off Greater Minnesota

Editorials

On Oct. 29, 1975, President Gerald Ford gave a speech explaining why he opposed granting federal money to help New York City avoid bankruptcy. The next day the New York Daily News ran one of the most famous headlines in the history of journalism: “Ford to City: Drop Dead.” We won’t go ...

Brown County Browser: Do you focus on fitness #4Mind4Body?

Columns

Launched in 1949 by Mental Health America, May is Mental Health Month is the most highly recognized mental health awareness event in the nation. Mental Health America (MHA) — founded in 1909 — is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those ...

Has Kim turned over a new leaf?

Editorials

What sort of game is North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un playing? The question became more difficult to answer during the weekend, in the wake of an historic meeting between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. A spokesman for Moon told reporters Kim assured the South Korean leader he ...

NCAA needs to have all involved buy in to reformation plan

Editorials

During her time as U.S. secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice had to navigate the quagmire that is Washington, D.C. One wonders whether she found the world of college basketball to be even more of a swamp. Rice headed a commission formed to recommend solutions to rampant corruption in NCAA ...

What’s on your mind?

Columns

What would you like to grow in your garden this year? (Asked at the Community Garden orientation on Saturday)

VA still in need of a reformer at the helm

Editorials

White House physician Adm. Ronny Jackson has withdrawn from contention as new head of the Department of Veterans Affairs. He continues to insist allegations about his character are false. Perhaps, perhaps not. But in public life, perception is often more important than reality. It is in this ...

What’s Going On: When opportunities emerge from bad news

Columns

For the last several weeks, New Ulm has had its fair share of, well, bad news. There’s no other way of saying it. Can’t put lipstick on a pig. Well, you can. But it’s a whole lot of work and at the end of the day, you still have a pig. It snows. Elkay closes. It keeps snowing. ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Senseless vandalism THUMBS DOWN: Why do they have to do it? What is it about a public facility like the restrooms at Hermann Heights Park that makes some people think they have to get nuts and wreck it. The restrooms at the park were opened to the public for the first time this spring on ...

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