Opinion

Attacks raise questions about safety nets

Editorials

As more becomes known about the three Islamic terrorists who went on a killing spree last weekend in London, troubling questions are being raised about British authorities’ ability to anticipate and prevent such violence. British intelligence agencies were familiar with at least two of the ...

Deer, oh dear!

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. The City of New Ulm has ...

VA’s problem isn’t equipment, it’s people

Editorials

It probably should come as no surprise that the Department of Veterans Affairs has been relying on an ancient computer program to manage electronic health records. Named VISTA (for Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture), the basic system appears to have been in use since ...

Off the Record: Feeling crotchety over overlong sports seasons

Columns

One of the signs of old age is that you start repeating yourself. I know my youthful appearance, brought about by superior genetics and clean living, belies my years, but I can’t help feeling like a crotchety old fogey about this time of year. So I’m going to repeat one of my pet peeves ...

London heroes expose terrorists’ cowardice

Editorials

Islamic terrorists who slaughtered seven people in London last week probably would have killed more had it not been for several courageous people who fought back. Their stories are illustrative of the extremists’ mindset. One hero in a pub saw all three knife-wielding brutes stabbing a ...

Living through road construction season

Columns

It is summer and warmer weather is here. That means road construction is also here. Both Brown County and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) have a number of road construction projects in Brown County this summer. State Highway 4 north of Sleepy Eye, US 14 between Springfield ...

Weeds: Keillor’s better at everything

Columns

I hate Garrison Keillor. Okay, I don’t really hate him. I’m jealous of him. He’s an uncommonly gifted writer, and I’m not. When I spend time with words, vanilla comes out with specks of chocolate. Keillor’s words come out in bright, colorful flavors. Granted, Keillor is a ...

Terrorism is an international problem

Editorials

The terrorist attacks in London and Manchester the last couple of weeks, along with the major incidents in other European countries, show that terrorism is an international problem. The U.S. is not the only target. President Donald Trump is right when he says the radical islamic ideology ...

Trump critics should show self-respect

Editorials

Even before Donald Trump’s election as president, talk show hosts and comedians have been licking their chops and rubbing their hands with glee at the easy pickings Trump presents. As president he has not failed to supply them with an endless stream of comedic material. But some just ...

US should offer aid in the Philippines

Editorials

Our government should battle Islamic terrorists wherever they are, of course. But when they assault a people with whom we Americans have had a long friendship, our obligation becomes especially binding. Most terrorist attacks involve individuals or small groups of murderers. But a small army ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Bloodmobile donors THUMBS UP: Thanks and congratulations to all who gave blood this week during the Red Cross Bloodmobile drive. The need for blood doesn’t go down in the summer, and the 326 people who bared their arms for the blood drive are to be commended. There are a lot of dedicated ...

Community Collaboration Grants

Columns

Last year, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) celebrated its 30th anniversary. SMIF also launched a new brand, which underscores the Foundation’s belief that collaboration is key when working for regional vitality. To celebrate both of these milestones, the Foundation did ...

They knew long ago that they didn’t agree

Editorials

One doesn’t have to read between the lines to see that Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders never really put together a budget deal that both sides could live with. While Dayton signed most of a $46 billion budget on Tuesday, he vetoed funding for the Legislature, ...

Town Talk: Ebooks at the Library

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. Attention, ebook buyers: ...

Open the closed doors of government

Editorials

Gov. Mark Dayton signed the budget bills passed during last week’s special session, but he stuck a time bomb in the legislative process when he used his line item veto to eliminate funding for the state Legislature next year, unless Republicans agree to return to the negotiating table to redo ...

One man’s art…

Editorials

The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis seems to have been taken by surprise by the reaction of Native Americans to the latest installation in its Sculpture Garden. We don’t know how they could not have foreseen that Native Americans, especially the Dakota, would be offended by “Scaffold,” ...

Russia “mess” isn’t going away

Editorials

News reports indicate President Donald Trump is getting ready to shake up his White House staff and set up a separate “war room” to manage the investigation of Russia’s interference with the 2016 presidential election. Trump is reported to be frutstrated with the investigation’s ...

They gave all for us

Editorials

Those whom we honor on Memorial Day hold a special place in our nation’s hall of heroes. Today we honor those who sacrificed everything for the safety and liberty of the rest of us, those who died in military service. We know that no one enters the military planning not to come home. But ...

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