Opinion

Why the Red Kettle is important

Letters

To the editor: You will be seeing red kettles from now until Christmas and I hope you will consider dropping coins and currency into them. Did you know that most of the money raised in the kettles stays right here in Brown County to support many important programs? Without your donation, ...

Agreed – Support local businesses

Letters

To the editor: Having once taken umbrage with Mr. Orear in print about one of his articles, I felt it only fair to point out my agreement to his article dated 11/19/17. When I lived in Gibbon, I found myself in need of a garage door. I went to the local hardware store and purchased one. As ...

U.S. should keep an eye on Zimbabwe

Editorials

U.S. officials have taken the traditional stance regarding last week’s military coup in Zimbabwe: This country does not interfere in the internal affairs of other nations, they said. That simply is not true. In essence, it amounts to diplomacy-speak for, “We’re not certain what happened ...

Are teen suicides and social media connected?

Editorials

Suicide rates for teenagers increased substantially from 2010-15, at the same time use of social media by young people shot up. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study hints the two phenomena may be linked. It would be foolish to suggest, based on this one study, that social media ...

What’s Going On: How you (yes, you) can save America

Columns

The American economy is under attack, and we don’t even know it. There is an evil force lurking amongst us that if allowed to grow unchecked, will destroy our retail base, employment levels, and infrastructure. It is so powerful and invasive that its consuming small, family-run ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Franken disappoints THUMBS DOWN: The tsunami of unleashed resentment and anger over sexual harassment has struck yet another politician, this one closer to home. Sen. Al Franken, the Minnesota Democrat who came to the Senate after a career as a comedian and writer of political satire, was ...

Under Dayton’s thumb

Editorials

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Thursday on the issue of whether the governor of the state can use the line-item veto power given to him by the state constitution to wipe out the operating funds for the Legislature. We can’t believe that this is what the framers of the state constitution ...

Tax reform should not raise taxes on middle-incomes

Editorials

If a bipartisan assessment of the U.S. Senate’s tax reform bill is accurate, lawmakers need to go back to the drawing board. A measure being billed as tax relief should not force millions of Americans to pay more. Analysts for Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation have concluded the ...

Brown County Browser: The importance of county Income Maintenance Unit

Columns

The Income Maintenance Unit is a part of Brown County Human Services, and is located at 1117 Center Street in New Ulm. The unit helps members of the community with a variety of state and federal mandated programs. We help people who meet program requirements, including ages from newborn to ...

Trade speech is important reminder

Editorials

We Americans often seem less suspicious of foreign competitors, both economically and militarily, than of each other. Just contrast the rhetoric often heard in U.S. political campaigns with that usually employed in reference to leaders in other countries. But last week in Vietnam, President ...

Other Editors

Editorials

Aggressive plan needed to tackle harmful pollutants At a time when attention is being paid to the devastating effects pollution has worldwide — killing more people every year than all war and violence, a major study recently revealed — the U.S. may be dialing back its pollution ...

Identifying people who may be killers

Editorials

Mass shootings invariably produce calls for stricter limits on access to firearms. They fall into two basic categories: • Some people want to ban all ownership of certain types of guns, including many that are very popular. Such restrictions have little or no chance of being enacted, in ...

Mary Ellen Domeier: “They loved all things New Ulm. Look at the many organizations they served.”

What’s on your mind?

Columns

How do you remember Bruce and Barb Fenske? (Asked at the Fenske tribute Saturday at the State St. Theater)

Ensure names get on FBI’s database

Editorials

For any caring human being, the heartbreak of what happened Sunday in tiny Sutherland Springs, Texas, is agonizing. Twenty-six people in a small church, including some children, were shot to death. Add to that emotion outrage over reports regarding the murderer, Devin Patrick Kelley. His ...

What’s Going On: When Godless heathens take a stand

Columns

“Down is up, up is down. Good is Wicked, Wicked is Good. The times are changing. This is what Oz has come to.” – Author Danielle Page. It all started with Harvey Weinstein. It’s been about a month since the accusations surfaced surrounding the famed Hollywood producer/director. ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Thanks, Veterans THUMBS UP: In recent years, America’s military has relied on an all-volunteer military force. Americans should be grateful to all those who have chosen to serve in the military. These men and women choose to serve out of a sense of duty, out of patriotism and a wish to serve ...

Existing laws should have stopped shooter

Editorials

The 26 men, women and children massacred in a Texas church Sunday might be alive today if existing laws on firearms ownership had been obeyed. They were not — and the full extent of government’s failure in that regard is both horrifying and angering many Americans. Devin Patrick Kelley, ...

Town Talk: What’s new in housing?

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 New Ulm Economic ...

Dems who disregard their own voters

Editorials

Turmoil has been the order of the day among leaders of both the Republican and Democratic parties. Listing all the many concerns of millions of voters who have been loyalists of either party would require a book. But a book by Donna Brazile, formerly chairwoman of the Democratic National ...

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