Opinion

Crime Victims Rights Week is April 7-13

Letters

To the editor: In 1981, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Every year since, the United States has recognized one week in April as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, as a way to bring awareness to issues that victims of crime face and to ...

Weeds: Talking, but not listening

Columns

I was trying to find a time to donate a pint of my AB Positive blood to the Red Cross. I saw there was a blood drive at Martin Luther College. It turned out to be one of those miserable days for driving, as a northwester blew snow across the prairie. It let up some toward evening, and I decided ...

Brown County Browser: What every veteran should know: No. 3

Columns

A week ago 27 members of greater Brown County attended the annual Veterans Day on the Hill Capitol Rally in St. Paul. This event brings veterans and legislators from around the State to one central location so that our grass roots organizations can lobby for a strong set of laws that will ...

Public should see Mueller report

Editorials

Robert Mueller turned in his report on his investigation into whether Donald Trump’s campaign cooperated the Russian government to interfere with the 2016 election. A four-page summary released to Congress over the weekend aid Mueller found nothing to prove the campaign was involved. On the ...

Job in Syria far from finished

Editorials

The Islamic State terrorist group is finished, at least in Syria, President Donald Trump and some in the U.S. military are proclaiming. Well, good riddance. Unfortunately, however, the mission of civilized human beings the world over is far from accomplished. Trump this week displayed a map ...

Mueller report ready

Editorials

At long last, special counsel Robert Mueller’s report may be ready for prime time. Attorney General William Barr has been perusing it and, at some point, the document will go to Congress. No doubt it will be leaked to the public within minutes. But Mueller has made it clear his team of ...

What’s Going On: A building problem disguised as an opportunity

Columns

Earlier this week, New Ulm city officials toured the former Target location to get a first hand look at possible uses for the vacant building. After we posted a story about the tour online and on Facebook, public comments quickly followed, most of which either criticized city officials for ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Springfield at State THUMBS UP: The Springfield High School boys basketball team earned their trip to the MSHSL Class A Boys Basketball tournament last week, and was listed as the top seed. The Tigers, fell, however, to Spring Grove in an opening round upset. They beat Christ’s Household ...

Why Israel deserves criticism

Letters

To the editor: One does not see it very often: “Israel deserving of criticism.” That was the heading of a brief letter in the March 11 Journal. That proposition finds ample support in such books as “They Dare to Speak Out - People and Institutions Confront Israel’s Lobby” by Paul ...

Eagle Update: NU Learner

Columns

What is the NU Learner? Next school year, New Ulm Schools will continue to implement innovative programs and initiatives that advance opportunities for all of our learners district-wide. This will include our district 1:1 technology initiative (students in grades 5-12 receive their own ...

Trump should give up attacks on McCain

Editorials

Some Americans, including members of Congress, are happy about the success of President Donald Trump’s policies, even as they wish fervently he would learn … well, to keep his mouth shut on certain topics. The late Sen. John McCain, of Arizona, is one of those subjects. McCain was, like ...

Off the Record: If you have to explain it…

Columns

E.B. White, the noted American essayist, author, humorist and poet once said, “Explaining a joke is like dissecting a frog. You understand it better but the frog dies in the process.” I feel sympathy for Lee Zion, the editor and publisher of the Lafayette-Nicollet Ledger, who has spent ...

Town Talk: Power plant staff and what they do

Columns

Each position in the Electric Production Department has different responsibilities to keep the Power Plant operating efficiently and safely. The Power Plant operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Sixteen employees are currently required to operate the Power Plant: • 4 Boiler Operators, ...

Hands-free bill should become law

Editorials

On Monday, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed a bill that would ban people from using hand-held cell phones while driving. The bill passed 106-21, a strong indication of the bipartisan support this proposal has. This ban should become law. It would add to the ban that already ...

Make better use of fossil fuels

Editorials

Regardless of what you may hear from members of Congress who believe they have a magic wand they can wave over America and — poof! — do away with fossil fuels, the nation will need coal, petroleum and natural gas for many years to come. There simply is no reliable, affordable alternative ...

Climate change is real, human-hastened

Letters

To the editor: Letter writer Phil Dreitz dimisses the threat posed by human-caused global warming. However, in its report “Catastrophe Modelling and Climate Change,” Lloyd’s of London states that the 8 inches of sea-level rise off the tip of Manhattan increased Superstorm Sandy’s ...

Dingell act gets it right

Editorials

Officials in some environmental groups were not at all happy last week when President Donald Trump signed into law the John D. Dingell Jr Conservation, Management and Recreation Act. But, you say, the act is a major step in protecting the environment. What gives? Indeed, the law, named for ...

College cheating

Editorials

In the immortal words of Capt. Louis Renault in “Casablanca,” we are “shocked —SHOCKED” to hear that wealthy and famous parents have been using their money and influence to get their undeserving children admission to prestigious colleges and univerities. We had assumed this practice ...

Hatred knows no boundaries

Editorials

The death toll from the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, reached 50, it was reported Saturday. The 50 are Muslims, all slaughtered as they prayed at their place of worship. The suspected attacker, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, an Australian man, issued a manifesto of hatred toward ...