Opinion

Immigration policy options

Letters

To the editor: The question of what to do about illegal immigration is nothing new. Our federal government passes laws they cannot enforce due to court rulings, or choose not to enforce because of public opinion. The way I see it the two extreme positions are open borders, or build a wall. ...

How will new border policy work?

Editorials

Realistic new legislation is needed to address illegal immigration. President Donald Trump is right about that. Trump was right Wednesday, too, when he issued an executive order that men and women caught coming into the United States illegally are not to be separated from their ...

Republicans have had plenty of time to solve immigration

Letters

To the editor: Tuesday’s editorial “Dealing With Young Immigrants” ended with the statement “Americans are not the sort of people to let the problem go unaddressed.” A bill (S.3036) to address the problem of family separation, which the president says he hates, many Republicans ...

Town Talk: Housing Institute

Columns

The New Ulm Economic Development Authority (EDA) is participating in Minnesota Housing Partnership’s Housing Institute #6. The Housing Institute pulls teams together from all over the state to work on housing and economic development issues in their communities. Each Housing Institute ...

Off the Record: Trump does have a sense of shame

Columns

The news surrounding the immigration crisis on our southern border has proven something that not many people believed could be proven. President Donald Trump does indeed have a sense of shame. It took a couple of weeks of public outrage over the separation of immigrant children from their ...

Getting the U.S. back into space important

Editorials

Whether President Donald Trump’s recently announced plan to create a new branch of the military, the U.S. Space Force, makes sense is certainly up for debate. Rather than create a whole new military bureaucracy, placing space defense under the Air Force may make more sense. And whether there ...

Weeds: Statistics don’t tell Bruckbauer’s story

Columns

By Randy Krzmarzick ——— Last summer an engraved plaque was installed on the grandstand at Sleepy Eye Ballpark commemorating Fred Bruckbauer. Dean Brinkman spearheaded the project, aided by the Sleepy Eye Baseball Association, Borth Memorials, and the City of Sleepy Eye. This Saturday ...

‘Dusty’ money should be used elsewhere

Editorials

Do you have $15.4 billion socked away for a rainy day? We didn’t think so. But your government does, and the bureaucrats, backed by liberal lawmakers, don’t want to give it up. Analysts in President Donald Trump’s administration have found that amount of money locked up in inactive ...

Comments sought on Nicollet Co. plan

Letters

To the editor: As a Nicollet County Commissioner; I am often approached by our citizens in regard to on farm or other rural businesses. Most would like more opportunities for such businesses. Some would like to see such operations concentrated in cities. Some would like to see more housing ...

Brown County Browser: Planning & Zoning Issues

Columns

By Laine Sletta Brown County Planning & Zoning Administrator The Brown County Landfill received an updated permit to operate from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) on May 9, 2018. There may be some changes to our operation with the new permit over the next two years. You ...

Dealing with the young immigrants

Editorials

What to do about children who accompany parents crossing the border illegally into the United States is a heart-wrenching problem –and not as simple as one might wish. As many as 2,000 children have been separated from their children after their parents brought them across the border from ...

Thoughts on education, teaching

Letters

To the editor: District 88’s Technology Director Michael Milbourn says: “The idea of 21st century learning, I have heard that so much … 2lst century education … I do not think it has significance anymore.” Exactly. Public school teachers should continue to teach history, ...

Americans are willing to give

Editorials

Americans are famously compassionate people. When we learn of someone in need, we tend to dig into our pockets to help them. Last year, we set a new record: about $410 billion in charitable giving, according to an authoritative report by the Giving USA organization. It totaled donations from ...

Hope for Republican immigration plan

Editorials

With much of the nation’s attention last week focused on reining in North Korea’s aggressiveness, conservatives in Congress were making progress on another critical issue — immigration laws. Votes on the issue in the House of Representatives could occur as early as this week. House ...

What’s Going On: Repeal laws no one follows, even the patriotic ones

Columns

Reader’s Digest recently published a feature entitled “Here Are 50 of the Dumbest Laws in Every State,” and as you can imagine, there’s some real doozies. For example, you can’t be drunk in a bar in Alaska. In California, it’s illegal to own a nuclear weapon, and in Florida, you ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Keep cool this weekend THUMBS UP: Summertime is here with a vengeance this weekend. Heat advisories have been issued for the southern Minnesota area, with heat indices (heat plus humidity) in the 98 to 103 degree area. So keep cool this weekend. Stay inside if you have air conditioning, ...

The cause of violence in schools?

Letters

To the editor: Please read the following U.S.Supreme Court Decisions and you will understand why our Public Schools in America,are filled with violence and shootings: #1. McCollum v. Board of Education District 71, 333 U.S. 203 (1948) Court finds religious instruction in public schools a ...

Trust established; now comes verification

Editorials

It seems that President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un established some level of trust with each other during their meeting Tuesday in Singapore. Now comes the second, critical half of the equation: verification that Pyongyang does what Kim says it will. What happened ...

To my fellow animal lovers of Brown County

Letters

To the editor: My wife Connie and I just got back from La Paz, Bolivia. While there, we were really fascinated by the dogs. Hundreds and hundreds of them. They are all over the place. Some of them might be attached to people, but most of them appear to be scavengers. The traffic in La Paz is ...

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