Opinion

Pope’s letter a start in atonement

Editorials

Pope Francis took the proper attitude in his letter to the Roman Catholic Church responding to a grand jury investigation of sexual abuse by priests in Pennsylvania. Given the circumstances it was the only attitude he could take. Released Monday, the letter admitted that too many in the Church ...

Use funds to clean up parks

Letters

To the editor: To The Park and Rrcreation Commission: You have $180,000 in a park account. Well it would be nice to clean up Riverside Park. Then you could go down to Minnecon park and clean it up. That mud pit you call a boat landing. Someone went and shoveled all the mud off to the side so ...

Eagle Update: Excitement building for start of school

Columns

We are about to start the 2018-19 school year. Our staff is eager to begin another year. We know that students are excited to reconnect with friends and more importantly; parents are thrilled to have kids back in school! We completed several summer construction projects to maintain our ...

Brown County Browser: Parent Support Outreach Program

Columns

Parenting can sometimes be a demanding job, especially for parents with young children. Brown County Human Services has a program that can assist families that are having a difficult time getting the extra support they need. The Parent Support Outreach Program (PSOP) is a voluntary program ...

Iraqi woman’s tale sends message

Editorials

An Iraqi woman who left her native land for what she hoped was the safety of Germany has returned home — where she feels safer from Islamic State terrorism. Her decision is one more red flag for German officials who adopted an open-door policy toward refugees from the Middle East. Ashwaq ...

Increased security? Not really

Editorials

Since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, federal officials have devoted an enormous amount of effort and resources to making airline travel safe. In general, they seem to have done a good job. But recently, a mentally disturbed ground crew member stole a 76-seat plane from the airport in ...

Lindsay Whalen Day

Editorials

Gov. Mark Dayton has declared today to be Lindsay Whalen Day in Minnesota, a fitting tribute to one of the state’s most popular athletes, male or female. Whalen announced her retirement from playing basketball last week, but she will continue to contribute to the state as coach of the ...

Fairbairn throws support to Seidl

Letters

To the editor: I would like to take the time to thank the people who supported me in my campaign for Brown County Sheriff. While on the campaign trail, I met some amazing people throughout Brown County and really appreciated their time and kind words. I would also like to thank my family and ...

True health care reform should start with insurance companies

Columns

Here’s something you already know: Cancer sucks. This isn’t news to anyone, whether they or someone close to them have had it. And most people know most of the negative connotations associated with this debilitating and life-threatening disease: the chemotherapy, the inevitable ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Time marches on THUMBS UP: Time has been standing still in New Ulm for quite a while, at least if you have been looking northward on Minnesota Street toward the Glockenspiel. The hands of the clock face looking toward downtown have been stuck at 11:53 for months. It told the correct time ...

Go after all involved in Church’s conspiracy of silence

Editorials

Many of the Roman Catholic priests accused by a Pennsylvania grand jury of molesting hundreds, perhaps thousands, of children since the 1940s cannot be brought to justice. Some are dead. For most of those still alive, statutes of limitations have passed, meaning they cannot be ...

President has 1st amendment rights, too

Letters

To the editor: This morning (August 16) CNN and the Associated Press reported some three hundred newspapers, led by the Boston Globe, coordinated an editorial page attack on President Trump asserting criticism of the media is unacceptable and an attack on First Amendment freedom of the press. ...

‘Fake News’ talk should end

Editorials

Less than a month into his term President Donald Trump ramped up his "fake news" battle with several national media outlets, referring to them at that time as the "enemy of the people." The rhetoric, which actually started during his campaign rallies when he baited the reporters assigned to ...

Focusing attention on space defense

Editorials

President Trump’s proposal to create an entirely new branch of the military, the U.S. Space Force, may not be a good idea. But the initiative does point to a dangerous gap in our defense posture. Trump’s idea is for a new service equal in stature to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and ...

The Seventh North Bridge

Letters

To the editor: Rising arches up so high, Earthen mounds on either side, Reaching into the blue sky; Over them we soon will ride. Workers struggled these months long, Setting pillars into place; Making sure they would be strong; Holding beams out into space. Exit ramps come down ...

Weeds: Another sheepish stand on payouts

Columns

Farming is a singular, sometimes lonely activity. That’s why we farmers talk to our cows, pigs, even our soybean plants. I recommend a good, long talk with a soybean plant. They are more reasonable than many human beings and less likely to troll you on social media. Despite working alone, ...

Spending outstrips federal revenue

Editorials

With a national debt of $21.3 trillion, keeping the federal government’s spending within the limit of what revenue is taken in has become critical. Yet, after decades of warnings that needs to be done, political leaders have not found the will to make it happen. Last week, it was reported ...

Celebrating Teen Court on Wednesday

Letters

To the editor: In the fall of 1998, Brown County Probation started a juvenile diversion program called “Teen Court” where trained adolescents sat in a courtroom and questioned their peers charged with a petty level crime. After some deliberation in a jury room, the Teen Court Jurors ...

Self-driving cars not yet made safe

Editorials

Sometimes it seems our faith in technology — or at least, our willingness to shell out big money for it — is boundless. A report on so-called self-driving cars, appropriately titled “Reality Check,” ought to bring us back down to earth. Issued by the Insurance Institute for Highway ...

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