Opinion

Courtland missing an opportunity with water tower

Letters

To the editor: I am very disappointed in the Courtland City Council’s decision to make our $1,000,000 water tower look boring and in my opinion ugly. We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to make a lasting impression on everyone that travels through our town. Why are we wasting it? ...

Being right more important than being first

Letters

To the editor: Congratulations to The Free Press’ Mark Fischenich for winning second place in both investigative reporting and hard news at the Jan 24 Minnesota Newspaper Association convention. Likewise to The Journal for first place in Editorial Page as a Whole for Dailies under 10,000 ...

Courtland missing an opportunity with water tower

Letters

To the editor: I am very disappointed in the Courtland City Council’s decision to make our $1,000,000 water tower look boring and in my opinion ugly. We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to make a lasting impression on everyone that travels through our town. Why are we wasting it? ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Service to Ag Randy and Carol Schroeder were presented with the New Ulm Farm City Hub Club Service to Agriculture Award Monday. Randy has been the club’s membership chairman since 2012 and served a year as club vice president. He is a current board member. Both Randy and Carol volunteer at ...

Other Editors

Editorials

Sandler’s persistence paved the way There was a time not that long ago when being on the cheerleading squad was the only sport available to young women. Today they can choose to compete in a variety of athletics at school and college. Thanks to Bernice Sandler. She was the point person ...

Trump could very well face a primary challenge

Columns

By Jonah Goldberg It’s getting to the point where it’ll be easier to list the Democrats who are not running for president in 2020. But the roster on the Republican side remains a minority of one. That may change. As Jonathan Last of The Bulwark notes, primary challenges of sitting ...

Our View

Editorials

State of the Union? Divided and bitter Each year, the Constitution says, the president is to present to Congress a report on the state of the union. The constitution doesn’t say if should be a written report, or an oral address, but in the last century is has become a formal piece of ...

Town Talk

Editorials

Flushable wipes are not really flushable 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 ...

Other Editors

Editorials

Saints loss in the NFL playoffs Three days after referees blew a blatant pass interference call and robbed the New Orleans Saints of a return trip to the Super Bowl, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said nothing publicly. A league official admitted to Coach Sean Payton almost immediately ...

The Covington controversy and the narrative fallacy

Columns

By Kathleen Parker WASHINGTON — When a white, Catholic-school boy wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap is shown staring down a Native American Vietnam War veteran, sending the media scrambling for their pitchforks and torches, one might want to pause and stroke one’s chin. ...

BuzzFeed’s ‘scoop’ opens press to more credibility challenges

Columns

By Jules Witcover WASHINGTON — A rare rebuff by the Justice Department’s Special Counsel’s Office to a BuzzFeed report on President Donald Trump — calling it “not accurate” — has raised the stakes in the president’s war on the press as “the enemy of the people.” The ...

Inventing evil to condemn is wrong

Editorials

So eager have too many Americans become to find people to call evil that we have taken to inventing them. That attitude, a form of aggressive mental laziness, itself is wrong. Thoughtful people — which represents the overwhelming majority of the nation, in our opinion — were reminded this ...

January is National Stalking Awareness Month

Letters

To the editor: January 2019 marks the 15th National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM). Stalking is a pattern of behavior or conduct directed at a specific person that causes the person to feel afraid, nervous, harassed, or in danger. Stalking is unpredictable and dangerous. Some stalkers ...

Who’s going to pay for Democratic campaign promises?

Editorials

Promise-them-anything Democrat candidate for president Julian Castro was under fire this week from fellow liberals — for not promising Americans enough. Castro, who served as secretary of Housing and Urban Development under former President Barack Obama, announced last weekend that he is ...

State government has grown too big

Editorials

The federal government is bloated and broke. A potential spending frenzy is building in St. Paul. Yet very little government does is efficient or effective. Despite the poor track record, we are constantly told that the solution is not less government but more. Why? A group of Republicans in ...

Heart of New Ulm: Heart of New Ulm ready for 2019 and beyond

Columns

Happy New Year, New Ulm, and a heartfelt thank you! On behalf all of us at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® (MHIF), we express our deepest appreciation to everyone in New Ulm who has contributed to the tremendous success of The Heart of New Ulm Project (HONU) since 2009. It’s ...

MLK Day a good time to refocus

Editorials

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is being celebrated today. It is the only national holiday dedicated to a private citizen. He earned that honor by leading Americans through the civil rights battle of the 1960s, a battle that resulted in landmark legislation and court rulings that removed ...

Common sense, courtesy, and the closed door

Letters

To the editor: Virtually every home in America has walls and a door (or doors) which are most of the time closed and sometimes locked. Some homes also have fences and security systems and perhaps even walls to insure safety and protect property. Welcome family members are able to come in to ...

Nancy Pelosi and the Art of the ‘No Deal’

Editorials

President Donald Trump considers himself a savvy negotiator, author of “The Art of the Deal,” a man who can find ways to bring about desired ends and “win-win” situations. He’s finding political dealmaking is very different from business negotiations. His attempt on Saturday to ...

What’s Going On: Chances for a wall, legal pot and Shopko

Columns

After driving into winter storm Gia last weekend and watching another round of winter weather roll into southwest Minnesota Friday, my appreciation for the accuracy of 21st century meteorologists continues to increase. While I have no quantifiable data to support this, it would appear the ...