Opinion

Deterring use of chemical arms

Editorials

Syria was not the only, or even the most important, target in Friday’s attack on chemical weapons facilities in that country. The focus was on deterring use of such fearsome armaments by any nation. Bashar Assad, Syria’s murderous dictator, has used chemical agents on his own people in ...

Buddy Poppy displays coming to New Ulm

Letters

To the editor: Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1648 and the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 132 will be asking for donations to display the Buddy Poppy Display Cards to local merchants on April 23 and 24, respectively. In 1923 the Buddy Poppy was fashioned by disabled and needy ...

Ryan’s frustration

Editorials

House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said this week he is leaving Congress because he doesn’t want his children to reach adulthood having experienced only a “weekend dad.” After 20 years in Congress, Ryan’s decision is understandable in that light. But one wonders if Ryan, ...

What’s Going On?: Why we should fear failure more today

Columns

Failure. It is the carbon of our soul. Just as the most basic element composes every single living organism, failure is the common bond of experience between every single person. Regardless of race, gender, income level, physical or mental prowess, everybody fails … sometimes. You ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Weather woes THUMBS DOWN: This probably falls under the category of complaining about the weather and not doing anything about it, but man, this is getting old. The middle of April is no time for snowstorms and blizzard warnings. As this is written, forecasts were calling for snow to start ...

Is Trump standing down in Syria?

Letters

Wednesday morning, President Trump jolted the nation with a tweet that contained both threat and taunt: “Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’ You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing ...

Ryan served in trying times

Editorials

Paul Ryan, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, has rendered very valuable service to his fellow Americans during his 20 years in Congress. His role has been especially valuable during the past year and a half. Ryan, R-Wis., revealed Wednesday he will not seek re-election. He said ...

Town Talk: Look up for power lines and stay safe

Columns

From the NUPUC Electric Distribution Department Things we see every day can almost fade from view. But failure to notice high voltage power lines can be a deadly oversight. New Ulm Public Utilities, along with the public safety educational organization Safe Electricity (safeelectricity.org), ...

Syrian attack calls for response

Editorials

Pictures and video footage of the aftermath of another chemical weapons attack blamed on Syrian dictator Bashar Assad are hard to take. No one likes to see innocent little children suffering. Some U.S. response to the atrocity, in which about 40 people died, is necessary. Most nations have ...

More on what the 2nd Amendment means

Letters

To the editor: As the death toll from gun violence mounts we are told that because of the Second Amendment nothing can be done to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them. That is false. You have to wonder how many of those who make that argument have ever read the ...

CROP Hunger Walk May 6

Letters

To the editor: The Brown County Area CROP WALK will be on Sunday, May 6, 2018 from a new starting place. We will leave from the German Park Pavilion (200 N. German St.) and follow the bike trail to the Brown County Food Shelf and back. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and the walk begins ...

Off the Record: New Ulm movie project update

Columns

I had a short visit this week with David Rysdahl, the New Ulm native who is busy acting and writing scripts in New York. He was in town for a funeral, and stopped by to update me on his plans for a movie he wants to shoot in New Ulm. Originally, plans were to shoot the movie in March, but a ...

Take another look at spending law

Editorials

For a time, President Donald Trump said, he thought about vetoing the $1.3 trillion spending bill Congress laid on his desk a few weeks ago. Too much money was being spent unnecessarily and some priorities had been ignored, he explained. In the end, Trump signed the bill. Now, he reportedly ...

Brown County Browser: Election notes

Columns

Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy. It permits eligible US citizens to elect who will represent them in federal, state and local offices. Minnesota, like most states, requires people to register before they vote. This allows election administrators to learn of a person’s ineligibility ...

Weeds: What we pass on to children

Columns

We had our two-and-a-half-year-old grandson here for a few days. Either Pam or I was able to devote full-time attention to Levi, which was not always true as younger parents. It is a gift of grandparenting. Children this age are highly entertaining, especially if you live in their world for ...

Assad makes it hard for US to leave Syria

Editorials

As much as President Donald Trump says he wants to pull U.S. troops out of Syria and let others worry about the civil war there, Syrian President Bashar Assad is making it difficult. On Saturday night, Syrian government troops reportedly launch a poison gas attack on the rebel-held town of ...

What’s on your mind?

Columns

What was the best thing you have found at a garage sale? (Asked at the Spring Civic Center Garage Sale)

Invading privacy is how social media makes money

Editorials

If you want an idea of the magnitude of the privacy scandal involving Facebook, consider this: There are about 117 million households in the United States, according to the Census Bureau. As many as 87 million people, most in this country, had personal data collected by Facebook accessed by ...

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