Opinion

Let’s boycott the NFL

Letters

To the editor: Let’s protest the NFL(National Football League). Protest by not watching their games on T.V. Ratings will go down and Revenue will go down. Don’t go to the games — save the money (No season tickets). Take the Family on vacation with the NFL savings Their Concessions ...

Power in Puerto Rico

Editorials

The corruption attendant to much of what goes on in Puerto Rican government makes an investigation of a $300 million contract involving recovery from a devastating hurricane virtually mandatory. Neither President Donald Trump nor members of Congress should shrink from such a probe. Puerto ...

Keep favoritism out of energy policy

Editorials

Two wrongs don’t make a right, even if the first was very, very wrong — harmful in a way to tens of millions of Americans. For eight years, former President Barack Obama’s administration did all it could to kill the coal industry and shut down coal-fired power plants. Part of the ...

What’s Going On: Defending your own right to life

Columns

“I don’t feel I should have to justify my existence.” And then he did. Before and after making that seemingly inane statement, Frank Stephens went on at length justifying his existence. He made attempts at humor. “Seriously, I have a great life, I have been to the White House ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

One board will do THUMBS UP: The New Ulm Board of Zoning Adjustment voted this week to recommend its own dissolution, and handing off its duties to the New Ulm Planning Commission. The New Ulm City Council will take up the question at its next meeting. We think move makes sense. For years, ...

New scandal is really an old one

Editorials

A “new” scandal is being looked into by some members of Congress. It involves sale of about 20 percent of the nation’s uranium assets to a Russian company in 2010. Those circumstances are these: The sale had to be approved by the State Department, under then-Secretary of State Hillary ...

Thoughts on tax reform

Letters

To the editor: The Federal Budget passed. Tax Reform is next. When considering tax reform, including simplification, the issue of which deductions to eliminate and which to keep is being debated. Personally I favor a significant reduction marginal rates and eliminating some deductions. One ...

Town Talk: Who is responsible for Economic Development in New Ulm?

Columns

After a recent City Council 2018 budget work session, there have been conversations among citizens and businesses about how and who will conduct economic development efforts in the future. In the simplest of terms, the only decision made so far has been that the City is going to comply with MN ...

Tax relief is needed

Editorials

Liberals in Congress are up in arms about a plan to grant some tax relief to Americans. The idea, by conservative lawmakers and President Donald Trump, is irresponsible, they huff. It could add as much as $1.5 trillion to the national debt within the next decade, opponents of the plan ...

Off the Record: The beards of baseball

Columns

Lord know, I appreciate facial hair as much as the next guy. I’ve had at least a mustache most of my adult life, and occasionally a beard. For the past few years I’ve had the Van Dyke, which I recently trimmed back to mustache and goatee, or chin puff. But I wonder what’s going on with ...

Bad ambassador

Editorials

Under their president, Robert Mugabe, residents of Zimbabwe have suffered terribly. A 2008 report from Physicians for Human Rights sums it up: “The government of Robert Mugabe presided over the dramatic reversal of its population’s access to food, clean water, basic sanitation and health ...

Probation in Brown County

Columns

The history of probation dates back to the early 1800’s when a man by the name of John Augustus stepped up in a Boston courtroom one day and stated he would “watch over” an individual convicted in a Boston courtroom versus having that person “just sit in jail”. Probation is ...

Weeds: A last visit to the Petroglyphs

Columns

Pam is filling in for Randy while he is in the fields. Pam worked for the Brown County Historical Society for 20 years and is a lover of history and anything old. She is currently the manager at Thrift and More, so she still gets to play with lots of old stuff. It has become something of a ...

A good first step to right an old wrong

Editorials

Good for the people of Gainesville, Ga., who have not stopped at engaging in “a conversation” about race. They are doing something extraordinarily powerful to make it clear that for the overwhelming majority of Americans, the bigotry of the past is unacceptable. For many years, black ...

Eagle Update: ECFE programs

Columns

Early Childhood Family Education and Eagles Preschool programs offer a variety of programs for children birth to kindergarten enrollment in our community. Our expanded Eagles Preschool program offers four sections of Eagles 3 (preschool for 3 year olds) and five sections of Eagles 4 ...

Drug Czar needs strict requirements

Editorials

Perhaps there is a silver lining to political pressure that forced a change of President Donald Trump’s plan to name a new federal drug czar. It could lead to a much more effective — and committed — person in the position. Trump had planned to nominate Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., to lead ...

Colleen Vachuska, Comfrey: “Native American flute music. It’s ethereal.”

What’s on your mind?

Columns

What’s your favorite type of music? — (Asked Sunday at Lonesome Ron’s Roundup at the Harkin Store.)

Easy pickings for IS

Editorials

David Wright clearly is a troubled young man, perhaps in part because of a lack of intellectual energy. He is an American citizen, a resident of Everett, Mass. He is also a terrorist. Wright has been convicted of involvement in a terrorist scheme to behead a conservative blogger, Pamela ...

What’s Going On: Bad parenting and baloney sandwiches

Columns

Baloney sandwiches. It’s an unexpected price to pay for bad parenting, but it’s a realty for a friend I’ve known for years. I remember sitting at a dinner table with him and his wife about eight years ago. Their newborn son was sleeping nearby and the beaming new parents were talking ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

NUEDC carries on THUMBS UP: The New Ulm Economic Development Commission is carrying on its work, at least for another year. The group’s board of directors met last week to consider its future in the face of the City of New Ulm ending its subsidy. The NUEDC will continue its operations, ...

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