Opinion

What’s Going On: Shed no tears for Jeff Bezos

Columns

Every two weeks, when I look at my paycheck, I see about 9 percent of it disappearing to state and federal income taxes. Once a year, thanks primarily to three little hobgoblins running around the house, I get a decent portion of that back from Uncle Sam but not all of it, which I’m sure ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Retail consultant: help is needed THUMBS UP: The New Ulm Economic Development Authority (EDA) voted this week to hire a consulting firm, Retail Strategies, to provide research and assistance on developing New Ulm’s retail business. There’s no question New Ulm has a need to fill empty ...

Eagle Update: Middle School Programs

Columns

As programming at New Ulm Middle School has continued to grow and evolve over the last three years, the focus remains on maintaining a student centered approach designed to meet the varying needs of all middle level learners. New Ulm Middle School educators are committed to meeting both the ...

MnLARS woes are legion

Editorials

The Office of the Minnesota Legislative Auditor issued its report Thursday on why the Minnesota License and Registration System (MnLARS) has been such a failure. Nine years and $100 million in the making, the system that is supposed to issue vehicle registrations and drivers licenses for the ...

Town Talk: You ask – we answer: Pet laws and regulations

Columns

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 comments@ci.new-ulm.mn.us. New Ulm Animal ...

National Debt crisis

Editorials

We Americans are failing to cope with a serious crisis, and it has little to do with border security. It is the national debt, which topped $22 trillion this week. For most people, it is difficult to become too concerned about mere numbers on paper or expressed digitally. But the debt is more ...

Here’s my point of view

Letters

To the editor: I agree 100% with Jan Platz, Jon and Rachel Scharleman on their recent letters. As I look at my newest grandson, I ask Democrats: How can you be for murdering innocent babies at birth or before when you are AGAINST executing convicted murderers? Don’t give me the excuse ...

Trump should take the bad deal, try again later

Editorials

Fifty-five miles of border made impassable to illegal immigrants beats nothing. That is the view President Donald Trump should take of a border barrier compromise hammered out by Republicans and Democrats in Congress. With the three-week deadline to avoid another partial shutdown of ...

Weeds: When nature intrudes

Columns

We think of indoors and outdoors as separate, divided by the walls of our home. Inside, we control things: temperature, light, cleanliness, orderliness. Outside, nature calls the shots. Sometimes the line gets blurred. In our house, various of our children occasionally traverse through. But ...

Poison pills in the border talks

Editorials

When winning at all costs becomes the primary objective of politicians, the American people suffer. Important initiatives are not undertaken. Bad things can happen. During much of the so-called “government shutdown,” it appeared that both President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy ...

DFL Committee denounces hate mail

Letters

To the editor: Recently, Alma Marin, an active member of the New Ulm community, received an anonymous letter containing personal insults, ethnic and homophobic slurs, and vicious criticism of this person’s resident status as an immigrant citizen. While we realize that in a democracy ...

Klobuchar joins crowded race

Editorials

On Sunday, Minnesota’s senior senator, Amy Klobuchar, announced her intent to run for president. She joins a growing crowd of Democrats who want to regain the White House in 2020. We know Minnesotans like Klobuchar, and have elected her three times to the Senate with increasingly strong ...

Sex harassment should be obvious

Editorials

Minnesota legislators are looking at a bill that would redefine what constitutes sexual harassment in Minnesota. Advocates of the bill say it is needed to lower the legal bar that makes it too hard for victims of harassment to seek protection. It’s sad that we have to do this. Sexual ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Stay safe on roads Sideways Thumb: The rash of accidents on New Ulm streets this week follow a familiar theme. Two cars approach an intersecton, one tries to stop and it slides into the intersection on the slippery, greasy ice. Or one car following another tries to slow down as the other ...

Satan is alive and well

Letters

To the editor: I just finished reading a book entitled, “The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity,” by Matthew Kelly. If you haven’t already read it, please read it! The false promises from our secular culture that claim will make us happy in this world are just that, “False ...

‘Medicare for all’ wouldn’t be all that

Editorials

Perhaps Democratic candidate for president Sen. Kamala Harris wasn’t thinking when she cut loose with a sound bite she hoped would gain traction among voters. More likely, she was hoping listeners would not stop and think about what she said. Harris, a Californian, is making ...

Isn’t abortion deplorable too?

Letters

To the editor: My wife Rachel and I are native to New Ulm. We acknowledge with deep appreciation the moral and work ethic we received from our parents and the community. We agree with your Jan. 30 editorial comment that “There should be no room for that (racism) in America, or in New ...

Town Talk: Electrical rate increase approved

Columns

New Ulm Public Utilities Commissioners unanimously approved the proposed electric rate increase at their January meeting. The electric rate increase was based on a cost of service study. The cost of service study calculates the cost to provide service in each rate class. Rate classes ...

Deeds, not words

Editorials

President Donald Trump sounded a lot of high-minded ideals in his State of the Union address Tuesday. He called on Congress to “choose greatness,” to work together to solve a variety of issues, from replacing infrastucture, to lowering prescription drug prices, to curing childhood ...