Opinion

Brown County Browser: Brown County Planning and Zoning office

Columns

The Brown County Planning and Zoning Office include a multitude of areas. One of these is Zoning Permits, commonly referred to as building permits. Please come in to our office early in your building planning process if you are thinking of building or moving on a structure out in the rural ...

Listening vs. muting

Editorials

Mute buttons are handy when watching TV and another annoying commercial comes on, usually at twice the volume of the regular programming. They proved invaluable during the past political campaign season to silence the onslaught of negative ads. But as much as mute buttons have a place in the ...

Single-payer is buying in bulk

Letters

To the editor: Last Sunday (Nov. 25), there was an editorial about single-payer healthcare in The Journal. Its aim was to scare people into thinking that a single-payer system would be “costly and damaging.” it claimed there are several flaws with the system that would cause it to fail. ...

China is the cheater, and needs to change

Editorials

President Trump goes over the top in his criticism of the media, in part because he generalizes, suggesting“the media” is a monolithic entity out to get him. We believe he would be better served using a scalpel instead of a sledgehammer to highlight media bias and errors. And it would not ...

George H.W. Bush

Editorials

Former President George H.W. Bush, who died late Friday at the age of 94, was a man born into a life of affluence, but who chose to live a life of service to his country. He joined the U.S. Navy on his 18th birthday over the objection of his wealthy father, flew 58 missions in World War II as a ...

What’s Going On: Why Klobuchar can never be president

Columns

Publisher’s Note: Some of my columns are meant to enlighten readers, educate them, introduce a new perspective, or even inspire. This is not one of those columns. Earlier this week, I read a story (too old to remember where) about Amy Klobuchar considering a 2020 bid for the presidency. ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Ready to listen THUMBS UP: It is one of the sadder stereotypes about politicians that they are vitally interested in the issues that matter to you — right up to the time they get your vote. Then it’s “See you in two years (or four years, or however long their term is).” That’s why ...

Distracted driving has to stop

Letters

To the editor: I urge everyone to please look out for pedestrians in the crosswalks; they have the right-of-way by law. I walk my dog Grace every day for three miles; sometimes twice a day for a total of six miles a day so we cover a large area of town. For the most part; there are many ...

Get ready to repeat the past

Letters

To the editor: “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there” (L.P. Hartley). Example: Those viewed as obstinate heretics could be put to death — even by being burned at the stake. After all, the cancer had to be rooted out, the imminent threat to society ...

Off the Record: Celebrating 100 with Mom

Columns

Many, many years ago — 34, to be exact — I made what I thought was an interesting observation to my mother. I was 33 at the time and she was 66. “Gee, Mom, do you realize you’re twice as old as I am?” I don’t remember her exact response, but it was probably a lot more polite ...

Farm bill agreement can’t come too soon

Editorials

Word is coming out of Washington that House and Senate conferees have reached an agreement in principle that will break the impasse on a new farm bill. While the conferees are still awaiting cost estimates from the Congressional Budget Office and have to finalize the language in the proposal, ...

Town Talk: Snow removal rules

Columns

The City Ordinance, as stated below, allows the City to have snow removed 24 hours after snowfall if a property owner has not complied with the ordinance. If you have any questions, please contact the City’s Department of Building Safety at 507-359-8245. CHAPTER 6 STREETS AND ...

Legislature should act on genital mutilation bill

Editorials

People have a right to their beliefs. What they do not have is a right to torture and maim little girls. Minnesota State Rep. Mary Franson is vehemently opposed to the practice of female genital mutilation, which occurs in parts of Asia, the Middle East and Africa. It is a cultural or ...

PUC responds to electric rate increase question

Columns

New Ulm Public Utilities recently received a question from one of its customers: “I read in the paper a couple weeks ago about the study of allocation of electric rate increase amongst different classes of customers. What I didn’t see mention was any effort to PREVENT a rate increase ... ...

We can’t afford to ignore climate change report

Editorials

Mother Nature was not kind to farmers this past growing season. Snow in April and too much rain in July made for a rough start in the fields. On Friday, a scientific report issued by 13 federal agencies set off dire climate alarms. The report warned that if significant steps are not taken to ...

Brown County Browser: Wrapping up the 2018 election process

Columns

The A-T office is in the final stages of completing all the required steps for the 2018 mid-term election! It truly has been a year filled with challenges as we introduced new election equipment, new election software, consolidated polling locations, had five of our townships/cities opt to vote ...

Hard times on the farm

Editorials

According to an analysis from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, the number of farms filing for bankruptcy has been growing this past year. According to statistics, 84 farms filed for Chapter 12 bankruptcy in Wisonsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana in the 12 months ...

If Hinckley wants to act, ‘rules’ won’t stop him

Editorials

There was news out of Virginia last week that John Hinckley Jr., who tried to kill President Ronald Reagan in 1981, will be allowed to move out of his mother’s house and live on his own. Not only is it absurd that Hinckley is being granted this freedom, it is absurd that he is mixing with ...

Single-payer would be costly, damaging

Editorials

Of all the solutions that might be implemented to help more Americans obtain and afford health care, we cannot understand the drive by some on the left for a single-payer system. Columnist John Stossel, on this page, offers a rundown of the issues surrounding single-payer and its flaws. There ...