Opinion

Down to the wire

Editorials

The Minnesota Legislature was hard at work on Sunday, trying to cram 11 weeks worth of work into the final 11 hours of the session. They were planning on working right to the midnight deadline.The House did pass a $260 million tax relief bill that holds a lot of benefits for outstate Minnesota, ...

Voters wising up to Obama’s vote-buying

Editorials

President Barack Obama has taken vote-buying for himself and his Democrat Party to a new high in politics. This week, through an announcement by Vice?President Joe Biden in Columbus, Ohio, he made a bid for 4.2 million new loyalists.Biden announced the White House is ordering sweeping changes ...

Federal wage changes: An exercise in futility

Columns

Very quietly and unceremoniously, the federal government announced a change this week that is going to have a major impact on a lot of people, including several here in Brown County.At President Barack Obama's direction, the Department of Labor changed the criteria that establishes which ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Time for filingTHUMBS UP: It seems like campaigning for public office is a full-time, year-round, never-ending story, at least on the national level.But some equally important elections are taking place on the local level this year. City council, county board and school district elections are ...

Clean up Marktplatz Mall bird problem

Letters

To the editor:I grew up in New Ulm. I was always proud that my hometown was so beautiful and family oriented. Someone recently shared photos with me of the disgusting dead bird problem at the Marketplatz Mall in downtown New Ulm.Not only is this animal cruelty and an eye sore, it is also a ...

‘Under the gun’ produces poor laws

Editorials

Minnesota legislators have developed poor work habits. They have little sense of time management. Big tasks are put off until the last minute. Communication is limited to complaining and criticizing. Only the threat of an impending deadline produces movement on major issues.That kind of ...

Background on NNU Youth program

Letters

To the editor:Thank you to The Journal for highlighting the positive experience of Network New Ulm Youth (NNUY) for juniors in the ISD 88, NUACS, MVL and River Bend education systems.Let us include some background information on the program for your reader's benefit and appreciation.The concept ...

Zika and spending fever in Washington

Editorials

Most of us recognize the danger of spur-of-the-moment spending decisions. We guard against marketing strategies intended to make us reach for our credit cards first and ask questions later.Too often that is not the philosophy in Washington, where the cost of imprudent spending can be in the ...

I’ll drive, thanks

Columns

Call me old fashioned, but I feel a lot more comfortable when I?see a person behind the wheel of a traveling vehicle. If I?see nobody, I get a little worried.Recently, however, I've seen more and more articles about self-driving cars, vehicles with automated navigation systems tied in to ...

Excitement of watching corn grow

Columns

Sometimes while driving with my kids when they were young we played "What's that?" As we drove past a field I would say, "What's that?" The kid would yell out, "Corn!" We'd go a little further, and I would ask, "What's that?" and kid would shout, "Beans!" Then "Corn!" Then "Beans!" Little kids ...

Keep talking, legislators

Editorials

At least they are still talking.Legislators and Gov. Mark Dayton have been trading transportation plans this week. Dayton proposed two different ways to raise $600 million a year needed for state transportation projects. One involved a 5-cent raise in the gasoline tax, with a raise in vehicle ...

Germany is in big trouble

Letters

To the editor:Germany is now importing a culture, from the Middle East, that is already attempting to impose some version of Sharia Law in which there is no freedom of religion, no freedom of speech, no freedom of artistic expression, no freedom of the press, no Golden Rule and no equal rights ...

Theistic Evolution

Letters

To the editor:As sequel to my March 10 and 25 letters on evolution, I would like to address the issue of "Theistic Evolution." This is when religious people of any belief or denomination hold that God used evolution to create life as we know it.As one creationist author put it: "If evolution ...

Legislature needs to keep MNCare

Columns

Before the end of the Minnesota state legislative session on May 23, there are many legislative issues that need to be addressed. Those issues include taxes, transportation and bonding projects. One issue that needs serious attention and is yet to be resolved is healthcare.For many families, ...

Fund, but monitor drug programs

Editorials

Most members of Congress no doubt comprehend the need for more spending on drug addiction treatment programs. At the same time, they have a very clear understanding of the government's ability to waste enormous amounts of money without achieving acceptable results.President Barack Obama ...

Reading and language

Columns

The New Ulm Area Catholic Schools reading and language arts teachers have spent the last two years updating the curriculum and researching text series that best meet the curriculum outcomes.The Kindergarten students at St. Anthony Elementary School piloted the SuperKids reading system for the ...

Identity: You become what they expect you to be

Columns

As you live and learn, you grow a thicker skin. Things that hurt in your youth (mostly) lose the ability to hurt. But once in a while I suffer a relapse.Lately, my trigger has been the question, "where are you from?"Assuming that the reason for the question is my "accent," my answer depends on ...

Let’s fund roads

Editorials

Let's be honest - nobody likes taxes. But everybody likes the things taxes do, like providing schools and educators for our kids, plowing our streets in the winter, paying police officers to help keep us safe, and providing good roads for us to drive on.That last function has been the subject ...

Who ran up all that debt?

Letters

To the editor:State Rep Paul Torkelson's letter to the editor on May 11 is a copy of a form letter prepared by the Republican House leadership. It states that debt payments in 2008 were $409M and in 2015 are now up to $752M.That implies a large increase in borrowing over the past seven years. ...

Trump wants to make a deal

Letters

Prior to the 2012 election, Democrats had a theory: Republicans were in the grip of a "fever" that had led them to oppose and attempt to obstruct President Barack Obama at every turn. If Obama won a second term, the fever would break.President Obama himself floated the idea. It turned out to be ...

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