Opinion

Car owner, gun owner rights

Letters

To the editor:To Greg Orear, president of the NAA:In your article in the Sunday, Aug. 14 Journal ("Fighting for car owners rights") your mockery of the NRA?and 2nd Amendment was evident.I would like to point out that you are comparing apples and oranges. The privilege of operating a motor ...

Putting things in perspective

Letters

To the editor:I read Froma Harrop's article in the Aug. 10 Journal. I?almost started crying; it puts everything in perfect perspective.She spoke about things like a stolen bicycle, getting fired, a cold sore, being so busy, etc. She made the point that we assume we have 20, 40, 50 years left. ...

Fact checkers need to dig a little deeper

Editorials

One of those "fact check" analyses of presidential candidate Donald Trump's speech on the economy last week (yes, he did make one serious speech last week that didn't include an apalling gaffe) made the limits of such writing very clear. In a nutshell, one of its conclusions was simplistic - ...

Do we raise taxes or rein in spending?

Editorials

Congressional Budget Office analysts estimate the national debt, now at 75 percent of the gross national product, will grow to 86 percent in a decade.Rising debt hampers economic growth, the analysts added. And they pointed out critical programs including Social Security, Medicare and the ...

Fighting for car owners’ rights

Editorials

It's a matter of freedom.I'm sick and tired of the government passing all these laws trying to make our society "safer" while all they do is restrict the freedoms of the law-abiding citizens they are supposed to serve.That's why I'm forming a new lobbying group: The National Automobile ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Brown County FairCounty Fair time is a great time of year. The summer is at its height. Labor Day and the school year may be only a few weeks away, but right now it is still summer.The farm season is at a good point, too, with harvest a month or so away. The crops are growing and ripening and ...

Special session time running out

Editorials

About this time last month, there were news reports that Gov. Mark Dayton and Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt were nearing agreement on an agenda for a special session to address bonding, taxes and transportation issues that didn't get passed in the last session. There was hope that a ...

Take a bow, Mayor Jim Broich

Letters

To the editor:I wanted to send a note of congratulations for 30 years of public service for Sleepy Eye Mayor Jim Broich. Your article on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016 reminded me of how important this man has been to public service.I had the pleasure of meeting Mayor Broich for the first time at a ...

New Ulm Public Utilities’ Natural Gas Dept.

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.Natural gas was introduced to ...

Cybersecurity important

Editorials

Computer equipment went on the fritz at Delta Airlines this week. Tens of thousands of passengers and employees were affected by more than 1,000 canceled flights and 2,800 delayed takeoffs.No doubt the problem was extraordinarily costly for Delta and at least some of the affected travelers.What ...

Celebrate with NUMAS Haus Aug. 14

Letters

To the editor:NUMAS Haus wishes to thank all members of the community who have contributed time, labor, supplies, and financial gifts to help provide emergency shelter and support services to single mother families in the New Ulm area.NUMAS Haus will soon accept our first residents, and we ...

We don’t ‘pick on’ Trump, we just report what he says

Columns

I've been getting some critical comments recently about our coverage of of the presidential campaign. How we keep putting in negative stories about Donald Trump and don't write all the bad things about Hillary Clinton. How we have an "anti-Trump" bias.This week I got a letter that included a ...

Shooting from the lip again

Editorials

Donald Trump doesn't seem to be able to help himself. After giving a closely scripted, on the point speech on his economic plans for the country on Monday, Trump reverted to his "shoot from the lip" improvisational style on Tuesday.Speaking at rally in Wilmington, N.C., Trump started comparing ...

Health aid lost; so are lives

Editorials

One wonders whether those who bungled a United Nations health initiative understand people may have died - no, probably died, and perhaps in large numbers - as a result of the failures.In February, the World Health Organization, an arm of the U.N., shipped more than six million doses of yellow ...

The only skin color we don’t see is our own

Columns

The only skin color we don't see is our own.The only accent we don't hear is our own.The only bias we don't realize - and if we fleetingly do, we get very defensive about - is our own.We really only see the world through one pair of eyes.Our own.(And then we get surprised when the world does ...

Change debate dates

Editorials

By late September, even voters most avidly interested in the presidential election may be ready for some football as an alternative to politics. Yet two of the three televised debates between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton have been scheduled on nights when NFL games are ...

Hillary vs. Big Money

Editorials

Hillary Clinton has pledged that if she is elected president, she will do something about the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court. The ruling, in essence, rejects strict limits on spending by groups seeking to influence elections. It rules that Americans don't lose the right to ...

If not now, then when?

Columns

After watching the recent Republican and Democratic national conventions, I'm left with one question: How bad does it have to get for a third party candidate to really be considered?No matter what, this presidential election, more so than any other in my 45 years, will be historic in one ...

Would Trump defend the Constitution?

Columns

WASHINGTON - Like shipwrecked mariners clinging to a floating mast, many Republicans rationalize supporting Donald Trump because of "the court." This two-word incantation means: Because we care so much for the Constitution, it is supremely important to entrust to Trump the making of Supreme ...

In the company of heroes

Columns

Air Force Col. Bud Day, having already fought in World War II and the Korean War, was flying his 65th mission over Vietnam, when his plane was shot down and he, after bailing out, suffered a broken arm and injuries to his back and eye. Captured by North Vietnamese soldiers, he was beaten up ...

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