Opinion

Randy Krzmarzick: Learning to live with differences

Columns

On these fall mornings I am up before the sun. It is the best time of year, and this is the best time of day. I start the coffee maker and open the kitchen windows. A cool breeze wafts in, which contrasts nicely with the warm coffee. I pull on my hoodie and sit at the table reading yesterday's ...

IS should be tried for crimes against humanity

Editorials

Islamic State terrorists have been guilty of atrocities truly worthy of the history books. They need not be detailed here, other than to note their viciousness has been broad as well as deep.IS torturers and murderers often focus on certain groups, however. Christians are among them. So are ...

Vote for American values

Letters

To the editor:In recent days as we have observed public events, we have become saddened and concerned by public disrespect for our nation's colors. These blatant acts of disrespect have sadly surfaced on TV, including some NFL teams. And this most unpatriotic behavior occurs at a time when our ...

The Lions on Hermann Monument

Letters

To the editor:For 104 years the Hermann Monument lacked the four corner lions (that were part of the original design) because the Hermann lodges in 1897 lacked the $300 to fund the copper-sheeted lion figures.After unsuccessful attempts in the 1990s to acquire four copper lions from a ...

Substance or show?

Editorials

The Debate:This evening's presidential debate is expected to be the most-watched presidential debate ever. We hope the debate will be worth the 90 minutes of the viewer's time.This will definitely be a more entertaining debate than the voting public is used to seeing. Donald Trump did not get ...

Add accountability to VA employment

Editorials

Revelations of mismanagement, waste and outright criminal behavior at the Department of Veterans Affairs have become a regular thing. From veterans forced to wait weeks or months to see VA doctors to outrageous spending by the agency, the VA is an ongoing train wreck.Quickly, now: How many VA ...

4-H – antidote for bored kids

Letters

To the editor:What do Herschel Walker, Julia Roberts, Faith Hill, Orville Redenbacher, Johnny Carson, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis have in common?They were all 4-H'ers!The USDA states this:"The 4-H Youth Development Program is the youth outreach program of the land-grant universities' ...

‘Never have five letters cut so deep’

Columns

It was supposed to be just an ordinary Back to School night for Bob Cornelius.His 11-year-old son, Christopher had started middle school, and as the dutiful parent, Bob went and listened to the teachers talk about the new school year and what the curriculum include.Bob even took a few pictures ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Hoffman will be missed on boardTHUMBS UP: Not often does a school board get a board member with the kind of expertise and knowledge that Patricia Hoffman has brought to the New Ulm School Board for the past eight years.A member of the faculty in the College of Education at Minnesota State ...

Schools designed to keep kids safe

Letters

To the editor:To anyone who believes the new high school looks like a prison, I would remind you of the attacks on schools that have occurred in modern times. Schools today are not built to keep kids prisoners, but to keep them safe. The days of free entrance to a school building are long gone ...

More than just a building

Letters

To the editor:Architectural aesthetics are a matter of taste. I love the new school, but not because it's 'foreboding.' I love it for the open, spacious commons, the enormous picture windows and the state-of-the-art breakout spaces. It saddens me that some members of the community don't ...

What is the answer?

Editorials

Thirteen-year-old children should not die of gunshot wounds. That is such a self-evident proposition that debating it would be absurd.Yet they and even younger children are killed by gunfire regularly in cities throughout the United States. Sometimes they are innocent bystanders mowed down by ...

Public power is customer focused

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.Public Power Week is set for ...

A gun, in the right hands, can save lives

Editorials

The shocking stabbing attack in the Crossroads Center in St. Cloud on Saturday was stopped by an armed off-duty policeman, Jason Falconer, who happened to be in the right place at the right time to prevent more injuries and more serious injuries. This is being used by gun rights proponents as ...

Bullying hasn’t gone away

Editorials

A news item posted by the Washington Post last week told the story of 9-year-old Jackson Grubb of West Virginia, who hanged himself earlier this month. Family members contend the boy's action was the result of bullying."They were bullying him and they were picking on him," the boy's grandmother ...

New school or jail?

Letters

To the editor:Congratulations all around to those who helped make the New Ulm High School a reality. Still, it might have been useful if someone during the design process had informed the architects that they were designing a building for education, not incarceration.If Darth Vader had forsaken ...

Terrorism from within

Editorials

Saturday night a young Somali-born man, identified by his family as Dahir A. Adan, started stabbing people in the Crossroads Mall in St. Cloud. Nine people were injured before an off-duty police officer shot and killed the attacker.While law enforcement is still digging into the background of ...

Borchert a non-partisan candidate

Letters

To the editor:My name is Dave Borchert and I am running for Brown County Commissioner District #1. In the Saturday, Sept.17, edition of The Journal, an article's headline had me identified as a DFL candidate. I simply want to clarify that I am not a DFL or a Republican candidate. County ...

Maybe they should hold their own debates

Editorials

Third parties are pretty much a non-entity in U.S. politics. Once in a while a candidate comes along like H. Ross Perot, who used a bundle of his own money and a bunch of graphs and charts to work his way onto the debate platform. Or a Ralph Nader, who mobilizes a small faction with a specific ...

A Packer fan surviving in Viking territory

Columns

As I approached the intersection I hesitated.I had stopped at the sidewalk and noticed the nice, older lady smiling at me from behind the steering wheel of her Subaru Outback and motioning me to proceed through the crosswalk while she waited at the stop sign.While the smile said friend, I ...