Opinion

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 ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

MVTL expansionTHUMBS UP: This has been a year with some big projects going on in New Ulm's economy. Kraft is building and expanding at its New Ulm plant, a $100 million investment that bodes well for its continued presence in town. On the west side of town, ALDI?is building a new grocery ...

No need to worry about US credibility

Editorials

With many Americans, both Democrats and Republicans, questioning the wisdom of a proposed 12-nation trade pact, its supporters are offering what they hope will be a persuasive argument. Rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership plan would damage our credibility abroad, they say.On Tuesday, ...

No need to worry about US credibility

Editorials

With many Americans, both Democrats and Republicans, questioning the wisdom of a proposed 12-nation trade pact, its supporters are offering what they hope will be a persuasive argument. Rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership plan would damage our credibility abroad, they say.On Tuesday, ...

EAA and your utility bill

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.You may be saying, "I think I ...

EAA and your utility bill

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.You may be saying, "I think I ...

Disturbing news on Zika virus

Editorials

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory that pregnant women should stay out of a section of Miami is not the most disturbing news about the Zika virus this week.CDC officials' warning was bad enough, to be sure. The agency said an outbreak of 14 cases of Zika in Miami's Wynwood ...

New Ulm and I will miss Pat Kneefe

Columns

It was shocking last week when I went to the Ulmer Cafe for coffee with the guys and heard that one of our regulars, Pat Kneefe, had been diagnosed with cancer a few days before. It was even more shocking less than a week later when I heard that Pat had died of his illness on Sunday. Even at ...

Who picked Rio?

Editorials

We're sure the the opening ceremony at the Rio Summer Olympics will be spectacular, and the television cameras will capture the thrill of the competition in great detail. But we have to wonder at the wisdom of how this city was chosen to host this year's games.We've read of complaints about the ...

Taking care of departed loved ones

Columns

Some friends and I made our annual trek to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. There we spend time watching baseball, golfing, drinking beer, and talking stupid, in about equal shares. It is extremely therapeutic.On Sunday morning, I called Pam to see how things were at home. Often the response to "How are ...

More change needed for VA

Editorials

Important progress has been made in caring for those who have served our country, President Barack Obama told attendees at the Disabled American Veterans national conference on Monday last week.Obama cited two "milestones." First, homelessness among veterans is down. Second, about 500,000 ...

The latest outrage

Editorials

Two Islamic State terrorists invaded a church in France during morning Mass Tuesday. Before they were shot down by police, they forced the 86-year-old priest to his knees and slit his throat.The attack was the most recent in a string of atrocities committed by Islamic terrorists, who seem to be ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Game onTHUMBS UP: The national political conventions are now over. The "presumptive nominees" are now just "nominees." No more worrying about attempts to derail Donald Trump or how Bernie Sanders' supporters will react.Now Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton can run against each other, not that ...

Big promises, bigger tax bills

Editorials

Democrats gathered in Philadelphia for their party's presidential nominating convention last week heard tons of promises from their candidate, Hillary Clinton, when she took the stage Thursday.Free college tuition, cheaper rents, expansion of Social Security, Medicare coverage beginning at age ...

Be prepared to sacrifice for common good

Letters

To the editor:Once again communities throughout our area celebrated most patriotically our national Independence Day. Again our veterans service posts led the observances with their time-honored ceremonies. As we scanned the crowds, it was very heart-warming to see the large number of children ...

Freddie Gray case botched

Editorials

On April 12, 2015, Baltimore, Md., police arrested 25-year-old Freddie Gray on a charge of possessing an illegal switchblade knife. He was placed into the back of a police van, where he fell into a coma. He died in a hospital seven days later, of injuries to his spinal cord.Some in the ...

Pavement surface reconstruction

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 Street Department ...

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