Opinion

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 ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Foundation servesSchool DistrictTHUMBS UP: District 88 students are through their first week in their new and improved school buildings. A lot of people deserve credit for that new development, but there's one group that deserves recognition for its special support of District 88.The ISD 88 ...

Never, ever Trump

Letters

To the editor:Donald Trump on a video: "At Trump University we teach success. That's what it is all about - success. It's going to happen to you. We're going to have professors and adjunct professors that are absolutely terrific, terrific people, terrific brains, successful. We are going to ...

No room for hate

Editorials

As a nation, we Americans are a good, fair, compassionate people. Nearly all of our neighbors are that way. But in a country with 325 million residents, it is inevitable there will be a few very rotten apples.It appears one of them surfaced early Monday in Fort Pierce, Florida.Omar Mateen, the ...

Vote Yes on RENU sales tax extension Nov. 8

Letters

To the editor:We are only eight weeks away from Election Day and there will be many reasons to exercise your right to vote. One great opportunity will be to "vote yes" on an extension of our local city sales tax of of one percent. This is not a new or additional tax, but rather an extension of ...

At this point, what difference does it make, anyway?

Letters

To the editor:A while ago I wrote a letter to the editor enumerating the many shortcomings of Donald Trump. My conclusion was that I cannot in good conscience vote for either Clinton or Trump. I have written about Trump; here are some thoughts about Clinton.We know with 100 percent certainty ...

Why are there flags in my yard?

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.The Gopher State One Call ...

Fort Ridgely needs a plan for future

Editorials

We have to agree with DNR?Deputy Director Phil Leversedge, who said at Tuesday's Fort Ridgely Citizen Advisory Committee meeting that there is a need to focus on the future of the park outside of the golf course issue.We know the golf course issue isn't going to go away. Hope continues to burn ...

Allow pickup of garlic mustard with solid waste

Letters

To the editor:I believe that government should empower the public. Here's an opportunity for them to do so......I am volunteering my full-time on, "Declaring War on Garlic Mustard!" There are serious infestations of this very invasive plant in southern Minnesota. Garlic mustard is classified ...

Hillary is no saint

Letters

To the editor:As some Democrats struggle to reconcile the charismatic, warm and funny woman they know in private with Hillary's public persona, the rest of us, on both sides, especially Trumpists, hold our collective breaths waiting for the next incident or statement that will do damage to our ...

That new school smell

Columns

I envy the New Ulm High School students who went back to school this week to a brand spanking new building. They are experiencing something New Ulm students haven't experienced in 50 years, and may not experience for another 50.That feel and smell of a new school building.I'm not sure if a new ...

Court rules in favor of voters

Editorials

The Minnesota Supreme Court on Monday rejected the Minnesota DFL's petition to remove Donald Trump from Minnesota's November ballot. The court ruled that the DFL had waited to long to file its protest, which was based on a technicality of the state's election law.The court said the timeline of ...

Government?

Letters

To the editor:This government has failed to protect the people. It has displayed the inability to solve our national problems. This is an insult to our values. The government blames gun control for the violence. Violence is making the country more divided. We should respond to the hate in this ...

Lessons from Jacob

Columns

On a Saturday morning, there were texts on my phone. We have a group that begins most mornings with a baseball topic of the day or rehashing the latest Twins' implosion. Not today. Instead, "FBI told where to find Jacob Wetterling's remains," followed rapidly by "Wow!" "Serious?" and "Such a ...

North Korea won’t be deterred by talk or sanctions

Editorials

There has been no indication for years that North Korea was slackening the pace of its arms buildup. Nothing the rest of the world has done in response has proven effective.Just a few days ago, in quick succession, Pyongyang conducted tests of new missiles and improved nuclear devices. The ...

How long will VA get away with overruns?

Editorials

wMembers of Congress finally are showing some overdue concern about another outrage at the Department of Veterans Affairs. They are demanding an explanation for why a new VA hospital in the Denver area is costing taxpayers nearly $1.7 billion.The original estimate for the facility was ...

After 15 years, still fighting terrorism

Editorials

Fifteen years ago, our nation was shocked to its core by the Sept. 11 attacks. A squad of 19 radical Muslim militants from the group al-Qaida, armed with box cutters, took over four jet airliners. Two of them crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, ultimately bringing both towers down ...