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Opinion

CROP Hunger Walk May 6

Letters

To the editor: The Brown County Area CROP WALK will be on Sunday, May 6, 2018 from a new starting place. We will leave from the German Park Pavilion (200 N. German St.) and follow the bike trail to the Brown County Food Shelf and back. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and the walk begins ...

Off the Record: New Ulm movie project update

Columns

I had a short visit this week with David Rysdahl, the New Ulm native who is busy acting and writing scripts in New York. He was in town for a funeral, and stopped by to update me on his plans for a movie he wants to shoot in New Ulm. Originally, plans were to shoot the movie in March, but a ...

Take another look at spending law

Editorials

For a time, President Donald Trump said, he thought about vetoing the $1.3 trillion spending bill Congress laid on his desk a few weeks ago. Too much money was being spent unnecessarily and some priorities had been ignored, he explained. In the end, Trump signed the bill. Now, he reportedly ...

Brown County Browser: Election notes

Columns

Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy. It permits eligible US citizens to elect who will represent them in federal, state and local offices. Minnesota, like most states, requires people to register before they vote. This allows election administrators to learn of a person’s ineligibility ...

Weeds: What we pass on to children

Columns

We had our two-and-a-half-year-old grandson here for a few days. Either Pam or I was able to devote full-time attention to Levi, which was not always true as younger parents. It is a gift of grandparenting. Children this age are highly entertaining, especially if you live in their world for ...

Assad makes it hard for US to leave Syria

Editorials

As much as President Donald Trump says he wants to pull U.S. troops out of Syria and let others worry about the civil war there, Syrian President Bashar Assad is making it difficult. On Saturday night, Syrian government troops reportedly launch a poison gas attack on the rebel-held town of ...

What’s on your mind?

Columns

What was the best thing you have found at a garage sale? (Asked at the Spring Civic Center Garage Sale)

Invading privacy is how social media makes money

Editorials

If you want an idea of the magnitude of the privacy scandal involving Facebook, consider this: There are about 117 million households in the United States, according to the Census Bureau. As many as 87 million people, most in this country, had personal data collected by Facebook accessed by ...

Stop the 7% cut to rates for disability supports

Letters

To the editor: Day programs across Minnesota that provide services to people who have disabilities are facing 7 percent cuts, putting services at risk. Some of these cuts are planned to take place July 1, 2018, with ALL individuals being affected in 2019. The Problem: In late February, the ...

Eagle Update: New Ulm Schools

Columns

By Jeff Bertrang ISD 88 Superintendent While it may look and feel like February, it really is April. Because winter is fighting to release its hold on us, all of our spring athletic programs are struggling to keep athletes motivated and ready for their first competitions. It looks like ...

What’s Going On: Betting on the next president

Columns

Each year at this time, two of America’s favorite past-times collide: baseball and betting. Monday night, Villanova beat Michigan to win the NCAA Men’s basketball championship, ending a three-week tournament that carries the distinction of having more “amateur” wagers associated with ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Elkay closing THUMBS DOWN: The word came late Friday that Elkay Manufacturing has decided to close its New Ulm plant, which manufactures cabinet doors and drawer fronts for Elkay’s line of kitchen cabinets. The closing, expected to happen in June, will be a blow to the New Ulm economy. The ...

Interpreting the 2nd Amendment

Letters

To the editor: In reference to a recent letter to the editor regarding his interpretation of the 2nd Amendment, I respond as follows: The Nazi gun control argument has been found to be counterfactual. It claims that gun regulations in the Third Reich rendered victims of the Holocaust ...

Collateral damage in the trade war

Editorials

It is one of the truths of modern warfare that the politicians and generals who run the war are usually far behind the front lines, where the privates take the risks and suffer the damage. And so it is with the trade war that President Donald Trump has started with China and other trading ...

Town Talk: New Ulm Public Library transforms

Columns

National Library Week, from April 8-14, is an annual celebration of the power of libraries to transform communities. Here at New Ulm Public Library, we strive to be a valuable community partner that provides a welcoming environment for all. To realize those goals, we have a staff of 17 people ...

MLK would see lots of work yet to do

Editorials

Some who remember the shock and horror of what happened 50 years ago on Wednesday, the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., may wonder how he would view the situation today. He would be enormously pleased at one aspect of the relationship between white Americans and ...

Legislature ignoring rural health care needs

Letters

To the editor: During 2017, the Minnesota Legislature took these steps on healthcare: • Insurance companies received a $549 million cushion against losses associated with the small number of patients with costly claims. This was meant as an inducement to keep these companies in the ...

Terrorists aren’t all in the Middle East

Editorials

Middle Eastern nations clearly are ground zero for Islamic terrorism. But it is a plague in other regions, too. On Sunday, Boko Haram terrorists staged attacks in two villages in northeast Nigeria. At least 15 people were killed. More than 80 were wounded. It could have been worse. Nigerian ...

Some thoughts on the gun debate

Letters

To the editor: I am not mad at anyone. Just a few random thoughts on the gun discussion. When all is said and done, most generally, more is said than done. I do not belong to the NRA. I do support the Second Amendment. At this time I know of no legislation pending to change or abolish ...

Off the Record: Springtime game played in winter weather

Columns

Franklin P. Adams, a columnist and noted author of light verse, once wrote this little bit of doggerel: The Baseball Player “In the Spring, when it’s cold out, Appears the baseball holdout. In the Spring, when it’s warm out, He gets his uniform out.” It’s short and sweet, and ...