Editorials

Religious freedom important in U.S. too

Last week, speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, President Barack Obama insisted freedom of religion "is important to national security and is a central tenet of U.S. diplomacy," according to The Associated Press.Really? We suppose Americans should be pleased the White House ...

The blame game

President Barack Obama is certainly no stranger to the "blame game." He spent his first term blaming his administration's struggles in dealing with economic issues on the Bush Administration.So it is ironic that he is now the subject of the blame game. Republican leaders like House Speaker John ...

Obama’s decision will have broad effect

Assuming President Barack Obama means what he says - more than an idle concern, in view of his record for veracity - Americans are about to get a lot less for the tax dollars they send to Washington.That cliff-drop of a loss in government services may well be felt at the local and state ...

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Springfield responseTHUMBS UP: As of Friday afternoon, Springfield school officials didn't know what caused the outbreak of illness that led the district to evacuate the school and call off classes until Monday. When ten children became sick in the auditorium Thursday morning, the school, ...

Right to privacy vs. 15 minutes of fame

It is interesting that in our society, where people get very annoyed at the idea of the National Security Administration tracking their phone calls and emails, we also think nothing of offering our opinions on people we only know through the TV screen.The case in point this week is Rachel ...

Eagle Update: Second Semester

We have all turned our calendars to February in hopes of putting the brutally cold month of January behind us. For school, this also means that we have begun our second half of the academic year.Our elementary teachers have completed mid-year assessments of their students and are communicating ...

Hoffman’s death should raise heroin awareness

Noted actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman died on Sunday, the victim of a drug overdose. It wasn’t the first time a famous actor or celebrity has died, far too young, from his or her own excesses and addictions and it won’t be the last. It is worth noting, however, that the drug that killed ...

‘Imperfect’ Farm Bill still necessary

The Senate passed the Farm Bill on Tuesday, sending it on to President Barack Obama, who indicated he would sign it. It will finally give the farming industry a firm idea of what the government policies will be over the next five years, so they can make their business decisions without ...

Weeds: This winter has been (CENSORED)

So, when this wretched winter started six months ago, I had big plans for the season. I intended to organize my farm records, read the collected works of G. K. Chesterton, and memorize Paul's Letter to the Romans. Then Global Darkening set in, inspiration flew, and I find myself drinking beer, ...

Time to OK?pipeline

Enough is enough - unless, apparently, you are President Barack Obama, determined to please your radical environmentalist supporters. But what about the rest of us? Are other Americans not entitled to some consideration?Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency revealed it can find no ...

Precinct Caucuses

Tuesday begins the political process for the 2014 elections. Precinct caucuses are being held throughout Minnesota, the first step in selecting candidates and defining issues that will lead to November.Precinct caucuses give people a chance to meet with their politically like-minded neighbors ...

Obama’s power grab

If President Barack Obama does not get what he wants from Congress this year, he will take the desired action on his own, he said in his State of the Union address. So, what else is new?The president indicated he will take action by executive order, not legislation from Congress.That is not a ...

Nuacs Update: Catholic Schools Week

Students and staff at New Ulm Area Catholic Schools took part in special activities as part of the National Catholic Schools Week during the week of Jan. 26 to Feb. 1. The events are part of the 40th anniversary of the nationwide celebration of Catholic education. This year's theme is 'Catholic ...

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Clinic project opensTHUMBS UP: The New Ulm Medical Center celebrated the completion (almost)?of its clinic expansion project Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The exam rooms are open, the new pharmacy and eye clinic are up and running, and the new entryway is available.The Medical Center ...

Early Childhood development gaining traction in state

Exciting gains have been made in teh area of early childhood developmet in Minnesota recently. New studies show that 72% of children are now ready to learn when they enter kindergarten, up from 60% only a few years ago. This means that work being done by schools, communities, and early ...

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Good budget newsTHUMBS UP: The latest Minnesota state economic forecast, issued on Friday, showed the state expects to have a $1.2 billion budget surplus this biennium. That is good news in a state that had become used to hearing about billion-dollar deficits.There are many ideas about what to ...

Farm bill a long time coming

It is two years overdue, but Congress has finally produced a farm bill. The new bill, replacing the old one that expired last month and left the nation's farmers in a state of uncertainty, was cobbled together by the House-Senate conference committee last week. It passed the House on Wednesday ...

State of the Union – stalled

Strip away all the hopeful, feel-good stories and the introductions of this average American and that average American who did great or admirable things, and the annual State of the Union address would be a lot shorter. The address President Barack Obama gave on Tuesday, when boiled down, ...

Be aware of season’s dangers

The bitter cold, blowing snow and high winds made this weekend a dangerous one in Minnesota.Despite several days of dire forecasts and winter storm warnings, there were still a lot of people out on the roads Sunday getting stuck in the drifts, running off the road or into each other in whiteout ...