Editorials

The murder of JFK: The survey says…

Last Tuesday, a crowd of over 60 New Ulmers (and a few out-of-towners) gathered to listen to my talk on the Kennedy assassination at the New Ulm Library. The audience viewed some video clips, watched a PowerPoint presentation and collected some handouts.Prior to the program, nearly 50 people in ...

Renew ban on plastic guns

Ever since Jules Verne wrote about trips to the moon and submarines that could travel 20,000 leagues under the sea, science fiction has developed a history of becoming science fact.Today, the idea of 3D printers that can make objects out of raw materials and a computerized design have become a ...

Time to stop smoking

The Brown County Board talked about banning e-cigarettes this week but decided to wait until someone actually determines whether they are a health risk to smokers and to others.We realize there are lots of reasons to prefer e-cigarettes to the real thing, but e-cigarettes still deliver an ...

Time to review sex offender program

Minnesota, like many other states, has a program that commits dangerous sexual predators, those most likely to offend again, to a state treatment program for sex offenders once their prison terms have been served.The program has become an indefinite imprisonment. In the 19-year history of the ...

Nominee’s top priority should be security

Ask most people what they believe is top priority at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and they are likely to say battling terrorists.That isn't how President Barack Obama's nominee to head the agency sees it. Counterterrorism work is third on his priority list.Jeh Johnson, nominated to ...

‘Farm’ supports?

Though getting government spending under control often is seen as a Democrats vs. Republicans battle, some of the most egregious waste gets bipartisan support."Farm support" spending is a good example. Taxpayers pay out about $30 billion a year in various agriculture subsidy programs. ...

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down

Good Luck KnightsTHUMBS UP: Sleepy Eye St. Mary's football team is heading to the Metrodome on Saturday after advancing in the Class A Minnesota State High School League football tournament. The Knights will play Dawson-Boyd at 9 a.m.The Knights have played 12 playoff games in the last three ...

Corridors of Commerce recognizes Highway 14

The state announced the 10 projects included in the $300 million "Corridors of Commerce" bonding program, and it is gratifying that the Highway 14 expansion project will receive up to $73 million in state funding for three of its five projects that had been submitted for consideration.That is ...

Aid to the Philippines

Whenever anyone in the world is suffering from a massive natural disaster, Americans are among the first to send aid. That is as it should be.But people with stronger links than most to us are in agony now, because of what may have been the strongest typhoon on record.For more than a century, ...

Aid to the Philippines

Whenever anyone in the world is suffering from a massive natural disaster, Americans are among the first to send aid. That is as it should be.But people with stronger links than most to us are in agony now, because of what may have been the strongest typhoon on record.For more than a century, ...

Black Friday creep

Black Friday seems to be gaining ground as one of the nation's leading holidays, right up there with Christmas, New Year's and Thanksgiving, and second only, perhaps, to Super Bowl Sunday.Black Friday is the nickname for the Friday after Thanksgiving, which has long been considered the opening ...

Weeds: The wages of sin – a hangover

I was at the early Sunday Mass at St. Mary's in Sleepy Eye. My brain was full of stuff about harvest work and the family. It was all swirling around in there, and I began to settle myself as I try to do every Sunday. That is one of the gifts of church; it can be like stepping into the eye of ...

Time for football to join the rest of civilized society

This nation loves football, especially professional football. But it's time for this nation to quit excusing a lot of bad, boorish behavior because "that's football."The recent case of Miami Dolphins lineman Jonathan Martin has revealed an ugly side to football that the NFL should take steps to ...

Honor veterans with more than ‘thank you’

We have come a long way as a nation in our attitude toward our military veterans since the Vietnam era. During that deeply unpopular war, when so many back home protested against American military involvement, returning veterans were more likely to get a comment like "Baby Killer!" than a thank ...

Eagle Update: Academic preparation

While educators, politicians, and media often focus on student data based on low academics, New Ulm High School remains focused on providing academic opportunities for all student needs. Resources are provided to allow students to maximize their potential and to provide educational ...

Apologies aside, ACA needs more time

President Obama apologized, sort of, this past week for telling people they could keep their health plans under the new Affordable Care Act, when he knew the rules would force millions of policies to be canceled. He apologized for the delays and the glitches in the web site where people are ...

Why state needs a farm bill now

This fall, Congress has an important opportunity to create jobs and grow the economy by passing a long-term, comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill. The Farm Bill impacts every American, every day by providing a wide range of programs that strengthen our nation.The Farm Bill is crucial to ...

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down

Synergy on the hillTHUMBS UP: There's a lot of synergy going on up on North Highland Avenue, where construction has begun on Highland Regency House. Synergy is, of course, the combination of two or more factors or entities that add up to more than the sum of their parts.The 50-unit independent ...

Study confirms fears over rural roads

The Center for Rural Policy and Development in St. Peter came out with a report on Thursday that doesn't really surprise us. It really validates the suspicions and fears many have had about the future state of rural roads in Minnesota.The study, "Roads Less Traveled," concludes that the state ...

Insignificant numbers?

Millions of Americans already have received notices that, because of the Affordable Care Act, the health insurance policies they have will not be renewed. They will have to buy new government-approved coverage - at higher cost.But the White House insists the number of people affected is ...