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Editorials

Let schools decide

President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold some federal funds from education institutions, both K-12 and colleges and universities, if they do not reopen soon for the fall semester. Some governors also have issued blanket reopening schedules for their public schools. This is misguided, ...

Train officers on importance of breath

Leave aside the political correctness that has resulted in universal condemnation of all law enforcement personnel, for a moment. In the interest of saving lives, let us return at least briefly to using our common sense. As The Associated Press reports, a significant number of officers, ...

Citizens will have to back police or crime

Shootings are on the rise in major American cities. Some on the left and many in the media are scrambling to suggest this has nothing to do with the lawlessness that has been allowed to grow under the guise of “protests” over police killings of black men. We are going to take the word of ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Fighting the hate THUMBS UP: New Ulm’s Art Wall park has been a unique venue for artistic expression, especially among the young armed with spray paint cans. But it has also become a battleground over hateful, racist messages that have been sprayed on the wall and on the bike path tunnel ...

Ignore the order, keep students safe

President Donald Trump, who assured us that the COVID-19 pandemic would one day just “disappear,” who wanted to lift stay-at-home restrictions and re-open the economy by Easter Sunday, who doses himself with hydroxychloroquine because he thinks its will prevent or cure COVID-19 (scientific ...

Baseball jitters

If you had said a year ago that the New Ulm City Council would split 3-2 on whether the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Association (MABA) state tournament should be held in New Ulm, we would have laughed. Derisively. New Ulm loves baseball and is spending lots of money to make Johnson Park a better ...

Stifle disease’s comeback

Everybody loves an underdog. We cheer when sports teams that are way down stage a big rally and beat a highly favored opponent. It makes the victory that much sweeter. But there’s one thing we don’t want to see making a comeback, and that is the COVID-19 virus. Americans have been ...

Replace statues of bigots with honors to civil rights heroes

Civil rights demonstrators this summer have engaged in a new round of tearing down statues of people they see as champions of bigotry. Why not replace them with statues of the heroes and heroines of the civil rights movement? Late last year, people in Montgomery, Alabama erected a statue of ...

Iran still developing its nuclear threat

While the rest of the world was preoccupied with other things this spring and summer, Iranian leaders — despite a severe COVID-19 epidemic in their own country, were busy creating another threat. Iran has continued to increase its stockpile of enriched uranium, needed to build the nuclear ...

Working to get better at being American

Independence Day should not be celebrated without recognizing that for much of our history as a nation, many of our fellow Americans have wondered what there was for them to celebrate. During nearly a century after independence, millions of African-Americans remained enslaved, after all. ...

Lawsuit based on maximizing profit

This past session the Minnesota Legislature passed the Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act, a law that provides emergency insulin supplies to diabetics who can’t afford the catastrophically high price charged by the big pharmaceutical companies that make it. The law went into effect on ...

Honor the civil rights heroes

Civil rights demonstrators this summer have engaged in a new round of tearing down statues of people they see as champions of bigotry. Why not replace them with statues of the heroes and heroines of the civil rights movement? Late last year, people in Montgomery, Alabama erected a statue of ...

Have a safe Fourth

Fireworks are part of the Fourth of July. They are more available than ever in most areas. And this year, for obvious reasons, even some people who did not buy and set off their own pyrotechnics in the past may be tempted to use them to blow off some steam. Just so no one blows off a couple ...

We need to know why COVID-19 affects some more than others

From nearly the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, it was clear the disease has a racial component. Black Americans have been affected far more severely than whites. Exactly why that is so has not been learned yet. Obviously, getting answers is critical. But blacks are ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Can’t wish it away Thumbs Down: The rise in COVID-19 cases across the country and in the area is proof that wishing it would go away or ignoring it is not good public policy. Several states that rushed to reopen their economy are now rushing to pull things back as their cases rise. In ...

CARES funding going out to counties, cities

The federal government this year passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act. It is the legislation that put more money into the pockets of furloughed workers and included the $1,200 checks sent out to individuals. The act also included federal ...

Learn from past COVID-19 mistakes

Mistakes made by some public officials in dealing with COVID-19 seem outrageous to us now. That may not have been so obvious when the errors were made — but knowing about them can avoid their repetition. The coronavirus epidemic is much like wartime: Resources must be used effectively. That ...

Another impasse

Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature have been complaining since the middle of May that Governor Tim Walz should end the state of peacetime emergency that he called to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, and allow the Legislature to have a say in how the state should be responding. The ...

Korean provocation

Some things never change. North Korean dictators’ determination to stay in power by keeping the rest of the world off balance is one of them. For a time, it seemed as if North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un might be altering course from that pursued by his father and grandfather. Kim and U.S. ...

Sharing the cure

Charity begins at home, especially in safeguarding Americans from COVID-19. But we have a long, praiseworthy record of having big hearts, and now should be no exception to that. Efforts to develop new medicines to treat the symptoms of COVID-19 and to develop vaccines against it have ...