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Editorials

Law enforcement at its finest

Once again, we have been reminded of how courageously many law enforcement personnel react to their protect-and-serve mandate. On Christmas morning, a bomb exploded in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. It had been placed in a recreational vehicle. The perpetrator had placed a loudspeaker in it, ...

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2021 is here! THUMBS UP: Maybe people weren’t able to “Party Like It’s 1999” when 2021 rolled in at midnight Thursday, but we’re sure people are looking forward to a better, happier and healthier new year. This might be the kind of situation where we could hold a “half new ...

Ring it out – quickly

When, in the history of the United States, have people been more ready and willing to ring out the old year than this year, the year of COVID-19, of Trump vs. Biden, of distance learning, of business shutdowns and of social distancing and face masks, even with family at Thanksgiving and ...

Time to clean up VA

Should he be confirmed, President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs has a LOT of work to do to restore trust in the agency — and to do right by the men and women it serves. President Donald Trump has referred to the federal bureaucracy as “the swamp.” The ...

Keep politics away from CDC, other agencies

When politicians talk about “the science,” they often limit discussion to their science. As long as we understand that, we can defend ourselves by checking more reliable sources. But what happens when the politicians start tinkering with primary sources — with reports from government ...

Keep ‘Warp Speed’ going at top speed

Distribution of millions of doses of vaccine effective against COVID-19 was no Christmas miracle. It happened only because many people at private drug companies worked hard and at top speed — encouraged by the federal government — to develop and test the vaccines. And they were released ...

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Too much white THUMBS DOWN: It’s a good thing a lot of people were planning to stay home for Christmas during the COVID-19 pandemic. The weather on Wednesday made sure they weren’t going anywhere. A lot of people were wishing for a “white Christmas” after a mostly snowless December. ...

A pause for peace

It is Christmas Eve, one like nothing in our memories. In too many homes, the silence tonight is painful, not comforting. It is the absence of precious family members, cherished friends, neighbors who were more than that. We are assaulted by something that on this holy night is an unholy ...

Punish those behind cyber attacks

What is being called the SolarWinds hack of tens of thousands of private and government networks may have been the most serious digital invasion of the United States ever, those with knowledge of the situation have said. It may take years to repair the damage, they add. As many as 18,000 ...

Opioid pushers deserve lawsuits

It seems difficult sometimes to keep up with all the lawsuits against drug companies without a scorecard. But the more we learn about the truly evil practices in which some engaged, the more it seems the punishment cannot be too harsh. A bipartisan congressional report issued last week ...

Make Christmas plans with care

We urge area residents thinking of going over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house this Christmas to bear one thing in mind: We are not out of the woods yet. In many ways, COVID-19 is more dangerous than ever in most states. In Minnesota, 406 people died from COVID-19 in the ...

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A dose of hope THUMBS UP: A dose of COVID-19 vaccine may be a ways off yet for most of us, but the fact that some of the vaccine is here, delivered to New Ulm Medical center, can provide us all with something almost as beneficial — a dose of hope. NUMC is a regional repository for the ...

Pets as presents take preparation

Each Christmas season, children (and a few adults) across the country include in their requests to Santa a dog, cat, rabbit or other living creature. They want a lovable, cuddly pet. They promise they will feed it, walk it, clean up after it, take it to the vet and love it. They have no idea ...

Cold comfort for restaurant owners

We’ll bet restaurant and bar owners around the state lifted a mighty cheer Wednesday at the news that Gov. Tim Walz is going to let them start serving customers — outdoors — starting Saturday. We don’t know why the governor even bothered with that “relaxation” of the state’s ...

COVID relief bill should include families

A bipartisan coalition of U.S. senators and representatives is pushing for enactment of a new COVID-19 relief bill, priced at about $900 billion. Both Democrats and Republicans involved in the effort say that in the spirit of compromise, some provisions they wanted were left out of the ...

It’s official

The U.S. electoral college convened on Monday and, as expected, cast the votes that officially declare former Vice President Joe Biden to be the president-elect of the United States. It’s official, and all the tweeting and public declarations from President Donald Trump about how his victory ...

Reforms for police, not punishments

Reforming law enforcement agencies where the stain of bigotry remains a threat to the public is important. We have no doubt the vast majority of men and women in the profession agree with that. But hamstringing them is not the answer. It not only discriminates against good cops, it also has ...

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Good news in SE THUMBS UP: The news that the former Del Monte plant in Sleepy Eye may soon have a new owner is good news indeed. The plant closing last year after decades of operation in Sleepy Eye left hundreds of employees without work and the city without its major employer. It was ...

Inauguration Day will look different

What if you built an expensive, elaborate reviewing stand for a parade and on the big day, it overlooked an empty street? That is the question both President-elect Joe Biden and incumbent President Donald Trump must answer within just a few weeks. Inauguration day for American presidents has ...

Odd time to cut Mpls police budget

Normally, we who live in New Ulm would have little to no interest in how the Minneapolis city government sets up its budget. But these are not normal times. The nation is watching what the Minneapolis City Council is doing with its proposal to cut $8 million from the city’s police budget and ...