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Editorials

Race card hypocrisy

How Canadian voters react to revelations about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is up to them, of course. But the episode is one more demonstration of the hypocrisy demonstrated by liberal politicians who are always eager to use “the race card” in criticizing conservatives. Trudeau ...

Good news on abortion rate

Recent news about abortions ought to be viewed as one of the great public health triumphs of the past few decades. Abortions have become less common in the United States than at any time since they became legal, through a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, in 1973, the Guttmacher Institute reports. ...

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Happy 100, CHS THUMBS UP: Cathedral High School in New Ulm is celebrating its 100th anniversary this weekend during its Homecoming festivities. Originally named the Catholic High School of New Ulm, it was renamed Holy Trinity High School in 1937. CHS was renamed Cathedral High when the New ...

Saudi attack reminds of oil vulnerability

Officials in Saudi Arabia have said damage from an attack on oil production facilities last weekend is being repaired quickly. By Wednesday, about half the production capacity affected had been restored. Still, the interruption in exports from the oil-rich kingdom ought to serve as a ...

Important education for students

County Attorney Charles Hanson has been making the rounds of area schools with an important educational message. Sexting is is a bad idea. It is illegal. It can lead to consequences down the road that can ruin your life. It’s the kind of message that should be self-evident, but one that is ...

Kavanaugh and the New York Times

Last year, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh faced confirmation hearings that at times seemed more like an inquisition than an effort by U.S. senators to get at the truth. In the end the fact Kavanaugh had been subjected to a purely partisan assault became clear when the full Senate voted ...

Insulin users still in need of relief

Several weeks ago Minnesota government leaders seemed close to a deal on providing relief for diabetics who can’t afford the high cost of their life-saving insulin. An emergency program would be set up to provide a 90-day supply of insulin to those who can’t afford it. It’s an idea that ...

Odd protection for endangered species

Apparently, if you are rich enough, you can slaughter endangered species until your bloodlust is sated. Among animals the federal government deems worthy of protection is the black rhinoceros. Only about 5,500 of them remain alive in the wild. Namibia is home to nearly half that number, and ...

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Apartment project THUMBS UP: It is encouraging to see progress being made in the project to convert the former New Ulm Middle School building into apartments. It has been a few years since the idea of converting the old school building into a residential complex was floated, and there were a ...

Follow advice of CDC

Vaping — use of electronic devices rather than burning tobacco to inhale nicotine — at one time seemed to be a good alternative to smoking. But something seems to have gone badly wrong. Federal officials are investigating a spate of serious breathing illnesses linked to vaping in 33 ...

A theory on why Trump’s GOP approval rating (the real one) is so high

Early Monday morning, Donald Trump tweeted: “94% Approval Rating in the Republican Party, a record. Thank you!” Where the president got this specific number remains a mystery. Recent polls by YouGov put his GOP approval roughly 10 points lower, and Gallup, which has tracked Trump’s ...

Taliban’s strategy backfires this time

Leaders of the quasi-terrorist organization known as the Taliban had every reason to believe their strategy of shedding blood to prod Americans into pulling out of Afghanistan would work. It has in the past, for both Islamic extremists and others. Not this time. President Donald Trump had ...

Lessons of 9/11

Very few students graduating from high school this year were alive when nearly 3,000 people were killed during terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. Even many college graduates have few, if any, memories of the day. Many of those who will vote next year do not recall the ...

Turning Freddie and Fannie loose again

Let’s say you decide to go into business for yourself. You’ve always wanted to be a home construction contractor. Why not? Credit could be a problem. Even if you have socked aside enough to build a few “spec” houses, how will you operate while you wait for them to sell? You’ll need ...

Threat list too broad to be effective

More than a million people in our country are “known or suspected” terrorists, according to the government, in a claim that reaches astronomical heights of imbecility. It makes sense for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies to maintain a list of people who truly pose threats to ...

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In good hands THUMBS UP: Thousands of mothers and babies in the last 33 years have been in good hands at New Ulm Medical Center with Dr. Marc Burkhart, OB/GYN. And patients in the operating room have received excellent care as well from Lori Burkhart, RN, Marc’s wife. The husband/wife ...

Don’t be fooled again

Well, they’re at it again, trying to pit Americans against each other and thus, disrupting the upcoming presidential eletion. The Russians? We don’t know, although it is certain that the Kremlin’s online campaign of inciting dissention among us never stopped. Someone decided ...

Bahamas will need aid after Dorian

What happened to people in the Bahamas during the weekend is difficult to comprehend. For a full day and a half, Hurricane Dorian parked itself directly over Grand Bahama and Abaco islands. Sustained winds as high as 185 mph, torrential rain and 20-foot storm surges brutalized our neighbors ...

‘Institutional’ racism? We don’t think so, Joe

Despite comments by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden last week, racism is not an “institutional” aspect of life in the United States. Racism does exist and we all would be better off without it. No form of bigotry, including the anti-Semitic comments made by a few members of ...

Shooting spree reasons differ, but results the same

Another weekend, another shooting spree, this one near Odessa Texas, where seven people died over the weekend, after a man being pulled over on a routine traffic stop responded by pulling out an AR-type rifle and opening fire on police. He sped off, shooting at random people, including a postal ...