Editorials

High time for court to revisit Roe v. Wade

For most Americans, Roe v. Wade has been the law of the land regarding abortion. Handed down in 1973 by the U.S. Supreme Court, the ruling placed the federal government firmly in charge of regulating whether and in what circumstances women can have their pregnancies terminated. But for the ...

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Times a’changin’ THUMBS UP: A lot of change is happening in downtown New Ulm. Most noticeably, the block of Minnesota Street from the Alliance Bank to Third North is undergoing demolition and clearing to make way for a new Alliance Bank. Of course, change is really nothing new in ...

Lindh release was very poor timing

One wonders why anyone in the U.S. justice system thought last Thursday, less than a week before Americans honor those who died defending our freedom, was a good time to release John Walker Lindh from prison. Lindh, the “American Taliban,” spent more than 17 years in prison after being ...

Albrecht was a great ambassador for city

Joel Albrecht wasn’t born in New Ulm, but there are few native New Ulmites who could match his love for the city, his dedication in the service of the city, and his energy in representing the city. Albrecht, who served the city as a city councilor for ten years and as mayor for eight more, ...

Relentless obstruction helps no one

Understand this about the $4.5 billion Democrats in Congress refused to grant President Donald Trump’s administration last week: It could have prevented an enormous amount of suffering among the very people leaders of the party claim to defend: illegal immigrants. Trump had included the ...

Can’t blame Trump for getting frustrated

President Trump says he will not negotiate with Democrats on infrastructure or other legislation if they are going to continue with investigations of him. The whole thing is an unfortunate mess. We do not know if a federal infrastructure bill is the best idea anyway. The federal government is ...

Best speech ever

In this season of graduation speeches, it has to be conceded that the best graduation speech ever in the history of higher education was given last Sunday by Robert F. Smith at Morehouse College in Atlanta. Smith, a billionaire tech investor who founded Vista Equity Partners, told the Class ...

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Splash pad coming THUMBS UP: The City of New Ulm is getting a splash pad through the generosity of Barb Haroldson, who is donating the water feature for a city park. The New Ulm City Council decided to place the splash pad in North Park, at 16th North and Broadway. This park already gets a ...

The new norm

The Minnesota legislative session ended on Monday in typical fashion for a budget-setting year. Its main piece of business — a two-year state budget — was unfinished. It will require overtime — a special session — to finish the job. This has become standard operating procedure for the ...

Solving the Palestinian problem

Israelis understand that, at least under President Donald Trump’s administration, they have a staunch, valuable ally. Now it is time to make it clear to the Palestinian people that Washington wants to help them, too. Many enemies in the Middle East desire to wipe Israel off the map. The ...

Let’s keep our cool regarding war with Iran

Any number of individuals, organizations and even nations in the Middle East would not be displeased in the slightest at a military conflict between the United States and Iran. Islamic terrorist groups, for one, understand that would divert U.S. assets from targeting them, to at least some ...

Budget deal leaves some issues out

The state’s down to the wire budget deal was announced Sunday. Gov. Tim Walz, the House DFL leaders and the Senate Republican leaders came up with a plan where everybody wins some and loses some. That’s how compromises work. Walz gave up his 20 cent per gallon gasoline tax. Republicans ...

U.S. must be patient with Iran, to a point

Some wars are ignited not because they were planned, but because what could have been contained confrontations blew up in everyone’s faces. That should not — cannot — be permitted to happen between the United States and Iran. Since President Donald Trump pulled this country out of the ...

Republicans get what they want with “lights on” bill

Republicans in the Minnesota Senate have made a strategic move with the passage of “lights on” bill that would fund current state operations for two more years at current projected levels, which would increase spending by about $1.9 billion, which is what Republicans had proposed all ...

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Graduation time THUMBS UP: The graduation season is upon us. Martin Luther College is sending its seniors off into the world today. Sleepy Eye and Springfield High Schools held their graduations on Friday. Between now and June 2, all of our area high schools will have completed the celebration ...

U.S. birth rate becoming an issue

Whether to have children is an intensely personal decision for women and couples. But it is becoming a social, economic — and political — issue, too. Birth rates in the United States have dipped to historic lows. Last year’s rate was the lowest in 32 years. And analysts point out that ...

Women veterans leading the charge

After generations of foolish failure to understand the contributions women can make to national defense, the U.S. armed forces finally seem to have awakened to the previously untapped potential. Important issues regarding how females can serve the nation best in uniform may remain to be worked ...

Budget standoff

Minnesota’s political leaders are locked in a standoff over the state budget. A week ago Monday, they missed a self-imposed deadline for setting overall budget targets, from which they could shape their negotiations. On Sunday, with one week left to make a deal, talks between Democratic ...

Launch a well-timed coincidence

If, as U.S. officials insist, last week’s test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile had nothing to do with events elsewhere in the world, it was a fortuitous coincidence. On Thursday, North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea off its coast. It appears the rockets ...

Motherhood

Today we celebrate mothers everywhere, and why not? Where would any of us be without them? Motherhood is indeed the most basic of human experiences. The act of harboring a growing, developing human being is one that only a mother can truly understand. The men involved can only marvel, as ...