Editorials

Vatican action is reassuring on sex abuse question

Trust that Roman Catholic Church officials will do the right thing about allegations of sexual misconduct by members of the clergy is in question in many countries, not just the United States. What Pope Francis and others in the Catholic hierarchy do about the matter is watched closely ...

Epstein plea deal needs explanation

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein may yet spend an appropriate amount of time in a federal prison. He should have been sent away years ago. Why that did not happen needs to be explained. Epstein, 66, has been arrested by federal authorities in New York, on charges of sex trafficking involving ...

Mexico dealing with its immigrant influx

Even before President Donald Trump threatened to use tariffs on Mexican goods imported into the United States, that country’s leaders seemed to be doing more than their predecessors to keep potential illegal immigrants from crossing our southern border. Now, however, the campaign has ...

State should take on gerrymandering

Since the U.S. Supreme Court decided it is too hard for it to get involved in settling gerrymandering questions, we guess it is up to the states to settle the question when one political party tries to redraw legislative or congressional boundaries to perpetuate its own advantage. Minnesota ...

Government benefits competing for workers

Still think we haven’t painted ourselves into a corner in this country with the taxpayer-funded public assistance programs that now keep so many families afloat? A study by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Research Foundation shows 20% of Buckeye State businesses have had problems with hiring, ...

Get more treatment to addicts

Substance abuse is both a personal crisis and a public health challenge. Resources to battle it need to be viewed in that light. If a new study of how people purporting to be heroin users are treated by some health care providers is any guide, relatively minor federal policy changes could ...

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Celebrating baseball in New Ulm THUMBS UP: New Ulm got a nice boost this week when a Fox 9 TV crew came for its series on Town Team Baseball in Minnesota. The series focuses not just on the ballparks and the teams, but on the people and the communities. New Ulm, of course, has had a long love ...

Make ‘swatting’ a felony offense

‘Swatting’ has to be one of the stupidest, most dangerous pranks modern ne’er-do-wells have come up with. It involves calling police and reporting a dangeous crime is going on at someone’s address, in hopes that police will turn out in full force, SWAT team and all, bust down the doors ...

Declaration carries a warning to gov’t

What comes after the phrase, “and the pursuit of happiness ...”? Today, we Americans celebrate the Declaration of Independence. Our focus is what the document meant — creation of a new nation. But what the document itself says about the Founders and about what they intended for us is ...

Simple items can help fight against ebola

Ebola sometimes seems like a nightmare that will not go away. It is a truly horrible disease, killing about half of those who contract it. Here in the United States, where the very few people who have contracted Ebola receive the very best of care, the illness can be less serious. But in ...

Good news for elephant preserve

Elephants are among the most majestic creatures on the planet. Yet in some places, they are being killed off at an alarming rate. Poachers, who often cut the tusks out of dead elephants and leave their carcasses to rot, are responsible for many of the killings. Ivory still can bring a nice ...

No time to play politics at the border

There is a crisis at the U.S. southern border. Regardless of whom you think is responsible, Central American immigrants seeking asylum have been coming north in record numbers, and many of them have been trying to cross the border illegally. It has led to tragedies, illustrated most recently by ...

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Baseball, cars and quilts this weekend THUMBS UP: It’s a busy weekend in New Ulm. Seems like there’s something going on for everyone. If you like baseball (and who doesn’t these days with the Minnesota Twins sitting atop the AL Central with a 52-28 record?) you could head down to ...

Get used to driving without phones

The law won’t take effect for another month, but when Aug. 1 comes around motorists driving along while holding a phone up to their ear can be pulled over and given a ticket. Only hands-free mobile devices will be allowed in cars. You might as well get used to the idea. Start now. Figure ...

Diocesan settlement

The settlement agreement announced Wednesday between the Catholic Diocese of New Ulm and the survivors and victims of clerical sexual abuse in the diocese may help bring some closure and healing to those who were abused. We hope and pray that it does. But even as the the diocese and other ...

Personal safety should trump gun possession

In a case of selective law enforcement, an Orlando, Florida woman has been arrested for theft after turning over her abusive husband’s guns to police. Courtney Irby’s husband Joseph Irby had been charged with domestic violence-aggravated battery. He was in jail for a day for ramming her ...

Is wiping out college debt feasible?

Sen. Bernie Sanders upped the ante on his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination on Monday, calling for the government to eliminate all college student loan debt. Just wipe it out, all $1.6 trillion of it. How to pay for it? Sanders would raise the money through a tax on Wall ...

Concentration camp comparison flawed

Give U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez credit for one thing: She is highly intelligent — enough so to understand entirely how most people interpret the term, “concentration camp.” Ocasio-Cortez, a frequent critic of U.S. immigration policy, posted this on Twitter a few days ago: ...

Cancer campaign no liability for Biden

When could anyone have expected that being a champion in the battle against cancer would be a political liability? It will be, if some of Joe Biden’s opponents for the Democratic Party nomination for president have their way. While vice president, Biden had called for more research into ...

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GFW referendum SIDEWAYS THUMB: The Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop School Board approved a school bond referendum this week. The referendum, to be held in November, will decide whether the district can sell bonds to build a new pre-K through 12th grade school in the Gibbon area, at an estimated cost ...