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Editorials

Who’s fiddling while the planet burns?

“Do we really want to be remembered as the generation that buried its head in the sand, that fiddled while the planet burned?” asked U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres this week. He was addressing representatives from nearly 200 nations, gathered in Spain for a meeting on climate ...

Lessons in Afghanistan

The most effective education on world trouble spots requires going there. So, just before Thanksgiving, a group of members of Congress went to Afghanistan. There, they talked with both U.S. forces and officials and Afghans, including that nation’s president, Ashraf Ghani. Making the trip ...

Stay warm, but stay safe

Temperatures have reached the point where most of us can no longer deny that winter is coming. With the change of seasons comes an increase in the need to heat our homes — and fire departments are warning residents there is also an increased need for caution. One popular way to keep warm is ...

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Community Dinner THUMBS UP: The annual Community Friends Thanksgiving Dinner was held Thursday and fed around 850 people, hosting some 700 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church and sending out about 150 takeouts. It was another successful undertaking, with a host of volunteers making Thanksgiving ...

The blessing of living in America

Too often, we prosperous, free Americans take our many blessings for granted. Nearly all of us enjoy material wealth that is the envy of billions of people in other lands. We are free to do nearly anything our hearts desire, as long as our actions do not harm others. Our nation itself is a ...

Take care with holiday travel

Nothing makes holidays like Thanksgiving happier than families getting together to spend a day feasting and catching up on their lives. So, nothing threatens that holiday happiness more than a bad weather warning that threatens to mess up holiday travel plans. That’s what we have coming up ...

Let Iran deal with its own troubles

In comparison to this country, Iran has some of the lowest gasoline prices in the world, at about 39 cents per gallon. But they are going up to about 50 cents — and stiff rationing is being instituted. Drivers buying more than 13 gallons per week will have to pay twice the minimum. How is ...

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Community Dinner THUMBS UP: Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, and while most families are busy planning a dinner for 15 or 20 relatives, the New Ulm Community Friends are planning on feeding 500, 600 or more people on Thanksgiving Day. This is the 32nd Community Dinner put on by the friends, ...

An app that could save lives

A Washington Post data base of police shootings indicates about 1 in 5 police encounters that end in a fatality involve a person with mental illness. Often, friends or family members may call police to assist when something is going wrong with someone, but the encounter spirals out of control ...

Truth needs to come out in executions

A substantial number of people who once were unwavering supporters of capital punishment have become opponents. Their conviction that some vicious criminals should pay the ultimate price remains firm. But revelations that a substantial number of people convicted of capital crimes were ...

We can only watch Hong Kong struggle

Slightly more than 30 years ago, millions of Americans watched helplessly as pro-democracy protests in China were crushed ruthlessly. Our horror at the Tiananmen Square massacre was mixed with admiration for the courage shown by more than a million Chinese in standing up to the ...

Insulin excuses should be made in public

Gov.Tim Walz on Monday called on legislators to hold public hearings on their conflicting plans to make insulin more affordable. They’ve been holding closed-door negotiations over the past month with no resolution on how to pay for their plans to help those diabetics who can’t afford their ...

Vaping additives need regulation

Use of tobacco in all forms can be hazardous to one’s health. That is a fact, not open to dispute. Yet cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and smokeless tobacco are legal for sale in all 50 states, with some restrictions. That is a puzzle to many who wonder why federal laws intended to ...

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Service to Ag THUMBS UP: The New Ulm Farm-City Hub Club surprised its new Service to Agriculture award winner, Arline Klingler. Arline, with her late husband Stanley, has been a faithful volunteer and behind-the-scenes worker for the Hub Club and its mission of promoting agriculture. It is ...

Foot-dragging, or worse in White House?

Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is raising eyebrows with a new book that provides her take on time in President Donald Trump’s administration. The volume, “With All Due Respect,” raises troubling questions about the political establishment. Haley left her post ...

Highway 14 waiting game continues

Proponents of expanding Highway 14 to a four-lane highway all the way to New Ulm have been waiting a long time for the controllers of the transportation purse strings to come up with the funds to complete the job. We’re going to have to wait some more. The federal Department of ...

What to do with US-born ISIS members

One cannot blame the Turks for not wanting to be the world’s jailers for some of the most dangerous people on the planet. When Turkish forces invaded northern Syria to push back Kurdish separatists, they captured some facilities in which the Kurds were holding Islamic State terrorist ...

DHS problems evident; restructure needed

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has, over the years, evolved into a big beast. This makes it difficult to handle, as recent news indicates. The Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported last week that the department violated state law more than 200 times over the past year, ...

We owe vets more than ‘Thank you’

Americans have come a long way in their attitude toward military veterans from the Vietnam era, when returning servicemen were frequently cursed, spit on and called “baby killers.” Today, we hear “Thank you for your service” from people meeting veterans and soldiers in active duty. ...

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State Tournament THUMBS UP: Congratulations to the Springfield Tigers and the GFW Thunderbirds, who are playing this morning in the first round of the Minnesota State High School League Class A State Football Tournament. Springfield travels to Janesville to face Blooming Prairie, and GFW ...