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Editorials

Being in majority doesn’t mean being in control

The current impasse in the Democratic Congressional caucus is a prime example that the party that holds the majority in Congress does not necessarily have the power to do whatever it wants. The Democrats in Congress are wrangling over the high-priced transportation and social spending bills ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Oktoberfest time THUMBS UP: It’s time for Oktoberfest, and weather willing, it will be a hot time in New Ulm this weekend. Or a cold time. Whatever, it will be a good time. Head over to Minnesota Street this morning to cheer on the Germanic-American Parade as they go down Minnesota Street ...

Extinction declaration comes as no surprise

The federal government on Wednesday declared 23 species of birds, fish and other species to be extinct. It is a somber kind of declaration, to acknowledge that species that used to live on earth are no longer here. It may be somber, but it’s not exactly a surprise. These species have not ...

Debt limit chicken

Republicans in the Senate are playing a game of debt limit chicken, and the edge of the cliff is getting dangerously close. The federal government’s fiscal year ends on Thursday, and without a continuing resolution to allow spending for government operations, and an increase in the national ...

Vaccine mandates in health care

Several states across the nation are enforcing mandates this week requiring health care workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19. And the consequences could be a shortage of health care workers as those who resist are fired, or suspended, or quit rather than get the vaccination. It is ...

Dollars and values

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was talking Sunday about plans for passing the trillions of dollars in infrastructure funding and President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” program. Pelosi promised that the $1 trillion infrastructure bill would pass this week, and that the $3.5 trillion ...