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Editorials

No excuse for violence raging in big cities

Violence raged again over the weekend in major American cities. Among the numbers: 18 people were shot in Cincinnati, 4 killed; 50 shot in New York, 7 killed; 30 were shot in Chicago, 3 killed. From May to June, homicides in 20 major U.S. cities increased by 37%, led by Chicago, Philadelphia ...

Now is not the time to start curtailing USPS operations

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. So goes the United States Postal Service’s motto. No one said anything about lack of funding. President Donald Trump admitted in an interview last week that he is ...

If numbers keep rising will caution matter?

We have, in general, given the benefit of the doubt to those who are siding with caution in the battle against COVID-19. Health experts and political leaders, such as Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, are doing the best they can to help us weather the storm. We believe they are acting with sincerity and ...

Don’t mess with Census schedule

Giving Americans a month less to respond to the 2020 Census may be the most ridiculous proposal to come out of Washington this year. The idea should be discarded. Original plans for the Census called for an Oct. 31 deadline for people to respond to it with information about themselves and ...

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Downtown danger? THUMBS DOWN: Someone looking at the buildings in downtown New Ulm might be inspired to call them “quaint.” There are a lot of older buildings with a lot of the original facades. Many have been painted to highlight the architectural designs and brickwork. But on two ends ...

How little we know about COVID-19

Virtually every passing day demonstrates to us that we don’t know enough about COVID-19 to combat the virus effectively. Research on it — and on identifying other emerging disease threats — needs to be a higher priority. At the very top of the action list should be how the coronavirus ...

Don’t fall for internet hoodwinkers

Thank heaven for those gullible Americans. Let’s hope they never wise up. If they do, we’re out of jobs. One wonders whether that thought crosses the minds of Russian disinformation specialists who have had so much success sowing dissent in the United States. If not, it should.We ...

Big Ten leads the way for responsible athletics

The Big Ten Conference became the first major college athletic conference to say no to fall sports, including football season. “The mental and physical health and welfare of our student-athletes has been at the center of every decision we have made regarding the ability to proceed ...

Go vote today

People tend to have a lot of reasons (or is it excuses?) not to vote in primary elections. It’s too early to think about voting, they’re too busy, it doesn’t really matter, they’d rather wait until November, primaries aren’t that important. This year we have the COVID-19 virus excuse ...

COVID-19 vaccine decisions required

Rationing of medical treatment is viewed by many Americans as unacceptable. Making health care decisions based on anything but need is seen as immoral. That is as it should be. But as researchers race to develop vaccines against COVID-19, the specter of rationing is being raised by ...

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Bishop LeVoir led through trying times Bishop John M. LeVoir’s retirement was announced this week by the Diocese of New Ulm. He has served as the pastoral leader of the diocese since 2008. Bishop LeVoir has served the Diocese well through trying times. His selection to be a bishop was a ...

COVID-19 not waiting on aid package

Time is running out for Congressional and administration negotiators to put together an aid bill to assist those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The disease is not going to take a time out while they argue in Washington. The last aid package ran out last week, and the full impact of the ...

Farmfest forums continue virtually

Like most other major gatherings this summer, Farmfest was canceled. Instead of thousands of farmers and others interested in agriculture traipsing around the Gillfillan Estate near Morton to look at the latest farming technology and products, and viewing test plots, everyone is staying ...

Where’s the sense in Sturgis rally?

Across the country in this Year of COVID-19, events large and small have been cancelled, from the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament to the New Ulm St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Even the Great Minnesota Get Together has told Minnesotans to stay away. Concern about spreading the COVID-19 virus ...

Develop a healthy sense of skepticism

Russia and other foreign foes continue to probe both election mechanisms and the political network in this country in attempts to find ways to commit mischief electronically, it is being reported. With the presidential election three month away, that comes as no surprise. There is little most ...

We made the list

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is seeking comment on its 10-year capital highway project plan, and this year, finally, the Highway 14 improvement project from Nicollet to New Ulm is on the list, scheduled to begin in 2022. The $74 million project will complete the expansion of ...

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Responsibility THUMBS UP: We’ve been hearing a lot lately about personal rights and liberties being “infringed” by the mandate to wear facemasks in public places, and other COVID-19 restrictions. We were taught at an early age that with every right comes responsibility. Your right to ...

School opening plan offers local flexibility

Gov. Tim Walz and his Health and Education Commissioners laid out a plan for reopening schools this fall in the age of COVID-19 that offers local school districts some flexibility about the kind of education they offer. Instead of a one-size-fits-all plan that decrees all districts must have ...

Could it happen here?

People in Marshall have been dragged unwillingly into the spotlight this week after a couple walked through the Marshall Walmart wearing facing coverings resembling Nazi flags, complete with a swastika over their mouths. A local church vicar, who was born in Germany and knows full well how ...

SROs should have place in schools

Calls for change in law enforcement range from those demanding that police departments be virtually disbanded to others insisting on better training for officers and more accountability for the few rogues among them. Common to most reform proposals is that law enforcement personnel be more ...