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Editorials

The facts should guide impeachment

It seems few days have gone by recently without some new revelation regarding the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry that targets President Donald Trump. Clearly, the president and some of his allies used their positions in efforts to advance Trump’s political prospects. Whether ...

More should be done to prevent teen vaping

It has been suggested by some that the current scare over e-cigarettes is overblown. Though hundreds of Americans have been hospitalized with respiratory ailments linked to “vaping” and a few have died, calls to ban the products are not realistic, critics say. But there is a valid, ...

Congress should be able to multitask

Are leaders in Congress unable to walk and chew gum at the same time? That is, are they capable of multitasking on major issues? Some are speculating they are not. Recall that just a few weeks ago, in the wake of more mass murders, lawmakers vowed to debate steps to reduce the likelihood of ...

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Oktoberfest fun THUMBS UP: Oktoberfest is proof that if you aren’t having a good time in New Ulm, you are deliberately trying not to. These two weekends are so full of music, activities, parades, food and ethnic beverages that it’s hard to avoid having fun. Oktoberfest is spread out all ...

Will foreign leaders want to talk anymore?

Apparently, President Donald Trump believed he could score some political points by releasing the transcript of a July telephone call between himself and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Whether that is true remains to be seen. But one thing is obvious: Partisan politics has become ...

Inspector General comes down hard on DEA

“We found that DEA was slow to respond to the significant increase in the use and diversion of opioids since 2000.” This week the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Justice released a summary of its look at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s pathetic response to the ...

‘Red Flag’ laws should have limits

So-called “red flag” laws are being debated both in Congress and state legislatures in attempts to curb mass murders in the United States. Red flag laws would enable law enforcement authorities to take guns owned by people deemed by the courts to be clear threats to public safety. But the ...

California law points out imbalance in college sports

California now has a law that allows college student-athletes to make money — legally —through endoresement deals, selling autographs and so on. It allows them to do a lot of things that would normally bring down NCAA punishment on themselves and their colleges. The law points to the ...

Don’t downplay the flu’s threat

What is the most serious respiratory illness threat facing Americans today? If you answered “e-cigarettes,” we commend you for keeping up with current events. But that is the wrong answer. The correct one is influenza. On average, about 8% of Americans contract the flu each year, ...

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Walk for Diabetes THUMBS UP: The New Ulm and Lafayette Lions Clubs are holding their annual Diabetes Walk this morning. It is a worthy effort to raise funds to seek a cure for this widely spreading disease. It is also an occasion to call attention to the Minnesota Legislature’s lack of ...

Impeachment inquiry may bite both ways

For months, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has resisted the full-throated cries of some members of her caucus to impeach President Donald Trump. Pelosi saw the futility of launching an impeachment investigation for strictly partisan reasons. Such a move might make it through ...

Time to let George’s Ballroom go

New Ulm clearly has an emotional attachment to George’s Ballroom, the iconic building on Center and German Streets that was the site for many a dance, concert, wedding celebration and other events for decades. People will tell you about the good times they had, how they met the love of their ...

Who’s the enemy?

Curious, is it not, that the major industrial power doing the most to battle climate change is the target of the bulk of criticism regarding that concern? With a new general session of the United Nations underway, multiple world leaders are citing worry about a range of issues. In fairness to ...

Race card hypocrisy

How Canadian voters react to revelations about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is up to them, of course. But the episode is one more demonstration of the hypocrisy demonstrated by liberal politicians who are always eager to use “the race card” in criticizing conservatives. Trudeau ...

Good news on abortion rate

Recent news about abortions ought to be viewed as one of the great public health triumphs of the past few decades. Abortions have become less common in the United States than at any time since they became legal, through a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, in 1973, the Guttmacher Institute reports. ...

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Happy 100, CHS THUMBS UP: Cathedral High School in New Ulm is celebrating its 100th anniversary this weekend during its Homecoming festivities. Originally named the Catholic High School of New Ulm, it was renamed Holy Trinity High School in 1937. CHS was renamed Cathedral High when the New ...

Saudi attack reminds of oil vulnerability

Officials in Saudi Arabia have said damage from an attack on oil production facilities last weekend is being repaired quickly. By Wednesday, about half the production capacity affected had been restored. Still, the interruption in exports from the oil-rich kingdom ought to serve as a ...

Important education for students

County Attorney Charles Hanson has been making the rounds of area schools with an important educational message. Sexting is is a bad idea. It is illegal. It can lead to consequences down the road that can ruin your life. It’s the kind of message that should be self-evident, but one that is ...

Kavanaugh and the New York Times

Last year, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh faced confirmation hearings that at times seemed more like an inquisition than an effort by U.S. senators to get at the truth. In the end the fact Kavanaugh had been subjected to a purely partisan assault became clear when the full Senate voted ...

Insulin users still in need of relief

Several weeks ago Minnesota government leaders seemed close to a deal on providing relief for diabetics who can’t afford the high cost of their life-saving insulin. An emergency program would be set up to provide a 90-day supply of insulin to those who can’t afford it. It’s an idea that ...