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Editorials

Countries don’t want our trash

Clearly, the developed world needs to do more about how we dispose of our trash. Just as obviously, the United States, often cited as the chief villain in that regard, is far from alone. For years, much of the plastic waste disposed of by prosperous countries — even much of that officials ...

What more will it take?

Those who live along Highway 14 in this area have known for years that it is a woefully inadequate, dangerous stretch of highway. People have begged and pleaded, railed and demanded that the state address the situation, and allocate the money now for expanding it to a four-lane highway all the ...

Taking action against corruption

Puerto Rican Gov. Wanda Vasquez is fighting back against the corruption and inefficiency that has hindered efforts to help hurricane victims on her island. Good for her. U.S. officials should provide all the support at their disposal. On Sunday, Vasquez fired the heads of two government ...

Never too late to honor a true hero

Many Americans became heroes on Dec. 7, 1941, during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. One of them, a Navy mess attendant, had been told he wasn’t even supposed to fire guns — because he was black. He was Doris “Dorie” Miller, a young Texan serving aboard the battleship USS West ...

Still working toward MLK’s dream

Today we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Before his assassination in 1968, Dr. King was the most visible civil rights leader in America. He led America’s blacks and minorities in campaigns of non-violent activism, using the power of his words and ideas against hatred and ...

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Trust, but verify THUMBS UP: Wednesday’s trade deal signing by the U.S. and China is a trust but verify situation for farmers. The announcement was indeed good news for the U.S. agriculture sector. However, a spokeswoman for Farmers for Free Trade, Michelle Erickson-Jones, was skeptical ...

Not-so-secret voting

We’re not sure who thought this was a good idea, but MInnesota law now allows political parties to pull back the voting booth curtain and peek over your shoulder in the new Minnesota presidential primary. The presidential primary will allow MInnesotans to have a say in who is nominated to ...

Time to give blood in New Ulm

Among the good reasons for getting a flu shot is to keep yourself healthy enough to be there for the folks who need you this time of year. That is true in a larger sense when it comes to those in need of donated blood — and there are many more than we may think. According to blood banks, ...

Find a middle road on self-driving vehicle rules

The nanny crowd ­— folks who insist only government is capable of protecting us against anhy hazard — wasted no time in criticizing proposed new federal guidelines for autonomous vehicle makers. “This is a science experiment playing out in real time on our roadways without any safeguards ...

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Downtown survey THUMBS UP: The results of a Rethos Rural Programs survey of local attitudes toward downtown New Ulm was presented this week, and it contains a lot of useful information. Some of the results confirm what people have been feeling and saying for a long time. People have been ...

Get on with impeachment

Gamesmanship appears to be the order of the day in Washington, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spar over ground rules for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, millions of Americans just want the fiasco to end. Majority ...

Will Iran stand down?

Iran’s leaders accomplished what they needed to do this week, with a major rocket attack on two areas in Iraq where U.S. troops were housed. They were able to tell their own people they would not allow the “great Satan” — the United States — to push them around. Scores of U.S. ...

Census carries great state, local importance

2020 is here, and by April 1, every home in America should receive an invitation to participate. When you get your census forms, it is important that you participate and be counted. There are a lot of things riding on it. A lot of big decisions will be made using the information collected in ...

Church leaders need to be open about abuse

Hundreds of clergy accused of sexually abusing children, including some convicted of crimes, were left off lists released by the Roman Catholic Church in reaction to a worldwide scandal, The Associated Press has found. In terms of rebuilding trust with those of the faith, the church seems to ...

Start new year with safety

New Year’s Day 2020 is in the books and, hopefully, a fond memory for you. You may have enjoyed a day off work, perhaps a celebration the night before, and maybe some college football on the big day itself. Forget to do anything? Hint: Checked your smoke and/or carbon monoxide detectors ...

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Smoke from the feds THUMBS DOWN: At the same time the federal government is raising the smoking age to 21, U.S. health officials will ban most flavored e-cigarettes popular with underage teenagers. However, their plan includes major exceptions that benefit vaping manufacturers, retailers and ...

Let us resolve to tackle national debt

As we Americans celebrate the beginning of a new decade, we continue to allow a serious challenge to escalate to crisis proportions. It is the national debt — $23.2 trillion as 2020 began. Thoughtful Americans understand the perils of a big national debt. It can increase inflation. It ...

A new year with big decisions to make

We have entered a brand new year. It can be a fresh start for all of us ... but there is a lot on the horizon. Choices to be made in 2020 will be monumental — not just for individuals who might be hoping to lose a few pounds or save a little money, but for our nation as a whole. Resolve to ...

Senate should probe every aspect involved

Members of the House of Representatives — Democrats, anyway — have set the stage for only the third impeachment trial of a president in U.S. history. Maybe. If they ever send their articles of impeachment to the Senate. As of right now, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is playing ...

Less fortunate still need help

We hope you and yours enjoyed a happy holiday season. Now, of course, comes the period of getting our household budgets back in order after a few weeks of spending more than we had planned. Many charitable organizations serving area residents will find themselves in the same predicament. The ...