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Letters

Vote for Boettger Tuesday

To the editor: I am writing to express my support for Andrea Boettger and her candidacy for City Council President. I’ve known Andrea for nearly ten years, and in that time I have seen her in action. It’s no easy feat to manage Turner Hall, and I have seen firsthand her ability to manage ...

Hagedorn has been everywhere in district

To the editor: The other day, a letter was published in the Free Press making an outrageous claim that Congressman Hagedorn is not spending time in and working across the First District. The author is in error and I would like to set the record straight. Media reports and photos documenting ...

More arbitration reform needed

To the editor: The League of Minnesota Cities thanks the State Legislature and the Governor for their work to pass the Police Accountability Act. This legislation is a good beginning and goes a long way toward addressing law enforcement systemic reform. There is, however, more work to do, and ...

Election letters

The Journal will accept letter to the editor relating to the Aug. 11 primary elections up to Friday, Aug. 7. Letters endorsing candidates and issues will not be published after Monday, Aug. 10, unless the editor determines a response to a previously published letter is in order. Please keep ...

Support Larry Mack on Tuesday

To the editor: I would like to remind everyone in New Ulm to vote on August 11, and when you do vote, vote for Larry Mack for city council president. Larry is all about what is best for New Ulm. He cares deeply about and wants New Ulm to grow and flourish. I know he will bring integrity, ...

Supports Mack for Council President

To the editor: I’ve known Larry Mack for almost 20 years, working with him in a number of capacities. Most recently Larry has been a dedicated volunteer at The Grand, where he has helped build our gift shop, our Smallest Museum and develop our Cellar Press area. Early on Larry helped us ...

Support our park

To the editor: Last month’s specials session of the Minnesota Legislature included votes on a bonding bill. The bill included $300,000 for the New Ulm German Park project. Our local Representative Paul Torkelson, Hanska, voted against the bill. He continues to be a lockstep partisan ...

Shooting club will change quality of life nearby

To the editor: Our life in this peaceful valley will be changed as we know it. The Courtland area, Shag Road and all areas inside of 4 miles to the west will have a new concern for their families and property. The proposed gun club expansion is asking to host corporate vents and tournaments ...

Sleepy Eye librarian should be judge on job performance

To the editor: On Wednesday evening, when the painful subject of the termination of Library Director Andrew Kelton is considered by the Sleepy Eye City Council, Andy should be judged on the performance of his job. Not on a personality conflict with City official. Not on a petty complaint. Not ...

Wrestling with racism

To the editor: We are in the midst of a racially uncomfortable time. “Stay at home” has brought more opportunity for podcasts and reading about racism. Racial bias was ingrained in my upbringing, and continues in our culture. Political and economic systems offer advantages to me that are ...

Civil war was about slavery

To the editor: In response to the letter titled “Systemic racism is a fact” (July 29): I mostly agree with what Alma Marin wrote. It is not an accusation of racism against individual Americans to acknowledge that there exist institutions that disproportionately disadvantage Black people ...

Grieving a lost baseball summer

To the editor: As longtime baseball parents who loved watching the kids play, we share the disappointment from the necessary cancelation of the state baseball tournament in New Ulm. But I’m sure we don’t feel it as deeply as the good people who worked so hard for many years to make the ...

Suffering for white fragility

To the editor: Aha! Bigots walk on both sides of the road. Oh , how it must feel for some to be so righteous — free of the evils of racial bias — and all the other phobias. Please somebody write a manifesto, “The Rghteous Free of Racism,” so we unwashed and unreasonable can be led ...

Some things don’t add up

To the editor: It took but a few moments on the Internet to become aware that cogent critiques of “White Fragility,” a book mentioned in a recent letter, exist in abundance, and that one wouldn’t know where to start in selecting key quotations. So I’ll just refer to John McWhorter’s ...

When is enough, enough?

To the editor: When is enough, enough? A financial institution will usually issue a loan as long as it is feasible and the money will be recovered. When the loan is no longer safe and, possibly, cannot be recovered, the financial institution may say “sorry, enough is enough. We cannot loan ...

Wake-Up Sleepy Eye!

To the editor: As some of you know, Sleepy Eye City Manager, Russell “Bob” Elston, on Wednesday, July 22, placed Andrew Kelton; department head for the Dyckman Free Library on administrative leave and told him he would go before the city council for possible termination. Is this ...

Stray bullet

To the editor: I am not a big game hunter, but have plenty of experience hunting water fowl, pheasant, and quail. I have also been a guide for deer and elk hunters with high-powered rifles. I can understand a shotgun/archery range in the area, but not an outdoor high-power rifle range in a ...

Thanks for wearing masks

To the editor: As an 80-year-old (this puts me in the “high risk” category) I’d like to express my thanks to Governor Walz, as well as to all the responsible local businesses who support wearing masks in public, often at high cost to themselves. Thank you for valuing my life, as well as ...

Response to New Ulm HRC

To the editor: The New Ulm Human Rights Commission (HRC) purports to be a non-partisan, non-political group whose sole focus is on human rights. But is that true? Is it non-partisan? Do politics have nothing to do with its agenda? You can test this for yourself by asking a simple question: ...

Don’t lecture me on wearing masks

To the editor: Being a bit claustrophobic and having a sinus condition, I can’t wear hoods, hats, caps, scarves, earmuffs, earphones, etc., but recently it was necessary for me to go to a New Ulm store for a few things. They gave me a mask in the entryway and I tried wearing it but it was ...