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Letters

Bob Lenz bringing important message

To the editor, Next week, on Wednesday, Oct. 23, Bob Lenz, who speaks to half a million people each year in public school assembly programs, will meet with the youth in our area. He and his team, including AJ the Animated Illusionist (as the opening act to engage the audience), will ...

Feehan can’t have it both ways

To the editor, Dan Feehan spent the entire 2018 campaign trying to portray himself as one thing here in Minnesota while cozying up to all the uber-liberal donors from outside Minnesota who funded 75% of his campaign and now he’s already playing the same game. First, Dan says he’s in favor ...

More memories of George’s Ballroom

To the editor: I also regret George’s Ballroom must be demolished. But I understand that it must be done. My friends and I danced there every Saturday night while in Comfrey High School. In the 1950s. There were about 300 musicians living in New Ulm as well as at least 30 working bands. ...

Memories of George’s and the music

To the editor: I and a whole lot of people are very sad to see George’s Ballroom is to be torn down. It was the place to go with friends and for dancing the night away. When I was 18, I broke my lef, but went to George’s anyway. Eddie Sheets was playing. He autographed my cast. That was ...

Nobel speakers speak out on climate change

To the editor: The Nobel Conference on Climate Changed, Facing Our Future held at Gustavus Adolphus College Sept 24 and 25, 2019 had numerous speakers who were extremely knowledgeable and informative. Amitav Ghosh, PhD. spoke about his latest book of nonfiction, The Great Derangement: Climate ...

Celebrating Public Power Week

To the editor: Forty-nine million Americans receive electricity from a locally owned, non-profit utility owned and operated by the customers it serves. If you live in New Ulm, you are one of those 49 million. New Ulm’s municipal electric utility is one of more than 2,000 public power ...

Dan Feehan is about service

To the editor: Service. It is something that caring people on both sides of any aisle (political or otherwise) commit to, in effort to make life better for others. Life is not about making things better for “me.” Life should be about making things better for “we.” And it is with ...

Two days in the dark as a matter of principle

To the editor: I’m delinquent on my utility bill. Sept. 24 is disconnectin day. I’ve spoken to everyone at the city level to explain that I have overextended myself and have now secured a part-time job in addition to my full-time job to remedy the situation. I need two more days to ...

Serenity Service this Sunday

To the editor: The second annual “Serenity Service: A Celebration of Hope and Recovery” will take place at United Church of Christ, 301 South Minnesota St., on Sunday, Sept. 22. We encourage everyone to attend this uplifting and inspirational service! This event last year was a powerful ...

New Ulm doesn’t quite pass inspection

To the editor: While walking and driving around New Ulm, these are some observations: • The city did a widespread sidewalk inspection last spring and you could see hundreds of walks marked with red paint as needing repairs or replacement. That was very evident this summer with homeowners ...

Serenity Service: A celebration of hope and recovery

To the editor: Every September, SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and to celebrate the people who are in ...

Assumption Mass

To the editor: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - August 15 A special ‘thank you’ to all those attending the Solemn Mass on this great feast day of Our Lady. The Assumption is celebrated each year on August 15th. This year a special ‘Coronation Mass’ was chosen to joyously ...

Institutional racism still with us today

To the editor: A recent editorial stated “racism is not an ‘institutional’ aspect of life in the United States.” That statement demonstrates either a lack of knowledge or a willful denial of reality. Institutional racism refers to the ways in which institutional policies and ...

Institutional racism exists

To the editor: The editorial “Institutional Racism, We don’t Think so Joe” presents us with a perfect example of today’s racism. Many think of racism as overt displays (i.e. name-calling, segregation). Institutional Racism otherwise known as systemic racism is more challenging to ...

Is 4-year college always the best choice?

To the editor: Students are back in college. The student loan business is flourishing. The $1.5 trillion student loan debt is a crisis. In the last 20 years or so tuition has increased at a rate of four times the rate of inflation and eight times that of household income. There has been a ...

Rebuttal on hog barns

To the editor: In response to the letter from David Preisler regarding the hog confinement barns in Sibley County, I would like to point out some misstatements he made. Yes, the two Sommer brothers each applied for a permit. No, Bryan is not a “local” farmer. He does not even live in ...

Setting the record straight on Sibley County pig barn projects

To the editor: I am writing in response to a recent letter and article in this newspaper regarding two proposals to build hog barns in Sibley County. Unfortunately, both the letter and the article included factual misstatements about these projects. Pig farmers welcome an open and public ...

Hagedorn plan has no safety net

To the editor: Congressman Hagedorn is proposing a circus trapeze act when he calls for repealing the Affordable Care Act and bringing back high risk pools for those of us with preexisting conditions. Congressional Republicans on the high trapeze bar will drop us. Then state lawmakers will ...

Thanks for addressing issue of importance

To the editor: I love visiting relatives in New Ulm each summer. Having grown up in eastern North Dakota and attended Macalester College, I have deep roots in this state. I was glad to see you covering what is, without exaggeration, the biggest challenge in the history of humanity ...

Hagedorn’s biofuel support needed now more than ever

To the editor: Minnesota's 1st Congressional District is home to 11 ethanol plants. As a corn farmer, I know this because ethanol is a vital domestic market for my crop as trade disputes have decimated our markets abroad. With that, I would like to thank U.S. Representative Jim Hagedorn for ...