Letters

A thank-you to all contributors

To the editor: The Viet Nam Vets of Brown County summoned a welcome home gathering 20 Jul 2019. The vets who ran into the storm, found a banquet. The food was delicious, sharing was real, location was good and a request for again next year closed the day. Recent vets who moved into the area ...

Where’s the story?

To the editor: In the past several weeks New Ulm has lost two life long dedicated citizens in Dr Jim Seifert and Herb Schaper. The only acknowledgement of their passing in The Journal was a small obit yet these two individuals devoted their life to making New Ulm a better place to live, work ...

Class of 1974 remembers classmates

To the editor: The Class from New Ulm High School is having its reunion this weekend. Even though you can’t be with us, we’re truly not apart. In Memory of OUR Classmates That Have Gone Home: Tom Ahles Lou Ahlness Zimmerman Mark Alvig Gary Armstrong Joyce Baier Craig ...

Shifting the blame

To the editor: Rhetorically I ask: How long after the horrendous El Paso and Dayton mass shootings did it take politicians and the media to assess blame beyond the actual perpetrator(s)? Some alleged it is because President Trump is a white nationalist/white supremacist i.e. racist. Absurd ...

Man’s microscopic CO2 not a problem

To the editor: The July 30 letter, ‘Time to act now to save the environment’, said: “The amount of carbon dioxide being released is adding to the already high level of CO2 in the atmosphere which is leading to a warmer planet.” Question: Is Earth’s temperature going up because the ...

Say “NO” to confined hog feedlots

To the editor: We have had great local support against the Christensen Farms’ confined hog barn proposals, one near my home and one near Mike Rein’s home in Sibley County. We have gathered 160+ local signatures on a petition and have requested an EAW (Environment Assessment Worksheet) ...

No suds on the street?

To the editor: I wonder where Oktoberfest will be held this year since the good citizens of New Ulm can’t drink beer in the street. As I recall, Oktoberfest is held on a city street and according to city ordinance alcoholic beverages must not be consumed in the street. Or at least that ...

‘Beauty and the Beast’ a top rate performance

To the editor: As New Ulm’s representative on the Board of the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council I attended last Sunday’s performance of “Beauty and the Beast” mounted by the State Street Theater, and I came away over-awed by a thoroughly enjoyable show. I have been a season ...

Parade great experience for Color Guard

To the editor: As a member of the New Ulm Area Veterans Color Guard, I would like to thank everyone involved in the 2019 Bavarian Blast Parade. I had the pleasure of marching with the Color Guard just in front of the 204th Army Band from Fort Snelling. They provided excellent band music! It ...

Time to act now to save the environment

To the editor: The Guardian website published an article last week on more than 100 Arctic wildfires with blazes in Greenland, Siberia and Alaska visible from space. “The Arctic region has recorded its hottest June ever…” The amount of carbon dioxide being released is adding to the ...

Narren say thanks for 30 years of support

To the editor: The Narren of New Ulm would like to thank the people of New Ulm for the support we have received the past 30 years. Even though “we are the relatives everyone has, but no one wants to claim,” you have accepted and welcomed us here and we appreciate the opportunity to ...

Walz held plenty of town halls, open to all

To the editor: A recent letter in this newspaper talked about Representative Jim Hagedorn’s town halls and meetings with constituents and suggested these were in “huge contrast to his predecessor, Tim Walz, who didn’t have a single town hall meeting his last six years as ...

Hagedorn unresponsive to constituents

To the editor: Members of Congress have a responsibility to listen to their constituents and a duty to be accountable to those they were elected to represent. Congressman Jim Hagedorn has not demonstrated either of these. On July 14th, Donald Trump tweeted a series of overtly racist ...

CBD is NOT marijuana

To the editor: During last Sunday’s Bavarian Blast Parade there was some misinformation on the public-access broadcast. When one announcer questioned about what CBD was, the second announcer stated, “it has something to do with marijuana.” I would like to clarify this ...

GOP inciting racism

To the editor: Thank you, Republican Party leaders, for making it acceptable to tell people of color to go back to their own country. A comment usually yelled from a speeding vehicle. Soon it will be okay to use the n-word, too, and joke, as Congressman Jim Hagedorn has done, that the only ...

Say “NO” to industrial-scale hog confinements

To the editor: Sibley County residents around Winthrop need to know that applications for 2 hog nursery operations (Conditional Use Permits, #1151 and #1152) were submitted to the Sibley County Planning and Zoning Commission on July 1. Fortunately, the decision to grant them was tabled to ...

Hagedorn did the right thing

To the editor: The old saying that you’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts struck me as I read about Indivisible’s claim that Rep. Jim Hagedorn is unwilling to meet with them and listen to their concerns. By Indivisible’s own admission, Rep. Hagedorn’s staff ...

Hagedorn knows biodiesel benefits farmers

To the editor: A recent letter to the editor contained a falsehood. Rep. Jim Hagedorn, who represents Minnesota’s First Congressional District, did indeed sign onto the Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Act of 2019 (HR 2089) in May. Hagedorn, along with several of his congressional ...

Take care of constituents first

To the editor: Honestly, when I asked Congressman Hagedorn at a recent town hall whether he’d support allowing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices, I don’t know exactly what I was expecting, but I sure didn’t expect the answer I actually got. I’d heard that AARP had done ...

Farm wife?

To the editor: Imagine my surprise when I read the top headline in today’s (July 18) Journal: “Farm wife details dairy problems in stray voltage trial.” Am I to assume that if Mr. Nelson testifies the headline will read: “Farm husband testifies in stray voltage trial”? Jill Nelson ...