Letters

Trump, Hagedorn not working out for the farmers

To the editor: Rep. Jim Hagedorn, MN 1st District, barely won the 2018 race against Dan Feehan by changing tactics the third time around: He aligned himself with President Donald Trump. Strategic move for this Republican politician, since President Trump won this district by 15 points in ...

The Obstructionists

To the editor: If you’ve been reading The Journal articles and Letters to the Editor, you’ve noticed that the liberal Obstructionists have been hard at work. A recent letter to the editor attacks Congressman Jim Hagedorn because the administration is moving the US Department of ...

Citizenship question on census? Why?

To the editor: I have serious concerns about the President’s plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. As many news outlets and fact-finders have reported, this question is largely unnecessary and is a thinly-veiled attempt to suppress the response rate among minority ...

What’s become of America?

To the editor: As I sit here on the eve of Independence Day I cannot help but think of the children locked in border prison camps, separated from their parents and enduring inhumane, unsanitary conditions. I never imagined my country would ever be the prison keepers of these children and ...

What is Hagedorn doing to save USDA Research department?

To the editor: We wonder what Rep. Hagedorn is doing to stop the administration from destroying the research capabilities of the Department of Agriculture. As noted on his website, “Minnesota’s First District is one of the top crop and livestock producing congressional districts in the ...

Disrespect for anthem marred soccer game

To the editor: Although not a big soccer fan I watched the USA women’s team in the Soccer World Cup played in France. The team was successful on the pitch. They competed hard and won. I was disappointed, however, that one member of our team — a captain I believe — refused to fully ...

Business’ name offensive to Latinos

To the editor: A few days ago, I was shocked to see a notice from the Sleepy Eye Chamber of Commerce promoting a food service with the name of “illegal” followed by “amigos,” a word linking it to the Latino community. The ad was also accompanied by a cartoonish depiction of a Mexican ...

City should crack down on rotting railroad crossings

To the editor: Two years ago, city workers came by and spray painted some marks on my sidewalk indicating where the concrete was raised a bit due to tree roots growing beneath and raising the sidewalk. The sidewalk was only raised about an inch, but the City of New Ulm called this a “trip ...

Misgivings about traffic enforcement activities

To the editor: I, as a concerned citizen of the New Ulm area, have some uneasy feelings and questions about the upcoming local operation to catch distracted drivers. First off, I worry about who will be stationed in the undercover cars around town as we obviously do not have an extra fleet ...

Hwy 14 expansion

To the editor: There are many reasons to support the improvement of Hy. 14 from Nicollet to New Ulm to four-lane status: 1. This stretch of Hy. 14 has a notorious bad safety record because of all the serious accidents and heavy traffic. 2. The road is in poor condition and MNDOT is ...

Loves the history pages

To the editor: Just wanted to comment how much I enjoy the “News from 50 Years Ago and 100 Years Ago” articles that are published each Saturday in The Journal. As someone born and raised in New Ulm, one never knows what gems one might come across. For instance, at the very end of this ...

Hands free cell phone law in effect Aug. 1

To the editor: Over the past decade, distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of vehicle crashes on our nation’s roads. In the last five years there have been at least 49 crashes in the city of New Ulm that were caused by distracted driving. The New Ulm Police Department will ...

View the fireflies while you still can

To the editor: On 4th of July eve take your grandchildren and greatgrandchildren out to view the fireflies, because one day soon there will be no more fireflies. Just as: once there were tallgrass prairies arraying their colors to the sky around. Fireworks, all over the U.S. on this one ...

Give Hagedorn time to hold public meetings

To the editor: To those criticizing Congressman Hagedorn for dodging people and not being willing to discuss issues: if anyone in southern Minnesota didn’t see or talk with him before he was elected it was because they apparently didn’t attend a parade, county fair or major town event for ...

Musical performances deserve support

To the editor: This past Sunday my wife, Norma, and I attended the initial performance of the Pro Musica Chamber Ensemble’s Music Festival (June 16-21) at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato. The featured performers were the Ensemble’s two artistic directors-Bethel Salge (pianist) and ...

Why won’t Hagedorn face his constituents?

To the editor: As a constituent of Nicollet County and as one of a group of citizens who has been visiting Rep. Hagedorn's office every week during our lunch hour to ask for a town hall, I was shocked to hear that on Thursday, June 13th at 1:30, as many of us were working and going about our ...

The issue that keeps on giving

To the editor: Abortion is the issue that keeps on giving to cynical politicians who milk the issue for money and votes. They are drawn to it like maggots to a festering wound. It’s all about heat and no light, about opposing sides screaming at each other across an ideological abyss. ...

Veterans organizations need your membership

To the editor: Now that Memorial Day and the D-day events are over looking over the past few years I think of all those I have served with and also those that I have come to know after I left the service. I have found a great group of people that I can spend some time with and go over the old ...

In defense of dodgeball

To the editor: The Canadian Society for the Study of Education at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences has decided that dodgeball — the gym class game and rite of passage for most elementary schoolers — is not merely a somewhat dangerous schoolyard pastime, it’s a tool ...

From New Ulm to eternity

To the editor: Memorial Day is a time to remember and reflect. The founders and organizers of New Ulm’s three cemeteries: New Ulm City Cemetery, New Ulm Catholic Cemetery, and St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, had the foresight and wisdom to place them together so they abut each other, a ...