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Letters

National Impaired Driving Awareness month

To the editor: December is National Impaired Driving Awareness Month. While we may immediately think of alcohol when hearing “impaired driving,” other substances, both legal and illegal, can impair our ability to drive. These substances can slow reaction time to both in typical driving ...

Hagedorn: People over politics

To the editor: As a farmer with a vested interest in ethanol, I’d like to express my appreciation to Congressman Jim Hagedorn for his fight on behalf of farmers and ethanol producers. For the past several years, the EPA has failed to follow Congressional mandates in awarding refinery ...

Don’t politicize Springfield hospital closing

To the editor: Why is Dan Feehan trying to make political hay out of Springfield’s misfortune? And why is The Journal giving him a license to do it? Having just read an article that found the Mayo Clinic is expected to record $1 billion in annual income this year, it was pretty sad to ...

Global warming isn’t man-made

To the editor: The Dec 4, 2019 editorial ‘Who’s fiddling while the planet burns?’ said: “Between 2000 and 2018, U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) decreased by about 14%.” Now take a look at the NOAA monthly average Mauna Loa CO2 graph (1958-2019); note that atmospheric CO2 has ...

And the world rejoiced

To the editor: The Rachel Maddow Show featured an hour-long special about “abortion” on MSNBC TV Network Friday evening, Nov. 29. It was very informative. It showed videos of pro-life support groups holding signs that read “Please Don’t Kill Our Babies” in front of the abortion ...

Listen, read, ask and think

To the editor: While most of us are still enjoying Thanksgiving, some people just can’t let go of Hallowe’en. They continue to want to frighten folks with scary words like “socialist” and “communist” and “liberal” and the like. Never mind that their arguments are bereft of ...

The troubles I’ve seen…

To the editor: A terrestrial species is a living organism (microbe, fungi, plant, animal) that live on land. Most invasive species invade and displace more desirable species. Some invasives are health threats. Brown County has an alarming number of invasive species (+100). There are also new ...

Thank you, Jim Hagedorn

To the editor: I want to thank my Congressman, Jim Hagedorn, for his dedication in keeping in touch with his constituents. Far too often, politicians traipse off to Washington only to be swallowed up by the Beltway, never to be heard or seen again. Thankfully, Rep. Hagedorn has chosen to ...

Thanksgiving 2019

To the editor: Let us be ever thankful and grateful for all the blessings and good things we have here in New Ulm! NO forest fires! NO floods! NO shooting up the city and killing people! NO bombs falling, NO war fare in our area! NO serious health issues! We are so safe and ...

Nation’s Report Card is flawed

To the editor: When Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the recent NAEP results (The Nation’s Report Card) she announced, “Our nation’s report card shows that two-thirds of American students can’t read at grade level. Two out of three!” But according to NAEP, which is part ...

Please join us for community dinner

To the editor: Halloween has just passed and coming up quick is Thanksgiving. As Board Members of the New Ulm Community Thanksgiving Dinner we wanted to invite the community to come and enjoy a home cooked meal. We serve from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 417 S. ...

The heroes among us

To the editor: Just recently, I crossed paths with two extraordinary men at a city council meeting in Sleepy Eye (Oct.17, 2019). As I sat and listen to both of these men’s comments, I was inspired by not only what they said, but also the meaning behind the words. The first was ...

Dan Feehan’s sense of community

To the editor: The election of 2020 is ramping up. It is important to research the candidates. Look at Dan Feehan. In 2018 he ran against Jim Hagedorn for Congress in Minnesota CD#1. Dan has entered the race for that very same office in the upcoming 2020 election. Why? He is a servant for ...

Thanks for crossing repairs

To the editor: I would like to take this opportunity to send a special thank you to the following people responsible for the repairs to the railroad crossings in New Ulm. I’ll start with a big thank you to the City Council and city staff for their leadership and continuing to apply ...

Support unity, community in GFW school vote

To the editor: I have listened over the past months to mounting negativity towards the plan for a new GFW building. I have also heard many negative comments about GFW Schools. I just want to share some thoughts I have on all of this. When I was 14 years old, my family moved to the GFW ...

Push Pelosi on USMCA

To the editor: As farmers, we are tired of hearing Democratic politicians like Dean Phillips, Angie Craig and wanna-be Dan Feehan continually bemoan how concerned they are about the problems in “farm country”. They talk about how much they care, yet they refuse to support USMCA, the trade ...

Racism, institutional or otherwise, is still a problem

To the editor: On Sept. 4, the editorial “’Institutional’ racism? We don’t think so, Joe” appeared in the New Ulm Journal. Its first sentence stated that “racism is not an “institutional” aspect of life in the United States” (emphasis original). That certainly must be ...

Vote ‘Yes’ on GFW referendum

To the editor: I am not scared to say I will VOTE YES. And even if you are not capable of stating it publicly, I hope you will join me too, and VOTE YES on Nov. 5 at your local polling place. I have been a resident of the city of Winthrop for the past 23 years. I care about my community in ...

Autumn Trees

Directly outside my chapel window Two autumn trees Display their beauty of God, Author of all trees. Their colors so proudly show Glowing gold and crimson red. What a gift to enjoy Such a magnificent creative picture. A blanket of red leaves Covers a well formed tree, Hiding ...

Rep. Hagedorn needs to condemn foreign money in our politics

To the editor: Foreign money has no place in our politics. Nevertheless, Russian dirty money has shown up by way of Ukrainian back channels at Minnesota CD 1’s door. The importance of condemning this attempt to buy influence should be obvious. But, so far, it doesn’t seem obvious to Jim ...