Letters

Scouting for Food Saturday

To the editor: This Saturday morning, March 16, Troop 25 Boy Scouts will be collecting non-perishable food and toiletry items for the “Scouting For Food” service project. Please set donations out by 9 a.m. The Scouts and their driver parents will be scouring the town to pick up your ...

High cost of college

To the editor: One recent major news issue involved the unethical, maybe illegal, extent which some wealthy parents would go just to get their children admitted to what might be considered elite private and public colleges and universities, to the detriment of some meritorious students. ...

Israel deserving of criticism

To the editor: Go, Rep. Omar! Condemnation of Israel is not condemnation of Jews. The U.S. Congress—particularly the U.S. Senate, the most powerful political unit in the world—must stop its love affair with Israel. We give billions of dollars annually to Israel and stockpile her ...

Common sense comment on climate

To the editor: Finally, a common sense voice in your paper this morning that probably goes unread in favor of left and right wing extremes (the Green New Deal and the fake National Border Emergency). Mona Charen’s “If you’re serious about climate...” lays out the case for ...

Mark calendar for Township Day March 12

To the editor: Residents of Minnesota’s 1,781 townships have the unique opportunity to participate Township Day on Tuesday, March 12. The annual meeting on Township Day is what really sets townships apart from other forms of local government. At this meeting, residents have a direct voice ...

Thou Shalt Not Kill

To the editor: Sadly, only three Democrats in the Senate voted in favor of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act bill which would have protected the lives of babies who have survived an abortion and are living on their own outside of their mother’s womb. Our society has now ...

New Ulm getting gouged again on gas

To the editor: Here we go again: gasoline prices take a big jump upward. In the past two weeks, gasoline prices in New Ulm jumped 25 cents… New Ulm seems to be one of the first to raise gas prices—but one of the last to come back down. Mankato, just 30 miles to the east, is selling ...

U.S., country of laws and borders

To the editor: On Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, and article was printed in The Journal on page 4A. It was entitled, “A criminal, an immigrant and a wall.” I know this is an opinion page, but some of the information in the letter would be difficult to substantiate. Like the information that St. ...

Thank you, Mike Mathiowetz

To the editor: At the end of January, with little fanfare, one of the finest public servants Brown County has had the fortune of knowing retired after decades of service. He requested no party nor cared for any accolade. Yet he deserved both and more. As jail administrator, he supervised ...

Our disconnect from reality

To the editor: Noted that Minn. drivers licenses will now have the option to let people identify themselves as ‘non-gender’ which will be marked ‘X’ instead of male or female. One legislator commented: “Will this change hamper law enforcement’s ability to properly identify ...

Here’s my point of view

To the editor: I agree 100% with Jan Platz, Jon and Rachel Scharleman on their recent letters. As I look at my newest grandson, I ask Democrats: How can you be for murdering innocent babies at birth or before when you are AGAINST executing convicted murderers? Don’t give me the excuse ...

DFL Committee denounces hate mail

To the editor: Recently, Alma Marin, an active member of the New Ulm community, received an anonymous letter containing personal insults, ethnic and homophobic slurs, and vicious criticism of this person’s resident status as an immigrant citizen. While we realize that in a democracy ...

Satan is alive and well

To the editor: I just finished reading a book entitled, “The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity,” by Matthew Kelly. If you haven’t already read it, please read it! The false promises from our secular culture that claim will make us happy in this world are just that, “False ...

Isn’t abortion deplorable too?

To the editor: My wife Rachel and I are native to New Ulm. We acknowledge with deep appreciation the moral and work ethic we received from our parents and the community. We agree with your Jan. 30 editorial comment that “There should be no room for that (racism) in America, or in New ...

New Ulm Forward responds to hate letter

To the editor: When a person in New Ulm receives hate mail, the citizens of New Ulm should respond. A hate letter does not define our community, but what does it say about our community? How should we respond? New Ulm Forward began May 2018 following a community forum on race September ...

Taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for school mental health services

To the editor: I absolutely approve of the student support programs and mental health services being made available to our children in the public schools. But tax payers in the local school districts — including parochial — will have to shoulder the financial burden. That is ...

U. S. Highway 14

To the editor: Moving freight to south and north, Taking it to every coast, Shifting goods both back and forth Go the trucks that New Ulm boasts. From this junction of two roads, U.S. One Five and Fourteen, Means New Ulm trucks haul the loads Here and there and in between. But ...

Better to share tax burden among all

To the editor: Yes, Gov. Walz wants to make local tax-levy referenda “rare or extinct.” This would result in major financial relief for all rural taxpayers in Minnesota. Yet you, Editor, write (1-29-19) that adding the $1.6 billion of referendum levies would create an additional burden ...

LWV values and promotes civil discourse

To the editor: The anonymous writer who sent hate mail attacking Alma Marin for her gender, her ethnicity and her opinion also attacked the League of Women Voters, of which Alma is a valued and active member. For those who are unfamiliar with our work, the League of Women Voters encourages ...

Studying languages can help defeat hatred

To the editor: Here are my morning thoughts on the current local controversy. I really TRIED to abstain but it proved impossible. I can’t say I’m well-acquainted with Alma Marin, but I remember chatting with her briefly at the public library when she and students were putting up posters ...