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Letters

April is National Volunteer month

To the editor: New Ulm has many dedicated volunteers to help throughout our city, whether they are helping at the Food Shelf, the DAV, maybe they are helping at one of the thrift stores or at the hospital, perhaps they are reading to the children at the schools. Maybe they belong to a service ...

Gemütlichkeit from our home to yours

To the editor: We hope this message finds all of you in good health. We would like to thank first responders, health care workers and all public servants for making sure all of us have a safe community to live in. We will have many tough times moving forward and no one will have a tougher ...

Coronavirus scams

To the editor: Our landscape is rapidly changing due to the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. In a short period, we have seen unprecedented demands on our healthcare system and professionals, our schools closing and preparing for distance learning, restaurants closing their doors to dine-in ...

Hope, common sense and faith in the face of coronavirus

To the editor: I walk through town on my way to the ATM, and New Ulm seems full of ghosts. Everyone locked in their cars, and everything deserted. One thing that made my heart leap for joy were the business owners who have hung American flags in their windows. It makes me think of the old ...

Just stop…time for a “Dinozzo?”

To the editor: For those of you that have watched “NCIS,” when Agent Gibbs wanted to snap Agent Tony Dinozzo to attention, a slap upside back of the head did that. Does America need a “Dinozzo?” Or maybe something stronger, bashed over the head with a “shovel.” What’s it going ...

Thank you to Southern Minnesota’s teachers

To the editor: The first piece of advice I was given as a new teacher was to be flexible; “bend like a willow,” my mentor teacher told me. The teachers of ISD 77, and across Southern Minnesota, are bending like willows as they respond to the new challenges of COVID-19. The true feat, ...

Feehan leads with facts, not fear

To the editor: Mr. Rodgers always told us to “look for the helpers.” Now more than ever, it is the time to do just that. One of these helpers is Dan Feehan, a Congressional candidate in Minnesota’s First District. His life has been all about service, and this certainly shows in his ...

Thank you to the brave healthcare workers fighting on the frontlines

To the editor: “You are more ready than you think you are.” A mentor of mine gave me that advice on the eve of my first deployment. From 2005 through 2009, I served as an active duty soldier and completed two combat tours of duty in Iraq in which I watched it become a reality for the ...

Stop the killing

To the editor: Isn’t it ironic! Our nation is doing everything we can to stop the spread of the coronavirus and subsequent deaths of many people, and at the same time Governor Tim Walz, Commissioner Jan Malcolm, many Minnesota legislators, and too many residents, do nothing to stop the ...

Praying for hope during crisis

To the editor: I have been listening to the news and they are saying that they are closing everything. It is crazy! Governor Walz has done the right thing and he should keep it up. The coronavirus is just getting to people so fast. Even if you’re not a Christian, can you please pray with ...

Coronavirus? Deal with it, move on

To the editor: My knee hurts. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised since I’m almost 59 and lots of my body parts are either wearing out or falling off. I feel a lot like my 1997 Suburban with 494,930 miles. When my Suburban breaks down, I just pay for the cost of repairs and move on. My ...

Catholic… really?

To the editor: Congress has been putting together a coronavirus relief package. This relief package is being created for the citizens of the United States, who have been asked to stay home from work and therefore will receive no paychecks with which to pay their bills. We all have been asked ...

Give Trump credit for his leadership

To the editor: I am a conservative Republican who is impressed with Democratic Governor Tim Walz’s leadership here in Minnesota. “Politics” isn’t helpful in our present situation where a virus is infecting people of all sects, gender, culture, status, religion, and party. Why is it ...

What’s up with New Ulm gas stations?

To the editor: On March 18 my husband and I came home from Indiana, and all the gas stations were $1.99 per gallon or less, even on the interstate. We pull into New Ulm and gas is $2.07 and by Saturday, $2.02. My brother from Wisconsin called me March 25 and said gas was $1.37, a couple ...

Experience during difficult times

To the editor: The past few weeks have been historic and absolutely stunning to watch. The stock market falling by over 30% from record highs in a matter of weeks. States such as Minnesota having their governors declaring a state of emergency, ordering tens of thousands of businesses to close ...

Keep perspective on COVID-19

To the editor: It is not my intent to minimize the significance and/or seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic issue. But maybe we need to take a step back and try to keep things in perspective. The ever-present and highly respected Dr. Anthony Fauci, longtime director of the National ...

Stewards of our society

To the editor: I’m not entirely sure where this puts me on the political spectrum but here goes: I want everyone (including the ultra-wealthy) to pay the same insane tax rate that I do. I want those taxes to benefit the greater good vs the few. According to Brown University, we have spent ...

This pandemic will pass – really

To the editor: Response to Paul Schroer’s letter, 3-14-20: My father was born March 16, 1903. He was a survivor of the Influenza Epidemic of 1919. He was 16 years old and he was a Christian. I am sure many of the millions of people who died worldwide were people of faith as well. ...

Proud of Governor Walz

To the editor: I am so proud of Governor Walz. His recent speeches to the state regarding the need to make decisions about closing down many places that we take for granted in Minnesota were very clear. Schools, restaurants and bars, gyms and recreational facilities, theaters, museums, ...

New Ulm Area Emergency Food Shelf

To the editor: You’ve likely been following the news about coronavirus and, like us, are responding to minimize the impact in our community. We want you to know that the New Ulm Area Emergency Food Shelf is committed to protecting the health of our entire community while continuing to meet ...