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Letters

Serenity Service: A celebration of hope and recovery

To the editor: Every September, SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and to celebrate the people who are in ...

Assumption Mass

To the editor: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - August 15 A special ‘thank you’ to all those attending the Solemn Mass on this great feast day of Our Lady. The Assumption is celebrated each year on August 15th. This year a special ‘Coronation Mass’ was chosen to joyously ...

Institutional racism still with us today

To the editor: A recent editorial stated “racism is not an ‘institutional’ aspect of life in the United States.” That statement demonstrates either a lack of knowledge or a willful denial of reality. Institutional racism refers to the ways in which institutional policies and ...

Institutional racism exists

To the editor: The editorial “Institutional Racism, We don’t Think so Joe” presents us with a perfect example of today’s racism. Many think of racism as overt displays (i.e. name-calling, segregation). Institutional Racism otherwise known as systemic racism is more challenging to ...

Is 4-year college always the best choice?

To the editor: Students are back in college. The student loan business is flourishing. The $1.5 trillion student loan debt is a crisis. In the last 20 years or so tuition has increased at a rate of four times the rate of inflation and eight times that of household income. There has been a ...

Rebuttal on hog barns

To the editor: In response to the letter from David Preisler regarding the hog confinement barns in Sibley County, I would like to point out some misstatements he made. Yes, the two Sommer brothers each applied for a permit. No, Bryan is not a “local” farmer. He does not even live in ...

Setting the record straight on Sibley County pig barn projects

To the editor: I am writing in response to a recent letter and article in this newspaper regarding two proposals to build hog barns in Sibley County. Unfortunately, both the letter and the article included factual misstatements about these projects. Pig farmers welcome an open and public ...

Hagedorn plan has no safety net

To the editor: Congressman Hagedorn is proposing a circus trapeze act when he calls for repealing the Affordable Care Act and bringing back high risk pools for those of us with preexisting conditions. Congressional Republicans on the high trapeze bar will drop us. Then state lawmakers will ...

Thanks for addressing issue of importance

To the editor: I love visiting relatives in New Ulm each summer. Having grown up in eastern North Dakota and attended Macalester College, I have deep roots in this state. I was glad to see you covering what is, without exaggeration, the biggest challenge in the history of humanity ...

Hagedorn’s biofuel support needed now more than ever

To the editor: Minnesota's 1st Congressional District is home to 11 ethanol plants. As a corn farmer, I know this because ethanol is a vital domestic market for my crop as trade disputes have decimated our markets abroad. With that, I would like to thank U.S. Representative Jim Hagedorn for ...

Park & Rec priorities

To the editor: New Ulm Parks Projects: Hermann Heights hill landscape — $400,000+ Recreation Center expansion — $3,250,000 Waterpark — $4,500,000 German Park Amphitheater — $778,703.50 estimated Johnson Park upgrade — $1,375,000 Hermann Heights parking lot — ...

Why it’s so hard to get roads back open

To the editor: Patience is running thin on the road closures of Co. Rd. 1 and Co. Rd. 12 as well as the load limits on Co. Rd. 14. My patience is also running thin. The staff at Nicollet County are also frustrated. I would like to share some of the impediments of getting Co. Rd. 1 open as ...

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 ...