Letters

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 ...

Add assault rifles to NFA regulations

To the editor: We are all familiar with gangster movies set in the 1920s: snappy-dressing thugs carrying “Tommy Guns” spraying bullets indiscriminately from a speeding sedan. But in movies set in the 1940s, things have changed. In shoot-outs, the criminals are firing handguns, not ...

Thank you

To the editor: On Tuesday we experienced an emergency situation in the Walmart parking lot. We needed to pick up prescriptions at the pharmacy. Upon returning to our car this incident happened. Almost immediately several kind people came to us to be of aid. They brought blankets, called 911 ...

Please clear walkways for postal carriers

To the editor: Now that Polar Vortex Jayden has moved on and we are headed for a brief warm up, we need our customers’ help. Postal carriers have suffered serious injuries related to slips, trips and falls due to icy and snow covered walkways and porch steps. Preventing a slip or bad fall ...

Right to an opinion

To the editor: I read with interest the comments about hate mail and tolerance in New Ulm. I have lived in New Ulm nearly 43 years, after living at various other cities in the state, including the Metro area. Each community has its own distinct beauty, personality, and opportunity for ...

We can do better

To the editor: Shame on the coward who wrote the threatening letter to Ms. Marin. This sort of thing is a total embarrassment and disgrace to our fine community. I pity this uneducated and uninformed man who knew what he did was wrong. Naoko Meyer New Ulm

I Love to Read month

To the editor: For many years, February has been promoted as “I Love to Read” month in Minnesota. As a teacher and librarian for 43 years, I always felt it was very important to promote “the love of reading” not only in February, but throughout the year. If you have young children, ...

Hate letter writer should be ashamed

To the editor: I wish to address this letter to whomever sent hate mail to Alma Marin. We as Americans have a right to our opinions. You have the same right but you should be ashamed of the hate mail you sent, unsigned, to Alma. Except for the Native Americans, we are all immigrants. My ...

We’re made in God’s image

To the editor: If you had a good parent, you learned early that nobody is better than someone else. Different characteristics, yes, but not better. We are all members of the race of man, just different shades of brown. Let’s honor the memory of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., who longed ...

Good people live here too

To the editor: Lately there has been news of an individual in New Ulm getting hate mail. It is disheartening to hear such things happening here. However, there are also a lot of very good-hearted people in New Ulm. On my way home from work tonight I slowed down for a corner due to blowing ...

Heed Jesus’ words

To the editor: In Matthew 12:25, Jesus said: “Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste and any city or house divided against itself shall not stand.” Our country has already fought one devastating civil war, “a house divided against itself” over race and economics. We must ...

Journal Editorial Page

To the editor: I read with interest that The Journal won first place in the recent Minnesota newspaper contest for Editorial Page. As a reader of The Journal for about 25 years, this award was no surprise to me. I have always thought that the most remarkable thing about The Journal is its ...

That’s not the New Ulm I know

To Our City: In response to the ‘New Ulm resident receives racist hate mail’ article. I found it difficult to start writing this letter. I think because it happened here. Here in our community. In our quiet little city of New Ulm. I am not so naive to think that racism, bigotry, or ...

New Ulm Human Rights Commission responds to hate mail

To the editor: We, members of the New Ulm Human Rights Commission, would like to formally respond to a letter received by one of our long time New Ulm residents. The specifics of this unsigned letter are unable to be reprinted here due to the content, but suffice it to say it was peppered with ...

Being right more important than being first

To the editor: Congratulations to The Free Press’ Mark Fischenich for winning second place in both investigative reporting and hard news at the Jan 24 Minnesota Newspaper Association convention. Likewise to The Journal for first place in Editorial Page as a Whole for Dailies under 10,000 ...

Courtland missing an opportunity with water tower

To the editor: I am very disappointed in the Courtland City Council’s decision to make our $1,000,000 water tower look boring and in my opinion ugly. We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to make a lasting impression on everyone that travels through our town. Why are we wasting it? ...

Being right more important than being first

To the editor: Congratulations to The Free Press’ Mark Fischenich for winning second place in both investigative reporting and hard news at the Jan 24 Minnesota Newspaper Association convention. Likewise to The Journal for first place in Editorial Page as a Whole for Dailies under 10,000 ...

Courtland missing an opportunity with water tower

To the editor: I am very disappointed in the Courtland City Council’s decision to make our $1,000,000 water tower look boring and in my opinion ugly. We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to make a lasting impression on everyone that travels through our town. Why are we wasting it? ...