Opinion

Trump/Hagedorn health plan — nothing

Letters

To the editor: President Trump and his minions such as Congressman Jim Hagedorn want to destroy critical health insurance reforms, but have no replacement plan. Republicans failed repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act. In July 2017 Senator McCain and others voted against repeal ...

Thank you to our firefighters

Letters

To the editor: We would like to take this opportunity to thank our amazing New Ulm Fire Department, Chief Paul Macho and all firefighters, for putting their lives on the line, each and every day, for all of us. We feel confident and safe knowing these amazing, dependable, dedicated, men ...

Butina case may help focus on Kremlin

Editorials

Democrat Party leaders’ laser-focus on allegations that President Donald Trump cooperated with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election does a great disservice to the nation — and not just because the claims have been proven wrong. Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team ...

Brown County Browser: Protection of vulnerable adults

Columns

Just as the State of Minnesota requires that every county provide child protective services the same is true for vulnerable adults. Brown County screened 140 reports and conducted 44 investigations of alleged maltreatment of vulnerable adults in 2018. All mandated reporters are required ...

Replacing ACA harder than repeal

Editorials

Health insurance entitlements have become the new third rail of politics. Many members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, are so worried about alienating millions of voters that they are unwilling to tinker with the massive government takeover of health insurance — even if they ...

Barr should release nearly the full report

Editorials

Just two considerations need to be taken care of before Attorney General William Barr makes the special counsel Robert Mullers report available to Congress and thus, to the American people. First is national security. It may be that the report contains some material that would be helpful to ...

Carbon capture chances unlikely

Letters

To the editor: Reveal, produced by the Center for Investigative Reporting, had a recent program which captured people from the fossil fuel industries and their lobbyists laughing amongst themselves about how successful they have been in controlling the Interior Department under the Trump ...

Bad messages in Smollet case

Editorials

Television actor Jussie Smollett lied when he claimed he was the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack in Chicago, police there maintain. They say he used two accomplices to stage the assault, in a bid for publicity he may have hoped would help his career. Yet, other than a few days in jail ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Is it getting hot here? THUMBS UP: Or is it just New Ulm? With the Star Tribune Magazine declaring New Ulm this week to be one of the “5 Hottest Small Towns” to visit, we can expect to see an influx of bon vivants and hipsters, looking for some “hot” New Ulm atmosphere. If plans to ...

“A Wonderful Life”

Letters

To the Editor: A Wonderful Life It would’ve been a wonderful life Had you just let me live. I had potential, promise, pulse; I had so much to give. It would’ve been a wonderful life; My family traits were true. My hands and feet resembled Dad’s; My face looked just like ...

Special Olympics funding disaster

Editorials

It would be easier to feel sorry for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos if the $17.6 million cut she included in her department’s budget was going to be rebated to taxpayers or, perhaps, used to help pay down the national debt. But the federal government never, ever spends less. The budget goes ...

Town Talk: Spring asphalt maintenance

Columns

The top priority of the Street Department is to maintain the integrity of the street and alley pavements to ensure they are in a safe and useable condition and to ensure proper drainage for storm runoff. As the weather warms and the snow melts the first maintenance activity we perform is ...

Russia’s real threat

Editorials

Many Americans, perhaps millions, became unwitting tools of Russian President Vladimir Putin during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. Some remain susceptible to Russian meddling. There was no conspiracy between the Kremlin and President Donald Trump’s camp during the 2016 ...

Tough times on the farm

Editorials

It has been evident that times have been tough on farmers over the past few years. Just how tough became evident in a report released this week by the Minnesota Extension and the state. The state’s analysis found that Minnesota farm incomes hit a new low in 2018, the lowest in the 23 years ...

Crime Victims Rights Week is April 7-13

Letters

To the editor: In 1981, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Every year since, the United States has recognized one week in April as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, as a way to bring awareness to issues that victims of crime face and to ...

Weeds: Talking, but not listening

Columns

I was trying to find a time to donate a pint of my AB Positive blood to the Red Cross. I saw there was a blood drive at Martin Luther College. It turned out to be one of those miserable days for driving, as a northwester blew snow across the prairie. It let up some toward evening, and I decided ...

Brown County Browser: What every veteran should know: No. 3

Columns

A week ago 27 members of greater Brown County attended the annual Veterans Day on the Hill Capitol Rally in St. Paul. This event brings veterans and legislators from around the State to one central location so that our grass roots organizations can lobby for a strong set of laws that will ...

Public should see Mueller report

Editorials

Robert Mueller turned in his report on his investigation into whether Donald Trump’s campaign cooperated the Russian government to interfere with the 2016 election. A four-page summary released to Congress over the weekend aid Mueller found nothing to prove the campaign was involved. On the ...

Job in Syria far from finished

Editorials

The Islamic State terrorist group is finished, at least in Syria, President Donald Trump and some in the U.S. military are proclaiming. Well, good riddance. Unfortunately, however, the mission of civilized human beings the world over is far from accomplished. Trump this week displayed a map ...