Opinion

Chinese threat highlights our shortsighted policy

Editorials

Thank you, Beijing, for making it clear to Americans how short-sighted we have been for many years. Chinese officials have issued a new threat as part of their reaction to President Donald Trump’s increases in tariffs on some goods imported here from China. His purpose is to force Beijing ...

Nation needs sound, sane immigration policy

Editorials

No nation, especially one as attractive as ours in terms of liberty, safety and prosperity, can survive long without some firm policy on immigration. By definition, the “open borders” crowd refuses to accept that. So do those in favor of mass amnesty for illegal immigrants already in the ...

High time for court to revisit Roe v. Wade

Editorials

For most Americans, Roe v. Wade has been the law of the land regarding abortion. Handed down in 1973 by the U.S. Supreme Court, the ruling placed the federal government firmly in charge of regulating whether and in what circumstances women can have their pregnancies terminated. But for the ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Times a’changin’ THUMBS UP: A lot of change is happening in downtown New Ulm. Most noticeably, the block of Minnesota Street from the Alliance Bank to Third North is undergoing demolition and clearing to make way for a new Alliance Bank. Of course, change is really nothing new in ...

Memorial Day Vietnam Vet and Abortion

Letters

To the editor: Why is a vet concerned with abortion? Why would a veteran of war take a life? Why were the Viet Nam Vets called baby killers? The name calling came from those who were not there and were against war and killing. Peace and love were their answer. The offspring of peace and ...

Memorial Day Ceremony

Letters

To the editor: Memorial Day 2019, has again come and gone. As always, it was a beautiful ceremony but this year it was exceptionally well done. In spite, of the weather it was perfect. I admired M.C. Chris Schneeberg, the Honor Guard, Concord singers, and Municipal Band managing the crowed ...

Lindh release was very poor timing

Editorials

One wonders why anyone in the U.S. justice system thought last Thursday, less than a week before Americans honor those who died defending our freedom, was a good time to release John Walker Lindh from prison. Lindh, the “American Taliban,” spent more than 17 years in prison after being ...

Albrecht was a great ambassador for city

Editorials

Joel Albrecht wasn’t born in New Ulm, but there are few native New Ulmites who could match his love for the city, his dedication in the service of the city, and his energy in representing the city. Albrecht, who served the city as a city councilor for ten years and as mayor for eight more, ...

The Gift of Life

Letters

To the editor: As I have watched the people who are protesting against the ban on abortions I have noticed they all have one thing in common. Their mothers made the decision to give them the gift of life. Paul Guggisberg Lafayette

Relentless obstruction helps no one

Editorials

Understand this about the $4.5 billion Democrats in Congress refused to grant President Donald Trump’s administration last week: It could have prevented an enormous amount of suffering among the very people leaders of the party claim to defend: illegal immigrants. Trump had included the ...

Can’t blame Trump for getting frustrated

Editorials

President Trump says he will not negotiate with Democrats on infrastructure or other legislation if they are going to continue with investigations of him. The whole thing is an unfortunate mess. We do not know if a federal infrastructure bill is the best idea anyway. The federal government is ...

Best speech ever

Editorials

In this season of graduation speeches, it has to be conceded that the best graduation speech ever in the history of higher education was given last Sunday by Robert F. Smith at Morehouse College in Atlanta. Smith, a billionaire tech investor who founded Vista Equity Partners, told the Class ...

What’s Going On: Caught in our own political echo chambers

Columns

It’s been called the most famous echo chamber in the world. Because of the amazing acoustics associated with it, the Studio Two Echo Chamber has been used by various musical artists including Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Oasis and Adele. Countless movie soundtracks were also produced there ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Splash pad coming THUMBS UP: The City of New Ulm is getting a splash pad through the generosity of Barb Haroldson, who is donating the water feature for a city park. The New Ulm City Council decided to place the splash pad in North Park, at 16th North and Broadway. This park already gets a ...

Off the Record: You could see UST ouster coming

Columns

This week the presidents of the schools in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) voted to oust one of its charter members, the University of St. Thomas. St. Thomas had grown too big and was much too successful in sports, especially in football, to peacefully co-exist with the ...

The new norm

Editorials

The Minnesota legislative session ended on Monday in typical fashion for a budget-setting year. Its main piece of business — a two-year state budget — was unfinished. It will require overtime — a special session — to finish the job. This has become standard operating procedure for the ...

Solving the Palestinian problem

Editorials

Israelis understand that, at least under President Donald Trump’s administration, they have a staunch, valuable ally. Now it is time to make it clear to the Palestinian people that Washington wants to help them, too. Many enemies in the Middle East desire to wipe Israel off the map. The ...

Heartbeat of America

Letters

To the editor: I am writing to comment on The Journal editorial on Friday May 17, “U.S. birthrate becoming an issue.” The Journal goes on to say birth rates in the United States have dipped to historic lows, causing ramifications of fewer children being educated in colleges, smaller ...