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Opinion

Eagle Update: Planning for the upcoming school year

Columns

By Jeff Bertrang ISD 88 Superintendent On Thursday, we were informed how to plan what our school start will look like. Our plans will be based on county health information and recommendations based on what is happening in our communities. We have spent time since June reviewing the ...

Could it happen here?

Editorials

People in Marshall have been dragged unwillingly into the spotlight this week after a couple walked through the Marshall Walmart wearing facing coverings resembling Nazi flags, complete with a swastika over their mouths. A local church vicar, who was born in Germany and knows full well how ...

Drain the Minnesota Swamp, starting in 16B

Letters

To the editor: The Republicans have a great opportunity to help drain the Minnesota Swamp in this upcoming primary election to choose the person they would have represent them in the Minnesota State House of Representatives for District 16B. That’s right, the “people” of 16B can choose ...

Important vote for GFW

Letters

To the editor: A very important vote is coming up for the GFW Levy on Aug. 11. As a Winthrop resident, GFW graduate, a mom of current GFW students, and business owner in the GFW community I have many perspectives on this vote, and the answer to how I should vote always comes to YES. A YES ...

Off the Record: Remembering Marcy

Columns

When I started working for The Journal back in May 1985, Bruce Fenske was the publisher and general manager. But it didn’t take me long to figure out who the really ran the business. Marcy Perry was the office manager, and she ran a tight ship. You knew, just looking at her, that she was in ...

SROs should have place in schools

Editorials

Calls for change in law enforcement range from those demanding that police departments be virtually disbanded to others insisting on better training for officers and more accountability for the few rogues among them. Common to most reform proposals is that law enforcement personnel be more ...

Systemic racism is a fact

Letters

To the editor: As a woman of color I find condescending the assertion that “…the overwhelming majority of Americans … go to extreme lengths to treat other-skinned people with as much respect and consideration as possible.” Who does Mr. Thom consider “other skinned people?” Skin ...

Denying systemic racism doesn’t make it go away

Letters

To the editor: Did racial inequality in our country end with the Civil War? Sadly, no. Consider Jim Crow laws, the KKK, the GI Bill, and the treatment of the Freedom Riders. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Affirmative Action mandates minimally improved the racial inequities in our country. ...

Weeds: Caught in the grip

Columns

In 1991, I helped with an exhibit at the Brown County Historical Society. We called it, “Baseball and Brown County, A Glove Affair.” That’s a little cheesy. But I still like it. The exhibit was a look at the sweep of baseball through the years from New Ulm to Comfrey. We identified the ...

Brown County Browser: Primary two weeks away

Columns

Just two weeks and the Primary Election will be behind us and we will be working feverishly to prepare for the November General Election. Those voters who have opted to vote in the Primary from the safety of their homes are encouraged to return their ballots as soon as possible to ensure that ...

Time to act is now on new coronavirus aid package

Editorials

Debate over a new coronavirus relief package continues in Congress and at the White House. Disagreements are both legitimate and political, but one thing ought to be obvious to all involved: Millions of Americans will be in very real financial trouble if a deal is not achieved ...

Vote for Torkelson!

Letters

To the editor: To my fellow residents of Minnesota House District 16B: You know Paul Torkelson. He is our tenacious State Representative. He listens to constituents, perseveres on key issues and is true to his word. Paul is the endorsed Republican candidate, winning the endorsement by a ...

Pope issues guidance to tackle sexual abuse

Editorials

Pope Francis is telling Roman Catholic leaders they must do what most people — including the overwhelming majority of the church’s faithful — would do without being told: report cases of sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults to the police. A long awaited manual of guidance from ...

Vote for Houle in 16B

Letters

To the editor: When do we say “enough is enough”? I, along with many other people of District 16B, have just about had all we will take of being “ruled” by an elite faction of power and control freaks in our Minnesota State Capital! Our fundamental rights of life, liberty and ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Tournament decision THUMBS UP: The New Ulm City Council voted Friday to rescind its earlier approval of holding the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Association tournament in New Ulm. Concerned about the possible spread of COVID-19 if the tournament were held here in August, the council reversed the ...

GFW’s shrinking enrollment, revenue

Letters

To the editor: In 1995 GFW’s K-12 enrollment was 1,072. It was 853 in 2005, and 751 in 2015 (Numbers from MN Dept of Ed) and is now below 700. The GFW website shows that enrollment has declined an average of 2.34% a year for the last eight years. For years GFW has spent more money than ...

Welcoming Communities: Change is here. How will we respond?

Columns

Change — What is our response to change? If we view change as an opportunity, we tend to be more proactive. If we look at change as a loss, we may be more reactive. Depending on our day, our response to change may be proactive, reactive or somewhere in between. Because COVID-19 came on so ...

Upon further review…

Editorials

The New Ulm City Council is holding a special meeting today for a replay and review of its decision last week to allow Johnson and Mueller parks to be used to host the Minnesota State Amateur Baseball Tournament. The New Ulm Baseball Association has been working hard since being awarded the ...

Who was subverting justice?

Letters

To the editor: A July 20th letter in The Journal has this quotation from the BLM website: “#Black Lives Matter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer.” Originally, police had declined to arrest and charge George Zimmerman. Then, after the case went ...