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Opinion

Who’s fiddling while the planet burns?

Editorials

“Do we really want to be remembered as the generation that buried its head in the sand, that fiddled while the planet burned?” asked U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres this week. He was addressing representatives from nearly 200 nations, gathered in Spain for a meeting on climate ...

Weeds: This season will pass

Columns

Why would we have expected anything else? After a miserable spring, we had a miserable fall. Late planted crops matured late, no surprise. The bad days it rained or snowed. The good days were cold and cloudy. It wasn’t much fun. There were few of those sun-dappled autumn days where it is a ...

Lessons in Afghanistan

Editorials

The most effective education on world trouble spots requires going there. So, just before Thanksgiving, a group of members of Congress went to Afghanistan. There, they talked with both U.S. forces and officials and Afghans, including that nation’s president, Ashraf Ghani. Making the trip ...

Stay warm, but stay safe

Editorials

Temperatures have reached the point where most of us can no longer deny that winter is coming. With the change of seasons comes an increase in the need to heat our homes — and fire departments are warning residents there is also an increased need for caution. One popular way to keep warm is ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Community Dinner THUMBS UP: The annual Community Friends Thanksgiving Dinner was held Thursday and fed around 850 people, hosting some 700 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church and sending out about 150 takeouts. It was another successful undertaking, with a host of volunteers making Thanksgiving ...

Listen, read, ask and think

Letters

To the editor: While most of us are still enjoying Thanksgiving, some people just can’t let go of Hallowe’en. They continue to want to frighten folks with scary words like “socialist” and “communist” and “liberal” and the like. Never mind that their arguments are bereft of ...

Town Talk: Winter reminders from the Natural Gas Department

Columns

The heating season is upon us and it’s time to get your furnace cleaned and checked for proper operation. The New Ulm Public Utilities has a rebate program for its customers to help cover that cost. Call one of these participating vendors: Ahrens Heating Inc., Fodness Heating, Gag Sheet Metal ...

The blessing of living in America

Editorials

Too often, we prosperous, free Americans take our many blessings for granted. Nearly all of us enjoy material wealth that is the envy of billions of people in other lands. We are free to do nearly anything our hearts desire, as long as our actions do not harm others. Our nation itself is a ...

Take care with holiday travel

Editorials

Nothing makes holidays like Thanksgiving happier than families getting together to spend a day feasting and catching up on their lives. So, nothing threatens that holiday happiness more than a bad weather warning that threatens to mess up holiday travel plans. That’s what we have coming up ...

Let Iran deal with its own troubles

Editorials

In comparison to this country, Iran has some of the lowest gasoline prices in the world, at about 39 cents per gallon. But they are going up to about 50 cents — and stiff rationing is being instituted. Drivers buying more than 13 gallons per week will have to pay twice the minimum. How is ...

What’s On Your Mind?

Columns

What do you enjoy about figure skating? (Asked at the New Ulm Figure Skating Fall Festival Invitational.)

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Community Dinner THUMBS UP: Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, and while most families are busy planning a dinner for 15 or 20 relatives, the New Ulm Community Friends are planning on feeding 500, 600 or more people on Thanksgiving Day. This is the 32nd Community Dinner put on by the friends, ...

An app that could save lives

Editorials

A Washington Post data base of police shootings indicates about 1 in 5 police encounters that end in a fatality involve a person with mental illness. Often, friends or family members may call police to assist when something is going wrong with someone, but the encounter spirals out of control ...

Town Talk: Reduce risk of frozen water pipes

Columns

By George Brown Water/Steam Supervisor Cold weather brings a chance of water pipes freezing and breaking. This risk increases with long stretches of extremely cold weather. Here are some tips to help avoid frozen water pipes in your home. • Most water service lines enter the home in the ...

Truth needs to come out in executions

Editorials

A substantial number of people who once were unwavering supporters of capital punishment have become opponents. Their conviction that some vicious criminals should pay the ultimate price remains firm. But revelations that a substantial number of people convicted of capital crimes were ...

We can only watch Hong Kong struggle

Editorials

Slightly more than 30 years ago, millions of Americans watched helplessly as pro-democracy protests in China were crushed ruthlessly. Our horror at the Tiananmen Square massacre was mixed with admiration for the courage shown by more than a million Chinese in standing up to the ...

The troubles I’ve seen…

Letters

To the editor: A terrestrial species is a living organism (microbe, fungi, plant, animal) that live on land. Most invasive species invade and displace more desirable species. Some invasives are health threats. Brown County has an alarming number of invasive species (+100). There are also new ...

Thank you, Jim Hagedorn

Letters

To the editor: I want to thank my Congressman, Jim Hagedorn, for his dedication in keeping in touch with his constituents. Far too often, politicians traipse off to Washington only to be swallowed up by the Beltway, never to be heard or seen again. Thankfully, Rep. Hagedorn has chosen to ...

Letter from Ulm: Finding friends in Ulm

Columns

“Alles gut?” I shouted down to Dieter, my 60-something-year-old climbing partner belaying me from roughly 20 feet below. Cool, calm, and collected, he had just dodged a fist-sized chunk of rock I had just pulled from the crag wall. In retrospect, that portion of the rock did look a bit ...