Opinion

Don’t buy the ‘futility’ argument

Editorials

You hear the argument every time a mass shooting massacre triggers calls for more gun control. “Gun control won’t stop mass murder. Maniacs will find a way to get guns illegally.” Or, “If they want to kill someone, they’ll find a way, even without guns.” This “futility” ...

What’s Going On: Are we ready to admit we have a problem?

Columns

It was one of those facts that just seemed so outrageously untrue … I wondered if it was true. I had the same kind of doubt and skepticism when I first heard that hippos kill more people in Africa than lions. They do … about 3,000 — 250 more. So when discussing the most recent mass ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Welcoming banners THUMBS UP: Those traveling up and down Broadway have probably noticed New Ulm Street Department crews putting up some new, colorful banners on the median light poles. The banners depict one of New Ulm’s many attractions, from the Schell’s Brewery, to the Brown County ...

Class of 1974 remembers classmates

Letters

To the editor: The Class from New Ulm High School is having its reunion this weekend. Even though you can’t be with us, we’re truly not apart. In Memory of OUR Classmates That Have Gone Home: Tom Ahles Lou Ahlness Zimmerman Mark Alvig Gary Armstrong Joyce Baier Craig ...

Good neighbors vs. hate crimes

Editorials

A comment about hate crime that is both disturbing and in a way encouraging was made a few days ago by a woman who apparently was a victim of it. Police in Sterling, Ohio, are investigating an explosion that reduced a home to rubble. Fortunately, no one was injured — because no one was home ...

Town Talk: Days of Play!

Columns

The Summer Day of Play (DOP) is just around the corner. This year, it is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 15, starting at 6 p.m. in German Park. We pack the park full of activities, music and fun from 6 p.m. until dusk, followed by a family movie to be shown at dusk, or around 8 p.m. Because of the ...

Farmers: Collateral damage in Trump’s trade war with China

Editorials

Last year, after announcing steep tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum, President Donald Trump tweeted that “trade wars are good, and easy to win.” A year later, China is showing Trump that trade wars are not so easy to win, and American farmers should be telling Trump that it’s NOT ...

The warning signs were there

Editorials

Really thinking about what we read so often in the wake of mass killings is the only way we Americans can find a way to curb them. What comes out within hours or days of most killings such as those in Dayton and El Paso is that the murderers showed signs of homicidal tendencies long before ...

Shifting the blame

Letters

To the editor: Rhetorically I ask: How long after the horrendous El Paso and Dayton mass shootings did it take politicians and the media to assess blame beyond the actual perpetrator(s)? Some alleged it is because President Trump is a white nationalist/white supremacist i.e. racist. Absurd ...

A shocking weekend

Editorials

As inured as Americans have become to the occasional mass shooting, this past week has been especially horrendous. Three mass shooting events in a week’s time, including two within 24 hours over the weekend. The toll keeps growing — three killed at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on July 28; ...

Make corporate opioid pushers pay

Editorials

More than 10 years ago, a representative for a drug distributor wrote of the opioid products his company was receiving, “Keep ’em comin’! Flyin’ out of here. It’s like people are addicted to these things or something. Oh, wait, people are…” In reply, a sales representative for ...

What’s on your mind?

Columns

What’s your favorite place to ride a motorcycle? (Asked of American Legion Riders at Oak Hills Living Center on Saturday.)

Dealing with insulin costs

Editorials

Diabetics who need insulin to survive suddenly represent a cash cow to those drug-makers who produce insulin. Minnesota lawmakers would like to address the problem of skyrocketing insulin prices. Gov. Tim Walz and lawmakers are working on a plan that would help people who can’t afford the ...

Man’s microscopic CO2 not a problem

Letters

To the editor: The July 30 letter, ‘Time to act now to save the environment’, said: “The amount of carbon dioxide being released is adding to the already high level of CO2 in the atmosphere which is leading to a warmer planet.” Question: Is Earth’s temperature going up because the ...

What’s Going On: A mining controversy in Minnesota

Columns

When you hear the word “mining,” a variety of metals comes to mind. There are five designated precious metals including the obvious gold, silver and platinum and the not-so-obvious palladium and rhodium. Maybe you think of magnesium, or uranium, or something more common like salt or ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Hands Free law obviously needed Thumbs Down: The “Hands Free” driving law took effect on Thursday, and came not a moment too soon. The need for this law was made obvious in one of the first traffic stops to enforce it. In Eagan, an officer saw a woman using her phone while driving. When ...

Say “NO” to confined hog feedlots

Letters

To the editor: We have had great local support against the Christensen Farms’ confined hog barn proposals, one near my home and one near Mike Rein’s home in Sibley County. We have gathered 160+ local signatures on a petition and have requested an EAW (Environment Assessment Worksheet) ...

Getting serious about the river

Editorials

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is getting serious about the water quality in the Minnesota River and its tributaries. The MPCA is finalising plans to address a number of problems along the river. It held a session in Mankato Wednesday to go over its report and plans. The problems ...

No suds on the street?

Letters

To the editor: I wonder where Oktoberfest will be held this year since the good citizens of New Ulm can’t drink beer in the street. As I recall, Oktoberfest is held on a city street and according to city ordinance alcoholic beverages must not be consumed in the street. Or at least that ...

Town Talk: Water service questions

Columns

The water pipe that carries water from the watermain in the street is called a Water Service. These lines are either made of copper, galvanized steel, Pex plastic, and in a few cases lead. Your water service pipe is connected to the watermain through a valve that is attached directly to the ...