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Opinion

Gas price gripe

Letters

To the editor: Same old, same old…Gasoline prices go up and New Ulm once again is among the highest prices. New Ulm on Sunday was charging $2.89.9 per gallon. Meanwhile, Mankato was charging 19 cents LESS. Guess where I filled the tank. Don Brand New Ulm

Review of the 1st Amendment

Letters

To the editor: First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress ...

Voting rights battle

Editorials

The battle over who gets to vote and how they get to vote is turning nasty. In a recent invitation-only call to Republican state lawmakers, the Associated Press reports, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) urged them to resist Democratic efforts to pass H.R. 1 and expand voting rights “to illegal aliens ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Flipping for Kayla THUMBS UP: Kayla Goblirsch, a junior at Cathedral High School, has been competing on the New Ulm High School gymnastics team for three years, and each year she has earned a trip to to the Minnesota State High School gymnastics meet March 26 and 27. Goblirsch is competing ...

Prime Time address

Letters

To the editor: Thursday night, March 11, 2021 President Biden had his first Prime Time Address to the nation on the one year anniversary of Covid pandemic, signing of first time 1.9 trillion Covid 19 stimulation relief package. Why did I listen? I listened to his speech because I wanted to ...

Kids need to breathe

Letters

To the editor: I don’t have children in school or grand kids in school, so I don’t get involved much with school. But I have seen videos of teenagers playing basketball with masks on their faces. Those bodies are working hard and need fresh air, yet they are taking in some of the air they ...

COVID-19’s origin no excuse for racism

Editorials

OK, we know that the COVID-19 virus originated in Wuhan, China. We know that it spread from there around the world, causing this terrible pandemic we are battling. But the idea that people of Chinese or Asian descent, some of whom have lived in this country for generations, are responsible for ...

Stuck in a tough place

Editorials

The GFW School Board is in a tough place — with a statutory operating debt, the district is looking at cutting $290,000 from its budget next year. And unfortunately for school districts that have been dealing with budget shortfalls year after year, there’s little waste or fat to cut from ...

The state budget dance begins

Editorials

The major task of the 2021 session of the Minnesota Legislature is to pass a budget for the next two years. With Democrats in control of the House and the governor’s office, and the Republicans in control of the Senate, this is a dance reminiscent of the “West Side Story” rumble between ...

No one’s opinion should be censored

Letters

To the editor, Sarah Leslie in her letter to the editor entitled “Dahms spreading misinformation on Social Studies standards” lamented she was censored from Dahms’ Facebook page when she questioned the source of his information. She continued that she has been prohibited from further ...

The only difference is age

Letters

To the editor: My sister’s grandchild was born the first part of March at 31 weeks of age. Three days later he was breathing on his own and starting to suck a pacifier. If he was still in his mother’s womb for the next five weeks, our current administration would say he was not a person. ...

Mpls settlement comes at funny time

Editorials

Last Friday, Minneapolis city leaders approved a mammoth $27 million settlement in a civil suit brought by the family of George Floyd. It is the largest pre-trial settlement of its kind anywhere in the nation. It’s a huge amount of money, far surpassing the $20 million settlement the city ...

Dahms spreading misinformation on Social Studies standards

Letters

To the editor: Last month, Senator Gary Dahms posted a Facebook video concerning proposed changes to the K-12 social studies standards. In this video he made many of the same misstatements as the writer in this paper’s March 11th Letter to the Editor, “Proposed Social Studies curriculum ...

We are winning, thanks to COVID soldiers

Editorials

On Friday, when Gov. Tim Walz announced the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions, he was enthusiastic and optimistic. “I'm here to tell you that we're winning. We're winning, and this thing is coming to an end," Walz said at his livestreamed announcement. He’s right. The number of ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Easing up on COVID THUMBS UP: Gov. Tim Walz announced Friday he is relaxing some restrictions on public gatherings. Starting Monday, churches will have no attendance limits, though social distancing will still be required. Bars and restaurants can be at 75% capacity, with a limit of 250 ...

Headline was incorrect, inappropriate

Letters

To the editor: I’m writing in response to a front page article from today’s paper for which I can’t even bring myself to repeat the headline. The first sentence clearly states the article is in regards to three first degree counts of felony level criminal sexual conduct with a child ...

Eagle Update: New Ulm schools have been open all along

Columns

There has been plenty of news this year around public schools and COVID-19. National media outlets continue to publish, or insinuate, that schools aren’t open; the Federal Government has passed stimulus legislation that includes money to open up schools and there are pockets of pushback in ...

Weeds: Missing two good friends

Columns

It was a tough winter here west of Sleepy Eye. I don’t mean the weather. It was soft as far as winters go. I mean the loss of two good people. As we turn toward spring, a crop will get planted. It always does. But I won’t be waving in my tractor cab to Nicole Fuchs and Dennis Sellner in ...