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Opinion

Masks make sense

Editorials

Minnesota’s new face mask mandate takes effect on Saturday, after Gov. Tim Walz signed a new emergency order on Wednesday. The mandate calls for people to wear face masks indoors in public places — stores, public buildings and other gathering places. While the order carries a petty ...

A decision well made 10 years ago

Letters

To the editor: Recently it was announced that the Chamber of Commerce would be installing 8’ tall aluminum cutouts of New Ulm’s signature Hermann statue next to three of the highway entrance signs into New Ulm from now until Sept. 7. These temporary promotional cutouts recall a decision ...

Recommended reading

Letters

To the editor: We could all learn about and appreciate the pain and injustice experienced by many of our citizens in the USA from reading Carol Anderson’s “One Person, No Vote.” Isabel Wilkerson’s book “The Warmth of Other Suns,” published in 2010, about the movement of 6 million ...

Thanks for visiting!

Letters

To the editor: I would like to thank Congressman Hagedorn for stopping by New Ulm last week. I appreciate him making the effort to connect with residents in all corners of the district and supporting our small businesses and law enforcement who are still working hard throughout all the recent ...

Schools need to be funded to function

Editorials

School, both public and private, will be quite different this fall. In many states, classrooms that normally would have been open by mid-August will not be occupied until September or October, if then. Whether the education process for millions of children will involve in-person teaching or ...

Be considerate: wear a mask

Letters

To the editor: I recently read the LTE by Dr. Scott Rysdahl and was absolutely appalled that anyone would come into the clinic and refuse to wear a mask. This world would be a better world if we quit thinking, “I, I, I, me, me, me” and took into consideration WE.... everybody you are ...

Brown County Browser: Elections update

Columns

All voters who have requested an Absentee ballot should have received it in the mail by now. All ballots were mailed on July 15th. Over 2,500 voters took advantage of Voting Safely At Home for the Primary election on August 11th. Voters in our townships along with the cities of Cobden, Evan ...

Cancel the stamp debate for mail votes

Editorials

Of all the irrational debates Americans should be having about the upcoming November elections, one reported last week takes the cake. Beyond any doubt, many voters will be leery of casting ballots at polling places because of COVID-19 concerns. That has renewed the debate over absentee ...

Systemic racism

Letters

To the editor: There is much that could be said in response to the Human Rights Commission’s letter of July 17, but at the heart of it all is their contention that there is systemic racism in America. I would like to respond to that. To begin with, if we are going to speak honestly, we must ...

Mobility for Vets

Editorials

Some of the men and women who serve us in uniform suffer wounds or other injuries that lead to a lifetime of sacrifice for us. In return, taxpayers help the most severely affected purchase specially adapted motor vehicles — once. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, ...

Black Lives Matter, in their own words

Letters

To the editor: #BlackLivesMatter has a web site: blackLivesMatter.com I just copied and pasted the paragraph on this web page below. They DO NOT encourage violence. In fact, they are various conflict resolution tools on their web pages. “#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response ...

Time for Silent Majority to be heard

Letters

To the editor: I recently listened to Trump’s July 14, 2020, Rose Garden speech during what was supposed to be a press conference. He mentioned the “Silent Majority.” I want to encourage those of you who are part of this group to be brave and admit it. After hearing from him what Biden ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Signs of life THUMBS UP: It is nice, in this time of COVID-19 pandemic inactivity, to see some signs of life. People are finding ways to be engaged with each other. The Brown County Fairgrounds are hosting a “Taste of the County Fair” weekend, with food trucks and concession stands ...

Support Rep. Hagedorn

Letters

To the editor: I write in support of Rep. Jim Hagedorn, a steady hand in these troubled times. Jim has not missed being in Washington D.C., attending every vote on legislation before Congress. The work of the 1st District is too important to not be there as Nancy Pelosi advocates remote ...

Congress needs to question VA

Editorials

Reta Mays’ spree as a serial killer ended in July 2018 — but only after she got away with murdering military veterans for a year. Now that she has been unmasked, the question of how Mays got away with her evil for so long needs to be answered. Last week, in U.S. District Court at ...

No sinister message in ‘Peace/Justice’ signs

Letters

To the editor: The New Ulm Human Rights Commission would like to respond to Michael Thom’s recent letter regarding our yard signs. Mr. Thom has incorrectly interpreted the message. To be clear, “If You Want Peace, Work For Justice” (originally quoted by Pope Paul VI), is not a sinister ...

Peace and Justice revisited

Letters

To the editor: I am responding to the Letter titled “Peace and Justice” in the July 15 edition of The Journal. It is unfortunate that the writer has chosen to apply some hidden agenda to what I hope can and should be taken at face value: “If you want peace, work for justice.” He ...

Town Talk: Why are there flags in my yard?

Columns

The Gopher State One Call (GSOC) is Minnesota’s one-call notification center for the excavating community. The GSOC center answers phone calls and online requests from homeowners and contractors who would like to excavate. The information is then processed and all underground utilities in the ...

Be ready for school start, whenever that may be

Editorials

Sometime this fall, Minnesota schools are going to start edudcating students again. Exactly when this will be, and exactly how this will happen, is up in the air right now. But there are things that need to be done to be ready for it, whenever that is. Teaching positions need to be filled, ...