Opinion

Something good from Washington

Editorials

Sometimes good things can happen in Washington. One did this week when the Senate approved a common-sense bill to help veterans of military service. The measure is the Veteran STEM Scholarship Improvement Act, S 2011. It was introduced by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. Co-sponsors were Sent. Ted ...

‘Beauty and the Beast’ a top rate performance

Letters

To the editor: As New Ulm’s representative on the Board of the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council I attended last Sunday’s performance of “Beauty and the Beast” mounted by the State Street Theater, and I came away over-awed by a thoroughly enjoyable show. I have been a season ...

So many questions, so little time

Editorials

CNN’s second round of Democratic presidential candidate debates began last night with 10 of the 20 invited candidates. The other 10 will debate tonight, similar to the last debate. This is a cumbersome, unwieldy debate format, giving such a large number of debaters a mere 60 seconds to ...

Weeds: Brothers in farming

Columns

Big brother Dale passed away on June 21. Dale battled dementia his last years, although I’m not sure it’s correct to say one “battles” dementia. It creeps upon its victim who slowly succumbs. In the end, death is the known outcome. Dale was older than me and gone from the house by the ...

What should U.S. do avert election meddling

Editorials

U.S. senators were told last week that the federal government should have a bigger role in protecting states’ election systems from computer hackers such as those working for Russia. A report submitted to the Senate, on Russian efforts to interfere with U.S. elections, suggests Moscow is ...

Parade great experience for Color Guard

Letters

To the editor: As a member of the New Ulm Area Veterans Color Guard, I would like to thank everyone involved in the 2019 Bavarian Blast Parade. I had the pleasure of marching with the Color Guard just in front of the 204th Army Band from Fort Snelling. They provided excellent band music! It ...

Time to act now to save the environment

Letters

To the editor: The Guardian website published an article last week on more than 100 Arctic wildfires with blazes in Greenland, Siberia and Alaska visible from space. “The Arctic region has recorded its hottest June ever…” The amount of carbon dioxide being released is adding to the ...

Narren say thanks for 30 years of support

Letters

To the editor: The Narren of New Ulm would like to thank the people of New Ulm for the support we have received the past 30 years. Even though “we are the relatives everyone has, but no one wants to claim,” you have accepted and welcomed us here and we appreciate the opportunity to ...

Stronger pills raise new opioid issue

Editorials

We have known for some time that even as the danger of prescription pain pills containing opioids was becoming clear, drug companies were shipping out hundreds of millions of them. Some — not all — doctors continued to write prescriptions for them despite warnings that might not be best for ...

Lowering drug costs

Editorials

The rising cost of prescription drugs has been a big part of the health care debate in the past few years. Users of life-saving drugs like insulin, epinephrine, people dependent on drugs for cancer treatment, rheumatoid arthritis and a host of other debilitating diseases, have seen the price of ...

What’s Going On: Choosing movies with a 10-year-old

Columns

I once read parenting is like walking into a pitch-black room with the task of finding a singular coin without any light. While you blindly try to feel your way around, there will be fear, frustration, anger, anxiety and a couple cusswords. That’s a fairly accurate description of ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Relay for Life THUMBS UP: The Brown County Relay for Life was held last night at the Brown County Fairgrounds. It is always a special celebration, featuring fun and good times, always with a serious purpose. This is the 21st year of the Brown County Relay for Life, and since its beginning it ...

Walz held plenty of town halls, open to all

Letters

To the editor: A recent letter in this newspaper talked about Representative Jim Hagedorn’s town halls and meetings with constituents and suggested these were in “huge contrast to his predecessor, Tim Walz, who didn’t have a single town hall meeting his last six years as ...

Hagedorn unresponsive to constituents

Letters

To the editor: Members of Congress have a responsibility to listen to their constituents and a duty to be accountable to those they were elected to represent. Congressman Jim Hagedorn has not demonstrated either of these. On July 14th, Donald Trump tweeted a series of overtly racist ...

Franken will have to live with regret

Editorials

Former Democratic Sen. Al Franken was the subject of a profile in the New Yorker magazine this week. In it, Franken reflected on the accusations that led him to resign from his Senate seat in December 2017. He said he “absolutely” regrets resigning when he did. Franken, you recall, had ...

Town Talk: New Ulm City website a treasure trove of information

Columns

In this era of social media, texting, and many other changing technologies the humble website remains a key way to organize and circulate a lot of information. Although the City of New Ulm website has undergone many changes since it was launched in 2001, it’s still a valuable place to find ...

Mueller testimony covered old territory

Editorials

The much-anticipated Congressional testimony by Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday turned up little new ground. As he had warned House leaders, Mueller did not discuss matters that were not part of his final report, he did not embellish or expand on his findings and he did not ...

Too much bad rhetoric all the way around on race

Editorials

President Trump needs to do better. His recent call for four Democrats in the U.S. House to “go back” to where they came from does not even make sense. Three come from the United States. The fourth is a naturalized citizen, who happens to represent Minnesota in Congress. Trump is trying to ...

CBD is NOT marijuana

Letters

To the editor: During last Sunday’s Bavarian Blast Parade there was some misinformation on the public-access broadcast. When one announcer questioned about what CBD was, the second announcer stated, “it has something to do with marijuana.” I would like to clarify this ...