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Opinion

Bring back the stop signs

Letters

To the editor: I live near the newly constructed roundabouts at the Highway 14-15 intersection. Prior to the construction, I would avoid coming home out of New Ulm on County Road 37. Even if I was at Hy-Vee, I would drive back through town on Broadway to go home on 15 so I would not have to ...

Supports Feehan in First District

Letters

To the editor: I support Dan Feehan for US House of Representatives, MN District 1. Dan has the skills, experience and knowledge to represent our district effectively. He understands the needs of rural Minnesotans and will work hard to advance legislation that improves the lives of the ...

Program works; don’t fix it

Editorials

A news report this week indicates some legislators are worried that a successful program is getting too popular, so they want to fix it. The state’s local sales tax program allows cities like New Ulm to charge a local sales tax to fund things the state doesn’t want to pay for. In New ...

Off the Record: The human face of the Holocaust

Columns

Note: In January 2004, Holocaust survivor Henry Oertelt of St. Paul visited New Ulm to tell the story of his survival to New Ulm High School students. With the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp this week, I thought it would be appropriate to rerun this column I ...

Weeds: Question: Are you or I better than anyone else?

Columns

Here’s a mental exercise for a winter night. Think on this: Am I better than anyone else? I don’t mean in skills. I learned long ago there are people better at baseball. That was followed by discovery that there are people better at singing, dancing, running, you name it. Even things I ...

Brown County Browser: FAQs on primary

Columns

Common questions posed to local election officials about the presidential primary scheduled for March 3, 2020 are answered in this column. Will all parties participate in the presidential nomination primary? No, only major parties will participate. Two major parties, the ...

Keep history of Holocaust alive

Editorials

Monday was Holocaust Remembrance Day, marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp in German-occupied Poland by troops of the Soviet Army. Auschwitz has come to be the biggest symbol of the Holocaust, the program Nazi Germany undertook during World War II as the ...

Town Talk: What is Energy Star?

Columns

You may have seen the logo before when shopping for appliances and lighting. You may have even seen it on buildings or windows. But do you know why the logo is there, what it represents, and who put it there? Energy Star is a voluntary program backed by the Environmental Protection Agency ...

No room for violence in political discourse

Editorials

On occasion, politics in our nation becomes an exercise in confrontation. Harsh words are exchanged. Voices are raised. But most of the time, people who disagree keep their distance, recognizing that the First Amendment is no excuse for violence. Recently, a judge in Cincinnati, Ohio, ...

Remembering Saturdays at the Time Theater

Letters

To the editor: The January 23 Journal story regarding the 100th anniversary of the building at 212 North Minnesota Street reminded me of events from mid-1942. I was 10 years old. On a sunny Saturday afternoon I’d jump on my blue Schwinn Roadmaster bike and ride from our home on South ...

Be educated, compassionate

Letters

To the editor: Adversarial nations appear to be taking over the United States electronically. The best proof of this was the election of President Donald Trump in 2016. The only solution is for our citizens to become truly educated and genuinely compassionate. Walter O. Jones Lake Crystal

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Businesses of the Year Thumbs Up: Congratulations to the two businesses who were selected Thursday at the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet as the Businesses of the Year. 3M was chosen by Chamber members as the Large Business of the Year for 2020, and A to Zinnia Floral & ...

Eagle Update: Recognizing excellence

Columns

It is always a privilege and honor to recognize students for their achievements. This past school board meeting, several students were honored for their positive work ethic, for being a great classmate and assisting other students in class, and for their academic achievements. Our district ...

Countries don’t want our trash

Editorials

Clearly, the developed world needs to do more about how we dispose of our trash. Just as obviously, the United States, often cited as the chief villain in that regard, is far from alone. For years, much of the plastic waste disposed of by prosperous countries — even much of that officials ...

Mr. Blackstad’s Opus

Columns

Ed Blackstad passed away on Jan. 15. Ed was a fellow Lion, patient, and good buddy. I had many great conversations with him through the years. We liked to review movies. In 1996, we did our best “Siskel & Ebert At the Movies” of “Mr. Holland’s Opus.” I asked him “What did you ...

What more will it take?

Editorials

Those who live along Highway 14 in this area have known for years that it is a woefully inadequate, dangerous stretch of highway. People have begged and pleaded, railed and demanded that the state address the situation, and allocate the money now for expanding it to a four-lane highway all the ...

Taking action against corruption

Editorials

Puerto Rican Gov. Wanda Vasquez is fighting back against the corruption and inefficiency that has hindered efforts to help hurricane victims on her island. Good for her. U.S. officials should provide all the support at their disposal. On Sunday, Vasquez fired the heads of two government ...

Never too late to honor a true hero

Editorials

Many Americans became heroes on Dec. 7, 1941, during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. One of them, a Navy mess attendant, had been told he wasn’t even supposed to fire guns — because he was black. He was Doris “Dorie” Miller, a young Texan serving aboard the battleship USS West ...

Pelosi and The Squad

Letters

To the editor: In order to Make America Great Again and KEEP AMERICA GREAT, we need to get rid of Rep. Pelosi and the Squad (Reps. Cortez from New York, Omar from Minnesota, Tlaib from Michigan and Pressley from Massachusetts). How do we do that? We have to take the House of Representatives ...