Opinion

Vatican action is reassuring on sex abuse question

Editorials

Trust that Roman Catholic Church officials will do the right thing about allegations of sexual misconduct by members of the clergy is in question in many countries, not just the United States. What Pope Francis and others in the Catholic hierarchy do about the matter is watched closely ...

Citizenship question on census? Why?

Letters

To the editor: I have serious concerns about the President’s plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. As many news outlets and fact-finders have reported, this question is largely unnecessary and is a thinly-veiled attempt to suppress the response rate among minority ...

What’s become of America?

Letters

To the editor: As I sit here on the eve of Independence Day I cannot help but think of the children locked in border prison camps, separated from their parents and enduring inhumane, unsanitary conditions. I never imagined my country would ever be the prison keepers of these children and ...

Town Talk: NUCAT high-definition channel upgrade

Columns

Over the past couple of years, New Ulm Community Access Television department (NUCAT) has been making the transition into a more modern production unit. Since 2008 New Ulm citizens have turned to NUCAT to see meetings in the council chambers, church services, town halls, parades, concerts, ...

Epstein plea deal needs explanation

Editorials

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein may yet spend an appropriate amount of time in a federal prison. He should have been sent away years ago. Why that did not happen needs to be explained. Epstein, 66, has been arrested by federal authorities in New York, on charges of sex trafficking involving ...

Mexico dealing with its immigrant influx

Editorials

Even before President Donald Trump threatened to use tariffs on Mexican goods imported into the United States, that country’s leaders seemed to be doing more than their predecessors to keep potential illegal immigrants from crossing our southern border. Now, however, the campaign has ...

State should take on gerrymandering

Editorials

Since the U.S. Supreme Court decided it is too hard for it to get involved in settling gerrymandering questions, we guess it is up to the states to settle the question when one political party tries to redraw legislative or congressional boundaries to perpetuate its own advantage. Minnesota ...

What is Hagedorn doing to save USDA Research department?

Letters

To the editor: We wonder what Rep. Hagedorn is doing to stop the administration from destroying the research capabilities of the Department of Agriculture. As noted on his website, “Minnesota’s First District is one of the top crop and livestock producing congressional districts in the ...

Disrespect for anthem marred soccer game

Letters

To the editor: Although not a big soccer fan I watched the USA women’s team in the Soccer World Cup played in France. The team was successful on the pitch. They competed hard and won. I was disappointed, however, that one member of our team — a captain I believe — refused to fully ...

Government benefits competing for workers

Editorials

Still think we haven’t painted ourselves into a corner in this country with the taxpayer-funded public assistance programs that now keep so many families afloat? A study by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Research Foundation shows 20% of Buckeye State businesses have had problems with hiring, ...

What’s on your mind?

Columns

What are your thoughts on Victorian-era clothing? (Asked at the 1870s Fashion Day at the Harkin Store on Sunday)

Get more treatment to addicts

Editorials

Substance abuse is both a personal crisis and a public health challenge. Resources to battle it need to be viewed in that light. If a new study of how people purporting to be heroin users are treated by some health care providers is any guide, relatively minor federal policy changes could ...

Our nation’s odd relationship with things that go … BOOM!

Columns

I never knew when it would happen … or how often. It was rarely in the morning, but sometimes in the afternoon and frequently in the evening when all of a sudden … BOOM! Now, this was July 4th in the 1970s in Missouri. The sound of fireworks exploding overhead throughout the day, ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Celebrating baseball in New Ulm THUMBS UP: New Ulm got a nice boost this week when a Fox 9 TV crew came for its series on Town Team Baseball in Minnesota. The series focuses not just on the ballparks and the teams, but on the people and the communities. New Ulm, of course, has had a long love ...

Business’ name offensive to Latinos

Letters

To the editor: A few days ago, I was shocked to see a notice from the Sleepy Eye Chamber of Commerce promoting a food service with the name of “illegal” followed by “amigos,” a word linking it to the Latino community. The ad was also accompanied by a cartoonish depiction of a Mexican ...

Make ‘swatting’ a felony offense

Editorials

‘Swatting’ has to be one of the stupidest, most dangerous pranks modern ne’er-do-wells have come up with. It involves calling police and reporting a dangeous crime is going on at someone’s address, in hopes that police will turn out in full force, SWAT team and all, bust down the doors ...

City should crack down on rotting railroad crossings

Letters

To the editor: Two years ago, city workers came by and spray painted some marks on my sidewalk indicating where the concrete was raised a bit due to tree roots growing beneath and raising the sidewalk. The sidewalk was only raised about an inch, but the City of New Ulm called this a “trip ...

Town Talk: EDA housing programs

Columns

The New Ulm Economic Development Authority (EDA) has two new programs to assist with a home purchase. The first program is Down Payment Assistance for Garden Terrace Residents who wish to purchase a home in New Ulm. For residents at Garden Terrace Apartments, for each monthly rent payment ...

Misgivings about traffic enforcement activities

Letters

To the editor: I, as a concerned citizen of the New Ulm area, have some uneasy feelings and questions about the upcoming local operation to catch distracted drivers. First off, I worry about who will be stationed in the undercover cars around town as we obviously do not have an extra fleet ...