Opinion

Declaration carries a warning to gov’t

Editorials

What comes after the phrase, “and the pursuit of happiness ...”? Today, we Americans celebrate the Declaration of Independence. Our focus is what the document meant — creation of a new nation. But what the document itself says about the Founders and about what they intended for us is ...

Weeds: Louis said it all: It’s a wonderful world

Columns

I was somewhere with longtime friend Billy Moran. I can’t remember where, a bar or a ballgame? “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong was playing in the background. Bill offered casually, “This is a great song.” Sometimes it is the role of friends to state obvious things that we ...

Simple items can help fight against ebola

Editorials

Ebola sometimes seems like a nightmare that will not go away. It is a truly horrible disease, killing about half of those who contract it. Here in the United States, where the very few people who have contracted Ebola receive the very best of care, the illness can be less serious. But in ...

Brown County Browser: Dealing with effects of spring flooding

Columns

The Brown County Highway Department has been busy with normal maintenance work plus repairing damage to county roads from this spring’s flood. This work will be ongoing through the summer and fall. The Minnesota River has been high for so long some county roads have been under water for ...

Good news for elephant preserve

Editorials

Elephants are among the most majestic creatures on the planet. Yet in some places, they are being killed off at an alarming rate. Poachers, who often cut the tusks out of dead elephants and leave their carcasses to rot, are responsible for many of the killings. Ivory still can bring a nice ...

Hwy 14 expansion

Letters

To the editor: There are many reasons to support the improvement of Hy. 14 from Nicollet to New Ulm to four-lane status: 1. This stretch of Hy. 14 has a notorious bad safety record because of all the serious accidents and heavy traffic. 2. The road is in poor condition and MNDOT is ...

No time to play politics at the border

Editorials

There is a crisis at the U.S. southern border. Regardless of whom you think is responsible, Central American immigrants seeking asylum have been coming north in record numbers, and many of them have been trying to cross the border illegally. It has led to tragedies, illustrated most recently by ...

What’s Going On: July 4th: A time reflect on fundamental rights

Columns

Do you like oddities? Here’s an oddity: The number 243 is a prime number, divisible by three. Thursday, our country will celebrate its 243rd Independence Day, dating back to 1776. It’s genuinely a Prime Independence Day. Here’s another oddity: A week before we celebrate that Prime ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Baseball, cars and quilts this weekend THUMBS UP: It’s a busy weekend in New Ulm. Seems like there’s something going on for everyone. If you like baseball (and who doesn’t these days with the Minnesota Twins sitting atop the AL Central with a 52-28 record?) you could head down to ...

Get used to driving without phones

Editorials

The law won’t take effect for another month, but when Aug. 1 comes around motorists driving along while holding a phone up to their ear can be pulled over and given a ticket. Only hands-free mobile devices will be allowed in cars. You might as well get used to the idea. Start now. Figure ...

Town Talk: Game on for Park and Recreation Month!

Columns

New Ulm’s Park and Recreation Department is Game On for Park and Recreation Month! Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. Created by the National Recreation Parks Association (NRPA), Park and Recreation Month specifically highlights ...

Diocesan settlement

Editorials

The settlement agreement announced Wednesday between the Catholic Diocese of New Ulm and the survivors and victims of clerical sexual abuse in the diocese may help bring some closure and healing to those who were abused. We hope and pray that it does. But even as the the diocese and other ...

Loves the history pages

Letters

To the editor: Just wanted to comment how much I enjoy the “News from 50 Years Ago and 100 Years Ago” articles that are published each Saturday in The Journal. As someone born and raised in New Ulm, one never knows what gems one might come across. For instance, at the very end of this ...

Brown County Browser: What every veteran should know; Part 4

Columns

Greetings to all reading this article; we are only a few days away from the 243rd anniversary of America’s birth. Less than 30 days ago we marked the 75th anniversary of the 156,000 allied troops who made the treacherous D-Day invasion; many of those men were from right here in Brown County ...

Personal safety should trump gun possession

Editorials

In a case of selective law enforcement, an Orlando, Florida woman has been arrested for theft after turning over her abusive husband’s guns to police. Courtney Irby’s husband Joseph Irby had been charged with domestic violence-aggravated battery. He was in jail for a day for ramming her ...

Is wiping out college debt feasible?

Editorials

Sen. Bernie Sanders upped the ante on his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination on Monday, calling for the government to eliminate all college student loan debt. Just wipe it out, all $1.6 trillion of it. How to pay for it? Sanders would raise the money through a tax on Wall ...

Hands free cell phone law in effect Aug. 1

Letters

To the editor: Over the past decade, distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of vehicle crashes on our nation’s roads. In the last five years there have been at least 49 crashes in the city of New Ulm that were caused by distracted driving. The New Ulm Police Department will ...

View the fireflies while you still can

Letters

To the editor: On 4th of July eve take your grandchildren and greatgrandchildren out to view the fireflies, because one day soon there will be no more fireflies. Just as: once there were tallgrass prairies arraying their colors to the sky around. Fireworks, all over the U.S. on this one ...

Concentration camp comparison flawed

Editorials

Give U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez credit for one thing: She is highly intelligent — enough so to understand entirely how most people interpret the term, “concentration camp.” Ocasio-Cortez, a frequent critic of U.S. immigration policy, posted this on Twitter a few days ago: ...