Opinion

Town Talk: May is National Electric Safety Month

Columns

Most homes’ highest electricity consumption is in the summer when air conditioners are necessary to keep comfortable. Before your electricity use increases, Safe Electricity (https://www.safeelectricity.org/) along with New Ulm Public Utilities recommends you make sure your home is free of ...

Walz needs to revisit tax plan

Editorials

As the Minnesota Legislature returns from its Easter break and gets down to the tough issues that lie ahead before its May 20 adjournment, one of the things they and Gov. Tim Walz need to look at is the governor’s tax proposal. An analysis this week by the Department of Revenue, the taxes ...

Terrorism is a worldwide plague

Editorials

Only about 7.5 percent of Sri Lankans are Christians, but even that tiny number apparently is intolerable to Muslim extremists. On Easter Sunday morning, as many of the country’s Christians were celebrating Easter, the terrorists slaughtered nearly 300 of them in a series of church bombings. ...

Real communication is the best

Letters

To the editor: Stupidity and hatred traverse the neighborhood, the region, the globe, in an instant. Wisdom and love cannot. These can only be sufficently communicated when we are in one another’s physical presence. I ask my visitors, if at all possible, to turn off their dumb-phones when ...

Weeds: An instant in history

Columns

It was Monday of Holy Week past. I was hoping to end Lent on a high note, wanting to get my soul in a better place for Easter. It hadn’t been my greatest Lent. I gave up some beer and spent some time with scripture. Should have been less of one and more of the other. A bit of guilt, I was ...

Time to take election security seriously

Editorials

We know that the 2016 U.S. elections were attacked by Russian hackers who tried to get access to voting records and tallying systems. We know they planted false stories on social media to stir up divisions among us. Special Counsel Robert Mueller just got done investigating the breach, an ...

Put splash pad at Harman Park

Letters

To the editor: This is in reference to the article from April 17, 2019 “New Ulm City Council Tables Splash Pad Location Decision.” Harman Park was suggested as the park to receive the splash pad with its centralized location, current restroom facilities, and lower utility costs; Councilor ...

Tragedy in Sri Lanka

Editorials

Deadly terrorist attacks in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Sunday are terrible enough on the facts alone — 200 people killed and hundreds more wounded in nine bombings that rocked churches, luxury hotels and other sites where people were gathered. The fact that it happened on Easter Sunday, the most ...

Kim’s dangerous game

Editorials

What was North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s game Wednesday, in publicizing the fact his military had test-fired a new type of rocket? That is difficult to discern — but it is clear his intent was not to reassure anyone he is eager to dismantle his arsenal. One interesting aspect of the ...

Plan to see ‘Unplanned’

Letters

To the editor: The movie “Unplanned” is showing at the theater here in New Ulm, at least through Wednesday, April 24. Movieguide has the following review: “UNPLANNED is the incredible, powerful true story of Abby, a young woman who gets drawn into working for Planned Parenthood because ...

What’s Going On: Goats vs. the multiflora rose

Columns

If you take a drive out to Flandrau State Park in the next couple weeks, you might get to see something unusual. No, it’s not green grass or ground absent of snowbanks, although that is something we have sorely missed for what seems like too long. More unique than that though is what you ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Post Office workers stop scam THUMBS UP: It’s a scam we’ve heard of before, and it nearly happened again recently in New Ulm. Police reported that a woman walked in to the New Ulm Post Office last Friday and wanted to buy an $8,000 money order to bail her grandson out of jail in Florida. ...

The coverup exceeds the suspected ‘crime’

Editorials

Most of the more than 400-page report special counsel Robert Mueller submitted to the Justice Department falls into the “tell us something we didn’t know” category. From various sources, Americans already had been made aware of nearly all the conclusions Mueller’s team reached in its ...

Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Letters

To the editor: For many of us, driving is something we do every day. Driving may feel so routine that we feel we can do other things while driving, such as eating, talking on the phone, changing the radio station, applying makeup, reading directions on your GPS, or adjusting the temperature ...

Carbon tax wouldn’t affect CO2 in the atmosphere

Letters

To the editor: The April 1, ‘Carbon capture chances unlikely’ says: “A carbon tax and shifting to renewable sources of energy over the next few years will be necessary to lessen the adverse effects of climate change.” I believe that policy is mainly directed at getting rid of coal ...

Town Talk: Emergency management

Columns

What is Emergency Management? It is a team of trained professionals who, promote and organize safer, less vulnerable communities with the ultimate goal of reducing the harmful effects of hazards and disasters. To do this they deal with all aspects of emergencies including preparedness, ...

Time that Assange faced justice

Editorials

Much of what governments keep secret from their people should be revealed. It is in the nature of public officials to keep knowledge that may threaten them quiet. But there is a difference between that and information that jeopardizes the security of an entire people. There are good reasons ...

Can we build it like that again?

Editorials

Committed Christians believe in an all-powerful God whose majesty and beauty cannot be comprehended, much less matched. Yet on rare occasions, humans are moved to incredible feats of creation as testaments of the depth of their faith. More than 850 years ago, on an island in the Seine River ...

Avarice in our society

Letters

To the editor: Avaricious corporations have long afflicted us with products like asbestos and nicotine. Others have polluted the atmosphere with carbon dioxide: thus, destructive climate change. Even some corporations are alarmed by this, because it is adversely affecting their bottom lines, ...