Opinion

Cancer campaign no liability for Biden

Editorials

When could anyone have expected that being a champion in the battle against cancer would be a political liability? It will be, if some of Joe Biden’s opponents for the Democratic Party nomination for president have their way. While vice president, Biden had called for more research into ...

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Editorials

GFW referendum SIDEWAYS THUMB: The Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop School Board approved a school bond referendum this week. The referendum, to be held in November, will decide whether the district can sell bonds to build a new pre-K through 12th grade school in the Gibbon area, at an estimated cost ...

County will miss Tom Henderson’s leadership

Editorials

When Tom Henderson took on the job of Brown County Human Services Director, the cutting edge of office technology was the IBM Selectric typewriter. The Sony Walkman was six years from being introduced to the public. Ted Turner was seven years away from creating CNN. That is to say, Henderson ...

Town Talk: New Ulm Human Rights Commission Lawn Signs

Columns

Have you ever wondered about those colorful lawn signs all around town that say we are glad you’re our neighbor? This was the initiative of the New Ulm Human Rights Commission. That’s right, New Ulm has a Human Rights Commission. In 1970, the New Ulm City Council created the New Ulm ...

U.S. could help Mexico tackle its border crisis

Editorials

Mexico’s still relatively new leader, who took office only in December, had seemed even before this month to be attempting to do more to keep illegal immigrants from crossing the border into the United States. But U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on some imports from ...

Give Hagedorn time to hold public meetings

Letters

To the editor: To those criticizing Congressman Hagedorn for dodging people and not being willing to discuss issues: if anyone in southern Minnesota didn’t see or talk with him before he was elected it was because they apparently didn’t attend a parade, county fair or major town event for ...

Musical performances deserve support

Letters

To the editor: This past Sunday my wife, Norma, and I attended the initial performance of the Pro Musica Chamber Ensemble’s Music Festival (June 16-21) at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato. The featured performers were the Ensemble’s two artistic directors-Bethel Salge (pianist) and ...

State should rush to help insulin users

Editorials

Gov. Tim Walz indicated last week he would be willing to call a special session to pass an emergency insulin access bill to help insulin users who can’t afford the skyrocketing cost of their insulin, or their deductibles. But before he does there has to be bipartisan support for the ...

Why won’t Hagedorn face his constituents?

Letters

To the editor: As a constituent of Nicollet County and as one of a group of citizens who has been visiting Rep. Hagedorn's office every week during our lunch hour to ask for a town hall, I was shocked to hear that on Thursday, June 13th at 1:30, as many of us were working and going about our ...

Weeds: The passing of Goose stirs thoughts on mortality

Columns

I don’t have a great singing voice. But there was a time when I had an audience who seemed to like it, even if I put them to sleep. I sang to our young children in the rocking chair when it was my turn to get them to sleep and into their crib. My repertoire included the classics: ...

Evidence points to Iran

Editorials

Evidence is mounting that Iran is behind recent attacks on several tanker ships carrying petroleum products, meaning action by the world community — not just the United States — may be necessary. Iran denies having anything to do with the attacks, but a video released by the U.S. military ...

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Editorials

Good news for patients, too THUMBS UP: New Ulm Medical Center has earned another honor, this time from the Minnesota Hospital Association which named NUMC the Best Minnesota Hospital Workplace. That says a lot about the administration and the workers, who have created this good culture. This ...

Let the LWCF keep funding natural areas

Editorials

No federal program protecting natural areas and assisting local and state recreation projects has had the reach and the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Thousands of individual initiatives— some possibly affecting you and your family directly — have been assisted by the ...

Town Talk: Water Quality Report

Columns

The Water Quality Report (WQR) is a document that is required to be published each year by all community water treatment and distribution systems. New Ulm Public Utilities Water Department is in the process of publishing the 2018 Water Quality Report. The Water Department makes an effort to ...

Parental rights for rapists?

Editorials

Sometimes a thing just seem so undeniably wrong that we assume there is a law against it, if there is even a need for a law. Such is the case with the issue of a rapist seeking parental rights to a child conceived by his crime. But a case in Alabama, where a woman is fighting in court to keep ...

Whole lotta building going on

Editorials

If you look around New Ulm these days, you’ll notice a lot of building and construction going on. The Gateway Project is in its second year of reconstructing the Highway 14-15 intersection and the bridge across the Minnesota Rover on 7th North St. Alliance Bank is preparing the corner at 3rd ...

The issue that keeps on giving

Letters

To the editor: Abortion is the issue that keeps on giving to cynical politicians who milk the issue for money and votes. They are drawn to it like maggots to a festering wound. It’s all about heat and no light, about opposing sides screaming at each other across an ideological abyss. ...

Disparities exist when it comes to treatment

Editorials

People with low incomes sometimes succumb to substance abuse simply because they feel hopeless, it has been said and written. It turns out that if they do become addicts, it may be tougher for them to get the help they need. Lower-income people often cannot afford the same level of health ...

Trump’s economic brinksmanship

Editorials

President Donald Trump’s brand of economic brinksmanship is nerve-wracking, but it seems to have worked in his push to get Mexico to do more to stem the flow of Central American migrants heading through their country to the U.S. Trump made the extraordinary threat of slapping a 5 percent ...