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Opinion

Serenity Service: A celebration of hope and recovery

Letters

To the editor: Every September, SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and to celebrate the people who are in ...

What’s Going On: The greatest sea evacuation of all time

Columns

Thanks to the Oscar award-winning movie “Dunkirk” which came out in 2017, most of us are familiar with the World War II battle which culminated with a historic sea evacuation that allowed for the rescue of nearly 340,000 allied soldiers. The overpowering German army had pushed the ...

Follow advice of CDC

Editorials

Vaping — use of electronic devices rather than burning tobacco to inhale nicotine — at one time seemed to be a good alternative to smoking. But something seems to have gone badly wrong. Federal officials are investigating a spate of serious breathing illnesses linked to vaping in 33 ...

Assumption Mass

Letters

To the editor: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - August 15 A special ‘thank you’ to all those attending the Solemn Mass on this great feast day of Our Lady. The Assumption is celebrated each year on August 15th. This year a special ‘Coronation Mass’ was chosen to joyously ...

Taliban’s strategy backfires this time

Editorials

Leaders of the quasi-terrorist organization known as the Taliban had every reason to believe their strategy of shedding blood to prod Americans into pulling out of Afghanistan would work. It has in the past, for both Islamic extremists and others. Not this time. President Donald Trump had ...

Lessons of 9/11

Editorials

Very few students graduating from high school this year were alive when nearly 3,000 people were killed during terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. Even many college graduates have few, if any, memories of the day. Many of those who will vote next year do not recall the ...

Institutional racism still with us today

Letters

To the editor: A recent editorial stated “racism is not an ‘institutional’ aspect of life in the United States.” That statement demonstrates either a lack of knowledge or a willful denial of reality. Institutional racism refers to the ways in which institutional policies and ...

Weeds: Obligation fulfilled

Columns

Aug. 15 was a Holy Day of Obligation for us Catholics. Obligations are big in our church. In Garrison Keillor’s Lake Wobegon, the German Catholics attend Our Lady of Perpetual Responsibility. That’s about right. Sunday Mass is required. Then we have these Holy Days to be sure we’re paying ...

Turning Freddie and Fannie loose again

Editorials

Let’s say you decide to go into business for yourself. You’ve always wanted to be a home construction contractor. Why not? Credit could be a problem. Even if you have socked aside enough to build a few “spec” houses, how will you operate while you wait for them to sell? You’ll need ...

Institutional racism exists

Letters

To the editor: The editorial “Institutional Racism, We don’t Think so Joe” presents us with a perfect example of today’s racism. Many think of racism as overt displays (i.e. name-calling, segregation). Institutional Racism otherwise known as systemic racism is more challenging to ...

Threat list too broad to be effective

Editorials

More than a million people in our country are “known or suspected” terrorists, according to the government, in a claim that reaches astronomical heights of imbecility. It makes sense for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies to maintain a list of people who truly pose threats to ...

What’s On Your Mind?

Columns

Now that summer’s over, what’s on your mind for fall? (Asked at the Lions Club Fly-in Pancake Breakfast.)

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

In good hands THUMBS UP: Thousands of mothers and babies in the last 33 years have been in good hands at New Ulm Medical Center with Dr. Marc Burkhart, OB/GYN. And patients in the operating room have received excellent care as well from Lori Burkhart, RN, Marc’s wife. The husband/wife ...

Eagle Update: Activities program

Columns

The New Ulm Public Schools Activities Department staff, advisors, and coaches would like to welcome you to the 2019-2020 School Year. We are fortunate our district offers many opportunities for students to get involved and find ways to connect with their peers and teachers, through fine arts ...

What’s Going On: The new Sunday Journal

Columns

Welcome to the new and improved Sunday Journal. This is an exciting time as The Journal continues to reinvent itself in this ever-changing information age and right now, you are holding the first step in that new direction. Each Saturday morning, you are going to receive the Sunday ...

Don’t be fooled again

Editorials

Well, they’re at it again, trying to pit Americans against each other and thus, disrupting the upcoming presidential eletion. The Russians? We don’t know, although it is certain that the Kremlin’s online campaign of inciting dissention among us never stopped. Someone decided ...

Is 4-year college always the best choice?

Letters

To the editor: Students are back in college. The student loan business is flourishing. The $1.5 trillion student loan debt is a crisis. In the last 20 years or so tuition has increased at a rate of four times the rate of inflation and eight times that of household income. There has been a ...

Rebuttal on hog barns

Letters

To the editor: In response to the letter from David Preisler regarding the hog confinement barns in Sibley County, I would like to point out some misstatements he made. Yes, the two Sommer brothers each applied for a permit. No, Bryan is not a “local” farmer. He does not even live in ...