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Opinion

Lindsay Whalen Day

Editorials

Gov. Mark Dayton has declared today to be Lindsay Whalen Day in Minnesota, a fitting tribute to one of the state’s most popular athletes, male or female. Whalen announced her retirement from playing basketball last week, but she will continue to contribute to the state as coach of the ...

Fairbairn throws support to Seidl

Letters

To the editor: I would like to take the time to thank the people who supported me in my campaign for Brown County Sheriff. While on the campaign trail, I met some amazing people throughout Brown County and really appreciated their time and kind words. I would also like to thank my family and ...

True health care reform should start with insurance companies

Columns

Here’s something you already know: Cancer sucks. This isn’t news to anyone, whether they or someone close to them have had it. And most people know most of the negative connotations associated with this debilitating and life-threatening disease: the chemotherapy, the inevitable ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Time marches on THUMBS UP: Time has been standing still in New Ulm for quite a while, at least if you have been looking northward on Minnesota Street toward the Glockenspiel. The hands of the clock face looking toward downtown have been stuck at 11:53 for months. It told the correct time ...

Go after all involved in Church’s conspiracy of silence

Editorials

Many of the Roman Catholic priests accused by a Pennsylvania grand jury of molesting hundreds, perhaps thousands, of children since the 1940s cannot be brought to justice. Some are dead. For most of those still alive, statutes of limitations have passed, meaning they cannot be ...

President has 1st amendment rights, too

Letters

To the editor: This morning (August 16) CNN and the Associated Press reported some three hundred newspapers, led by the Boston Globe, coordinated an editorial page attack on President Trump asserting criticism of the media is unacceptable and an attack on First Amendment freedom of the press. ...

‘Fake News’ talk should end

Editorials

Less than a month into his term President Donald Trump ramped up his "fake news" battle with several national media outlets, referring to them at that time as the "enemy of the people." The rhetoric, which actually started during his campaign rallies when he baited the reporters assigned to ...

Focusing attention on space defense

Editorials

President Trump’s proposal to create an entirely new branch of the military, the U.S. Space Force, may not be a good idea. But the initiative does point to a dangerous gap in our defense posture. Trump’s idea is for a new service equal in stature to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and ...

The Seventh North Bridge

Letters

To the editor: Rising arches up so high, Earthen mounds on either side, Reaching into the blue sky; Over them we soon will ride. Workers struggled these months long, Setting pillars into place; Making sure they would be strong; Holding beams out into space. Exit ramps come down ...

Weeds: Another sheepish stand on payouts

Columns

Farming is a singular, sometimes lonely activity. That’s why we farmers talk to our cows, pigs, even our soybean plants. I recommend a good, long talk with a soybean plant. They are more reasonable than many human beings and less likely to troll you on social media. Despite working alone, ...

Spending outstrips federal revenue

Editorials

With a national debt of $21.3 trillion, keeping the federal government’s spending within the limit of what revenue is taken in has become critical. Yet, after decades of warnings that needs to be done, political leaders have not found the will to make it happen. Last week, it was reported ...

Celebrating Teen Court on Wednesday

Letters

To the editor: In the fall of 1998, Brown County Probation started a juvenile diversion program called “Teen Court” where trained adolescents sat in a courtroom and questioned their peers charged with a petty level crime. After some deliberation in a jury room, the Teen Court Jurors ...

Self-driving cars not yet made safe

Editorials

Sometimes it seems our faith in technology — or at least, our willingness to shell out big money for it — is boundless. A report on so-called self-driving cars, appropriately titled “Reality Check,” ought to bring us back down to earth. Issued by the Insurance Institute for Highway ...

Thanks for Boys State opportunity

Letters

To the editor: I would like to thank the New Ulm American Legion Seifert-Bianchi Post 132 for sponsoring and supporting my trips to Boys State and Boys Nation. Boys Nation took place from July 20 to July 28. I think the weeks of Boys State and of Boys Nation will shape my life. At Boys ...

Tax law no reform for some charities

Editorials

No bill emanating from Congress is perfect. Given the politics involved and the complexity of implementing seemingly simple ideas, that ought to be obvious. So it is with the comprehensive tax reform law enacted last year. It has been good for the vast majority of Americans. The surging ...

Healthcare Happenings: Another year of change and progress at NUMC

Columns

Greetings from the team at the New Ulm Medical Center Allina Health. Year 2018 is shaping up to be another year filled with much change and progress at the medical center. I’ll briefly cover updates in improving access, quality, and affordability of our health care services. Providing ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Brown County Fair THUMBS UP: The Brown County Fair is going full blast this weekend. We encourage people to take the opportunity to stroll the fairgrounds and celebrate our farm roots. Brown County, of course, is a rural area. Nobody here is very far from a farm field. We all rely on the ...

Supporting Hohensee for Brown County sheriff

Letters

To the editor: I have known Jeff Hohensee since he started his career with the New Ulm Police Department (NUPD) in 1991. In his first 3 months, he accepted the challenge of working as an Undercover Officer and assisted in conducting a successful narcotics investigation. Since that time, ...