Opinion

Our View: The Trump we’d like to see more of

Editorials

Tuesday night President Donald Trump addressed Congress in a State of the Union-like speech. It was, by and large, a successful speech, one that added a few points to Trump’s low approval rating. Most notably, it sounded a positive note that was missing in his inauguration speech. It was ...

Town Talk: Smoke detectors save lives

Columns

Editor’s Note: The City of New Ulm presents a weekly column highlighting activities in different departments in the city government. Once a month the city will answer questions from readers. Questions on New Ulm city issues can be sent to comments@ci.new-ulm.mn.us. A home fire can strike at ...

Our View: Obamacare not so easy to dismantle

Editorials

You have to give former President Barack Obama credit for one thing: He and those in Congress who aided and abetted him did everything in their power to ensure Obamacare’s most glaring flaws could never be eliminated. They did so by crafting perhaps the most massive income transfer in U.S. ...

DeVos will be good for education

Letters

To the editor: I feel Betsy DeVos should be good for our educational system. I am responding to a previous letter about schools available to New Ulm students, and a statement made that New Ulm is a homogenous and fairly affluent community. Unless you haven’t been paying attention over the ...

Silencing the voices of our democracy

Letters

To the editor: Recently there has been a growing pressure to silence voices on a local, state, and national level. I am deeply concerned that Minnesota GOP Representatives including Rep. Torkelson, voted to continue allowing the Speaker to use a mute button to silence the voices of fellow ...

Off the Record: The epic fail to end all epic fails

Columns

Former Journal Ad Director Dan Corrow and I used to commiserate about the tribulations of being imperfect humans in a business where imperfections are public affairs. Dan had a sign he kept in his desk: “For Maximum Attention, Nothing Beats a Good, Big Mistake.” That is so true. In the ...

Our View: Lots of ideas for using the surplus

Editorials

The February forecast is in, and the state’s projected budget surplus has increased to $1.65 billion, up from $1.4 billion in the last forecast. The size of the budget surplus is substantial, and there is no shortage of ideas on what to do with it. Gov. Mark Dayton has already proposed his ...

Can we unite to save the oceans?

Letters

To the editor: The world’s oceans are under severe stress from plastic pollution, over-fishing, and climate change. In Indonesia, businesses give away 10 million plastic bags a year which ultimately end up in rivers and the ocean. Most countries do not have any recycling operations (China, ...

Weeds: Dean lived a short life, but full

Columns

Last time I wrote about my brother Dean. Now I’ll tell the ending to that story. I wish it were different. There is courage and much to admire, but a residue of sadness lingers. Dean lost his sight before his third birthday to retinoblastoma. His blindness did not prevent him from being an ...

Our View: Legislators should be sympathetic on pay issue

Editorials

If anyone should be sympathetic to the subject of low wages, it should be Minnesota legislators. After all, their annual salary of $31,140 per year hasn't changed since 1991, due to voter opposition to those who vote themselves a pay raise. Legislators have long complained that it's hard to ...

Denying reporters access – what is gov’t hiding?

Letters

To the editor: Thank you for your level-headed and balanced editorial about “fake news” in the Thursday edition of The Journal. Finding the real facts in all of the misdirection and outright lying has been difficult since campaign time. And I honestly believe that more needs to be done to ...

Our View: Getting elected easy, doing the job is hard

Editorials

We have mentioned before the many similarities between the election of Donald J. Trump as president and Jesse Ventura as governor of Minnesota. Both cases are lessons, we feel, in the idea that getting elected may be the easy part. The tough part is doing the job. Both candidates were ...

Our View: NATO cost, not existence, is the question

Editorials

Why should Americans pay more to defend our European allies than taxpayers in most of their countries are willing to bear? That — not whether Washington should abandon NATO to the not-so-tender mercies of Russian leader Vladimir Putin — is the question President Donald Trump has been ...

Informing journalists vs. persuading journalists

Letters

To the editor: After reading Joan Krikava’s letter to the editor in Saturday’s Journal, I had to respond. I agree 100 percent with her comment “Thanks to all journalists that daily keep us informed.” The issue I have is with journalists that try to “persuade” us. If you want me to ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

No complaints here THUMBS UP: We’ve heard some people complaining about the lack of snow in New Ulm Friday after weather prognosticators spent the week predicting a major blizzard for the area. Since Monday we’ve been hearing predictions of six inches to a foot of snow. District 88 ...

Importance of a free press

Letters

To the editor: I was inspired by the editorial in Thursday’s journal regarding the importance of the free press. Kevin Sweeney expressed so well the importance of the press in keeping our country free. Dedicated journalists risk much to keep us informed. They are the heroes of the American ...

Our View: McMaster a good NSA choice

Editorials

Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, named by President Donald Trump to be his new national security adviser, has been described as “a prominent military strategist known as a creative thinker.” That is precisely what the nation needs. McMaster replaces Gen. Mike Flynn, who lost his job because ...

Thanks for views on fake news, media

Letters

To the editor: Mr. Sweeney, thank you for providing our community today (Feb. 23) with your views on fake news, the mainstream media, journalistic integrity, and, most importantly, the First Amendment to the US Constitution. I was very glad to read that you hold values that are a most ...