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Opinion

Who’s to blame now?

Letters

To the editor: I recently received a legislative update from Rep. Paul Torkelson complaining that Governor Dayton just will not negotiate on the buffer bill provisions of the Ag bill whereas he (Rep. Torkelson) works in a bipartisan fashion. This reminds me of school yard boys complaining ...

Real ID, enhanced drivers license issues

Columns

The Real ID act has become a hot topic for many concerned with traveling, specifically domestic travel and access to military bases and federal buildings. The conversation regarding this issue has promoted an enhanced driver’s license as the primary evidence to comply with this requirement. ...

School discipline and the courts

Editorials

A case the U.S. Supreme Court may handle this week raises troubling questions — but they are not limited to those many in the media and the courts are addressing. Reporters have focused on the case because it is one new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch dealt with while he was a ...

Investigate our meddling, too

Editorials

A chorus of top Democrats are demanding an independent prosecutor be commissioned to investigate Russian tampering with the 2016 presidential election. Fine. By all means, let us have a comprehensive, independent probe of links between Russian officials and U.S. politicians. And while we are ...

Here’s to mothers

Editorials

Today is Mothers Day, and we join people everywhere in honoring mothers on this special days. There are cynics who complain that this is a holiday pumped up by the florist and greeting card industries, but we ask you: Is there anyone more deserving of flowers, fancy cards and a special day ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Graduation season THUMBS UP: Martin Luther College is holding its 2017 spring commencement ceremony today, kicking off the graduation season for schools in the area. High schools in the next couple of weeks will also hold their graduation ceremonies, sending their out into the world that ...

Property tax burden on business

Letters

To the editor: Design Home Center is a local business that relies on support from our community, and we do our best to keep our dollars locally. This means purchasing everything from office supplies to appliances in town. We partner with local suppliers, contractors and builders. We pride ...

Heading for a wreck

Editorials

Two weeks was apparently not enough for Governor Mark Dayton and the Republicans controlling the Minnesota Legislature to work out a budget agreement. Instead, talks broke down this week and Republicans began passing their own budget bills, which the governor says he will veto. He’s not even ...

Town Talk: Zoning ordinances and building codes

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. It’s never too late to ...

Ill-timed firing

Editorials

President Donald Trump may be right when he says that FBI Director James Comey had to be fired to start restoring the nation’s confidence in its premier crime-fighting organization. But the reasons and the timing of the abrupt firing on Tuesday suggest Trump is less concerned about the ...

All children should be loved and cared for

Letters

To the editor: The picture of Jimmy Kimmel’s new born son, as shown on TV news reports, speaks volumes. Of course, any new born baby with a heart defect or any other life threatening condition would deserve immediate attention. When the TV news channels showed the picture of this ...

National Stroke Awareness Month

Letters

To the editor: May is National Stroke Awareness Month! Minnesota Brain Injury Force shares the following information from the National Stroke Association: “In 2017, the National Stroke Association is turning the spotlight on the rising incidence of stroke among young people. According ...

FOI law doesn’t extend to Congress

Editorials

In cautioning federal agencies about an outrageous provision of the federal Freedom of Information Act, a Texas congressman has reminded the American people of it, too. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, has sent letters to about a dozen agencies regarding press inquiries about government ...

County government in Minnesota

Columns

Counties in Minnesota were organized to be administrative agencies of the state as well as local governments. As administrative agencies of the state, counties perform state mandated duties. Some examples of state mandated duties include assessment of property, record keeping (vital statistics ...

Weeds: Making it up isn’t that easy or fun

Columns

Gwen Ruff lives in Gibbon and works at the GFW elementary school. She was a reporter and editor at The Journal in the early 1980s and writes this column when Randy Krzmarzick is busy farming. This is my first column in the new post-factual era. Pretty exciting seeing as I recently won a ...

Health care measure

Editorials

It is a measure of the mixed feelings many in the House of Representatives had about a proposal to repeal and replace the Obamacare insurance fiasco that the bill passed Thursday only by the thin margin of 217-213. No Democrats voted for it. Twenty Republicans joined them. Waiting for the ...

“Change is a constant”

Letters

To the editor: After meeting with some Chamber Members on the topic of workforce availability, housing and seeing the masses of orange cones on Broadway, it is clear we have challenges in our community. At the Chamber, we see the cyclical nature of the business climate and know “change is ...

Economic development important to community’s success

Letters

To the editor: We celebrate Economic Development Week May 8-13 and the role economic development plays in making our communities better places to live and work. Heartland Consumers Power District is proud to partner with New Ulm to improve the economic well-being of the community through ...

Our View: Women voted for Trump too

Editorials

Hillary Clinton apparently believes 26.4 million American women hate themselves, along with everyone else of their gender. During an interview last week, Clinton was asked why she thought she lost the presidential election last fall. In typical fashion, she blamed everyone but herself and ...