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Opinion

ACA mandate and the tax reform bill

Editorials

Republican leaders in Congress are not happy with one tax reform proposal from President Donald Trump. It is that the comprehensive tax bill on which they are working include a provision rescinding the Affordable Care Act’s so-called “individual mandate.” Tax reformers know that ...

Brown County Browser: Thank a vet today

Columns

Normally when challenged to write an article for the Browser ideas smoothly flow from my brain to the key board. But today seems different despite writing this within a week of Veterans Day. Suddenly my email notification chirped. I clicked it open and to my disappointment I immediately ...

Weeds: Plenty of corn to go around

Columns

With apologies to Britney Spears, “Oops, we did it again.” American farmers are harvesting another very good crop. Around here, soybeans were a bit disappointing, but corn yields made us smile. So why “Oops?” As is the case every year, we grow these large crops first and then we ...

Puerto Rico still needs to clean up its own system

Editorials

President Donald Trump has been accused of discriminating against Puerto Rico in terms of U.S. aid to help the island recover from devastating hurricanes. Far from it. Trump appears to be discriminating against U.S. states with big disaster recovery bills. Trump previously had told the ...

Issues up for election Tuesday

Editorials

We voted last November to elect a president, our U.S. representatives, and our state legislators. We also elected city councilors, school board members and county officials. Next November we will be voting for U.S. representatives and senators, legislators, city, school and county officials ...

Eagle Update: Working to make a good school better

Columns

What makes a great school? As you read the three-part story related to assessments, you understand there are many factors that go into what makes a great school. Climate, student achievement, opportunities based on student interest, safety, connections in school, strong community support and ...

Tax reform aims may fall to compromise

Editorials

Republicans writing a comprehensive tax reform bill already have made compromises. One occurred this week, when they bowed to the “tax-the-rich” crowd by agreeing to leave rates at current levels for top earners. Those are the very people most likely to have taken any tax savings and ...

What’s Going On: Is being mean an impeachable offense?

Columns

He was duly elected from a sea of candidates in November, but the honeymoon didn’t last long. He was criticized for being crude, even vulgar at times. He’s been called a bully, and accused of abusing the power of his office while also overstepping its authority. And now, less than a ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Anne Earl Day Thumbs Up: Congratulations to Anne Earl, who was honored on Thursday at the Brown County Historical Society’s annual meeting. Earl is one of those “unsung” heroes, doing work behind the scenes at the BCHS museum, serving on the board and doing what needs to be done, ...

Ag tax credit and school bonds

Letters

To the editor: Ag tax credit helps balance the needs for student learning with an equitable tax on farmland Just as people need to update or improve or add onto their house after a few years, schools also face maintenance and upgrade needs – or sometimes a new house to replace an older ...

Only one way to stop IS-driven killings

Editorials

Once again, we find ourselves asking the familiar question: How can we prevent terrorist attacks such as that in New York City on Tuesday? We can’t — at least not without infringing upon liberties we Americans cherish. In mid-afternoon Tuesday, Sayfullo Saipov, 29, who came to this ...

Greyhounds show their mettle

Letters

To the editor: The Cathedral Greyhounds Football team has one more tough game before they can bring home a Section Trophy, but in our minds, they brought home a victory that needs no trophy this past Saturday afternoon. The Greyhounds faced a team that committed over 9 personal fouls on the ...

New Ulm’s treasure on the hill

Letters

To the editor: I am simply writing to make more locals aware of one of the joys of life in New Ulm – namely, Martin Luther College (MLC). The college is a major “player” in our town with advantages available to everyone: • the campus is well kept and full of pleasing public art ...

Town Talk: New Ulm Police Department K9 Unit

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. The New Ulm Police ...

Iran’s announcement not that comforting

Editorials

Iranian Revolutionary Guard officials announced Tuesday that the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameini, has restricted the range of missiles manufactured in Iran to 1,240 miles. Oh. Everything’s all right, then. All that worry over Iran’s missile and nuclear weapons programs ...

Assessment of Minnesota farmland

Letters

To the editor: As the property tax deadline of Nov. 15 approaches for Minnesota farmers they must ask themselves if they are being abused by the current assessment method. After several years of dropping commodity prices and corresponding farm incomes, how can it be that property assessments ...

Off the Record: Roger Erickson

Columns

There was a time when 8.30-WCCO Radio was THE radio station in the upper Midwest. You got weather reports, news reports, listened to Twins baseball with Halsey Hall and Herb Carneal, and to a host of announcers and personalities who were more than just voices on the radio, they were our ...

NUCC decision not prompted by law

Columns

I am writing in response to Brian Gramentz’s Town Talk column dated Oct. 27, 2017. While I am a director of the New Ulm Economic Development Corp. (“NUEDC”), the opinions expressed in this letter are entirely my own. Mr. Gramentz’s statement that “the only decision made so far has ...

Manafort charges should be of great concern

Editorials

Criminal charges against Paul Manafort and a business associate are not linked to President Donald Trump’s campaign last year, but they still should be of great concern. Manafort was a top aide to Trump during part of the election campaign. But he was fired last August, quite possibly ...