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The illusion of choice

May 24, 2016 Inequalities of the American kind can come as a shock to a former Eastern European. Let me describe my starting perspective. more »»

Down to the wire

May 23, 2016 The Minnesota Legislature was hard at work on Sunday, trying to cram 11 weeks worth of work into the final 11 hours of the session. They were planning on working right to the midnight deadline. more »»

Voters wising up to Obama’s vote-buying

May 22, 2016 President Barack Obama has taken vote-buying for himself and his Democrat Party to a new high in politics. more »»

Federal wage changes: An exercise in futility

May 22, 2016 Very quietly and unceremoniously, the federal government announced a change this week that is going to have a major impact on a lot of people, including several here in Brown County. more »»

Thumbs Up/Down

May 21, 2016 Time for filing THUMBS UP: It seems like campaigning for public office is a full-time, year-round, never-ending story, at least on the national leve. more »»

Clean up Marktplatz Mall bird problem

May 21, 2016 To the editor: I grew up in New Ulm. I was always proud that my hometown was so beautiful and family oriented. more »»

‘Under the gun’ produces poor laws

May 20, 2016 Minnesota legislators have developed poor work habits. They have little sense of time management. Big tasks are put off until the last minute. Communication is limited to complaining and criticizin. more »»

Background on NNU Youth program

May 20, 2016 To the editor: Thank you to The Journal for highlighting the positive experience of Network New Ulm Youth (NNUY) for juniors in the ISD 88, NUACS, MVL and River Bend education system. more »»

Zika and spending fever in Washington

May 19, 2016 Most of us recognize the danger of spur-of-the-moment spending decisions. We guard against marketing strategies intended to make us reach for our credit cards first and ask questions late. more »»

I’ll drive, thanks

May 19, 2016 Call me old fashioned, but I feel a lot more comfortable when I?see a person behind the wheel of a traveling vehicle. If I?see nobody, I get a little worried. more »»

Excitement of watching corn grow

May 19, 2016 Sometimes while driving with my kids when they were young we played “What’s that?” As we drove past a field I would say, “What’s that?” The kid would yell out, “Corn!” We’d go a little further, and ... more »»

Keep talking, legislators

May 18, 2016 At least they are still talking. Legislators and Gov. Mark Dayton have been trading transportation plans this week. more »»

Legislature needs to keep MNCare

May 18, 2016 Before the end of the Minnesota state legislative session on May 23, there are many legislative issues that need to be addressed. Those issues include taxes, transportation and bonding projects. more »»

Germany is in big trouble

May 18, 2016 To the editor: Germany is now importing a culture, from the Middle East, that is already attempting to impose some version of Sharia Law in which there is no freedom of religion, no freedom of... more »»

Theistic Evolution

May 18, 2016 To the editor: As sequel to my March 10 and 25 letters on evolution, I would like to address the issue of “Theistic Evolution. more »»

Fund, but monitor drug programs

May 17, 2016 Most members of Congress no doubt comprehend the need for more spending on drug addiction treatment programs. more »»

Reading and language

May 17, 2016 The New Ulm Area Catholic Schools reading and language arts teachers have spent the last two years updating the curriculum and researching text series that best meet the curriculum outcomes. more »»

Identity: You become what they expect you to be

May 17, 2016 As you live and learn, you grow a thicker skin. Things that hurt in your youth (mostly) lose the ability to hurt. But once in a while I suffer a relapse. more »»

Let’s fund roads

May 16, 2016 Let’s be honest — nobody likes taxes. more »»

Who ran up all that debt?

May 16, 2016 To the editor: State Rep Paul Torkelson’s letter to the editor on May 11 is a copy of a form letter prepared by the Republican House leadershi. more »»



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