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Taxpayers deserve to know more details

Local Editorials

When most men are found to have harassed or attacked women, they pay a price. It may be dismissal from a job. It may be a hefty lawsuit judgment or out-of-court settlement. Sometimes, that helps predators escape criminal prosecution. You will not be surprised to learn things are different in ...

Congress needs to get on with reforming taxes

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Money does not grow on trees, even if some politicians want you to believe it does. For that reason, tax reform bills in Congress include some “losers.” For some people to get tax relief, someone else has to pay. But the bottom line on both the reform bill approved last week by the House ...

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Getting closer to goal To the Editor: Project 1590 subcommittee “Kids Just Want to Have Fun” would like to acknowledge and thank Martin County Area Foundation for the recent grant of $3,900. This money will assist in the purchase and installation of an indoor play structure in Five ...

Parents, guardians should note new study

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Suicide rates for teenagers increased substantially from 2010-15, at the same time use of social media by young people shot up. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study hints the two phenomena may be linked. It would be foolish to suggest, based on this one study, that social media ...

Et Cetera …

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An intriguing idea, though We think the Winnebago City Council made the right decision this week by deciding not to implement back-in parking downtown. With back-in parking, drivers would back into angled spaces rather than parallel park. This would create more parking spaces. Council ...

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Contribution appreciated To the Editor: On behalf of the Martin County Historical Society board of directors, I would like to acknowledge and thank Darwin Roberts for his generous financial contribution to our organization. This donation will serve to help the Historical Society continue ...

Court gives governor extraordinary powers

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Court gives governor extraordinary powers The Minnesota Supreme Court on Thursday backed Gov. Mark Dayton’s veto of the Legislature’s operating budget, ending a half-year political dispute. The court said the other two branches of government will have to resolve this issue on their ...

Historical Society offers thanks

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Historical Society offers thanks To the Editor: On behalf of the Martin County Historical Society board of directors, I would like to acknowledge and thank Martin County Youth Foundation for its grant in the amount of $600 to our organization. This grant will enable us to continue to fund ...

President is correct to put his nation first

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We Americans often seem less suspicious of foreign competitors, both economically and militarily, than of each other. Just contrast the rhetoric often heard in U.S. political campaigns with that usually employed in reference to leaders in other countries. But recently in Vietnam, President ...

Senate can do better in its tax reform efforts

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If a bipartisan assessment of the U.S. Senate’s tax reform bill is accurate, lawmakers need to go back to the drawing board. A measure being billed as tax relief should not force millions of Americans to pay more. Analysts for Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation have concluded the ...

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Heritage Acres grateful To the Editor: The membership of Heritage Acres would like to thank Darwin Roberts for his generous financial gift. The funds will be used to further the educational integrity of the displays being donated. This will involve cataloging each item with the donor’s ...

Constitutional convention is definition of democracy

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When the United States was founded, there was a constitutional convention held that drafted our nation’s founding document. It is essentially the political rules by which we all live, in conjunction with the constitutional amendments that have been added since. The Supreme Court is the final ...

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Fire department offers thanks To the Editor: The city of Trimont’s Fire Department expresses sincere gratitude to the Martin County Area Foundation for its recent monetary gift of $4,000 to purchase deck guns for the grass rig. The deck guns are instrumental in fighting grass fires in our ...

How about enforcing the existing laws first?

Local Editorials

In 2012, an Air Force court martial found Devin Patrick Kelley guilty of assaulting his wife and child. He served a year of confinement before receiving a bad conduct discharge. That should have disqualified him from purchasing firearms. Yet he was able to do so. He used them recently to ...

Et Cetera …

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Republicans are failing Democrats had reason to celebrate Tuesday night with gubernatorial election victories in New Jersey and Virginia. Is this an anti-Trump wave? Hardly. These are two “blue states” that favor Democrats. That said, Democrats can celebrate something else very ...

Public might need help with use of roundabouts

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We believe the Minnesota Department of Transportation when it says a study it conducted shows that roundabouts installed statewide have reduced the number of injuries and fatalities due to car crashes. But we likewise believe Blue Earth Police Chief Tom Fletcher, who says the number of overall ...

Given laws, there has to be an energy source

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A portion of Faribault County is involved in debate over a proposed wind farm in Barber Township, located several miles northeast of Blue Earth. EDF Renewable Energy plans to build 80 to 100 wind turbines by working with participating landowners. It has run into some public opposition from ...

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IHD appreciates grant To the Editor: On behalf of the Interlaken Heritage Days committee, I would like to thank the Martin County Area Foundation for awarding us a grant in the amount of $10,000 in support of our 30th anniversary event in 2018. The foundation’s contributions to the area ...

Down road, Congress should kill off mandate

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Republican leaders in Congress were not happy with one tax reform proposal from President Donald Trump. It was 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 knew that ...

Aid to Puerto Rico must prompt reforms there

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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 ...