Opinion

Gorsuch is great choice to serve on high court

Local Editorials

Not infrequently, state and federal appeals court judges and justices surprise and even disappoint those who supported them when they were nominated. In a way, that is a very good thing — just what Americans ought to want from the ultimate arbiters of our laws and the U.S. Constitution. We ...

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Letters to the Editor

Thanks to everyone To the Editor: The members of Masonic Chain Lake Lodge 64 would like to thank the public for making this year’s scholarship fundraiser such a huge success. We held our spaghetti supper on Tuesday, March 14, at Grace Lutheran Church in Fairmont, where we served more than ...

Unemployment reports are far from the truth

Local Editorials

President Donald Trump has received an enormous amount of criticism — much of it justified — for some of his off-the-cuff comments. One, about unemployment in the United States, was right on target, however. Earlier this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the nation’s ...

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Local Editorials

Opening up some land Fairmont’s Economic Development Authority wants to make sure it has commercial land available should a business want to come to town. To that end, the EDA this week approved an option to buy land just northwest of the fairgrounds, along I-90. The option costs $12,000 ...

Park Board members should represent parks

Local Editorials

Park Board members should represent parks Members of Fairmont’s Park Board got into a bit of a spat this week as they talked about the city’s possible local option sales tax. Voters approved the additional sales tax in November and the city is now awaiting legislative approval. The ballot ...

Senators should focus on Gorsuch’s qualities

Local Editorials

Some U.S. senators would do the nation a favor if they pondered who and what they are discussing in this week’s confirmation hearings for federal Judge Neil Gorsuch, who has been nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court. During opening statements Monday by members of the Judiciary Committee, ...

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Letters to the Editor

Thanks, Kiwanis To the Editor: We were so happy to have Barb from Profinium come and read to our classrooms. Not only did she read to us, but she also brought 50 books for our kids to take home. This was a program through our local Kiwanis. Thank you so much Barb and to the members of ...

Soaring costs, bad habits must be tackled

Local Editorials

Soaring costs, bad habits must be tackled Health care insurance coverage in Minnesota and the nation appears to be on life support. The individual insurance market is unraveling and Republicans are determined to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and millions of Americans are worried. In ...

Time to let schools control their destinies

Local Editorials

Time to let schools control their destinies One reason so many education bureaucrats and liberal politicians do not like new U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is clear: They fear she and her boss, President Donald Trump, will eliminate the control Washington has over schools throughout ...

Wise spending beats just spending more

Local Editorials

It is not difficult to visualize what Washington lobbyists for the big defense contractors were doing Thursday. They were rubbing their hands together in glee over President Donald Trump’s budget proposal. Trump included a $54 billion increase in military spending in the $1.15 trillion ...

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Local Editorials

Sad to see Penneys go Our society is changing, which is always the case, but the changes do disrupt the lives of people and communities. This is evidenced in the closing of JCPenney in Fairmont. Major department stores that have been staples of our economy for decades are fading a bit. ...

Stabilizing the market

Letters to the Editor

Stabilizing the market To the Editor: Solving Minnesota’s health insurance premium crisis is one of the Legislature’s top goals this session, and the Minnesota House approved another bill recently that could provide double-digit reductions on health insurance premiums. The Minnesota ...

Trails town hall should happen down the road

Local Editorials

Trails town hall should happen down the road Fairmont’s City Council decided this week to forego a town hall meeting on possible trail system improvements. The vote was 3-2, with a mix of thoughts involved. Once councilman called such a gathering premature. One wanted to know if his ...

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Letters to the Editor

Planning a mall play area To the Editor: A volunteer group of Fairmont citizens is working to create a unique adventure for children. A subgroup of Project 1590 called “Kids Just Want to Have Fun” is working with the Five Lakes Centre mall to build an inside play area. Their vision will ...

Sunshine Week: Open government works best

Local Editorials

Sunshine Week: Open government works best For more than two centuries, the bedrock of our liberty and prosperity as Americans has been our right to know what is going on around us and to discuss it freely. Our nation’s founders believed it was so important that when they wrote the Bill or ...

Program should not make it easier for ISIS

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Program should not make it easier for ISIS Republican and Democrat members of Congress seem to agree on one thing: An incompetent attempt to counter Islamic terrorist propaganda is worse than none at all. They are right. Lawmakers are looking into a Defense Department attempt to stymie an ...

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Letters to the Editor

People got scammed To the Editor: The People of Minnesota sure got scammed. Remember when we were young and the school bullies “pantsed” some unfortunate soul on the school playground? I sit here feeling pantsed after the slick piece of work accomplished by the Legislature with the ...

New FDA commissioner should be confirmed fast

Local Editorials

New FDA commissioner should be confirmed fast One of the villains in last year’s scandal over EpiPens sold by Mylan Pharmaceuticals was the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as we pointed out. That agency is about to get a new director. Public outrage focused on Mylan for its pricing of ...

Campaign to destroy Islamic State is a must

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Campaign to destroy Islamic State is a must Since former President George W. Bush’s infamous “mission accomplished” moment celebrating what some viewed as defeat of Islamic terrorism, Americans have learned to our dismay that wiping out the scourge will not be easy. Another reminder ...

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Local Editorials

Madelia receives help Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill that provides $1.4 million to Madelia and nearly $300,000 to Watonwan County to offset property taxes at rebuilt businesses and to help with public infrastructure costs. The funds are assistance to Madelia, which suffered a ...