Opinion

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Local Editorials

Pledge was pretty clear The Community Center Action Committee invited the public to the Opera House this week to talk about a possible community center in Fairmont. The presentation was informative and the discussion (Q&A) that followed was good. We believe it has clearly emerged that ...

Time for tax relief

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: Minnesota’s economic experts say a budget surplus is expected for our state’s next two-year budget cycle. This is positive news. There’s no doubt that it has better to have a windfall than a shortfall. Republican policies over the past four years led to this good fiscal ...

Amid uncertainty, time to pass new farm bill

Local Editorials

A lobbyist for the Minnesota Farmers Union, Thom Peterson, says “the clock is ticking” for farmers. He was quoted in a recent Associated Press article on the status of the farm bill. He also said newspapers have been full of stories lately about farmers facing bankruptcy. Peterson is not ...

Please, stay generous this holiday season

Local Editorials

Americans are the most charitable, benevolent people on Earth, according to statistics on giving. It’s not even close. This is likely because Americans believe in a few important things, such as it is OK — good, even — to make money. Which is to say, it is good to be creative, productive ...

DFL speaker moves to get rid of mute button

Local Editorials

Mute buttons are handy when watching TV and another annoying commercial comes on, usually at twice the volume of the regular programming. They proved invaluable during the past political campaign season to silence the onslaught of negative ads. But as much as mute buttons have a place in the ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Improving Fairmont To the Editor: It’s exciting when people step up and do something beneficial for our community. Don and Sue Anderson did just that when they recently donated a kayak-launching station. This will be the second kayak launch — the first was installed last spring at the ...

Reflections on election

Letters to the Editor

FAIRMONT Over three weeks have passed since the election. I want to personally thank everyone who ran for elected office and offer my best wishes to those who were elected. The task you have agreed to take on is important and challenging. As a former Iowa state senator married to a former ...

Bush served his nation in many ways over years

Local Editorials

When former President George H.W. Bush passed away Friday, he left a legacy with much to recommend it. It is of a kinder, gentler nation fully capable of using an iron fist. Bush, our 41st president, was 94 when he joined his beloved wife, Barbara, who died earlier this year. Supreme Court ...

Keep disability trust fund just like it is

Local Editorials

After several years in which it appeared instances of coal miners’ pneumoconiosis — black lung — were decreasing, the disease seems to be making a comeback in our region of the country. Now is not the time to phase out a federal program intended to help victims. Long-term exposure to ...

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Local Editorials

Clear the way for plows The forecast says the Fairmont area is going to get dumped on today and Sunday. Lots of snow is expected. Seems like a good time to see how well the city of Fairmont’s new snowplowing plan works, and whether residents are going to help the city out by making sure ...

China is the cheater, and needs to change

Local Editorials

President Trump goes over the top in his criticism of the media. In part because he generalizes, suggesting “the media” is a monolithic entity out to get him. We believe he would be better served using a scalpel instead of a sledgehammer to highlight media bias and errors. And it would ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

We all need a friend To the Editor: Everyone needs a friend although some need one more than others. Through good and bad times, it’s hard to make it through life alone, believe me I know this from experience. The next few lines are meant to help some through life, and help them know ...

Petitioners hope city will not hurt businesses

Local Editorials

If we think about individual human rights and responsibilities, and believe in them, then what is the ideal when it comes to people seeking things they want? We would argue that the ideal is: if you want it, you pay for it. And that is the way things work in countless transactions every day ...

Legislature should act on genital mutilation bill

Local Editorials

People have a right to their beliefs. What they do not have is a right to torture and maim little girls. Minnesota State Rep. Mary Franson is vehemently opposed to the practice of female genital mutilation, which occurs in parts of Asia, the Middle East and Africa. It is a cultural or ...

Support the businesses that support our towns

Local Editorials

Many of us get a little crazy during the holidays. Sometimes we just don’t use our heads. Clearly, the person who wrote a recommendation for one of those national consumer organizations wasn’t using his or hers. In deciding what model of a particular product to buy, shoppers should inspect ...

Roberts drawn into war of words

Local Editorials

Chief Justice John Roberts has been drawn into President Trump’s web. Last week the president criticized the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, based in San Francisco, calling it “a lawless disgrace.” The New York Times writes, “Mr. Trump’s remarks came after a federal ...

Why build to compete?

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: I was approached by several people asking that I write a letter regarding the city of Fairmont and the community center committee considering competing with existing private industry by including a fitness center in the proposed community center. After some consideration and ...

Make sure detectors are working in home

Local Editorials

This is the time of the year when home safety experts warn us the danger of fire goes up. Colder weather means heating equipment shut off for months is put back in service. The Christmas season means some of us go all-out in decorating, sometimes overloading circuits and wires with hundreds, ...

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Local Editorials

Small Business Saturday Today is Small Business Saturday, and Fairmont is among the many places participating in the event. Sixteen businesses are taking part locally as the Christmas shopping season begins. We encourage area residents to consider what their local small businesses have to ...

Fighting poverty, pope should promote wealth

Local Editorials

Pope Francis is not a lawmaker so he does not have the power to enforce the doctrine he teaches. One wonders what he would enforce if he could. And one cannot help but wonder what kind of influence the pope has on the actions of actual lawmakers around the world. Perhaps it is not that great, ...