Opinion

Federal government shouldn’t be involved

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In many towns and cities, some members of minority communities do not trust police officers, even as many in law enforcement work to build trust among those they serve. Clearly, however, enforcing the law is the department’s overriding priority. We pay police officers and sheriff’s ...

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Thanks for supplies To the Editor: On behalf of the kindergarten teachers and staff at Fairmont Elementary School, I would like to thank the generous donors in the surrounding communities that aided in providing nearly 110 kindergarteners with their school supplies for the 2017-2018 school ...

Virgin Islands suffered badly through hurricanes

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Texans and Floridians hurt by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are on the minds of millions of their neighbors throughout the United States. But what about our other fellow Americans in the U.S. Virgin Islands? If anything, devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the USVI is worse that what is ...

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Court backs free speech Citizens who disrupt public meetings are not being fair to elected officials or fellow citizens. Standards of decorum and laws exist to deal with those who believe their free speech rights — and only their rights — are important. However, a disorderly conduct law ...

Given planning, cost, system is total failure

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It’s hard to fathom that the state of Minnesota is having such a tough time rolling out its new computerized system for the state’s licensing system. The new Minnesota Licensing and Registration System (MNLARS), which replaces the one licensing bureaus have been using the past 30 years, has ...

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Thank you, council To The Editor: On Aug. 14, the Fairmont City Council allowed the Adventure Playground Task Force the time to tell our story of why an inclusive playground is needed here in Fairmont and to request help in funding. We want to thank the council for taking the time to meet ...

Government backlog needs to be cleared up

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Certain positions in government involve handling of sensitive material. To get such a job, one has to obtain security clearance. How deeply investigators look into one’s background depends on the level of clearance required. It can require as long as 10 months to be approved for ...

Firm knew about breach but failed to disclose it

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Financial services companies assure us they will handle the confidential information they often demand from us responsibly and securely. As many Americans have learned from data breaches in the past, those are promises not always kept. Now Equifax, the giant credit reporting agency, has made ...

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Single-payer system would work To the Editor: “Single-payer” is not viewed as “free” health care. We would all pay into the single-payer system, just as we all currently pay into the patchwork of various systems in operation in the U.S. However, most individuals and most businesses ...

Congress will finally have to solve problem

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President Donald Trump basically did what he had to do last week in announcing he was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals rule that was put in place by his predecessor. President Barack Obama had put the rule in place, contrary to current immigration law, to prevent the ...

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Do these tests matter? Area schools recently learned the results of their Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, or tests designed to measure students’ proficiency in math, reading and science. None of the results seem very good to us, nor do the statewide results. Some schools say the ...

‘Single-payer’ would include harsh trade-offs

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Fairmont played host to a gathering this week at which a speaker — Glen Peterson, a professor emeritus at Minnesota State-Mankato — offered praise for the idea of a single-payer health care system in this country. He believes more coverage, for everyone, can be provided at less cost by ...

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Let’s keep Lutz goal in place To the Editor: As members of the Lutz family, we are concerned about the announcement of the Lutz Wing closure at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont. Our cousin, Peter Lutz, contributed a sizeable donation to the Fairmont Hospital. This donation ...

Labor participation rate shows troubling trend

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During our national Labor Day holiday, we celebrated our many hard-working Americans, took a day off and, perhaps, reflected on what we contribute to the economy. Trouble is, the percentage of us supporting it is dropping, despite what the government’s unemployment rate reports may have you ...

Haley hits nail on head: Kim ‘begging for war’

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Diplomats sometimes engage in hyperbole to make their points. But what Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Monday may be the literal truth. Haley spoke during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. It was called after it was confirmed that North Korea has ...

A horrific problem is present in our region

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Eight men were recently arrested during an undercover sex sting operation in Springfield. And it was just last June when the Walnut Grove police chief was caught up in a similar sting operation in Redwood County. He was one of three men arrested. All of these men will have their day in court. ...

Most in Congress will take appropriate action

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It has been suggested by some that politics will play a role in how quickly and decisively Congress responds to the massive flood disaster occuring now in Texas and Louisiana. Democrat lawmakers may try to punish Texans for supporting President Donald Trump in the election last year, it has ...

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Cardinal Night soars School and community go hand in hand, so we extend kudos and thanks to Fairmont Area Schools for hosting its annual “Cardinal Night” this past Wednesday at the high school. The event serves as a welcome-back-to-school outing and pep fest, letting students, parents ...

U.S. must remain calm, but be ready for worst

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North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un seems to be determined to keep U.S., South Korean and Japanese leaders off balance. It is a dangerous game. For several days, it had seemed to some that Kim had at least paused in his saber rattling via missile launches. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ...

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Support appreciated To the Editor: On Aug. 16, the 20th Annual Martin County Blue Ribbon Pork Cook-Off was held at the Martin County Fairgrounds. Despite unfavorable weather conditions and the complexities it caused, our participants once again demonstrated their unwavering support for our ...