Opinion

Immigration dysfunction showing no end in sight

Local Editorials

America’s immigration policies and its dysfunctional immigration system have been in the spotlight in recent days. The separation of children from their illegal immigrant parents touched a nerve for many in this country, leading President Trump to move away from the practice. Had the policy ...

Ideas based in reality are what truly matter

Local Editorials

Democrats have endorsed state Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minneapolis in the race to replace Congressman Keith Ellison, who is running for attorney general in Minnesota. Omar is something of a rising star in the party. She is making clear her opposition to the Trump administration’s approach to ...

High-level FBI officials didn’t understand rules?

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Ask an FBI agent if a specific person is being investigated, and the answer invariably will be, “No comment.” Expect special treatment from agents because you happen to espouse the same political beliefs they have? Not a chance. Now, however, Justice Department officials want us to ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Tradition continues To the Editor: On Saturday, June 9, more than 2,000 children from ages birth to 18 were delighted to receive a brand new book from Education Minnesota Fairmont at the Interlaken Heritage Days Parade. This is the fourth year that Education Minnesota Fairmont has ...

Foundation probe? More than one needed

Local Editorials

New York’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his charitable foundation, accusing them of using money illegally to help his businesses and political campaign. Whether the action has any merit remains to be seen. But while we are thinking of abuses ...

Americans remain incredible at giving

Local Editorials

Americans are famously compassionate people. When we learn of someone in need, we tend to dig into our pockets to help them. Last year, we set a new record: about $410 billion in charitable giving, according to an authoritative report by the Giving USA organization. It totaled donations from ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

Co-op move back on Area school districts have worked things out, facilitating the move of Southern Plains Education Cooperative from Winnebago to Fairmont. Fairmont Area and Granada-Huntley-East Chain ratified the relocation this week. Three other districts still must approve the pact, but ...

‘Dusty’ money should be utilized elsewhere

Local Editorials

Do you have $15.4 billion socked away for a rainy day? We didn’t think so. But your government does, and the bureaucrats, backed by liberal lawmakers, don’t want to give it up. Analysts in President Donald Trump’s administration have found that amount of money locked up in inactive ...

U.S. must keep close eye on Kim’s actions

Local Editorials

The niceties of diplomacy dictate that when world leaders meet, they smile, shake hands, even trade a joke or two. Kind words and gestures of trust are virtually mandatory. So it was this week in Singapore, when President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met. Before departing, ...

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Letters to the Editor

Proud of our students To the Editor: Thank you to Chris Engelby, Cardinal Connections coordinator at Fairmont Jr./Sr. High School, for putting together the recent Service Project Day. It was amazing to see students and staff out giving back to the community, working in people’s back ...

Senate’s plan good for state

Letters to the Editor

Just a couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to meet Joe Arnold and his parents at their family farm in Holloway. Sitting around their dining room table, Joe told me about his grandpa Vernon, who built their farm from nothing in the late 1960s. Vernon was an original shareholder of the ...

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Watch the whole clip To the Editor: Just to clarify, on May 16, the White House held a roundtable discussion with California mayors and sheriffs specifically about California’s sanctuary state laws. The full transcript may be found at whitehouse.gov website ...

Hopes, worries exist as Trump meets Kim

Local Editorials

Both U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un are in Singapore preparing for a face-to-face meeting today. It is no exaggeration to say that hundreds of millions of people have their fingers crossed that something productive will come of the encounter. Trump and other ...

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Celebrating Flag Day To the Editor: Our national holidays are an important and traditional part of our American heritage. Flag Day, on June 14, is not one of those legal holidays, but the cause for celebration is just as great. On that day, our nation commemorates two events that are so ...

Voters send message: Justice demands more

Local Editorials

It may have been the fact that lots of young men get drunk and still manage to refrain from raping women that spelled the end of Santa Clara County, Calif., Judge Aaron Persky’s career on the bench. Persky drew fire two years ago when he sentenced Stanford University athlete Brock Turner to ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

Join in the celebration Fairmont’s summer festival — Interlaken Heritage Days — is marking a milestone today: 30 years of fun in the sun. Today’s events include the Borderline Cruisers car show in downtown Fairmont, as well as activities at Heritage Acres from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The ...

After Obama, some in Congress still on guard

Local Editorials

It is unfortunate in a way that even Republicans in Congress sometimes refuse to go along with President Donald Trump’s initiatives. But after eight years of former chief executive Barack Obama’s imperial presidency, one can hardly blame lawmakers for being on their guard. Another example ...

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Kids enjoyed fishing To the Editor: The annual Kid’s All American Fishing Derby sponsored by the Bass Seekers B.A.S.S. Club of Fairmont, with the assistance of the Fairmont Early Riser Kiwanis, was a great success. Sixty-one kids participated and 141 fish were weighed in. These included ...

Few step forward for county races in area

Local Editorials

This summer promises to be a wild primary season in Minnesota politics. The same cannot be said locally. There are three DFL candidates — Erin Murphy, Tim Walz and Lori Swanson — and two Republicans — Jeff Johnson and Tim Pawlenty — for governor. There’s a scramble in the attorney ...

Movie, video game in poor taste are rejected

Local Editorials

You may want to sit down for this: Hollywood has done something worthy of praise. For once, the movie moguls have put ethics ahead of money. Paramount Network had planned a television reprise of the 1988 film, “Heathers.” The original version starred Winona Rider and Christian Slater. It ...