Opinion

Government wanted to destroy businesses

Local Editorials

Government wanted to destroy businesses Former President Barack Obama is infamous for his claim that, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.” He might well have added, “and we in Washington will be more than happy to tear it down.” Howard Root, who owns a medical ...

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Mardi Gras a success To the Editor: I would like to thank local community members and businesses for their continued support of our students. Our 10th annual Mardi Gras, held Feb. 4, was a great evening of food, fun and friends. It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces of our alumni ...

People should know McCorvey’s true story

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Pro-abortion activists want women to think the 1973 Supreme Court ruling known as Roe v. Wade is, without question, a good thing. It is not, of course. And the pro-abortion forces would prefer you not know that for years, one of their staunchest opponents was the woman behind Roe v. ...

Vice president deserves to be treated with respect

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Several presidents have treated their vice presidents notoriously and sometimes irresponsibly badly. Former President Harry Truman knew all about that. When he took office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he had to be told about the atomic bomb. Roosevelt had kept him in the ...

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Making a difference To the Editor: Coaches vs. Cancer committee would like to thank the community and families for a successful fundraiser event held Feb. 3-4 at Fairmont High School. Fifty-four businesses and families donated generous baskets, clothing and gift certificates for the raffle ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

Lawmakers need raise It was reported recently that a new citizen commission in Minnesota has begun the process of whether to raise the pay of state lawmakers. Former lawmakers have testified before the group, and even they disagree over lawmaker pay, and whether to raise it. Is it a ...

Medicare should join drug price negotiations

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One of the big factors in the rising cost of medical care is the cost of prescription drugs. Lots of senior citizens can tell you about the challenge of paying their pharmacy bill, even with Medicare. The fact is, U.S. citizens pay the highest prices for prescriptions of any country. Part of ...

Two negotiating teams capable of making deal

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The city of Fairmont and surrounding townships have rightly cooperated over the years on fire protection services. It’s a common enough situation for cities and their neighboring townships. Rather than everybody having to buy every piece of equipment imaginable, resources are pooled through ...

Politically motivated limits invite defeat

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Politically motivated limits invite defeat When U.S. military helicopters were sent to Afghanistan to aid in the battle against terrorists there, many of their mechanics stayed behind in this country. Men and women accustomed to servicing the aircraft and with a very real stake in doing it ...

Our nation has greater challenges to deal with

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Our nation has greater challenges to deal with Kellyanne Conway, one of President Donald Trump’s closest advisers, recently broke a rule. She dared, on national television, to suggest people ought to buy clothing from Trump’s daughter’s clothing line. Horrors! Has she no shame? Is ...

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Bill could help attract teachers To the Editor: In an effort to attract more teachers to rural Minnesota’s classrooms, I am sponsoring legislation that would allow out-of-state teachers to work in Minnesota so long as they are making efforts to become licensed. From what I’m hearing ...

Bureaucrats in panic over reducing waste

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President Donald Trump recently issued an order that requires federal agencies to eliminate two regulations for every new one they establish. It was in keeping with his pledge to reduce the cost and intrusiveness of government. Now, two organizations and a labor union have filed a lawsuit ...

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Change must come To the Editor: Since 1859, the Sexton family has owned and operated the Irish Ridge Dairy Farm in Millville, about 25 miles northeast of Rochester. Sheri and Vince Sexton run the family dairy today. Like generations before them, Sheri and Vince work hard every day to ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

Bad news on road work Reconstructing Highway 15 through Fairmont is going to be a whale of a job. Now it seems likely that the work may take two construction seasons, due to delays in securing funding and in letting bids. The state Legislature approves funding for projects such as the $6 ...

Pointless, wasteful agencies should go

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An independent federal election commission intended to help states with their voting systems should be eliminated, members of a House of Representatives committee voted this week. Created after the 2000 presidential election raised questions about fairness and honesty, the Election Assistance ...

Arc offering new opportunity

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Arc offering new opportunity To the Editor: Forty-seven years ago, the future seemed pretty bleak to a young mom when she was told her son with disabilities could not go to school with his peers. There were no special education programs. Fast forward to now, when this same son (with even ...

Pay for public workers must be within reason

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Pay for public workers must be within reason We believe public employees should be fairly compensated. The operative word, though, is “fairly,” which means different things to different people. With taxpayers footing the bill, those who hold elective office have not only a duty to make ...

Putin-style repression, murder not acceptable

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Donald Trump is president in part because many Americans disliked his predecessor’s habit of refusing to recognize the exceptional nature of our government and the American people. Too often, former President Barack Obama cited our nation’s challenges — and there are many — in ...

Farmers, and schools, need tax law reforms

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Farmers, and schools, need tax law reforms Minnesota’s tax law places a burden on farmers when it comes to property tax levies for school construction bonds. Farmers who own lots of valuable land make up a substantial portion of the tax base in many rural school districts. While they get a ...

Verdict sends message: Racist violence abhorent

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The trial of Allen “Lance” Scarsella ended in Hennepin County Court last week with a guilty verdict. To some in the courtroom, it was a surprising verdict, given that Scarsella is white, 10 of the 12 jurors were white, and the victims of Scarsella’s crime were black. Scarsella had been ...