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Local Editorials

Where is the outrage? We thought the #MeToo movement was all about believing women when they alleged sexual misconduct by powerful men. Women should not have to be subjected to abuse and then humiliated by not being trusted, right? So why is Keith Ellison, the Democrat attorney general ...

President could do better than call names

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President Donald Trump gets too emotional sometimes and can be bombastic. People who dislike the president do not like these things about him. Neither do many of his supporters. When it comes to dealing with the media, the president is wasting an opportunity. He calls them names. He uses ...

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Support appreciated To the Editor: On behalf of our Community Resource Collaboration, the Fairmont Junior/Senior High School would like to thank the American Legion for sponsoring our Summertime Splash Party at Fairmont Aquatic Park. It was a huge success with over 300 people attending the ...

Fairmont taking aim at City Code violations

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Fairmont is preparing to crack down on residents who commit various offenses, such as letting their dogs roam free, committing noise violations or failing to register rental properties. In other words, the city is stepping in on behalf of the vast majority of citizens who want do not want ...

Finally, long overdue, FBI fires agent Strzok

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Former FBI agent Peter Strzok was fired by the agency Friday, long after he should have lost his job. Strzok was involved in both the FBI’s investigation of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and that of President Donald Trump. He was removed from the Trump probe when his ...

As always, U.S. has bad spending problem

Local Editorials

With a national debt of $21.3 trillion, keeping the federal government’s spending within the limit of what revenue is taken in has become critical. Yet, after decades of warnings that needs to be done, political leaders have not found the will to make it happen. Last week, it was reported ...

N. Korea should return all American remains

Local Editorials

Thousands of American families are awaiting bittersweet news in the wake of what, for them, was much more than a new chapter in the long history of tension between our country and North Korea. They want to know simply this: Are our loved ones’ remains among those returned recently by the ...

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Local Editorials

Primary set for Tuesday Minnesota’s primary election comes at a weird time, in the middle of summer, when people are paying less attention to politics and may even be on vacation. Even the state’s chief elections official, Secretary of State Steve Simon, thinks the timing is less than ...

Vote for Bob Lessard

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: Turning your attention toward campaign season in the middle of summer is going to be a tough task, but I’ll give it a try. This is about the most important race for attorney general in the history of Minnesota, and the need for you to make sure to vote for Bob Lessard in ...

Things to remember about workforce issues

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U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., was in Fairmont this week as part of her regular tours of every county in the state. She visited Kahler Automation and discussed, among other things, the ongoing labor shortage. “There’s so many job openings right now in Minnesota,” she said. “Yet ...

Warren’s aim is clear, an apology of no use

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One popular dictionary defines a bigot as “one who regards or treats members of a group with hatred or intolerance.” U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., fits right in. Warren wants badly to be president of the United States. Last weekend, she was in top form during a speech to a ...

‘Space Force’ comes with inherent problems

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President Donald Trump is right that the United States needs an effective reaction to the militarization of outer space. He is wrong that we need to create a whole new bureaucracy to do that, however. Trump has said he wants to create a new branch of the military — a Space Force. That is ...

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Letters to the Editor

Support Hagedorn To the Editor: Jim Hagedorn is running for First District Congress and his GOP primary opponent has, as a last ditch effort, taken her campaign into the gutter with personal attacks and lies. Unfortunately, I don’t think this sort of behavior is over. Carla Nelson ...

Trump deserves credit for U.S. economic boom

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Liberal critics of President Donald Trump’s multi-faceted economic development strategy continue to insist it is not helping American working men and women. But it is — big time. Labor Department statistics released last week show unemployment is the lowest in nearly half a century, at ...

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Ag trade remains vital To the Editor: We were honored to be a part of the awesome celebration of our agricultural community at the Ground Up on July 25. What a blessing to have so many people doing so much work devoted to supporting each other as neighbors, for our economy and the future of ...

Helping our firefighters

Letters to the Editor

WASHINGTON When firefighters like Jeff Laskowske from Albert Lea arrive at a fire, they are fully aware of the dangers they face from the flames and smoke. But Jeff and millions of other firefighters like him are exposing themselves to another deadly risk each time they show up to work — ...

Manafort should be tried on the facts alone

Local Editorials

Give U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III credit for insisting that Paul Manafort get the fairest trial possible. Manafort, at one time during 2016 a key adviser to Donald Trump in his bid for president, went on trial last week on charges unrelated to that campaign. Manafort is accused of a ...

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Local Editorials

College may be leaving It is concerning to hear that Presentation College in Fairmont has been having trouble recruiting students. So much trouble that it decided not to have a freshmen class this fall. The college will continue to teach its remaining 47 students, but Presentation’s future ...

Climate change leads to more fires? Nope.

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With destructive, deadly wildfires in California making both headlines and dramatic pictures, expect a new round of claims that climate change is to blame. But if there is a link between global warming and wildfires, it is a negative one. Solid, scientific research indicates the area burned ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Lesser selves emboldened To the Editor: This letter is written in response to the note entitled, “Hate will divide us” that appeared in the “Readers’ Views” section of the Sentinel on July 11. I appreciate the writer’s readiness to engage in debate. His letter focused on the ...