Opinion

Manning’s treason, Obama’s action wrong

Local Editorials

Classified documents released by then-Army Pvt. Bradley Manning were found in Osama bin Laden’s hideout after a U.S. Navy SEAL team killed him. That alone is evidence of how badly Manning’s betrayal hurt our country. While working as an Army intelligence analyst in Iraq during 2010, ...

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Local Editorials

New businesses open There has been some exciting news on the business front in Fairmont this week. Fairmont Butcher Block announced it will open in the former Olson’s Locker building on Winnebago Avenue. And Ambiance on Albion quietly opened its doors on Thursday, in the site once occupied ...

IMF: Trump, policies will be good for jobs

Local Editorials

IMF: Trump, policies will be good for jobs An improved economy means more jobs and better ones. Even liberals who claim President-elect Donald Trump will be bad for low-income and unemployed Americans have to concede that. Now, the International Monetary Fund has revised its forecast for ...

School choice offers hope of brighter futures

Local Editorials

Consider the schools in the Fairmont area. There are public schools, parochial schools and students who are home-schooled. Some students who attend public school do not do so in the districts in which they actually live. Instead, they travel to neighboring districts. South of Fairmont, across ...

King’s son displays constructive attitude

Local Editorials

The late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said repeatedly that his goal was an America in which people were judged solely by the quality of their actions. Egged on by liberal Democrats and many in the entertainment world, millions of people seem to have forgotten that advice. Martin Luther King ...

Be the blessing for others

Letters to the Editor

Be the blessing for others To the Editor: Kids Against Hunger is a nonprofit organization with the mission to significantly reduce the number of hungry children in the United States and to feed starving children throughout the world. Since its launch, Kids Against Hunger has provided over 1 ...

Judge rightly tells EPA it must obey the law

Local Editorials

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials enjoy enormous power, granted by Congress. They can decide unilaterally that individuals, families and businesses must do certain things to comply with the EPA’s definitions of clean air, water and soil. But there are some limits. The agency ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Working on solutions To the Editor: Residents struggling with their health care bills should know that the Minnesota House of Representatives has heard their call for help and has begun to take action. Some people are paying $31,000 a year for health insurance premiums and then have an ...

Congress needs to lend hand to new VA chief

Local Editorials

Few Cabinet officers head agencies based almost solely on promises. But Dr. David Shulkin, nominated to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, will be one if he is confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The VA’s mission is to keep the promise we Americans make to everyone in military service. It ...

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Local Editorials

Tax changes approved Minnesota lawmakers found an easy consensus Friday, unanimously supporting legislation to put the state’s tax system in line with federal laws. Gov. Mark Dayton signed the measure. The bill offers tax breaks to 200,000 residents. Those getting breaks include college ...

New group likely to up pay, and that’s OK

Local Editorials

In November, Minnesota voters approved a new way to determine the salaries of state lawmakers. A citizens council has taken over the task, and it held its first meeting this week to begin deliberations. The group must present a final report with a salary amount to the Legislature by March 31. ...

New councilman puts spotlight on inspections

Local Editorials

Fairmont has a revamped city council, given the election of three new members and a new mayor. The group of newcomers joins two conscientious, thoughtful councilmen already serving. We think this could be a council to be excited about and that may be able to accomplish some things that many ...

Something must be done about N. Korea

Local Editorials

Until they learn more about President-elect Donald Trump’s plans, policies and personality, it is likely most other nations, even our enemies, will engage in something of a diplomatic honeymoon with the new White House. Not North Korea. That country’s vicious dictator, Kim Jong Un, ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Tax change immediate To the Editor: On Jan. 5, the Minnesota House of Representatives unanimously approved a measure that would provide $21.7 million in immediate tax relief to hardworking Minnesotans by conforming state tax provisions to that of the federal government. This is good news ...

Anything would be better than Obamacare

Local Editorials

President Barack Obama may well be hoping to paint congressional Republicans into a corner regarding the health insurance fiasco that bears his name. In reaction to GOP pledges to repeal the Obamacare law, Obama said he has no problem with the idea — providing the Republicans come up with ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Ready to start working To the Editor: I recently renewed my oath of office as the Minnesota Legislature reconvened for the 2017-2018 legislative session. The Legislature will face a similar set of issues as last year — namely, what to do about health care costs, roads and bridges, and tax ...

Inquiry by Congress is best bet on hacking

Local Editorials

President-elect Donald Trump was briefed Friday on what U.S. intelligence agencies know about alleged Russian efforts to influence the Nov. 8 election. Do not expect Trump to change his mind about the matter. He already has said he does not believe allegations Russian hackers released ...

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Local Editorials

State needs to catch up We can’t say we generally agree with Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s approach to public policy, but we have to side with him on his push for public construction projects. Dayton wants state lawmakers to pass a $1.5 billion bill to build or repair road and bridges, ...

Democrat plan would not serve nation well

Local Editorials

Democrats in the U.S. Senate have vowed to use every roadblock they can find to delay confirmation of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees. They have speculated they could drag the process out for as much as two months after Trump is inaugurated on Jan. 20. That would delay the ...

Our answers are here in Fairmont

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: It’s a new year and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m so looking forward to representing Ward 2 on the Fairmont City Council. Thank you Ward 2 for voting for me and giving me the clear direction of your expectations. Mayor Foster has assigned me to be the liaison to the ...