Opinion

If Palestinians want aid, they should pledge peace

Local Editorials

Israelis understand that, at least under President Donald Trump’s administration, they have a staunch, valuable ally. Now it is time to make it clear to the Palestinian people that Washington wants to help them too. Many enemies in the Middle East desire to wipe Israel off the map. The ...

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Good news, bad news To the Editor: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and legislative leadership have made a budget deal. Most of the details are still a work in progress, but there are a pair of items worth discussing. The good news is we turned out better than I expected in the area of ...

Amid negativity, EDA maintains proper focus

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Fairmont’s Economic Development Authority and its coordinator, Linsey Preuss, are keeping their eyes on the ball. Thank goodness. The group this week discussed ongoing concerns about sufficient child care and workforce housing. These are the kinds of issues that actually impact economic ...

U.S. should take care to avoid war with Iran

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Any number of individuals, organizations and even nations in the Middle East would not be displeased in the slightest at a military conflict between the United States and Iran. Islamic terrorist groups, for one, understand that would divert U.S. assets from targeting them, to at least some ...

Hy-Vee steps up to help

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Hy-Vee steps up to help To the Editor: Cardinal Power Fastpitch, the summer girls softball association in Fairmont, recently sold discount punch cards for Papa Murphy’s as a fundraiser. Less than two weeks after we closed our sale, the local Papa Murphy’s closed its doors. This left us ...

Low birth rates have numerous implications

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Whether to have children is an intensely personal decision for women and couples. But it is becoming a social, economic and political issue too. Birth rates in the United States have dipped to historic lows. And analysts point out that the 3.788 million births last year marked the fourth ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

Keep proceeds local Civil asset forfeiture can be a controversial topic because it involves the government taking cash and property (like vehicles) from those who commit crimes. This largely relates to drug trafficking offenses, but also may involve other crimes, like DWIs. We do not ...

Women veterans take on failures of system

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After generations of foolish failure to understand the contributions women can make to national defense, the U.S. armed forces finally seem to have awakened to the previously untapped potential. Important issues regarding how females can serve the nation best in uniform may remain to be worked ...

A great question: Why did investigation begin?

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We suspect that the handful of inquiries into why there was ever a “collusion” investigation into the Trump presidential campaign are going to reveal, or reveal again, some pretty terrible things. Because they will show that members of the U.S. intelligence community and federal law ...

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Grateful for support To the Editor: It happened. The Knights of Columbus silent & live auction was the most successful ever and more than $10,500 was awarded to The Arc Southwest and Martin County Kinship. Thanks to everyone who donated items, attended the event, and contributed time ...

How does attacking City Hall attract businesses?

Local Editorials

Fairmont City Councilman Randy Lubenow is really starting to open up. In public. At a City Council meeting. Amazing. No more secrets, maybe. On Monday, Lubenow spoke about what he says is really going on with all the hubbub involving the decision of three council members (Lubenow, Tom Hawkins ...

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Who are the victims? To the Editor: Fairmont City Councilman Tom Hawkins is a victim? And now Councilman Randy Lubenow claims the same? They say their names have been dragged through the mud and they are being treated unfairly. If there was one conclusion I gleaned from the Monday, May 13, ...

U.S. must be patient with Iran, up to a point

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Some wars are ignited not because they were planned, but because what could have been contained confrontations blew up in everyone’s faces. That should not — cannot — be permitted to happen between the United States and Iran. Since President Donald Trump pulled this country out of the ...

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TDS is in full bloom To the Editor: Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) has often been described as a serious mental condition brought on by hatred of President Donald Trump. TDS causes afflicted persons to act or speak in a totally irrational manner. Democrats, a group of people ...

While evil exists, good people can shut it down

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Once again we have been reminded of the commonplace heroism that so many people hold quietly at the ready out of their compassion for others. Two armed teenagers bent on carrying out a massacre recently invaded STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado. Life-saving courage enough was shown ...

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Change not always bad To the Editor: What is happening in this community (Fairmont) is utterly ridiculous and could have far-reaching ramifications for our future. Tom Hawkins clearly obtained a majority of votes to be elected councilman at-large for the city. However, the recall ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

The problem in Ward 3 The city of Fairmont’s department heads recently unanimously told the City Council that they appreciate having in-house legal counsel, specifically Libby Bloomquist. The council does not have to agree that this is the best arrangement, but why would any of its ...

President Trump has nailed it on the issues

Local Editorials

Many Americans would have you believe that President Trump is evil incarnate. They are obsessed with his personality, in a negative way. This has led to the creation of the term “Trump Derangement Syndrome.” Trump is different, that’s for sure. He is unconventional, bombastic and shoots ...

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Thanks, Knights To the Editor: On behalf of the Fairmont Area “Let’s Go Fishing” board of directors, I want to thank the Knights of Columbus for sponsoring the breakfast fundraiser for “Let’s Go Fishing.” Thank you also to all who came out Sunday morning to enjoy a wonderful ...

Budget standoff won’t be solved anytime soon

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Minnesota’s political leaders are locked in a standoff over the state budget. On Monday, they missed a self-imposed deadline for setting overall budget targets, from which they could shape their negotiations. What’s going on? Democrat Gov. Tim Walz and the House of Representatives, ...