Opinion

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Local Editorials

Frontier seems lost Martin County commissioners were in obvious disbelief this week as they discussed a county effort to extend high-speed internet service to small towns. The focus of their amazement was Frontier Communications, a company that reminds us of those “Just OK is not OK” ...

Rage-filled citizens cannot solve problems

Local Editorials

Government has the power to wield control over people’s lives in various ways. Regulations and taxes come to mind. It is understandable that citizens sometimes feel angry about their government’s actions, or even lack of action. And it may be particularly frustrating dealing with government ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Focus on business To the Editor: My name is Polly Mosloski and I am losing my job. I have worked at Payless Shoes in Fairmont for 15 years. There are about 40 other people losing their jobs. They work at Shopko. We have already lost the people who worked in the store pharmacy. We are sad ...

Proposal would offer realistic energy option

Local Editorials

Regardless of what you may hear from members of Congress who believe they have a magic wand they can wave over America and — poof! — do away with fossil fuels, the nation will need coal, petroleum and natural gas for many years to come. There simply is no reliable, affordable alternative ...

Avenging hatred does not solve world’s woes

Local Editorials

The death toll from the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, is 50, all Muslims, slaughtered as they prayed at their place of worship. The suspected attacker, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, an Australian man, issued a manifesto of hatred toward Muslim immigrants online, and used a camera ...

First Lady spotlights issues facing children

Local Editorials

“Working group” too often is a political term that translates in the long run to talking much about a problem but doing little. Let us hope a meeting hosted by first lady Melania Trump this week breaks the mold. Mrs. Trump called a meeting Monday at the White House of the Interagency ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Worthless proposal To the Editor: A March 13 Sentinel editorial stated: “It’s not even clear [Minnesota Gov. Tim] Walz’s plan would do any good in reducing ‘global warming.’” That’s an understatement. Man’s greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions of carbon dioxide are insignificant ...

‘Spoofing’ is fraud; it should be stopped

Local Editorials

Many of us have heard the phone ring, glanced down at the caller ID and seen the name and number of someone we know, answered the phone — and found ourselves talking to someone with a sales pitch or worse, a scam. It is called “spoofing,” and it enables the unscrupulous to get to us ...

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Local Editorials

Consider pitching in The Fairmont Opera House put out a call for help this week, and the public responded in a big way. It’s good to know that area residents still care deeply about the Opera House, which has seen major public involvement through funding and restoration efforts over the ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

An appeal to smokers To the Editor: To smokers everywhere who wish to have a positive impact on the environment ... Did you know cigarette butts are made of plastic, not the cotton filter we had always thought, but actually a core of 12,000 plastic cellulose acetate fibers that are each ...

Government, media should be more open

Local Editorials

This week is known as “Sunshine Week,” and that obviously has nothing to do with the weather. Sunshine Week refers to an annual initiative aimed at promoting open government. There are gatherings and efforts going on around the country to shine a light on the importance of access to public ...

Pelosi now must try to restore sanity to party

Local Editorials

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appears to have recognized that the monster she helped create — an ultra-leftist fringe — is a threat to her Democratic Party’s prospects for the presidency in 2020. The question she may be asking herself is whether she retains enough political power to ...

‘Climate change’ schemes just too costly, dangerous

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Technology can be built on several foundations. These include existing technology, necessity and even luck. Regardless of how new technology comes into existence, its initial cost may well be out of reach for the ordinary person. What occurs then, over time, is a buildup in supply and demand, ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Too many mandates To the Editor: A mandate is defined as officially ordering you to do something. The number of unfunded mandates and regulations being pursued by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and the House Democratic majority is getting tiresome. I think the people in my district deserve more ...

Aid boost would benefit our cities

Letters to the Editor

“I am preaching to the choir but what I’m asking is for the choir to sing loudly for the next three months.” — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz. Gov. Tim Walz was touting his plan to boost Local Government Aid funding when he said this at a Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities event earlier ...

Policy criticism is fair; rampant pettiness is not

Local Editorials

President Donald Trump is not the first politician to be the target of nitpicking by those who just can’t stand him, and he will not be the last. Still, the most recent episode — let us call it Biblegate — reaches new heights of desperation to find something, anything, to criticize about ...

Those who serve their country deserve better

Local Editorials

Martha McSally spent 26 years in the military, becoming the first female Air Force pilot to fly in combat. She went on to a successful career in politics, leading her to the U.S. Senate. Clearly, she is a strong woman. Yet she was shaken deeply last week as she participated in a Senate ...

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Local Editorials

Awaiting a warmup It has been a record winter in the Fairmont area. Unfortunately. The snow has piled up and the cold has chilled all of us for too long. And today is going to bring ... you guessed it, more snow. Yuck. So we extend thanks to those who have worked hard this season to keep ...

Both sides earn some kudos for cooperation

Local Editorials

It was refreshing to see the quick — and bipartisan — action taken in the Minnesota Legislature this week on the funding for the Minnesota License and Registration System. MNLARS is the nine-year, $100 million boondoggle that was supposed to update and modernize the state’s computer ...

Prosecutor noticing growing meth problem

Local Editorials

Methamphetamine is an insidious drug. One that is wreaking havoc on lives and public resources in the Fairmont area and elsewhere. County Attorney Terry Viesselman noted this week that his office is seeing a surge in meth-related complaints, including thefts from local merchants that even the ...