Letters to the Editor

Republicans created surplus

Republicans created surplus To the Editor: A recent headline in the Sentinel was “State enjoys $1.5B budget surplus” and then had the smiling faces of current Democrat Gov. Mark Dayton and the incoming Democrat Gov. Tim Walz. For anyone not understanding what is going on in Minnesota, ...

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Where are our priorities? To the Editor: I am one of the senior citizens in this community who took time Wednesday to attend the proposed community center meeting at the Opera House. It was a one-sided presentation on the greatness of this building project. Despite a number of speakers ...

Time for tax relief

To the Editor: Minnesota’s economic experts say a budget surplus is expected for our state’s next two-year budget cycle. This is positive news. There’s no doubt that it has better to have a windfall than a shortfall. Republican policies over the past four years led to this good fiscal ...

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Improving Fairmont To the Editor: It’s exciting when people step up and do something beneficial for our community. Don and Sue Anderson did just that when they recently donated a kayak-launching station. This will be the second kayak launch — the first was installed last spring at the ...

Reflections on election

FAIRMONT Over three weeks have passed since the election. I want to personally thank everyone who ran for elected office and offer my best wishes to those who were elected. The task you have agreed to take on is important and challenging. As a former Iowa state senator married to a former ...

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We all need a friend To the Editor: Everyone needs a friend although some need one more than others. Through good and bad times, it’s hard to make it through life alone, believe me I know this from experience. The next few lines are meant to help some through life, and help them know ...

Why build to compete?

To the Editor: I was approached by several people asking that I write a letter regarding the city of Fairmont and the community center committee considering competing with existing private industry by including a fitness center in the proposed community center. After some consideration and ...

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Strike Against Cancer To the Editor: The FBA officers would like to thank the Ladies Commercial and the Ladies Stars and Strikes bowling leagues of the Fairmont Bowling Association for their participation in the 2018 Strike Against Cancer fundraiser the week of Oct. 22. Our donation of ...

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Support appreciated To the Editor: The Martin County Historical Society has created a historic calendar since 2005 as an annual fundraiser. Thanks to the support of the business and professional community of Martin County in purchasing advertising, coupled with the design and layout ...

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Group offers thanks To the Editor: On behalf of the Martin County Historical Society board of directors, I would like to acknowledge and thank the Martin County Youth Foundation for its grant in the amount of $500 to our organization. This grant will enable us to continue to fund bus ...

Thank you, Twins fans

ST. PAUL Dear Twins Territory: After much consideration, I have decided to retire from playing baseball. This decision did not come easily as baseball always has been, and always will be, one of my greatest passions. The last few months of this season were very emotional for me and I wanted ...

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Please pray, volunteer, donate To the Editor: Rice is nice, but only if you have some to eat. Unfortunately, not only do millions of people have no rice, they have nothing to eat. Nothing. There are three ways people in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa can help. In about 90 days, the ...

Event offers insights

OWATONNA Autumn is one of my favorite times of year. Not just because of the beautiful colors, but because it means it’s time for our Annual Luncheon. At Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, this luncheon is an opportunity for more than 200 of our partners to come together from ...

Reducing traffic deaths

ST. PAUL Reducing traffic deaths on Minnesota roadways is a daunting task. Issuing more tickets, installing more stoplights and passing more laws may help, but these tactics alone can only go so far. That’s why 15 years ago Minnesota developed a traffic safety program called Toward Zero ...

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Public buy-in still costs To the Editor: Yesterday my opponent discussed her desire for affordable health care. What she did not say in the letter, but has previously stated, is that her “affordable” solution is public buy-in for Minnesota Care.  That idea requires at least $17 ...

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No to community center To the Editor: 1. City Councilman Hasek has stated that people are 10 to 1 against the Community Center. A Sentinel poll indicated the people are 2 to 1 against the center. Why do you continue planning for a $24,700,000 Community Center when the majority of the ...

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Lubenow brings change To the Editor: The citizens in Ward 3 deserve a change. Randy Lubenow is running for City Councilman for Ward 3. Randy cares about the City of Fairmont and the citizens in his ward. For 32 years as City Administrator and four years as City Councilman for Ward 3, Jim ...

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Freedom under fire To the Editor: I know that I’m not the only person in Fairmont who is upset about losing one of our Constitutional freedoms. Our country has survived because our constitution has allowed us so many freedoms. One of the most important is freedom of speech as stated in ...

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Matter of Independence To the Editor: The news cycle can be dizzying. In just the past few weeks, we’ve gone from trade wars with China, to the Kavanaugh hearings, to stock market swings, to migrant caravans, to pipe bombs. Not that all those issues aren’t important, but they can ...

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Sanders is sound choice To the Editor: The Martin County Recorder’s Office is an elected office. This gives the citizens the opportunity to vote for a qualified local person to fill the position and to carry out the duties of the office as prescribed in state and federal law. The main ...