Letters to the Editor

Bridging the divisions

OWATONNAI'm sure many of you are eager to see the end of what has been one of the most vicious, divisive political campaigns in many decades. While the end is nearly in sight, it may be wishful thinking that the intense partisanship and division of last 18 months will disappear in the wake of ...

Would love to serve

To the Editor:My name is Jim Utermarck and I'm a candidate for Third District county commissioner. Unfortunately, I'm unable to attend the forum tonight as I have a family wedding that was planned over a year ago.I have been a Martin County resident for 45 of my 50 years and I could not imagine ...

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Google 'Libertarian'To the Editor:Did you watch those "debates?" Phew ... I get the feeling I'm being backed into a corner, and have to vote for the lesser of two evils. No humility whatsoever.So, not wanting to cast a "negative" vote, I Googled "Libertarian Party." (You can, too ... and ...

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Making things betterTo the Editor:Recently, a team from Blandin Foundation was in Fairmont to celebrate the wrap-up of our partnership with Martin County through the Blandin Broadband Communities Program. What we saw was impressive: a diverse group of dedicated broadband champions working ...

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Let's elect JohnsonTo the Editor:As Election Day draws near, we can take solace in knowing that most of the candidates in our local elections are honest, competent and genuine. It's a blessing to have such an active, civic-minded citizenry to draw candidates from.One of those candidates is ...

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Nuss deserves honorTo the Editor:Each year for the past 42 years, the Fairmont Exchange Club has presented the Book of Golden Deeds Award to a citizen of Fairmont. The purpose of this award is to recognize those citizens within the community whose self-sacrifice, response to duty, and other ...

MNsure crisis needs answers

ST. PAULMinnesota is facing a health care crisis. Hundreds of thousands of families will see health insurance costs increase by 50 percent or more next year. Thousands more will lose their plan or access to their doctor through no fault of their own.Greater Minnesota is hit especially hard:?45 ...

Obamacare not affordable

To the Editor:DFL politicians are feeling the Obamacare heat. Last week, Gov. Mark Dayton stated what everyone except partisan Democrats have known all along: The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is not affordable.Obamacare has become a huge issue in the First District congressional race between ...

Note hidden costs

By now, most Minnesotans realize the Affordable Care Act has drastically increased the cost of health care coverage for many, while at the same time decreasing coverage choices.Gov. Mark Dayton has confirmed the worsening prognosis with his admission that "the reality is the Affordable Care Act ...

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Foster ready to leadTo the Editor:If you live in my hometown of Fairmont, I'd like to suggest that you vote for my sister, Debbie Foster, to serve as your next mayor. I know she is uniquely qualified to serve you in that capacity.In 1980, eight months pregnant with twins, Debbie and her late ...

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Fairlakes could notkeep operating busesTo the Editor:I was surprised and saddened by the Letter to the Editor regarding the ending of Fairlakes Transportation's contract with Prairie Lakes Transit.I agree with the writer that the service is of great benefit to the elderly, handicapped and ...

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Supporting FosterTo the Editor:I'm writing today to show my support for Deb Foster, candidate for the mayor of Fairmont. I've known Deb for many years; first, as a neighbor. She was always willing to lend a helping hand to friends and neighbors.Secondly, Deb played a big part in my late ...

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Fairlakes could notkeep operating busesTo the Editor:I was surprised and saddened by the Letter to the Editor regarding the ending of Fairlakes Transportation's contract with Prairie Lakes Transit.I agree with the writer that the service is of great benefit to the elderly, handicapped and ...

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Calendar now availableTo 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 expertise ...

Support Foster for mayor

To the Editor:I have had the pleasure of knowing Deb Foster for nearly 20 years. In that time, I have learned through personal experience with Deb that she is an active model of integrity. She displays character, positivity and compassion in all aspects of her life.One personal experience I had ...

Support Wayne Hasek

To the Editor:I'm writing in support of Wayne Hasek's bid for Fairmont City Council, Ward 4. After talking with Wayne on multiple occasions, I am confident in his vision for Fairmont - a place that continues to be a great place to live and work, raise a family and retire, while working to bring ...

We need Bob Gunther

To the Editor:Zac Huntley wants to end "partisan gridlock" in St. Paul and "move our state forward," complaining about a "do-nothing legislature." Lofty words, to be sure. There's only one problem: the DFL's idea of "doing something" is worse than doing nothing.The Republicans in the State ...

No one accountable

To the Editor:FBI director Jim Comey surprised the public by giving immunity from prosecution to at least five of the key players in the most egregious violation of this nation's security in history. His move essentially closed down the investigation into the matter and, coupled with his ...

Join us for some fun

To the Editor:Please join us for an evening of fun and laughter as Fairmont Rotary presents the Harlem Ambassadors. This event is for all ages. The game is action-packed and will include dazzling ball-handling, hilarious comedy routines, and high-flying slam dunks.The "Rotary Re-bounders" team, ...

Checking ‘Rural Pulse’

OWATONNAIn the height of this election season, pollsters are busy making calls. More useful (and less annoying) are poll results from an ongoing survey called the Rural Pulse.Grand Rapids-based Blandin Foundation also spent the last year making calls - 1,144 calls, to be exact - to Greater ...