Letters to the Editor

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Bill creates barrier To the Editor: As a parent and advocate for people with disabilities, I’ve worked for much of my adult life to reduce barriers that prevent people with disabilities from being included in the community. So I was greatly disappointed to see a bill at the State Capitol ...

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She’s ready to learn To the Editor: Public service and elective office don’t always look like attractive choices these days, but thank goodness we still have thoughtful, ethical people who believe that everyone should step up to serve. This is what prompted Heather Klassen, candidate ...

Payment not guaranteed

To the Editor: Electric de France (EdF) says the annual tax revenue generated by its proposed Oza Tanka project will be $800,000. This is not a guarantee, and will only happen if the wind blows as predicted, and the turbines generate at full capacity 34 percent of the time. I have built a ...

Put student safety first

Put student safety first To the Editor: Recently, Minnesota House Republicans highlighted a comprehensive plan designed to prioritize student safety. The changes are necessary. No student should fear going to school, and the proposals that are moving forward in the House will undoubtedly ...

Service projects sought

To the Editor: Fairmont Jr./Sr. High School Cardinal Connections groups are looking for service projects to tackle in the Fairmont community for our Community Service Project Day on Friday, May 18 (rain date is May 25). There are 46 Cardinal Connections groups with an average of 19 students ...

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They gave us a gift To the Editor: Nannie Clee Leonard and Edwin Richard Engstrom read books. Mom would always have a book with her. In the early 1970s, she worked at the Martin County Library in Fairmont. Dad was a minister. He had to write a sermon every week. To figure out what to say, ...

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Grateful for support To the Editor: We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all those who planned, organized and attended the benefit held in honor of our son, Charlie Spencer, on March 16 at the Fairmont Christian Church. The donations we received for Charlie’s expenses are ...

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Fundraiser benefits Kinship kids To the Editor: The 28th annual Silent and Live auction hosted by the Knights of Columbus is almost here. It will be held Saturday, March 24, in the St. John Vianney School gym. The silent auction begins at 6 p.m., and the live auction starts at 8:30 p.m. ...

Economy is on a roll

To the Editor: Following news from Minnesota’s Management and Budget Office that “the stimulus” from tax reform is credited for our state’s $329 million budget surplus, I say it’s time for naysayers to recognize that tax relief for middle-class Minnesotans is paying ...

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MN.IT needs to go To the Editor: I have introduced a bill to restructure Minnesota’s information technology agency — MN.IT — after another disastrous public software system rollout caused countless headaches and lost revenue for thousands of Minnesotans and small businesses. My bill ...

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Group offers thanks To the Editor: Here we are into the third month of 2018 and Martin County Humane Society has been busy. But first, we need to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported us so graciously in 2017. Your support helped us take care of the 793 animals that entered ...

Tax cuts boost revenues

To the Editor: There were more positives than negatives to be found in Minnesota’s recent state budget forecast, which shows a $329 million budget surplus. This is roughly $517 million more than the previous projection — a $188 million deficit — made in November. Democrats desperately ...

Donations, efforts appreciated

To the Editor: Amazing. That’s all we can think of to describe the incredible outpouring of compassion from this community and area. Martin County Kids Against Hunger packed 136,512 meals on Feb. 17 at St. John Vianney School, surpassing our goal of 125,000. This event involved the help of ...

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Must be more we can do To the Editor: I am writing in response to the school shooting in Florida. I am not an expert on this, but do have some ideas to offer. Many people know that I drove school bus for many years, and one thing I observed is you have a lot of parents sitting in cars at ...

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Celebrating children To the Editor: In early February, 21 students in kindergarten through sixth grade gathered at Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont. Through interactive play, theatre games and a little bit of imagination, these children created their very own version of the ...

Session will be busy

To the Editor: The 2018 legislative session has begun, and there is much to accomplish over the next 12 weeks. With $650 million in tax relief for hardworking Minnesotans and the largest investment in roads and bridges in a decade without a tax increase, last year’s session was one of the ...

CREST grateful for support

CREST grateful for support To the Editor: On behalf of the CREST board of directors and staff, we would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church of Fairmont for having a Friday soup lunch benefit for CREST. The funds will enable us to ...

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Grateful for support To the Editor: I want to take a moment to brag about our community. As the newest member of the Kinship of Martin County team, each day I am learning about a new part of our organization. Yesterday, I learned about the PERKs of being a part of Kinship. Literally. When ...

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Time for care for all To the Editor: Here are three health care-related stories from people who live in Fairmont: Recently one friend’s physician gave him a month’s supply of Invokana (a type of diabetes medication) to try. When he went to get the next month’s prescription, his ...

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A reminder of hope To the Editor: Hope is often the first casualty in our crisis-hyped, media-filled world. Every day, news floods us about all the conflicts and divisions erupting. In the face of all these conflicts, we are tempted to give up on hope and retreat to some false place of ...