Local Editorials

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County wins $1M grant Martin County sought and has obtained a $1 million state grant that will help fund improvements along County Road 26, from Fairmont to the Faribault County line. Only 9 of 86 county applications received funding from the state, which had $25 million in its Local Road ...

Deputies were called to Cruz’s home 39 times

We doubt any reasonable person, regardless of beliefs on Americans’ Second Amendment rights, would argue about the significance of a single number involving Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old who massacred 17 people at a Florida high school. The number is 39. It is the number of times Broward ...

Regulation should be based on clear evidence

When it comes to environmental regulation, should the notion that something “could” cause harm ever be a reasonable standard? Shouldn’t regulators be able to point to actual problems resulting from a perceived contaminant? And given that such oversight can subsequently lead to massive ...

Facebook has to get serious about its efforts

Everyone likes to be seen as doing something about major problems. Never mind whether that “something” actually helps. It seems appearances count more than reality. On Saturday, members of the National Association of Secretaries of State were assured by a Facebook representative that the ...

Not the first time FBI has failed to do its job

Could the mass murder of 17 people, most of them children, at a Florida high school last week have been prevented? We will never know with certainty. What we do know is that someone in the FBI was tipped off months ago that someone named Nikolas Cruz had threatened to “be a professional ...

Sadly, schools must spend more on safety

Remember when public school officials could plan capital improvements campaigns focusing only on new gymnasiums, better science lab equipment, nicer classrooms and the like? Remember when they could spend personnel money on teachers, custodians, bus drivers, etc.? Now, they have to think ...

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Amazing group, work The Martin County Kids Against Hunger food pack is today at St. John Vianney School in Fairmont. This group has done some amazing work over the years, and that is apparent in the stats: it will surpass 1 million meals packaged and more than $250,000 raised. About 400 ...

Crazy law lets graffiti artists sue landowner

When is a building to which you hold title not yours to tear down, if you choose? When you allow people to spray-paint graffiti on it. Several years ago, graffiti painters began using a complex of New York City warehouses as their canvas. The owner, Gerald Wolkoff, permitted them to do ...

Crews overwhelmed? Time to develop options

The city of Fairmont seems to have come up with two responses to concerns about the quality of its snowplowing. Those concerns arose after 16 inches of snow fell on the city Jan 22. It was not until three days later that the streets could have been considered truly “cleaned up.” One of the ...

Common sense fixes help lift U.S. economy

A lot of the credit for a rejuvenated U.S. economy seems to be going to Congress and President Donald Trump for their efforts to reform the job-killing federal tax code. Indeed, news of the change seems to have been the catalyst for decisions by many companies to build new facilities and pay ...

‘Pretty please?’ isn’t a negotiating strategy

President Donald Trump, in his State of the Union speech, promised that lowering drug prices would be a top priority for his administration. “Prices will come down substantially,” he said. “Watch.” He didn’t say how he would do that, but last week the White House Council on Economic ...

SpaceX sends rocket to Mars for just $90M

Inadvertently, former President Barack Obama has provided Americans with a reminder that the “you didn’t do that” private sector often does things much better than big government. Obama presided over severe cutbacks in the nation’s space exploration program. The meltdown was so severe ...

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Sales tax on the ballot Blue Earth City Council has decided to let voters decide the fate of a 0.5 percent local option sales tax that would generate $2.5 million over 25 years. Voters will decide whether to boost funding and spending for wastewater infrastructure, streets and recreation. The ...

Decision clearly lacks broader understanding

People are rightly concerned about racism. It is an irrational response to an insignificant factor of human existence, namely physical differences that have nothing to do with things that actually matter. Such as one’s intellectual capacity, moral character, work ethic or ability to be a ...

City needs to move forward on freedom

The Internet, smart phones and their accompanying apps have opened up a world of opportunity for human beings. The technology provides boundless information, amazing efficiency and incredible cost savings. It’s a boon for everyday life, as well as for consumers and businesses alike. Of ...

How many warrants sought with false info?

When both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives reauthorized the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act last month, many lawmakers had their reservations. Perhaps members of both houses should demand a “redo.” A short memorandum released by the House Intelligence Committee has ...

Infrastructure plans will require oversight

In terms of Americans’ everyday lives, the most important thing President Donald Trump said during his State of the Union speech was to call on Congress to approve a campaign to restore and improve the nation’s infrastructure. Many people drive potholed roads and cross rusty bridges every ...

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An astonishing gift We congratulate the five Fairmont groups that recently received $1 million checks each from the estate of Marlin Milbrandt. What an incredible gift to Fairmont. The groups are the Opera House, Martin County Historical Society, Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center ...

Registration system has become money pit

Albert Einstein famously defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” Minnesota lawmakers should keep this in mind as they ponder the idea of giving another $43 million to the people who have already spent nearly $96 million on the ...

To help less fortunate, back creation of wealth

The Super Bowl is being held in Minneapolis on Sunday, which has created a platform for “social activists” to rally against “economic injustice.” One concern is the “displacement” of homeless people who had found shelter inside what is now a secure area around U.S. Bank stadium. ...