Local Editorials

All Americans can agree McCain is hero

Politics in our country has taken a decidedly unpleasant, unproductive turn during recent years. Once, we Americans were able to agree to disagree. We could have sometimes dramatically opposing views on the issues, debating them fiercely, without shattering our sense of being one people with ...

City Council needs to resolve building issue

There was some confusion this week when the Fairmont City Council voted 3-2 to approve an ordinance change, but it was pointed out that such approval requires a two-thirds majority vote. It may seem a little odd, but essentially this means coming up with four — not three — votes to make ...

Nations should help Venezuelans to be free

Quite a few countries have shaky economies, with double-digit unemployment, crumbling treasuries and even food shortages. One of them has the largest petroleum reserves in the world. It is Venezuela. Months of demonstrations in the streets have left nearly 100 Venezuelans dead and at least ...

Abuses in system cannot be allowed to occur again

Innocent until proven guilty? Not under the old asset forfeiture programs many police departments and prosecuting attorneys used for years. Extreme abuses ranging from confiscating assets of people who had nothing to do with crimes to tying up cars and other belongings before defendants ever ...

Lessons seem readily apparent in shooting

No one disputes that the death of a woman at the hands of Minneapolis police was a terrible mistake. There was no ill intent. Nevertheless, Australian Justine Damond, who had been living in Minneapolis, is dead. She leaves behind a grief-stricken fiance and scores of people who remember her as ...

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Savewize opening store We were encouraged this week to hear about the pending opening of Savewize at Five Lakes Centre in Fairmont. The local store will be the first brick-and-mortar site for the company. Savewize acquires a variety of inventories through overstocks, product line changes and ...

Dayton should give up on defunding Legislature

A judge ruled this week that Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s veto of the state Legislature’s operating budget is a constitutional violation of the separation of powers clause. The judge said Dayton also misused his power to veto spending in order to affect policy provisions enacted by state ...

Legislature rightly gives ag land a break

Recognizing the sometimes harsh punch that property taxes can have on citizens, the state of Minnesota has taken several actions in recent decades to shift more of the public school funding burden from local to state coffers. This approach acknowledges that public education is a (state) ...

Government spending is totally out of control

Talk among politicians in Washington often seems to focus on why the government needs to spend more. If the justification is not national security, it probably will be health care. There seems to be precious little thought given to a serious, growing threat to both our welfare and security. ...

We hope Washington doesn’t repeat mistake

Interest rates will be allowed to continue rising, but gradually, later this year, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen told members of Congress last week. The economy is improving, meaning the Fed’s longstanding policy of holding interest rates at basement levels is no longer necessary, ...

Corruption in defense spending indefensible

Corruption is the elephant in the room on U.S. defense spending. An investigation into an Air Force unit nicknamed Big Safari may be just the ticket to at least wounding the pachyderm. An Air Force unit called Big Safari, formerly known as the 645th Aeronautical Systems Group, is involved in ...

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Grants back good causes The Schmeeckle Private Foundation continues to amaze us with its benevolence. The group handed out more than $80,000 in grants this week to area entities, all of which benefit the people they serve. The foundation is carrying on the legacy of long-time Martin ...

It’s about time someone made Congress do its job

Most Americans have to stay at work until whatever tasks need to be completed are finished. The knowledge we have to do that makes us work harder and smarter. It makes our bosses schedule tasks realistically. That isn’t how life works on Capitol Hill. Regardless of how many critical issues ...

Roads, bridges vital, and must be funded

Martin County is considering ways to generate some more revenue to pay for road and bridge maintenance. County leaders are considering several options, wondering which way to go. There is the “wheelage tax” option of $10 to $20 per vehicle tax for trucks and autos registered in Martin ...

Police need training,but not the added insult

Gov. Mark Dayton no doubt meant well last week when he suggested a new state law enforcement training fund be named for Philando Castile. Castile was the victim in a police shooting in Falcon Heights last July, and while the St. Anthony police officer, Jeronimo Yanez, was charged with ...

Canada should send check to Americans

Let us hope Omar Khadr never gets to enjoy a dime of the $8 million the Canadian government has awarded him, or gets to send any of it to his terrorist chums in Afghanistan. Khadr, a native of Canada, was 15 when he was captured by U.S. troops battling Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan. ...

Perhaps citizens can reach deal with Trump

President Donald Trump’s blue ribbon voting fraud panel is getting a rocky reception from states after asking for detailed information on every voter in the U.S., so it can undertake the president’s charge to unearth the massive “voter fraud” that kept him from winning the popular vote ...

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Check out a festival The Martin and Faribault County area offers quintessential America over the summer with various gatherings and festivals. The tradition continues today in Trimont and Blue Earth. We encourage people to get out and visit one of these neighbors to see what’s happening, ...

U.S. must take action to hinder North Korea

If there ever was a time when North Korea’s bullying militarism could be curbed without great loss of life, it probably passed decades ago. That should not blind world leaders to the reality that the regime’s lethality grows by the week — and cannot be ignored forever. A new North ...

Obamacare was never going to be ‘affordable’

A measure of the dishonesty with which the so-called Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) was adopted during former President Barack Obama’s administration can be seen in legislation Congress is considering now to replace the ACA. Throughout the country, insurance companies are pulling out of ...