Local Editorials

Legislature rightly tries to aid registrars offices

A month remains in the Minnesota legislative session, and as usual, legislators are putting off until May 21 (the legislative closing date) what they could do today. We will no doubt see the state bonding bill, a bill to conform the state tax system to the new federal tax code, and a variety of ...

Perhaps U.S. should demand a precondition

Are U.S. officials being played like the proverbial violin by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un? Let us hope not — but at the same time, let us not make the mistake of assuming there is a sincere, humane bone in Kim’s body. Mike Pompeo, the CIA chief soon to become secretary of state, met ...

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Speech team excels Fairmont High School’s speech team continues to amaze with its excellence. The group is heading back to the state meet this weekend, following another win at section competition. It has been said that human beings are more afraid of getting up and talking in front of a ...

Spending down reserve represents valid proposal

At first glance, we found ourselves agreeing with Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, who believes that if the Legislature wants to have the state build and operate three new nursing homes for veterans, it should make a specific appropriation for that purpose. That, to us, seems like good government. ...

Trump’s leadership backed by U.S. allies

One chorus in which President Donald Trump’s critics delight in singing is that he is ruining our relationships with other countries. Not really. Consider what happened last Friday and Saturday: That night, armed forces from the United States, England and France joined in an attack on ...

Americans pay their bills, government runs up debt

Many Americans recently finished their income tax returns for 2017. The deadline was Tuesday, unless citizens requested and got an extension. Oh, well. At least the government will be paid for ... Wrong. The Internal Revenue Service collects only about $1.69 trillion in income taxes each ...

President had no choice but to act in Syria

Syria was not the only, or even the most important, target in Friday’s attack on chemical weapons facilities in that country. The focus was on deterring use of such fearsome armaments by any nation. Bashar Assad, Syria’s murderous dictator, has used chemical agents on his own people in ...

‘Entitlement’ spending cannot be maintained

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is leaving Congress because he doesn’t want his children to reach adulthood having experienced only a “weekend dad.” After 20 years in Congress, Ryan’s decision is understandable in that light. But one wonders if Ryan, R-Wis., may have been motivated by ...

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Forums back inclusion People are people. Everyone deserves respect and everyone likes the opportunity to be included in a community. So we appreciate the ongoing discussions about race and diversity in Fairmont. We hope those who have lived here for decades as well as those who are ...

Ryan has served nation well through work, dignity

Paul Ryan, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, has rendered extremely valuable service to his fellow Americans during his 20 years in Congress. His role has been especially valuable during the past year and a half. Ryan, R-Wis., revealed Wednesday that he will not seek re-election. ...

Given major costs, trains are here to stay

Fairmont City Councilman Tom Hawkins this week expressed surprise that he has received numerous complaints about trains blocking streets in town, as well as corresponding whistle noise. We share his surprise. While we all may feel inconvenienced by trains blocking our way now and then, it also ...

Punish Syria, but the tricky question is how

Pictures and video footage of the aftermath of another chemical weapons attack blamed on Syrian dictator Bashar Assad are hard to take. No one likes to see innocent little children suffering. Some U.S. response to the atrocity, in which about 40 people died, is necessary. Most nations have ...

Ethics concerns tainting good work done by Pruitt

Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, deserves praise for rolling back unreasonable Obama-era regulations, including some that affect the coal industry. Good for him in for pursuing President Donald Trump’s agenda energetically. Questions about Pruitt’s ethics have ...

Use Facebook? Better know what you’re doing

If you want an idea of the magnitude of the privacy scandal involving Facebook, consider this: There are about 117 million households in the United States, according to the Census Bureau. As many as 87 million people, most in this country, had personal data collected by Facebook accessed by ...

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Farmers caught in fight Free trade — actual free trade — is not complicated. Someone in one country has a product to sell. Someone in another country buys it. End of story. What complicates things is government. Which can subsidize and protect industries, usually for political ...

Americans shouldn’t be surprised by all this

Foreign spies and criminals in Washington, D.C., are using devices that can intercept cellphone calls and text messages from unaware users, it was revealed this week. The Department of Homeland Security made the admission in answer to a request by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. What should concern ...

Commerce is simple, or at least it should be

The Internet is an amazing tool that is revolutionizing commerce. Whether it can also help dismantle the unneeded burdens of the regulatory state remains to be seen. Perhaps in Fairmont. One service on the web is the ability for people to rent their homes to others, through sites like Airbnb ...

Minnesota lags behind in allowing in cameras

All over the nation, states have been allowing cameras in courtrooms to record what is going on, something that totally in the spirit of the 6th Amendment guarantee of a public trial for those accused of crimes. Courts had previously banned cameras when they were big and bulky and needed flash ...

Terrorist organizations must be destroyed

Two members of “The Beatles,” Islamic State terrorists so named by their captives because they are British citizens, have provided a reminder of why it is imperative to destroy, not “contain,” such organizations. The most notorious “Beatle,” nicknamed “Jihadi John,” was killed ...

Outsider may be just what agency needs

For years, the essential task of reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs has been entrusted to career bureaucrats, most recently David Shulkin. Now, President Donald Trump has fired Shulkin and replaced him with an outsider, and the concern among some in Washington seems to be whether the ...