Local Editorials

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Pledge was pretty clear The Community Center Action Committee invited the public to the Opera House this week to talk about a possible community center in Fairmont. The presentation was informative and the discussion (Q&A) that followed was good. We believe it has clearly emerged that ...

Amid uncertainty, time to pass new farm bill

A lobbyist for the Minnesota Farmers Union, Thom Peterson, says “the clock is ticking” for farmers. He was quoted in a recent Associated Press article on the status of the farm bill. He also said newspapers have been full of stories lately about farmers facing bankruptcy. Peterson is not ...

Please, stay generous this holiday season

Americans are the most charitable, benevolent people on Earth, according to statistics on giving. It’s not even close. This is likely because Americans believe in a few important things, such as it is OK — good, even — to make money. Which is to say, it is good to be creative, productive ...

DFL speaker moves to get rid of mute button

Mute buttons are handy when watching TV and another annoying commercial comes on, usually at twice the volume of the regular programming. They proved invaluable during the past political campaign season to silence the onslaught of negative ads. But as much as mute buttons have a place in the ...

Bush served his nation in many ways over years

When former President George H.W. Bush passed away Friday, he left a legacy with much to recommend it. It is of a kinder, gentler nation fully capable of using an iron fist. Bush, our 41st president, was 94 when he joined his beloved wife, Barbara, who died earlier this year. Supreme Court ...

Keep disability trust fund just like it is

After several years in which it appeared instances of coal miners’ pneumoconiosis — black lung — were decreasing, the disease seems to be making a comeback in our region of the country. Now is not the time to phase out a federal program intended to help victims. Long-term exposure to ...

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Clear the way for plows The forecast says the Fairmont area is going to get dumped on today and Sunday. Lots of snow is expected. Seems like a good time to see how well the city of Fairmont’s new snowplowing plan works, and whether residents are going to help the city out by making sure ...

China is the cheater, and needs to change

President Trump goes over the top in his criticism of the media. In part because he generalizes, suggesting “the media” is a monolithic entity out to get him. We believe he would be better served using a scalpel instead of a sledgehammer to highlight media bias and errors. And it would ...

Petitioners hope city will not hurt businesses

If we think about individual human rights and responsibilities, and believe in them, then what is the ideal when it comes to people seeking things they want? We would argue that the ideal is: if you want it, you pay for it. And that is the way things work in countless transactions every day ...

Legislature should act on genital mutilation bill

People have a right to their beliefs. What they do not have is a right to torture and maim little girls. Minnesota State Rep. Mary Franson is vehemently opposed to the practice of female genital mutilation, which occurs in parts of Asia, the Middle East and Africa. It is a cultural or ...

Support the businesses that support our towns

Many of us get a little crazy during the holidays. Sometimes we just don’t use our heads. Clearly, the person who wrote a recommendation for one of those national consumer organizations wasn’t using his or hers. In deciding what model of a particular product to buy, shoppers should inspect ...

Roberts drawn into war of words

Chief Justice John Roberts has been drawn into President Trump’s web. Last week the president criticized the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, based in San Francisco, calling it “a lawless disgrace.” The New York Times writes, “Mr. Trump’s remarks came after a federal ...

Make sure detectors are working in home

This is the time of the year when home safety experts warn us the danger of fire goes up. Colder weather means heating equipment shut off for months is put back in service. The Christmas season means some of us go all-out in decorating, sometimes overloading circuits and wires with hundreds, ...

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Small Business Saturday Today is Small Business Saturday, and Fairmont is among the many places participating in the event. Sixteen businesses are taking part locally as the Christmas shopping season begins. We encourage area residents to consider what their local small businesses have to ...

Fighting poverty, pope should promote wealth

Pope Francis is not a lawmaker so he does not have the power to enforce the doctrine he teaches. One wonders what he would enforce if he could. And one cannot help but wonder what kind of influence the pope has on the actions of actual lawmakers around the world. Perhaps it is not that great, ...

If Hinckley wants to act, ‘rules’ won’t stop him

There was news out of Virginia last week that John Hinckley Jr., who tried to kill President Ronald Reagan in 1981, will be allowed to move out of his mother’s house and live on his own. Not only is it absurd that Hinckley is being granted this freedom, it is absurd that he is mixing with ...

Justice demands more be done in this matter

$5 million is a lot of money. It is not nearly enough to compensate three men for being imprisoned wrongly — for 20 years. At least they ought to have some assurance that true justice will prevail in their cases. In 1995, three Cleveland,Ohio, men — Laurese Glover, Eugene Johnson and ...

Single-payer would be costly, damaging

Of all the solutions that might be implemented to help more Americans obtain and afford health care, we cannot understand the drive by some on the left for a single-payer system. Columnist John Stossel, on this page, offers a rundown of the issues surrounding single-payer and its flaws. There ...

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Farm bill may pass soon There may be some movement on a federal farm bill. That is good news for producers in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa, as well as the ag businesses that work with them. Republicans in the U.S. House had wanted work requirements for those obtaining food stamps ...

Legalize marijuana? Other priorities exist

As Gov.-elect Tim Walz begins his transition to take over the seat from Gov. Mark Dayton in January, he has been meeting with past governors to seek their counsel and advice on the role he will now play. That is a wise strategy, provided he doesn’t feel too obligated to accept their ...