Local Editorials

If Palestinians want aid, they should pledge peace

Israelis understand that, at least under President Donald Trump’s administration, they have a staunch, valuable ally. Now it is time to make it clear to the Palestinian people that Washington wants to help them too. Many enemies in the Middle East desire to wipe Israel off the map. The ...

Amid negativity, EDA maintains proper focus

Fairmont’s Economic Development Authority and its coordinator, Linsey Preuss, are keeping their eyes on the ball. Thank goodness. The group this week discussed ongoing concerns about sufficient child care and workforce housing. These are the kinds of issues that actually impact economic ...

U.S. should take care to avoid war with Iran

Any number of individuals, organizations and even nations in the Middle East would not be displeased in the slightest at a military conflict between the United States and Iran. Islamic terrorist groups, for one, understand that would divert U.S. assets from targeting them, to at least some ...

Low birth rates have numerous implications

Whether to have children is an intensely personal decision for women and couples. But it is becoming a social, economic and political issue too. Birth rates in the United States have dipped to historic lows. And analysts point out that the 3.788 million births last year marked the fourth ...

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Keep proceeds local Civil asset forfeiture can be a controversial topic because it involves the government taking cash and property (like vehicles) from those who commit crimes. This largely relates to drug trafficking offenses, but also may involve other crimes, like DWIs. We do not ...

Women veterans take on failures of system

After generations of foolish failure to understand the contributions women can make to national defense, the U.S. armed forces finally seem to have awakened to the previously untapped potential. Important issues regarding how females can serve the nation best in uniform may remain to be worked ...

A great question: Why did investigation begin?

We suspect that the handful of inquiries into why there was ever a “collusion” investigation into the Trump presidential campaign are going to reveal, or reveal again, some pretty terrible things. Because they will show that members of the U.S. intelligence community and federal law ...

How does attacking City Hall attract businesses?

Fairmont City Councilman Randy Lubenow is really starting to open up. In public. At a City Council meeting. Amazing. No more secrets, maybe. On Monday, Lubenow spoke about what he says is really going on with all the hubbub involving the decision of three council members (Lubenow, Tom Hawkins ...

U.S. must be patient with Iran, up to a point

Some wars are ignited not because they were planned, but because what could have been contained confrontations blew up in everyone’s faces. That should not — cannot — be permitted to happen between the United States and Iran. Since President Donald Trump pulled this country out of the ...

While evil exists, good people can shut it down

Once again we have been reminded of the commonplace heroism that so many people hold quietly at the ready out of their compassion for others. Two armed teenagers bent on carrying out a massacre recently invaded STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado. Life-saving courage enough was shown ...

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The problem in Ward 3 The city of Fairmont’s department heads recently unanimously told the City Council that they appreciate having in-house legal counsel, specifically Libby Bloomquist. The council does not have to agree that this is the best arrangement, but why would any of its ...

President Trump has nailed it on the issues

Many Americans would have you believe that President Trump is evil incarnate. They are obsessed with his personality, in a negative way. This has led to the creation of the term “Trump Derangement Syndrome.” Trump is different, that’s for sure. He is unconventional, bombastic and shoots ...

Budget standoff won’t be solved anytime soon

Minnesota’s political leaders are locked in a standoff over the state budget. On Monday, they missed a self-imposed deadline for setting overall budget targets, from which they could shape their negotiations. What’s going on? Democrat Gov. Tim Walz and the House of Representatives, ...

Congress needs to act on ‘crimes of violence’

Juveniles who support terrorist groups actively can escape serious prosecution under federal law because of a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, The Associated Press reported this week. Already, that has prompted federal prosecutors to skip proceedings against some minors, allowing state courts ...

Hero’s life, actions should be celebrated

Let us hope the name of the man who shot two people to death and wounded two others at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte fades quickly from the public’s consciousness. If notoriety was part of his goal, it ought to be denied to him. Riley Howell should be remembered. When the ...

Americans must never forget horrors of statism

The last men and women who saw the horrors of the Holocaust with their own eyes will pass away within just a few years. No more elderly women will be left to tells about mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters sent to death camps, never to return. No more white-haired veterans who liberated the ...

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Put ‘coupons’ to use People accumulate things in their homes, some of which can be troublesome or expensive to be rid of. Even if they want to clean up, they may feel stymied. So we think it is great that the city of Fairmont mails out “coupons” each year to its utility customers to ...

If you need distortions is your argument good?

Fairmont City Councilman Tom Hawkins is presenting a distorted view to the public when it comes to whether the city should retain in-house legal counsel or contract for legal services. This is a sign of a weak argument. Minnesota has 853 incorporated cities. Hawkins likes to point out that ...

Why all the chattering? House has power to act

The mainstream national news media are never going to treat President Donald Trump with any respect or fairness. This is evident in the ongoing “coverage” of the Mueller investigation, despite the fact the probe has ended and found that neither Trump nor anyone in his campaign ...

A week to remember: Get those immunizations

The yearly calendar is full of days and weeks devoted to building awareness for various causes or social problems or health concerns. This week has a special theme that deserves a lot of attention — it is National Infant Immunization Week. What makes this week especially significant is that ...