Local Editorials

Airport security needs to be examined again

Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, federal officials have devoted an enormous amount of effort and resources to making airline travel safe. In general, they seem to have done a good job. But last Friday, a mentally disturbed ground crew member stole a 76-seat plane from the airport ...

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Where is the outrage? We thought the #MeToo movement was all about believing women when they alleged sexual misconduct by powerful men. Women should not have to be subjected to abuse and then humiliated by not being trusted, right? So why is Keith Ellison, the Democrat attorney general ...

President could do better than call names

President Donald Trump gets too emotional sometimes and can be bombastic. People who dislike the president do not like these things about him. Neither do many of his supporters. When it comes to dealing with the media, the president is wasting an opportunity. He calls them names. He uses ...

Fairmont taking aim at City Code violations

Fairmont is preparing to crack down on residents who commit various offenses, such as letting their dogs roam free, committing noise violations or failing to register rental properties. In other words, the city is stepping in on behalf of the vast majority of citizens who want do not want ...

Finally, long overdue, FBI fires agent Strzok

Former FBI agent Peter Strzok was fired by the agency Friday, long after he should have lost his job. Strzok was involved in both the FBI’s investigation of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and that of President Donald Trump. He was removed from the Trump probe when his ...

As always, U.S. has bad spending problem

With a national debt of $21.3 trillion, keeping the federal government’s spending within the limit of what revenue is taken in has become critical. Yet, after decades of warnings that needs to be done, political leaders have not found the will to make it happen. Last week, it was reported ...

N. Korea should return all American remains

Thousands of American families are awaiting bittersweet news in the wake of what, for them, was much more than a new chapter in the long history of tension between our country and North Korea. They want to know simply this: Are our loved ones’ remains among those returned recently by the ...

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Primary set for Tuesday Minnesota’s primary election comes at a weird time, in the middle of summer, when people are paying less attention to politics and may even be on vacation. Even the state’s chief elections official, Secretary of State Steve Simon, thinks the timing is less than ...

Things to remember about workforce issues

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., was in Fairmont this week as part of her regular tours of every county in the state. She visited Kahler Automation and discussed, among other things, the ongoing labor shortage. “There’s so many job openings right now in Minnesota,” she said. “Yet ...

Warren’s aim is clear, an apology of no use

One popular dictionary defines a bigot as “one who regards or treats members of a group with hatred or intolerance.” U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., fits right in. Warren wants badly to be president of the United States. Last weekend, she was in top form during a speech to a ...

‘Space Force’ comes with inherent problems

President Donald Trump is right that the United States needs an effective reaction to the militarization of outer space. He is wrong that we need to create a whole new bureaucracy to do that, however. Trump has said he wants to create a new branch of the military — a Space Force. That is ...

Trump deserves credit for U.S. economic boom

Liberal critics of President Donald Trump’s multi-faceted economic development strategy continue to insist it is not helping American working men and women. But it is — big time. Labor Department statistics released last week show unemployment is the lowest in nearly half a century, at ...

Manafort should be tried on the facts alone

Give U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III credit for insisting that Paul Manafort get the fairest trial possible. Manafort, at one time during 2016 a key adviser to Donald Trump in his bid for president, went on trial last week on charges unrelated to that campaign. Manafort is accused of a ...

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College may be leaving It is concerning to hear that Presentation College in Fairmont has been having trouble recruiting students. So much trouble that it decided not to have a freshmen class this fall. The college will continue to teach its remaining 47 students, but Presentation’s future ...

Climate change leads to more fires? Nope.

With destructive, deadly wildfires in California making both headlines and dramatic pictures, expect a new round of claims that climate change is to blame. But if there is a link between global warming and wildfires, it is a negative one. Solid, scientific research indicates the area burned ...

Wetterlings concede release of documents

The family of Jacob Wetterling recently announced that it will not appeal a court order to release the investigative files on one of the most publicized and horrible crimes in state history. Jacob Wetterling was kidnapped Oct. 22, 1989, near his home in St. Joseph. Not until the summer of ...

Manafort case will not reveal any ‘collusion’

For more than a year, special counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Since then, as has occurred previously in special counsel probes, Mueller and his staff have branched out. Wrongdoing not connected directly to the election has ...

Kavanaugh believes Constitution prevails

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has made it clear he has mixed feelings about the availability of firearms in America. Gun, gang and drug violence “has plagued all of us,” Kavanaugh wrote in one opinion from his current position as a federal judge in Washington. He added a comment ...

European Union blinks in trade dispute with U.S.

His critics labeled President Donald Trump a dangerous bull in the economic china shop when he threatened to slap new tariffs on some goods imported from European Union members. They were long overdue in response to unfair trade tactics aimed at the United States by the EU, Trump ...

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New meters considered Fairmont Public Utilities Commission has begun considering a major project to replace or upgrade all of its electric and water meters to make them “smart.” These meters would collect data, allow reconnections and disconnections remotely, and could help reduce ...