Local Editorials

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Opera House has plans Fairmont has been given an incredible opportunity to solidify the future of its wonderful Opera House. The facility has begun a $10 million fundraising campaign, already given a major boost through a $1 million gift from a local resident’s estate, as well as $500,000 ...

Fortunately, Trump ignores critics at U.N.

Some world leaders have made their disdain for U.S. President Donald Trump very clear, very publicly. This week, he heard another round of lectures, after delivering one himself, at the United Nations. Trump reiterated the philosophy that helped get him elected president. While embracing ...

Ruling gives governor way too much power

Attorneys for the Minnesota Legislature filed a report this week with the Minnesota Supreme Court, saying the Legislature will have to start laying off employees and shutting down by December if no agreement is reached between Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature over the legislative funding ...

Senate bill would put states in driver’s seat

A long-running horror story in our country is the routine demand for the federal government to “do something” whenever those on the left and their mainstream media allies identify some “problem.” These “problems” are really just the undeniable realities of existence on Earth. And ...

Federal government shouldn’t be involved

In many towns and cities, some members of minority communities do not trust police officers, even as many in law enforcement work to build trust among those they serve. Clearly, however, enforcing the law is the department’s overriding priority. We pay police officers and sheriff’s ...

Virgin Islands suffered badly through hurricanes

Texans and Floridians hurt by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are on the minds of millions of their neighbors throughout the United States. But what about our other fellow Americans in the U.S. Virgin Islands? If anything, devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the USVI is worse that what is ...

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Court backs free speech Citizens who disrupt public meetings are not being fair to elected officials or fellow citizens. Standards of decorum and laws exist to deal with those who believe their free speech rights — and only their rights — are important. However, a disorderly conduct law ...

Given planning, cost, system is total failure

It’s hard to fathom that the state of Minnesota is having such a tough time rolling out its new computerized system for the state’s licensing system. The new Minnesota Licensing and Registration System (MNLARS), which replaces the one licensing bureaus have been using the past 30 years, has ...

Government backlog needs to be cleared up

Certain positions in government involve handling of sensitive material. To get such a job, one has to obtain security clearance. How deeply investigators look into one’s background depends on the level of clearance required. It can require as long as 10 months to be approved for ...

Firm knew about breach but failed to disclose it

Financial services companies assure us they will handle the confidential information they often demand from us responsibly and securely. As many Americans have learned from data breaches in the past, those are promises not always kept. Now Equifax, the giant credit reporting agency, has made ...

Congress will finally have to solve problem

President Donald Trump basically did what he had to do last week in announcing he was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals rule that was put in place by his predecessor. President Barack Obama had put the rule in place, contrary to current immigration law, to prevent the ...

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Do these tests matter? Area schools recently learned the results of their Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, or tests designed to measure students’ proficiency in math, reading and science. None of the results seem very good to us, nor do the statewide results. Some schools say the ...

‘Single-payer’ would include harsh trade-offs

Fairmont played host to a gathering this week at which a speaker — Glen Peterson, a professor emeritus at Minnesota State-Mankato — offered praise for the idea of a single-payer health care system in this country. He believes more coverage, for everyone, can be provided at less cost by ...

Labor participation rate shows troubling trend

During our national Labor Day holiday, we celebrated our many hard-working Americans, took a day off and, perhaps, reflected on what we contribute to the economy. Trouble is, the percentage of us supporting it is dropping, despite what the government’s unemployment rate reports may have you ...

Haley hits nail on head: Kim ‘begging for war’

Diplomats sometimes engage in hyperbole to make their points. But what Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Monday may be the literal truth. Haley spoke during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. It was called after it was confirmed that North Korea has ...

A horrific problem is present in our region

Eight men were recently arrested during an undercover sex sting operation in Springfield. And it was just last June when the Walnut Grove police chief was caught up in a similar sting operation in Redwood County. He was one of three men arrested. All of these men will have their day in court. ...

Most in Congress will take appropriate action

It has been suggested by some that politics will play a role in how quickly and decisively Congress responds to the massive flood disaster occuring now in Texas and Louisiana. Democrat lawmakers may try to punish Texans for supporting President Donald Trump in the election last year, it has ...

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Cardinal Night soars School and community go hand in hand, so we extend kudos and thanks to Fairmont Area Schools for hosting its annual “Cardinal Night” this past Wednesday at the high school. The event serves as a welcome-back-to-school outing and pep fest, letting students, parents ...

U.S. must remain calm, but be ready for worst

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un seems to be determined to keep U.S., South Korean and Japanese leaders off balance. It is a dangerous game. For several days, it had seemed to some that Kim had at least paused in his saber rattling via missile launches. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ...

Extremists nowhere to be found in rescues

It has been suggested what is happening in Houston, Texas, now is a welcome diversion from focus during recent weeks on the very worst people among us. But perhaps we should think about the extremists responsible for violence across the country, including in Charlottesville, Va., even as we ...