Local Editorials

Government wanted to destroy businesses

Government wanted to destroy businesses Former President Barack Obama is infamous for his claim that, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.” He might well have added, “and we in Washington will be more than happy to tear it down.” Howard Root, who owns a medical ...

People should know McCorvey’s true story

Pro-abortion activists want women to think the 1973 Supreme Court ruling known as Roe v. Wade is, without question, a good thing. It is not, of course. And the pro-abortion forces would prefer you not know that for years, one of their staunchest opponents was the woman behind Roe v. ...

Vice president deserves to be treated with respect

Several presidents have treated their vice presidents notoriously and sometimes irresponsibly badly. Former President Harry Truman knew all about that. When he took office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he had to be told about the atomic bomb. Roosevelt had kept him in the ...

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Lawmakers need raise It was reported recently that a new citizen commission in Minnesota has begun the process of whether to raise the pay of state lawmakers. Former lawmakers have testified before the group, and even they disagree over lawmaker pay, and whether to raise it. Is it a ...

Medicare should join drug price negotiations

One of the big factors in the rising cost of medical care is the cost of prescription drugs. Lots of senior citizens can tell you about the challenge of paying their pharmacy bill, even with Medicare. The fact is, U.S. citizens pay the highest prices for prescriptions of any country. Part of ...

Two negotiating teams capable of making deal

The city of Fairmont and surrounding townships have rightly cooperated over the years on fire protection services. It’s a common enough situation for cities and their neighboring townships. Rather than everybody having to buy every piece of equipment imaginable, resources are pooled through ...

Politically motivated limits invite defeat

Politically motivated limits invite defeat When U.S. military helicopters were sent to Afghanistan to aid in the battle against terrorists there, many of their mechanics stayed behind in this country. Men and women accustomed to servicing the aircraft and with a very real stake in doing it ...

Our nation has greater challenges to deal with

Our nation has greater challenges to deal with Kellyanne Conway, one of President Donald Trump’s closest advisers, recently broke a rule. She dared, on national television, to suggest people ought to buy clothing from Trump’s daughter’s clothing line. Horrors! Has she no shame? Is ...

Bureaucrats in panic over reducing waste

President Donald Trump recently issued an order that requires federal agencies to eliminate two regulations for every new one they establish. It was in keeping with his pledge to reduce the cost and intrusiveness of government. Now, two organizations and a labor union have filed a lawsuit ...

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Bad news on road work Reconstructing Highway 15 through Fairmont is going to be a whale of a job. Now it seems likely that the work may take two construction seasons, due to delays in securing funding and in letting bids. The state Legislature approves funding for projects such as the $6 ...

Pointless, wasteful agencies should go

An independent federal election commission intended to help states with their voting systems should be eliminated, members of a House of Representatives committee voted this week. Created after the 2000 presidential election raised questions about fairness and honesty, the Election Assistance ...

Pay for public workers must be within reason

Pay for public workers must be within reason We believe public employees should be fairly compensated. The operative word, though, is “fairly,” which means different things to different people. With taxpayers footing the bill, those who hold elective office have not only a duty to make ...

Putin-style repression, murder not acceptable

Donald Trump is president in part because many Americans disliked his predecessor’s habit of refusing to recognize the exceptional nature of our government and the American people. Too often, former President Barack Obama cited our nation’s challenges — and there are many — in ...

Farmers, and schools, need tax law reforms

Farmers, and schools, need tax law reforms Minnesota’s tax law places a burden on farmers when it comes to property tax levies for school construction bonds. Farmers who own lots of valuable land make up a substantial portion of the tax base in many rural school districts. While they get a ...

Verdict sends message: Racist violence abhorent

The trial of Allen “Lance” Scarsella ended in Hennepin County Court last week with a guilty verdict. To some in the courtroom, it was a surprising verdict, given that Scarsella is white, 10 of the 12 jurors were white, and the victims of Scarsella’s crime were black. Scarsella had been ...

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Young man inspired The Sentinel recently reported on Fairmont eighth-grader Ethan Grunewald, who was able to attend the Presidential Inauguration thanks to an organization called Envision Experience, which runs youth leadership programs. The opportunity had an effect on Grunewald, who says he ...

‘Loyal opposition’ isn’t mindless obstructionism

Fortunately, some Democrats in the U.S. Senate are beginning to think about the meaning of “loyal opposition” in government. It means standing firm on specific issues, without engaging in wholesale obstructionism. Many Americans disagree with some or even all of President Donald Trump’s ...

Support students as they help fight cancer

Support students as they help fight cancer People in Fairmont have a chance to do something worthwhile in a couple of ways this weekend. They can attend the Cardinals boys and girls basketball games on Friday and Saturday, thereby lending some community spirit to the two squads’ efforts. ...

Pot program needs more money? Uh, no

Should we really be surprised that Minnesota’s floundering medical marijuana program is about to cost more money? Not really. Heavy restrictions associated with the program require inspections and data tracking. The ban on the plant form of marijuana means the two state-approved ...

Improving process will allow suspension to end

President Donald Trump’s order banning travel to this country by citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries certainly could have benefited from more planning. For example, denying re-entry to travelers who resided here, then left the United States intending to return within days or ...