Local Editorials

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New businesses open There has been some exciting news on the business front in Fairmont this week. Fairmont Butcher Block announced it will open in the former Olson’s Locker building on Winnebago Avenue. And Ambiance on Albion quietly opened its doors on Thursday, in the site once occupied ...

IMF: Trump, policies will be good for jobs

IMF: Trump, policies will be good for jobs An improved economy means more jobs and better ones. Even liberals who claim President-elect Donald Trump will be bad for low-income and unemployed Americans have to concede that. Now, the International Monetary Fund has revised its forecast for ...

School choice offers hope of brighter futures

Consider the schools in the Fairmont area. There are public schools, parochial schools and students who are home-schooled. Some students who attend public school do not do so in the districts in which they actually live. Instead, they travel to neighboring districts. South of Fairmont, across ...

King’s son displays constructive attitude

The late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said repeatedly that his goal was an America in which people were judged solely by the quality of their actions. Egged on by liberal Democrats and many in the entertainment world, millions of people seem to have forgotten that advice. Martin Luther King ...

Judge rightly tells EPA it must obey the law

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials enjoy enormous power, granted by Congress. They can decide unilaterally that individuals, families and businesses must do certain things to comply with the EPA’s definitions of clean air, water and soil. But there are some limits. The agency ...

Congress needs to lend hand to new VA chief

Few Cabinet officers head agencies based almost solely on promises. But Dr. David Shulkin, nominated to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, will be one if he is confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The VA’s mission is to keep the promise we Americans make to everyone in military service. It ...

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Tax changes approved Minnesota lawmakers found an easy consensus Friday, unanimously supporting legislation to put the state’s tax system in line with federal laws. Gov. Mark Dayton signed the measure. The bill offers tax breaks to 200,000 residents. Those getting breaks include college ...

New group likely to up pay, and that’s OK

In November, Minnesota voters approved a new way to determine the salaries of state lawmakers. A citizens council has taken over the task, and it held its first meeting this week to begin deliberations. The group must present a final report with a salary amount to the Legislature by March 31. ...

New councilman puts spotlight on inspections

Fairmont has a revamped city council, given the election of three new members and a new mayor. The group of newcomers joins two conscientious, thoughtful councilmen already serving. We think this could be a council to be excited about and that may be able to accomplish some things that many ...

Something must be done about N. Korea

Until they learn more about President-elect Donald Trump’s plans, policies and personality, it is likely most other nations, even our enemies, will engage in something of a diplomatic honeymoon with the new White House. Not North Korea. That country’s vicious dictator, Kim Jong Un, ...

Anything would be better than Obamacare

President Barack Obama may well be hoping to paint congressional Republicans into a corner regarding the health insurance fiasco that bears his name. In reaction to GOP pledges to repeal the Obamacare law, Obama said he has no problem with the idea — providing the Republicans come up with ...

Inquiry by Congress is best bet on hacking

President-elect Donald Trump was briefed Friday on what U.S. intelligence agencies know about alleged Russian efforts to influence the Nov. 8 election. Do not expect Trump to change his mind about the matter. He already has said he does not believe allegations Russian hackers released ...

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State needs to catch up We can’t say we generally agree with Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s approach to public policy, but we have to side with him on his push for public construction projects. Dayton wants state lawmakers to pass a $1.5 billion bill to build or repair road and bridges, ...

Democrat plan would not serve nation well

Democrats in the U.S. Senate have vowed to use every roadblock they can find to delay confirmation of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees. They have speculated they could drag the process out for as much as two months after Trump is inaugurated on Jan. 20. That would delay the ...

Trump rightly advises saving of ethics agency

Apparently it was not only Democrats who didn’t get the message on Nov. 8. Some Republican leaders in Congress may have missed what voters were saying, too. On Monday, GOP leaders in the House of Representatives moved to weaken the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. They did so ...

Court ruling doesn’t change troubling issue

A federal appeals court has overturned a federal judge’s ruling that the Minnesota Sex Offender Program is unconstitutional. This is the program that allows the state to keep sex offenders who pose the greatest risk of offending again in detention after they have served their criminal ...

Pumped storage projects shouldn’t be left behind

Something long overdue appears to be happening in Montana. There, a company has been granted a license to construct a $1 billion electric energy project that amounts to a gigantic battery. Absaroka Energy of Bozeman, Mont., plans to build a 400-megawatt pumped storage facility. If completed, ...

U.S. must not become haven for terrorists

Turkish officials have insisted for some time that a former ally of that country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was granted asylum in the United States, is behind attempts to topple Turkey’s government. Nonsense, U.S. officials respond. The controversy was renewed recenlty after ...

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Time for ban to end Legal products are sold every day of the week, normally. Not so with alcohol in Minnesota. Because of an archaic law, there are no Sunday sales. But an influx of new state lawmakers at the Capitol, thus perhaps the demise of old-fashioned thinking, could mean the end of ...

Tax-cut solution? Cut excessive government

Both Republicans who control Congress and President-elect Donald Trump have plans to grant most Americans tax relief. They hope to inject real growth into an economy still recovering only anemically from the so-called Great Recession. In reconciling their slightly different versions of tax ...