Local Editorials

Gorsuch is great choice to serve on high court

Not infrequently, state and federal appeals court judges and justices surprise and even disappoint those who supported them when they were nominated. In a way, that is a very good thing — just what Americans ought to want from the ultimate arbiters of our laws and the U.S. Constitution. We ...

Unemployment reports are far from the truth

President Donald Trump has received an enormous amount of criticism — much of it justified — for some of his off-the-cuff comments. One, about unemployment in the United States, was right on target, however. Earlier this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the nation’s ...

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Opening up some land Fairmont’s Economic Development Authority wants to make sure it has commercial land available should a business want to come to town. To that end, the EDA this week approved an option to buy land just northwest of the fairgrounds, along I-90. The option costs $12,000 ...

Park Board members should represent parks

Park Board members should represent parks Members of Fairmont’s Park Board got into a bit of a spat this week as they talked about the city’s possible local option sales tax. Voters approved the additional sales tax in November and the city is now awaiting legislative approval. The ballot ...

Senators should focus on Gorsuch’s qualities

Some U.S. senators would do the nation a favor if they pondered who and what they are discussing in this week’s confirmation hearings for federal Judge Neil Gorsuch, who has been nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court. During opening statements Monday by members of the Judiciary Committee, ...

Soaring costs, bad habits must be tackled

Soaring costs, bad habits must be tackled Health care insurance coverage in Minnesota and the nation appears to be on life support. The individual insurance market is unraveling and Republicans are determined to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and millions of Americans are worried. In ...

Time to let schools control their destinies

Time to let schools control their destinies One reason so many education bureaucrats and liberal politicians do not like new U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is clear: They fear she and her boss, President Donald Trump, will eliminate the control Washington has over schools throughout ...

Wise spending beats just spending more

It is not difficult to visualize what Washington lobbyists for the big defense contractors were doing Thursday. They were rubbing their hands together in glee over President Donald Trump’s budget proposal. Trump included a $54 billion increase in military spending in the $1.15 trillion ...

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Sad to see Penneys go Our society is changing, which is always the case, but the changes do disrupt the lives of people and communities. This is evidenced in the closing of JCPenney in Fairmont. Major department stores that have been staples of our economy for decades are fading a bit. ...

Trails town hall should happen down the road

Trails town hall should happen down the road Fairmont’s City Council decided this week to forego a town hall meeting on possible trail system improvements. The vote was 3-2, with a mix of thoughts involved. Once councilman called such a gathering premature. One wanted to know if his ...

Sunshine Week: Open government works best

Sunshine Week: Open government works best For more than two centuries, the bedrock of our liberty and prosperity as Americans has been our right to know what is going on around us and to discuss it freely. Our nation’s founders believed it was so important that when they wrote the Bill or ...

Program should not make it easier for ISIS

Program should not make it easier for ISIS Republican and Democrat members of Congress seem to agree on one thing: An incompetent attempt to counter Islamic terrorist propaganda is worse than none at all. They are right. Lawmakers are looking into a Defense Department attempt to stymie an ...

New FDA commissioner should be confirmed fast

New FDA commissioner should be confirmed fast One of the villains in last year’s scandal over EpiPens sold by Mylan Pharmaceuticals was the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as we pointed out. That agency is about to get a new director. Public outrage focused on Mylan for its pricing of ...

Campaign to destroy Islamic State is a must

Campaign to destroy Islamic State is a must Since former President George W. Bush’s infamous “mission accomplished” moment celebrating what some viewed as defeat of Islamic terrorism, Americans have learned to our dismay that wiping out the scourge will not be easy. Another reminder ...

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Madelia receives help Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill that provides $1.4 million to Madelia and nearly $300,000 to Watonwan County to offset property taxes at rebuilt businesses and to help with public infrastructure costs. The funds are assistance to Madelia, which suffered a ...

State should take lead on wage, benefit issue

State should take lead on wage, benefit issue Some people look at labor issues as if the main problem is businesses that set out to treat their workers shabbily. These folks advocate things like a (much) higher minimum wage and mandatory benefits like paid sick leave. They say these things ...

Good place to start: Waste at the Pentagon

Good place to start: Waste at the Pentagon President Donald Trump wants to boost defense spending by $54 billion a year. He is right to point out the armed forces need better equipment. But before shoveling that much money into the military-industrial-political complex, Trump and Congress ...

Minnesota must move forward with Real ID

Real ID is a set of federal uniform identification requirements that was passed after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. The goal of Real ID is to prevent terrorism and fraud by making sure driver’s licenses in every state meet the standards. A Jan. 22, 2018, ...

Surplus can help with roads, vital tax relief

The February forecast is in, and Minnesota’s projected budget surplus has increased to $1.65 billion, up from $1.4 billion in the last forecast. The size of the budget surplus is substantial, and there is no shortage of ideas on what to do with it. Gov. Mark Dayton has already proposed his ...

Trump offers outline for reforming Obamacare

Implacable critics of President Donald Trump dismissed his speech to Congress last week as full of platitudes and short on substance. One can only wonder whether they dozed off during much of the address. Trump offered a variety of policy prescriptions during the presentation. One of them ...