Local Editorials

Parents: Make sure children are vaccinated

Last year, Minnesota suffered through its largest measles outbreak, with 75 cases reported, many of them in the Somali community in Minneapolis. The Somali population was vulnerable because many parents had received misinformation about the possibility that vaccines can cause autism. This ...

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Mini golf idea advances Mini golf goes hand in hand with facilities such as swimming pools. So it’s understandable that the Fairmont Park Board backs a proposal to offer this recreational amenity at the Aquatic Park. “Kids Just Want to Have Fun,” an offshoot of the local grassroots ...

Grassley, Republicans should allow testimony

Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate have an obligation — one of fairness, as well as self-defense politics — to do all in their power to hear Christine Blasey Ford’s story about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. If that means shuffling their schedule, so be it. Until a few days ...

Questions persist on rec center proposal

The Fairmont City Council this week received a whopping amount of information related to possible construction of a community center. The first phase of construction would cost $25 million, with the project including an indoor pool, locker rooms, child care area, multi-purpose banquet area with ...

Drug abuse epidemic claiming many lives

Another day, another bill in Congress aimed at curbing the drug abuse epidemic sweeping the nation. This one was approved Monday by a vote of 99-1 in the Senate. A similar bill was approved several weeks ago by the House of Representatives. Now, the two chambers must reconcile their versions ...

If Democrats win this fall, did Russians help?

The Russians, it is alleged, are marketing geniuses. Russian trolls can put out a few lines of text on the internet and hold sway over U.S. elections, as it is purported they did in 2016, somehow helping Donald Trump win the presidency. Since that election, there has been quite the uproar in ...

In any case, it’s clear Puerto Rico is a mess

President Donald Trump seems to be having a hard time with data from Puerto Rico. A study of deaths resulting from Hurricane Maria and its aftermath are making it hard for him to claim an “incredible unsung success” in his administrations response to the suffering in the U.S. ...

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Group great for lakes The Fairmont Lakes Foundation is to be congratulated on the success of its kayak and paddleboard rentals, a project that debuted over the summer. The foundation financed the watercraft and a storage kiosk located at Gomsrud Park. The group partners with Sommer Outdoors ...

Walz proposes more federal involvement?

The leaders of our local governments have a responsibility to do the very best they can for citizens and taxpayers. So when Congressman Tim Walz sends out his staff to ask how the federal government might be able to help them, our leaders rightly respond with their “wish lists.” Such was ...

Lawmakers voting on, collecting farm subsidies

Occasionally, members of Congress become ensnared in technicalities in ethics rules. Some have been criticized officially for potential conflicts of interest involving personal businesses that might be affected by bills upon which the lawmakers vote. What about measures providing billions of ...

Tests results still show public education failings

Public education is touted as a great equalizer. Which is to say that no matter who you are or where you come from, you can better yourself because you can attend public school and receive an education. With a high school diploma, a person could get a decent job, go on to technical school or ...

Detroit public schools offer lesson for us all

Politicians in the big-government crowd would have us believe that spending tons of money on public schools is the way to ensure children get good educations. Really? Ask parents in Detroit about that. At $14,259, Detroit public schools’ per-pupil spending is the eighth-highest of the 100 ...

Fight over documents hides political agenda

Democrat senators who made a mockery of fairness in disrupting a hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh insist they are being denied information they need to decide whether he is qualified. Not really. Senators have been given many more documents regarding Kavanaugh than were ...

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Trump declares disaster President Trump this week approved a disaster declaration for 36 counties in Minnesota. These include Martin and Faribault counties in our area. The declaration is related to flooding in late June and early July. Trump’s decision comes after Minnesota officials — ...

Pruitt is gone, but who else is wasting money?

Government officials often are not the most popular people. Whether because federal agencies do things that can cost people their jobs or due to general dislike based on ideology, some have good reason to worry about their safety. Apparently, former Environmental Protection Agency head Scott ...

Socialist ‘paradises’ are always far from it

The paradises that promoters of socialism promise often turn out to be bottomless pits of misery. Even questioning the totalitarian regimes can be dangerous. Central and South America are proving to be incubators of repression and economic want because of socialism. In Venezuela, which ...

Productive workers give economy a boost

We hear a lot about unemployment rates, the gross domestic product, business inventories and a variety of other economic indicators. But among the most interesting are productivity reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In essence, productivity data compares the value of goods and ...

U.S. should sign deals that benefit Americans

The key question being raised over President Donald Trump’s agreement with Mexican officials on a new trade pact points straight to the reason why so many Americans are unhappy with the current system of regulating trade between our country and others. Trump said last week that Mexican ...

Trump’s pressure on Iran having an impact

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had a rough time last week. Members of his country’s parliament raked him over the coals because he has not done enough to keep the economy from crashing and burning. What a shame. Pardon our sarcasm. But news Iran’s leaders are becoming angry at each ...

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‘Loop’ disappointing People enjoy the amenities of Cedar Creek Park in Fairmont, and are likely to utilize a 3,200-foot trail extension “loop” that is being added to the park. The City Council approved the $340,000 project this week, with a state grant covering $150,000 of the ...