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Local Editorials

World must remember horrors of Holocaust

Monday was Holocaust Remembrance Day, marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp in German-occupied Poland by troops of the Soviet Army. Auschwitz has come to be the biggest symbol of the Holocaust, the program Nazi Germany undertook during World War II as the ...

What we really need is reform of tort laws

Does anyone have any doubts that our society has painted itself into a corner with our tort laws and the incentives they have created for people to try to sue to gain satisfaction? We have absolutely handicapped ourselves and made life far more difficult than it has to be. The Fairmont City ...

Massive project will require residents’ help

Fairmont Public Utilities is undertaking an enormous project this spring that will require the assistance of city residents. We hope they take note and lend their cooperation. The city is going to replace all of the electric and water meters in town over a period of five years. Load ...

U.S. should support Puerto Rican leader

Puerto Rican Gov. Wanda Vasquez is fighting back against the corruption and inefficiency that has hindered efforts to help hurricane victims on her island. Good for her. U.S. officials should provide all the support at their disposal. On Sunday, Vasquez fired the heads of two government ...

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Troubling crime stats Martin County Attorney Terry Viesselman this week shared some discouraging news. Major crimes increased 66 percent in the last decade in the county, with Viesselman pointing to drugs as a major cause. Drug use also tears at families, with Viesselman noting that the ...

Whose side was he on? It couldn’t matter less

On occasion, politics in our nation becomes an exercise in confrontation. Harsh words are exchanged. Voices are raised. But most of the time, people who disagree keep their distance, recognizing that the First Amendment is no excuse for violence. Last week, a judge in Cincinnati sentenced a ...

Realistic solutions needed on trash issue

Clearly, the developed world needs to do more about how we dispose of our trash. Just as obviously, the United States, often cited as the chief villain in that regard, is far from alone. For years, much of the plastic waste disposed of by prosperous countries — even much of that officials ...

American hero deserves Medal of Honor

Many Americans became heroes on Dec. 7, 1941, during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. One of them, a Navy mess attendant, had been told he wasn’t even supposed to fire guns — because he was black. He was Doris “Dorie” Miller, a young Texan serving aboard the battleship USS West ...

How we pursue equality will be remembered

This week, many Americans celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr., who preached both an unceasing struggle against prejudice and discrimination and use of non-violent methods to win the battle. King’s high-profile leadership cost him his life. Others perished, too, during the struggle ...

Presidential primary weakens secret ballot

We’re not sure who thought it was a good idea, but Minnesota law now allows political parties to pull back the voting booth curtain and peek over your shoulder in the new Minnesota presidential primary. The primary will allow the state’s residents to have a say in who is nominated to ...

Et Cetera …

Firms will take notice Fairmont economic development director Linsey Preuss is a committed, competent and well-respected professional. She knows her stuff. Such as the fact that consultants who look for new locations for businesses will look away from cities embroiled in political turmoil. ...

Iran acting no differently than a school yard bully

“Give me your lunch money or I’ll beat you up,” says the school yard bully. So do Iranian leaders. They never had any intention of canceling their development of nuclear weapons, despite their agreement to suspend the project during former President Barack Obama’s administration. ...

New year opportunity thrown in the dumpster

The Fairmont City Council’s majority trio failed epically in 2019. One might think that taught them a lesson. It did not. Instead they are doing all they can to divide the city further in the new year. The trio is comprised of Tom Hawkins, Ruth Cyphers and Randy Lubenow. Last year, they ...

Please consider giving a life-saving donation

Among the good reasons for getting a flu shot is to keep yourself healthy enough to be there for the folks who need you this time of year. That is true in a larger sense when it comes to those in need of donated blood — and there are many more than we may think. According to blood banks, ...

Senate GOP outlines forward-looking plans

Leaders in the Republican-led Minnesota Senate have outlined their priorities for the 2020 legislative session that begins Feb. 11. Their plans are not perfectly defined, but their direction is the right one. Majority Leader Paul Gazelka touts what Republicans have able to achieve already, ...

Relief needs to come with some accountability

Our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico just can’t seem to catch a break. Still attempting to recover from Hurricane Maria in 2017, many on the islands have been affected by a strong earthquake this week. In comparison to the hurricane, which killed nearly 3,000 people and caused nearly $100 ...

Ball is in Iran’s court; what is it likely to do?

Iran’s leaders accomplished what they needed to do this week, with a major rocket attack on two areas in Iraq where U.S. troops were housed. They were able to tell their own people they would not allow the “great Satan” — the United States — to push them around. Scores of U.S. ...

Time to get on with it; time for fiasco to end

Gamesmanship appears to be the order of the day in Washington, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spar over ground rules for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, millions of Americans just want the fiasco to end. Without ...

Census question would have been best solution

The Trump administration seems to be involved in some legal and procedural gymnastics as it tries to get citizenship data into the hands of the Census Bureau. Courts and critics have aligned against the administration, prompting its “creative” actions. The fundamental problem is the ...

This time of year: Don’t forget charities

We hope you and yours enjoyed a happy holiday season. Now, of course, comes the period of getting our household budgets back in order after a few weeks of spending more than we had planned. Many charitable organizations serving area residents will find themselves in the same predicament. The ...