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In the new year, time to ask tough questions

The last months of this year have brought a seemingly endless series of revelations about women being harassed and assaulted by the powerful — who got away with it for too long. Let us hope 2018 takes the story into the second phase it needs to enter. That is holding accountable those who ...

‘U’ should make clear it does not hate Santa

Do some people really live in open terror of Christmas decorations, menorahs or Santa Claus? Are doves or the colors red and green just too much to take? The University of Minnesota has faced some criticism in recent days after its ag college passed out a memo warning students and staff to ...

Finally, nation will get audit of Pentagon

Perhaps the Pentagon’s decision to launch a comprehensive audit demanded for years by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is progress. We’ll believe it when we see it. If history is any guide, the Defense Department will spend too much on an audit that covers up massive misspending, then will ...

How have adults allowed this to happen?

You may have seen the video posted on social media by the mother of Keaton Jones, 11, who attends a middle school near Knoxville, Tenn. In it, the little boy talks tearfully about being bullied in school. “Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them? ...

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Promoting those pigs An effort is underway in Martin County to promote and praise one of the biggest things people do here. Namely, raise pigs, which become delicious products on grocery store shelves. To that end, the “Bacon Capital USA” promotion takes pride in this sector of the ag ...

If Kim stays in power, how many will suffer?

Analysts have concluded the worldwide “WannaCry” ransomware attack last May originated in North Korea. The news is a reminder that the threat from Pyongyang is more widespread than many people may have thought. “WannaCry” infected hundreds of thousands of computers throughout the ...

Gun prohibitions only followed by law-abiding

The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that it will allow guns to be carried into county courthouses under certain circumstances. This is a change from a previous ruling that banned guns in courthouses. Under the ruling, county supervisors or other local government officials can file a written ...

Sentinel Editorial

Never too late to give Christmas is just a few days away. Except for a few odds and ends, most people have their holiday preparations in place. It is different for the many churches and other organizations that help the needy during the holidays, with everything from toys for the children ...

Tax relief will benefit businesses, individuals

Nothing as complex as the U.S. tax code, linked as the process is to the federal budget, can be amended in a manner that will make everyone happy. Negotiators for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives seem to have come up with something close, however. If approved, perhaps this week, ...

Military needs funding, but spent responsibly

America’s armed forces are the best funded in the world. Given the responsibilities the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard must handle, that is appropriate. But years of neglect under former President Barack Obama have left the military in a rebuilding mode. A $700 billion ...

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How did things get here? Fairmont Area Schools is doing the right thing providing free breakfast and making sure every student gets a hot lunch. The cost of these meals is essentially covered at no cost to local taxpayers. Educators know that kids learn better when they are not hungry. Kids ...

Time has come to get rid of ‘alternative’ tax

Among flaws in the U.S. Senate’s tax reform bill that should be corrected before a tax package becomes law is the alternative minimum tax. It is among the most unpopular provisions of tax law. In effect, the AMT was designed to take a second look at people who complete their tax returns, do ...

Next bomber probably will be more competent

Thankfully, the would-be suicide bomber who detonated an explosive device in a corridor in the New York subway system was so incompetent he couldn’t kill himself, much less anyone else. His bomb, which may have gone off prematurely, wounded him and slightly injured three other people ...

Is levy hike a one-time thing, or the new norm?

The Fairmont City Council on Monday approved a 2018 budget and property tax levy, with the levy rising a whopping 12 percent. On the face of it, such an increase is troubling. Beneath the surface, things might be seen in a different light. There are some big capital improvement projects in ...

There must be better candidates out there

Learning that several members of Congress have been guilty of outrageous conduct involving women is bad enough because of the harm they did and the crimes some committed. Finding out some used taxpayers’ money in attempts to cover up their misdeeds is worse. But compounding the concern felt ...

Lawmakers need to focus on their duties

What do immigration law and disagreements over health care policy have to do with ensuring federal agencies have enough money to keep their doors open? Virtually nothing. That did not deter a few Democrats who, for a time, threatened to hold up congressional approval of a major spending bill ...

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Will new system work? Fairmont Area Schools has implemented standards-based grading in its seventh- and eighth-grade classrooms. The idea is to put a focus on student mastery of skills. Part of the plan is to get students more involved and accountable for their learning. Standards-based ...

Minnesota’s projected ‘deficit’ could change

Minnesota’s state economic forecast, released Tuesday, says the state could face a $188 million deficit in its budget next year. That’s not happy news, but the forecast is based on so many suppositions and uncertainties that it is hardly worth getting worked up about. A lot of factors the ...

Parents want district to be fair, offer justice

Average citizens can feel powerless when they go up against “the system.” What they need are some essential elements to make their voices heard. These are: fortitude, allies, organization, a valid argument and a willingness to step into the public spotlight. We believe a group of parents at ...

Tax relief should come as soon as possible

Wait ’til next year is a common refrain among sports fans whose teams are not doing well. It should not be something you hear from Congress. Both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have approved tax relief bills. All that remains is for the two chambers to reconcile their versions ...