Local Editorials

Barr should release nearly the full report

Just two considerations need to be taken care of before Attorney General William Barr makes the special counsel Robert Mullers report available to Congress and thus, to the American people. First is national security. It may be that the report contains some material that would be helpful to ...

Time for Congress to put focus on America

At long last, special counsel Robert Mueller’s report may be ready for prime time. Attorney General William Barr has been perusing it and, at some point, the document will go to Congress. No doubt it will be leaked to the public within minutes. But Mueller has made it clear his team of ...

World must remain vigilant against terror

The Islamic State terrorist group is finished, at least in Syria, President Donald Trump and some in the U.S. military are proclaiming. Well, good riddance. Unfortunately, however, the mission of civilized human beings the world over is far from accomplished. Trump last week displayed a ...

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Frontier seems lost Martin County commissioners were in obvious disbelief this week as they discussed a county effort to extend high-speed internet service to small towns. The focus of their amazement was Frontier Communications, a company that reminds us of those “Just OK is not OK” ...

Rage-filled citizens cannot solve problems

Government has the power to wield control over people’s lives in various ways. Regulations and taxes come to mind. It is understandable that citizens sometimes feel angry about their government’s actions, or even lack of action. And it may be particularly frustrating dealing with government ...

Proposal would offer realistic energy option

Regardless of what you may hear from members of Congress who believe they have a magic wand they can wave over America and — poof! — do away with fossil fuels, the nation will need coal, petroleum and natural gas for many years to come. There simply is no reliable, affordable alternative ...

Avenging hatred does not solve world’s woes

The death toll from the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, is 50, all Muslims, slaughtered as they prayed at their place of worship. The suspected attacker, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, an Australian man, issued a manifesto of hatred toward Muslim immigrants online, and used a camera ...

First Lady spotlights issues facing children

“Working group” too often is a political term that translates in the long run to talking much about a problem but doing little. Let us hope a meeting hosted by first lady Melania Trump this week breaks the mold. Mrs. Trump called a meeting Monday at the White House of the Interagency ...

‘Spoofing’ is fraud; it should be stopped

Many of us have heard the phone ring, glanced down at the caller ID and seen the name and number of someone we know, answered the phone — and found ourselves talking to someone with a sales pitch or worse, a scam. It is called “spoofing,” and it enables the unscrupulous to get to us ...

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Consider pitching in The Fairmont Opera House put out a call for help this week, and the public responded in a big way. It’s good to know that area residents still care deeply about the Opera House, which has seen major public involvement through funding and restoration efforts over the ...

Government, media should be more open

This week is known as “Sunshine Week,” and that obviously has nothing to do with the weather. Sunshine Week refers to an annual initiative aimed at promoting open government. There are gatherings and efforts going on around the country to shine a light on the importance of access to public ...

Pelosi now must try to restore sanity to party

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appears to have recognized that the monster she helped create — an ultra-leftist fringe — is a threat to her Democratic Party’s prospects for the presidency in 2020. The question she may be asking herself is whether she retains enough political power to ...

‘Climate change’ schemes just too costly, dangerous

Technology can be built on several foundations. These include existing technology, necessity and even luck. Regardless of how new technology comes into existence, its initial cost may well be out of reach for the ordinary person. What occurs then, over time, is a buildup in supply and demand, ...

Policy criticism is fair; rampant pettiness is not

President Donald Trump is not the first politician to be the target of nitpicking by those who just can’t stand him, and he will not be the last. Still, the most recent episode — let us call it Biblegate — reaches new heights of desperation to find something, anything, to criticize about ...

Those who serve their country deserve better

Martha McSally spent 26 years in the military, becoming the first female Air Force pilot to fly in combat. She went on to a successful career in politics, leading her to the U.S. Senate. Clearly, she is a strong woman. Yet she was shaken deeply last week as she participated in a Senate ...

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Awaiting a warmup It has been a record winter in the Fairmont area. Unfortunately. The snow has piled up and the cold has chilled all of us for too long. And today is going to bring ... you guessed it, more snow. Yuck. So we extend thanks to those who have worked hard this season to keep ...

Both sides earn some kudos for cooperation

It was refreshing to see the quick — and bipartisan — action taken in the Minnesota Legislature this week on the funding for the Minnesota License and Registration System. MNLARS is the nine-year, $100 million boondoggle that was supposed to update and modernize the state’s computer ...

Prosecutor noticing growing meth problem

Methamphetamine is an insidious drug. One that is wreaking havoc on lives and public resources in the Fairmont area and elsewhere. County Attorney Terry Viesselman noted this week that his office is seeing a surge in meth-related complaints, including thefts from local merchants that even the ...

$2 billion for Space Force? Is this really a good idea?

President Donald Trump continues to insist the United States needs an entirely new branch of the military, a Space Force. It is worth asking what on earth — or off it — that would accomplish. Trump seems to have watered his proposal down, just a bit. Now he is willing to have the Space ...

Time for Kim Jong Un to try out a Plan B

It may be time for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to try Plan B. His initial strategy in dealing with President Donald Trump ?—trying to get something for nothing — flopped badly. Trump and Kim held their second face-to-face meeting this week in Hanoi, Vietnam. But Trump departed ...