Local Editorials

President Trump has nailed it on the issues

Many Americans would have you believe that President Trump is evil incarnate. They are obsessed with his personality, in a negative way. This has led to the creation of the term “Trump Derangement Syndrome.” Trump is different, that’s for sure. He is unconventional, bombastic and shoots ...

Budget standoff won’t be solved anytime soon

Minnesota’s political leaders are locked in a standoff over the state budget. On Monday, they missed a self-imposed deadline for setting overall budget targets, from which they could shape their negotiations. What’s going on? Democrat Gov. Tim Walz and the House of Representatives, ...

Congress needs to act on ‘crimes of violence’

Juveniles who support terrorist groups actively can escape serious prosecution under federal law because of a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, The Associated Press reported this week. Already, that has prompted federal prosecutors to skip proceedings against some minors, allowing state courts ...

Hero’s life, actions should be celebrated

Let us hope the name of the man who shot two people to death and wounded two others at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte fades quickly from the public’s consciousness. If notoriety was part of his goal, it ought to be denied to him. Riley Howell should be remembered. When the ...

Americans must never forget horrors of statism

The last men and women who saw the horrors of the Holocaust with their own eyes will pass away within just a few years. No more elderly women will be left to tells about mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters sent to death camps, never to return. No more white-haired veterans who liberated the ...

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Put ‘coupons’ to use People accumulate things in their homes, some of which can be troublesome or expensive to be rid of. Even if they want to clean up, they may feel stymied. So we think it is great that the city of Fairmont mails out “coupons” each year to its utility customers to ...

If you need distortions is your argument good?

Fairmont City Councilman Tom Hawkins is presenting a distorted view to the public when it comes to whether the city should retain in-house legal counsel or contract for legal services. This is a sign of a weak argument. Minnesota has 853 incorporated cities. Hawkins likes to point out that ...

Why all the chattering? House has power to act

The mainstream national news media are never going to treat President Donald Trump with any respect or fairness. This is evident in the ongoing “coverage” of the Mueller investigation, despite the fact the probe has ended and found that neither Trump nor anyone in his campaign ...

A week to remember: Get those immunizations

The yearly calendar is full of days and weeks devoted to building awareness for various causes or social problems or health concerns. This week has a special theme that deserves a lot of attention — it is National Infant Immunization Week. What makes this week especially significant is that ...

Cannot imagine why they passed this bill

The Minnesota House of Representatives voted Monday to increase the state’s gas tax by 20 cents per gallon, or 70 percent from its current 28.5 cents. Don’t worry. This tax will never be enacted. The vote in the House was along party lines, 74-58. Democrats control the House and passed ...

Walz tax plan would hurt poorest the most

As the Minnesota Legislature gets down to the tough issues that lie ahead before its May 20 adjournment, one of the things it and Gov. Tim Walz need to look at is the governor’s tax proposal. According to an analysis by the Department of Revenue, the taxes Walz is proposing would hit the ...

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Get ready for I-90 work Things are about to get busy — busier — on Interstate 90 near Fairmont. Nearly $40 million in road work is scheduled over the next two summers on the 20-mile stretch from Fairmont to Blue Earth. The Minnesota Department of Transportation held a public meeting on ...

Mexico cannot stop a train within its borders?

Give Mexican officials some credit for working with the United States to stem the tide of illegal immigrants flowing through their country and into the United States. In contrast with past practice, Mexico City seems to be more interested in keeping its promises regarding the problem. It is, ...

Con artist Democrats compete to offer freebies

Con artists succeed primarily by convincing their victims that riches can be had with little or no investment or risk. So do some politicians. Contenders for the Democratic Party nomination for president next year seem to be engaged in a race to determine which one can offer the most ...

What’s dissatisfying is appalling leadership

On April 15, the five members of the Fairmont City Council agreed they should attain an assessment of whether it would be better for the city to contract for legal services or to continue with in-house counsel. This compromise was put together after two council members — without authority or ...

North Korea playing dangerous games, still

What was North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s game last week in publicizing the fact his military had test-fired a new type of rocket? That is difficult to discern — but it is clear his intent was not to reassure anyone he is eager to dismantle his arsenal. One interesting aspect of the ...

Seems like good time for public to weigh in

Fairmont City Attorney Elizabeth Bloomquist has been on the job for 30 years. That’s a lot of wisdom in the city’s corner. She ably handles a wide variety of responsibilities, assisting every city department with legal questions. She also prosecutes local crimes and basically serves as the ...

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City plans deer hunt Blue Earth City Council this week approved a city-run deer hunt that will involve a designated police officer using a bow and arrow. The city is working in conjunction with the Department of Natural Resources, and consulting with the city of New Ulm, which has long held ...

In politics, safeguarding ‘image’ leads to trouble

Most of the more than 400-page report special counsel Robert Mueller submitted to the Justice Department falls into the “tell us something we didn’t know” category. From various sources, Americans already had been made aware of nearly all the conclusions Mueller’s team reached in its ...

What will become of new school funding?

Minnesota Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker visited the Fairmont school district this week. She learned about the many great things happening in the local schools and offered praise for the cooperation in the community to ensure that local students enjoy success today and tomorrow. ...