Local Editorials

Nothing sweet about federal sugar tariffs

You may want to pick up a pack of Necco Wafers or one of those little boxes of candy hearts while you can. It is possible they may not be around for long. If so, part of the blame rests with Uncle Sam. The New England Confectionary Co., maker of those and other candies, has filed for ...

Supreme Court ruling recognizes court’s role

Judges and appeals court justices are not supposed to make new laws. Their role under our checks-and-balances system is limited to interpreting laws and state and national constitutions. For many years, some on the U.S. Supreme Court ignored that fundamental doctrine. Now, however, the tide ...

On Memorial Day: We remember all of them

In large cemeteries in our cities and small ones on our hills and in our valleys, they lie. Some rest in churchyards, others in family plots. Some never made it home at all, remaining where they fell in far-off lands. We mourn them all today, Memorial Day. We celebrate their lives, give ...

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Decision down to one Five area school districts have approved moving Southern Plains Education Cooperative from Winnebago to the former Lincoln School in Fairmont. This will cost each of them a significant investment, but all have agreed the move is their best option. Now, the whole deal ...

Government needs to first take look at itself

Liberals in Congress are livid that conservatives would dare to meddle with the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law. It is needed to safeguard Americans against predatory bankers, say some Democrats. Had Dodd-Frank been in effect a decade ago, the 2008 financial crisis might never have ...

Gov. Dayton lets down millions of Minnesotans

Perhaps Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton just decided that it was time for a tantrum. He is not seeking re-election and apparently felt like this year’s legislative session was going to boil down to his way or else. Hence his decision Wednesday to veto tax and budget bills that the Legislature had ...

New CIA leader has her priorities straight

To judge by her comments moments after she was sworn in as the new CIA director, Gina Haspel has her priorities in order. Haspel, a 33-year veteran of the intelligence agency, revealed some of her plans Monday. She wants to improve CIA personnel proficiency in foreign languages, strengthen ...

Courts continue to rule against Obama’s actions

Former President Barack Obama’s attempt to establish an imperial presidency running roughshod over Congress took another hit last week. You may remember Obama’s comment that regardless of what Congress wanted, he would get things done with his pen and phone. He was not as open about some ...

VA stubborness must be met with solutions

Opponents of a measure to make it easier for military veterans to see private-sector health care providers instead of relying on the Department of Veterans Affairs have one big complaint: Doing that could lead to privatizing the VA, they complain. Horrors! Take control of veterans’ health ...

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Studying a big industry The numbers are pretty incredible when you hear them: 80,000 people stay in Fairmont’s hotels each year. This likely means they not only pay for their stay here, but also buy meals, buy gas and maybe even shop a little. In other words, Fairmont’s hospitality ...

Confusion, cost coming in wake of Dayton veto

We know Gov. Mark Dayton does not like the Republican tax bill that passed the Minnesota House and Senate. It does not look like his. The Republican plan lowers the tax rates for businesses and individuals. It would use the gains from conforming to the new federal tax rules to do this. The ...

EU was an example: US can’t rely on others

As former President Barack Obama reduced emphasis on space exploration during his administration, we were among those warning of the danger of doing away with a self-contained program. Too much reliance on Russia and other nations to handle space-related tasks could be dangerous, we ...

There can be no trust for North Korea

For once, Hillary Clinton is right on target. Her warning about negotiations over North Korea’s weapons buildup is absolutely correct. Clinton, during a visit to Australia last week, said U.S. officials should make no concessions to the North Korean regime without seeing concrete action ...

Covering up history may lead to repetition

Terming a statue on the waterfront in Jersey City, N.J., “gruesome,” the leader of a group planning to renovate a plaza there, facing the New York City skyline, wants it removed. City officials have agreed. It is gruesome. And in some ways it may not be politically correct. But it needs ...

First Lady presents an important message

First lady Melania Trump has an excellent idea with her “Be Best” campaign to help children. Too bad so many in the media, after listening to her unveil it recently, focused most of their reporting on her relationship with her husband. Approximately half of one major news organization’s ...

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Costs play a huge role Blue Earth residents are showing some interest and excitement in a possible redevelopment project downtown. It involves the “Three Sisters” buildings owned by the city. Blue Earth native Janie Hanson would like to turn the buildings into a series of businesses, ...

Terrorist regime in Iran must be held to account

Former President Barack Obama and his aides were very good at one thing — painting the nation into corners. They did it with health care, their campaign against coal and affordable electricity, and their deal with Iran. Irreparable damage was done in every case. It remains for President ...

U.S. must remain wary of Kim’s maneuvering

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un may be telegraphing his punch. If so, it would answer the question of what his charm offensive is designed to accomplish. President Donald Trump and Kim plan to meet in person to discuss a way to alleviate tension over Pyongyang’s weapons buildup. High ...

We cannot agree with Dayton’s bailout plan

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is pushing for one-time extra funding for 59 school districts in Minnesota. (See the governor’s letter to the editor below.) He believes he has an excellent case to make, but we do not see even the beginnings of one. Dayton says the 59 districts are facing serious ...

‘Useful idiots’ still lend support to communism

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had a valid point in a speech delivered in Berlin last week, on the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth. Marx, Juncker said, “isn’t responsible for all the atrocity his alleged heirs have to answer for.” Perhaps not. Marx, an icon ...