Local Editorials

McCain offers reminder that we’re all Americans

During 60 years in public service, first in the Navy and more recently as a U.S. senator, John McCain made many sacrifices and did enormous good for us, his fellow Americans. Before passing on to his reward, he rendered one more great service. He reminded us who we are. McCain, who died last ...

Trump won’t tolerate N. Korea bait and switch

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un may have been jubilant about his deal with President Donald Trump, reached earlier this summer during their meeting in Singapore. Kim may have believed that, in exchange for mere promises, he had gained Trump’s unqualified trust. That would have fit ...

U.S. must deter further cyber warfare attempts

No doubt many eyes are on Moscow after the revelation this week that an attempt to hack into the Democrat National Committee’s computers was thwarted. Coming two years after Russian hackers stole information from the DNC database, the new attempted electronic B&E does raise questions ...

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Social Host Ordinance As the school year approaches we would like to commend the Martin County West school district for adding the D.A.R.E. program to their 5th grade curriculum this year. D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. The program will educate the students about the ...

Parents must get children vaccinated

World health officials are worried that measles may be making a comeback. During the first six months of this year, Europe alone reported more than 41,000 cases of the disease. Thirty-seven victims died. Contrast that with U.S. statistics: This year, there have been just 107 instances of ...

Does Tehran have more operations in the U.S.?

Even as Iranian leaders were seeking Americans’ trust over nuclear weapons, they may have been plotting violence in this country. Two Iranians, Ahmadreza Doostdar and Majid Ghorbani, have been arrested by the FBI. Both are U.S. residents. The two are accused of spying on Jewish groups ...

Pope responds, rightly, to horrors within church

Pope Francis took precisely the correct attitude in his letter responding to a grand jury investigation of sexual abuse by priests in Pennsylvania. Released Monday, the missive admitted that too many in the Roman Catholic church “showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned ...

Trump rightly removes ‘stabilization’ funding

Even his fiercest foes ought to be able to see the wisdom of a decision last week by President Donald Trump. Apparently, some do not. About $230 million in “stabilization” funds the United States had agreed to spend in Syria will be withheld, Trump decided. Money for humanitarian ...

Airport security needs to be examined again

Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, federal officials have devoted an enormous amount of effort and resources to making airline travel safe. In general, they seem to have done a good job. But last Friday, a mentally disturbed ground crew member stole a 76-seat plane from the airport ...

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Where is the outrage? We thought the #MeToo movement was all about believing women when they alleged sexual misconduct by powerful men. Women should not have to be subjected to abuse and then humiliated by not being trusted, right? So why is Keith Ellison, the Democrat attorney general ...

President could do better than call names

President Donald Trump gets too emotional sometimes and can be bombastic. People who dislike the president do not like these things about him. Neither do many of his supporters. When it comes to dealing with the media, the president is wasting an opportunity. He calls them names. He uses ...

Fairmont taking aim at City Code violations

Fairmont is preparing to crack down on residents who commit various offenses, such as letting their dogs roam free, committing noise violations or failing to register rental properties. In other words, the city is stepping in on behalf of the vast majority of citizens who want do not want ...

Finally, long overdue, FBI fires agent Strzok

Former FBI agent Peter Strzok was fired by the agency Friday, long after he should have lost his job. Strzok was involved in both the FBI’s investigation of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and that of President Donald Trump. He was removed from the Trump probe when his ...

As always, U.S. has bad spending problem

With a national debt of $21.3 trillion, keeping the federal government’s spending within the limit of what revenue is taken in has become critical. Yet, after decades of warnings that needs to be done, political leaders have not found the will to make it happen. Last week, it was reported ...

N. Korea should return all American remains

Thousands of American families are awaiting bittersweet news in the wake of what, for them, was much more than a new chapter in the long history of tension between our country and North Korea. They want to know simply this: Are our loved ones’ remains among those returned recently by the ...

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Primary set for Tuesday Minnesota’s primary election comes at a weird time, in the middle of summer, when people are paying less attention to politics and may even be on vacation. Even the state’s chief elections official, Secretary of State Steve Simon, thinks the timing is less than ...

Things to remember about workforce issues

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., was in Fairmont this week as part of her regular tours of every county in the state. She visited Kahler Automation and discussed, among other things, the ongoing labor shortage. “There’s so many job openings right now in Minnesota,” she said. “Yet ...

Warren’s aim is clear, an apology of no use

One popular dictionary defines a bigot as “one who regards or treats members of a group with hatred or intolerance.” U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., fits right in. Warren wants badly to be president of the United States. Last weekend, she was in top form during a speech to a ...

‘Space Force’ comes with inherent problems

President Donald Trump is right that the United States needs an effective reaction to the militarization of outer space. He is wrong that we need to create a whole new bureaucracy to do that, however. Trump has said he wants to create a new branch of the military — a Space Force. That is ...

Trump deserves credit for U.S. economic boom

Liberal critics of President Donald Trump’s multi-faceted economic development strategy continue to insist it is not helping American working men and women. But it is — big time. Labor Department statistics released last week show unemployment is the lowest in nearly half a century, at ...