Local Editorials

County program wasn’t raising funds anyway

Some things sound great on paper. Unfortunately, in practice, they do not work out. Even in cases when they seem entirely just. Such is the case, it seems, with Martin County’s pay-for-stay program that sought to have prisoners help fund their own stays in jail. Why, after all, should ...

To fix system, do not repeat same mistakes

Some may believe it is unfair to offer certain criticisms of the Minnesota License and Registration System (MNLARS) boondoggle, which Republicans in the Minnesota House are trying to pin on Gov. Mark Dayton. After all, the decision to upgrade MNLARS was made back in 2008, during the Pawlenty ...

In some states, liberals fighting for the wealthy?

Contrary to what you have heard from the liberal tax-and-spend crowd, federal tax reform championed by President Donald Trump is not a big break for the rich. In fact, while tens of millions of Americans are beginning to see substantial tax cuts in their paychecks, many of the wealthy will pay ...

Passing laws one thing, enforcing them another

Regardless of how you feel about new restrictions on gun ownership, ask yourself this: Who would be enforcing them? The same FBI that failed to act on warnings Nikolas Cruz was dangerous, allowing him to slaughter 17 people at a high school? The FBI that cleared Dylann Roof to buy the guns he ...

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City exploring options The Fairmont City Council, with lots of public input, this week examined how to improve the snow cleanup process. That process was particularly slow after a recent heavy snowfall, and — frankly — has left much to be desired over the years. One consensus that ...

Time to get serious and protect schools

Given the most recent school shooting in Florida — and the string of shootings prior — the gun control debate is raging across the United States. We imagine some changes are coming, but nothing that fundamentally alters the right of citizens to own firearms. That’s good. Laws should keep ...

Surplus shows tax cuts benefit U.S. economy

There is instruction, we believe, in the news announced Wednesday that the state of Minnesota has a $329 million budget surplus to work with as lawmakers begin their legislative session. First and foremost: Federal tax cuts have fueled an economic surge. So much for the notion of tax cuts ...

Some want to shut out conservative speakers

Some higher education administrators seem to have decided to bring back the ’60s — in a completely unacceptable manner. Veterans of civil rights and anti-war demonstrations during the 1960s may remember one tactic employed against them: parade permits. Public officials who just didn’t ...

Supreme Court should rule against ‘fair share’

Among rights the Constitution guarantees to Americans are those of speech and association. Yet for decades, many states have infringed upon those rights because big labor unions demanded it. U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday heard arguments tin a lawsuit filed in an attempt to restore ...

Graham’s character, life touched the world

It is not going too far to conclude that the Rev. Billy Graham, who died Wednesday at age 99, was unrivaled in his field during our time. It happened that his chosen life’s work was winning converts to Christianity. It mattered not to Graham, a Southern Baptist, whether people agreed with ...

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County wins $1M grant Martin County sought and has obtained a $1 million state grant that will help fund improvements along County Road 26, from Fairmont to the Faribault County line. Only 9 of 86 county applications received funding from the state, which had $25 million in its Local Road ...

Deputies were called to Cruz’s home 39 times

We doubt any reasonable person, regardless of beliefs on Americans’ Second Amendment rights, would argue about the significance of a single number involving Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old who massacred 17 people at a Florida high school. The number is 39. It is the number of times Broward ...

Regulation should be based on clear evidence

When it comes to environmental regulation, should the notion that something “could” cause harm ever be a reasonable standard? Shouldn’t regulators be able to point to actual problems resulting from a perceived contaminant? And given that such oversight can subsequently lead to massive ...

Facebook has to get serious about its efforts

Everyone likes to be seen as doing something about major problems. Never mind whether that “something” actually helps. It seems appearances count more than reality. On Saturday, members of the National Association of Secretaries of State were assured by a Facebook representative that the ...

Not the first time FBI has failed to do its job

Could the mass murder of 17 people, most of them children, at a Florida high school last week have been prevented? We will never know with certainty. What we do know is that someone in the FBI was tipped off months ago that someone named Nikolas Cruz had threatened to “be a professional ...

Sadly, schools must spend more on safety

Remember when public school officials could plan capital improvements campaigns focusing only on new gymnasiums, better science lab equipment, nicer classrooms and the like? Remember when they could spend personnel money on teachers, custodians, bus drivers, etc.? Now, they have to think ...

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Amazing group, work The Martin County Kids Against Hunger food pack is today at St. John Vianney School in Fairmont. This group has done some amazing work over the years, and that is apparent in the stats: it will surpass 1 million meals packaged and more than $250,000 raised. About 400 ...

Crazy law lets graffiti artists sue landowner

When is a building to which you hold title not yours to tear down, if you choose? When you allow people to spray-paint graffiti on it. Several years ago, graffiti painters began using a complex of New York City warehouses as their canvas. The owner, Gerald Wolkoff, permitted them to do ...

Crews overwhelmed? Time to develop options

The city of Fairmont seems to have come up with two responses to concerns about the quality of its snowplowing. Those concerns arose after 16 inches of snow fell on the city Jan 22. It was not until three days later that the streets could have been considered truly “cleaned up.” One of the ...

Common sense fixes help lift U.S. economy

A lot of the credit for a rejuvenated U.S. economy seems to be going to Congress and President Donald Trump for their efforts to reform the job-killing federal tax code. Indeed, news of the change seems to have been the catalyst for decisions by many companies to build new facilities and pay ...