Local Editorials

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An incredible journey There was a time in American culture when explorers and scientists were looked upon with awe and wonder for their amazing feats and discoveries. Today, while people are mass consumers of technology, it seems they are less inclined to note the achievement. A little ...

Democrats won’t deal, so what’s that tell us?

We think it is astonishing that the federal government has shut down over what essentially amounts to $4.4 billion. That is the difference between what Senate Democrats are willing to spend on border security and what President Trump wants ($5.7 billion) for a border wall with Mexico. What is ...

‘Post 1905’ offers look at fire department work

There are groups, organizations and professions in our society that are having difficulty attracting members or employees. We have seen the decline in entities such as area veterans organizations in recent years. Some do not even have their own buildings anymore. Some civic groups, which work ...

Lawmakers should act on report’s findings

A blue ribbon panel has issued a 47-page report on changes the Minnesota Legislature should make in setting standards for law enforcement and prosecutors when it comes to investigating and processing cases of sexual assault. We can’t imagine the Legislature will ignore this report. This all ...

It’s time to make state forecasts match reality

Minnesota lawmakers are enthusiastic about the news that a $1.5 billion surplus awaits them in the coming budget biennium. But there’s reason to be cautious about their optimism. It’s because state budget forecasts are required by state law to factor in inflation when talking about revenues ...

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Addressing hunger Sometimes, we think we live in strange times. There is a national and area labor shortage. Jobs are plentiful. Yet we hear there are ongoing hunger problems in the Fairmont area. The food shelves are busy, and a new endeavor aims to bring a soup kitchen here. The ...

Can it be a ‘right’ if it assaults basic rights?

Some people — call them crazy — believe that human beings have inalienable rights — life, liberty and property. With these rights, these folks go forth in the world and, seeing the necessity, earn a living for themselves and help those whom they choose to help, be it family or friends. ...

Words, slogans too dangerous in America?

There is ongoing hyperventilating in some quarters about Russian interference in the 2016 election. We do not believe the Russians should be meddling in U.S. affairs in this way, but we also do not see the apocalypse in this matter, as others apparently do. We are not among those cowering in ...

Minnesota’s problem: Not enough job-seekers

The economic engine that is driving Minnesota’s government surplus may be running out of fuel — that is, workers needed to fill the job openings out there. Minnesota’s recent budget forecast, which predicts a $1.5 billion surplus over the next two years, also contains some data that ...

Surprise! Mueller probe digs and finds … sex

Special counsel Robert Mueller was assigned the job of looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign “colluded” with Russian contacts to, presumably, gain an edge in that election. Like every special counsel, it seems, Mueller has gone off in a ...

Congress gives farms some needed certainty

With the U.S. Senate approving the 2018 Farm Bill last week on a strong bipartisan vote (87-13), the House followed on Thursday with another overwhelming vote (386-47). The long-awaited bill now passes to President Donald Trump, who should sign it quickly. The bill allocates billions of ...

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They loved education The Fairmont Area Schools family and the broader community has lost two people in recent days who dedicated much of their time to helping forge a great school district. Helen Gould served for 26 years on the school board; Sue Nelson worked there 32 years, the last 16 as ...

Why take the chance? Remember to help now

Time is short for those of us who have fallen behind on our Christmas shopping. As we cope with the struggles of everyday life while trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone on our lists, let us not neglect to take care of the one task that ought not to require any thought: ensuring Santa ...

Tax break now will benefit area over time

Local government entities — Fairmont Area Schools, the city of Fairmont and Martin County — have been or are considering a tax break for a Fairmont business, Great Plains Transportation. We believe they are doing the right thing to help spur business activity and jobs. Great Plains is ...

Pelosi’s disconnect from reality is harmful

U.S. Speaker of the House in waiting Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., recently described the border wall proposed by President Donald Trump as “immoral,” saying she and other Democrats view it that way. What on earth is she talking about? Is Pelosi aware that the U.S. currently has walls and ...

Candidates once had to compete in all states

As U.S. presidents born nearly a century ago, the late George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter each reached the age of 94. Observing Carter seated in the front row during Bush’s funeral, we couldn’t help but reflect on how dramatically the nation’s political landscape has changed since these ...

Lawmakers should make tax fix their No. 1 priority

The state of Minnesota and the incoming Walz administration are heading into the new legislative session with some good fiscal news. The budget forecast indicates the state will have a surplus of $1.5 billion over the next biennium. That should help ease the strain of writing a new two-year ...

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Pledge was pretty clear The Community Center Action Committee invited the public to the Opera House this week to talk about a possible community center in Fairmont. The presentation was informative and the discussion (Q&A) that followed was good. We believe it has clearly emerged that ...

Amid uncertainty, time to pass new farm bill

A lobbyist for the Minnesota Farmers Union, Thom Peterson, says “the clock is ticking” for farmers. He was quoted in a recent Associated Press article on the status of the farm bill. He also said newspapers have been full of stories lately about farmers facing bankruptcy. Peterson is not ...

Please, stay generous this holiday season

Americans are the most charitable, benevolent people on Earth, according to statistics on giving. It’s not even close. This is likely because Americans believe in a few important things, such as it is OK — good, even — to make money. Which is to say, it is good to be creative, productive ...