Local Editorials

Amazon does not exist to fund Seattle’s schemes

Events in Seattle are re-emphasizing a point about economic development that too many government officials seem to have forgotten: Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. Officials in that West Coast city have said they plan to establish a new “head tax” on businesses that gross more than ...

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Rethinking tax policy The Minnesota House and Senate have approved state tax reform bills prompted by the overhaul of the federal tax code. Gov. Mark Dayton has his own ideas on the subject, and the three entities will have to hash out their differences. All propose changes to benefit ...

Comey, others create doubts about FBI ethics

Disgraced, fired FBI Director James Comey is saying that attacks on the agency are dangerous because they undermine public confidence in the nation’s top law enforcement institution. Nonsense. Comey is wrong, and we suspect he knows it. In a telephone interview with The Associated Press, ...

MnDOT stiffs outstate Minnesota with decision

It is obvious to us that the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s decision on which projects will get Corridors of Commerce money this year is not friendly to outstate Minnesota. The state has $400 million available for Corridors of Commerce this year. Corridors is a program designed to ...

Money spent fighting terrorists protects U.S.

Islamic terrorism is not confined to the Middle East. It is a threat far to the west in Nigeria too. When President Donald Trump and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari met this week at the White House, they discussed a variety of topics. Among them were economic issues and security. Buhari ...

Cosby convicted, and others should be as well

Last week’s conviction of entertainer Bill Cosby on a charge of sexually assaulting a woman was a milestone, in a way. Some people consider Cosby the funniest man they ever heard deliver a monologue. For years, millions of Americans viewed him as a model for fatherhood. And many black ...

Idea is to ensure that amateur status endures

During her time as U.S. secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice had to navigate the quagmire that is Washington, D.C. One wonders whether she found the world of college basketball to be even more of a swamp. Rice headed a commission formed to recommend solutions to rampant corruption in NCAA ...

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Job fair coming soon There are jobs to be had here. Nearly 350 full- and part-time openings that are listed on the MinnesotaWorks.net website within a 30-mile radius of Fairmont. And that does not count the jobs listed other than on the state-run site. In other words, employers are looking ...

Schools must be sure to check the little things

Safety against violent intruders has become a major concern in planning construction of new schools and renovation of existing ones. That can mean expensive provisions such as “mantrap” entrances and metal detectors. Let us not overlook the little things. A commission investigating the ...

‘Necessity defense’? Decision is laughable

The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled this week that two environmental protesters who face criminal charges related to their efforts to shut down two oil pipelines can use a “necessity defense” in court. If this is the state of our legal system, we all have much to worry about. The ...

No exceptions: Punish adults who supply booze

Too often, adults laugh it off when they hear about minors consuming alcohol. Hey, kids will be kids, right? Jason A. Bartley Jr. was a kid, just 17 years old. He never made it to adulthood. Bartley lived in Chillicothe, Ohio. There, last October, he drank too much vodka. He died from acute ...

Legislature rightly tries to aid registrars offices

A month remains in the Minnesota legislative session, and as usual, legislators are putting off until May 21 (the legislative closing date) what they could do today. We will no doubt see the state bonding bill, a bill to conform the state tax system to the new federal tax code, and a variety of ...

Perhaps U.S. should demand a precondition

Are U.S. officials being played like the proverbial violin by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un? Let us hope not — but at the same time, let us not make the mistake of assuming there is a sincere, humane bone in Kim’s body. Mike Pompeo, the CIA chief soon to become secretary of state, met ...

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Speech team excels Fairmont High School’s speech team continues to amaze with its excellence. The group is heading back to the state meet this weekend, following another win at section competition. It has been said that human beings are more afraid of getting up and talking in front of a ...

Spending down reserve represents valid proposal

At first glance, we found ourselves agreeing with Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, who believes that if the Legislature wants to have the state build and operate three new nursing homes for veterans, it should make a specific appropriation for that purpose. That, to us, seems like good government. ...

Trump’s leadership backed by U.S. allies

One chorus in which President Donald Trump’s critics delight in singing is that he is ruining our relationships with other countries. Not really. Consider what happened last Friday and Saturday: That night, armed forces from the United States, England and France joined in an attack on ...

Americans pay their bills, government runs up debt

Many Americans recently finished their income tax returns for 2017. The deadline was Tuesday, unless citizens requested and got an extension. Oh, well. At least the government will be paid for ... Wrong. The Internal Revenue Service collects only about $1.69 trillion in income taxes each ...

President had no choice but to act in Syria

Syria was not the only, or even the most important, target in Friday’s attack on chemical weapons facilities in that country. The focus was on deterring use of such fearsome armaments by any nation. Bashar Assad, Syria’s murderous dictator, has used chemical agents on his own people in ...

‘Entitlement’ spending cannot be maintained

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is leaving Congress because he doesn’t want his children to reach adulthood having experienced only a “weekend dad.” After 20 years in Congress, Ryan’s decision is understandable in that light. But one wonders if Ryan, R-Wis., may have been motivated by ...

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Forums back inclusion People are people. Everyone deserves respect and everyone likes the opportunity to be included in a community. So we appreciate the ongoing discussions about race and diversity in Fairmont. We hope those who have lived here for decades as well as those who are ...