Local Editorials

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 ...

Manafort should be tried on the facts alone

Give U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III credit for insisting that Paul Manafort get the fairest trial possible. Manafort, at one time during 2016 a key adviser to Donald Trump in his bid for president, went on trial last week on charges unrelated to that campaign. Manafort is accused of a ...

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College may be leaving It is concerning to hear that Presentation College in Fairmont has been having trouble recruiting students. So much trouble that it decided not to have a freshmen class this fall. The college will continue to teach its remaining 47 students, but Presentation’s future ...

Climate change leads to more fires? Nope.

With destructive, deadly wildfires in California making both headlines and dramatic pictures, expect a new round of claims that climate change is to blame. But if there is a link between global warming and wildfires, it is a negative one. Solid, scientific research indicates the area burned ...

Wetterlings concede release of documents

The family of Jacob Wetterling recently announced that it will not appeal a court order to release the investigative files on one of the most publicized and horrible crimes in state history. Jacob Wetterling was kidnapped Oct. 22, 1989, near his home in St. Joseph. Not until the summer of ...

Manafort case will not reveal any ‘collusion’

For more than a year, special counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Since then, as has occurred previously in special counsel probes, Mueller and his staff have branched out. Wrongdoing not connected directly to the election has ...

Kavanaugh believes Constitution prevails

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has made it clear he has mixed feelings about the availability of firearms in America. Gun, gang and drug violence “has plagued all of us,” Kavanaugh wrote in one opinion from his current position as a federal judge in Washington. He added a comment ...

European Union blinks in trade dispute with U.S.

His critics labeled President Donald Trump a dangerous bull in the economic china shop when he threatened to slap new tariffs on some goods imported from European Union members. They were long overdue in response to unfair trade tactics aimed at the United States by the EU, Trump ...

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New meters considered Fairmont Public Utilities Commission has begun considering a major project to replace or upgrade all of its electric and water meters to make them “smart.” These meters would collect data, allow reconnections and disconnections remotely, and could help reduce ...

New Mexican president pledges to do more, better

Most illegal immigrants come to the United States for economic opportunity. A few make the journey to escape political repression or crime. In many ways, what they do is entirely understandable — though, of course, immigration laws need to be enforced. Making their own homelands more ...

A little noise means city has a spirit of life

A city is not a library. Which is to say that while you have to be quiet in the library, you get to make a little noise in a city. Vehicles are noisy. Lawnmowers are noisy. Children at play are noisy. Planes buzz overhead. Cars race at the local track. Boats zip across the water. And sometimes ...

Wilkie needs support to shake up the VA

Ho-hum. Another day, another secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. So, what else is new? Precious little, and that is the problem. On Monday, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Robert Wilkie as VA secretary. He becomes the second person in the position in just 18 ...

Congresswoman right to back ICE, federal law

The polarization of politics has become so bad that some liberal Democrats in Arizona are criticizing one of their party’s candidates for the U.S. Senate for refusing to join calls to eliminate the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. And, some far-left complainers say, U.S. Rep. ...

MGM is seeking get out of jail free card

So crazy has the lawsuit climate become that a court filing this week probably should have come as no surprise. Still, it is more than a little unsettling. MGM Resorts International, which owns the Mandalay Bay casino-resort in Las Vegas, has filed suit against hundreds of victims of the mass ...

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Guys and Dolls Not only is the Fairmont area lucky to have the Fairmont Opera House, but also local talent to put on quality musicals and plays. This Tuesday through Saturday, the Fairmont Civic Summer Theatre production of the musical “Guys and Dolls” will be on stage at the Fairmont ...

Trump had no choice but to clarify comments

Given the firestorm that erupted over his joint press conference with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump had no choice but to walk back one comment he made in Finland on Monday. In answering reporters’ questions Monday, Trump, standing feet from Putin, indicated ...

Sports help people build up their character

Some of the best stories in sports happen off the playing fields and courts. Consider the aftermath of a World Cup soccer match in Russia this week. Japan’s team had been leading Belgium, 2-0, during much of the game. Then, in the closing minutes, Belgium came back to win, 3-2. It was a ...