Local Editorials

‘Pretty please?’ isn’t a negotiating strategy

President Donald Trump, in his State of the Union speech, promised that lowering drug prices would be a top priority for his administration. “Prices will come down substantially,” he said. “Watch.” He didn’t say how he would do that, but last week the White House Council on Economic ...

SpaceX sends rocket to Mars for just $90M

Inadvertently, former President Barack Obama has provided Americans with a reminder that the “you didn’t do that” private sector often does things much better than big government. Obama presided over severe cutbacks in the nation’s space exploration program. The meltdown was so severe ...

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Sales tax on the ballot Blue Earth City Council has decided to let voters decide the fate of a 0.5 percent local option sales tax that would generate $2.5 million over 25 years. Voters will decide whether to boost funding and spending for wastewater infrastructure, streets and recreation. The ...

Decision clearly lacks broader understanding

People are rightly concerned about racism. It is an irrational response to an insignificant factor of human existence, namely physical differences that have nothing to do with things that actually matter. Such as one’s intellectual capacity, moral character, work ethic or ability to be a ...

City needs to move forward on freedom

The Internet, smart phones and their accompanying apps have opened up a world of opportunity for human beings. The technology provides boundless information, amazing efficiency and incredible cost savings. It’s a boon for everyday life, as well as for consumers and businesses alike. Of ...

How many warrants sought with false info?

When both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives reauthorized the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act last month, many lawmakers had their reservations. Perhaps members of both houses should demand a “redo.” A short memorandum released by the House Intelligence Committee has ...

Infrastructure plans will require oversight

In terms of Americans’ everyday lives, the most important thing President Donald Trump said during his State of the Union speech was to call on Congress to approve a campaign to restore and improve the nation’s infrastructure. Many people drive potholed roads and cross rusty bridges every ...

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An astonishing gift We congratulate the five Fairmont groups that recently received $1 million checks each from the estate of Marlin Milbrandt. What an incredible gift to Fairmont. The groups are the Opera House, Martin County Historical Society, Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center ...

Registration system has become money pit

Albert Einstein famously defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” Minnesota lawmakers should keep this in mind as they ponder the idea of giving another $43 million to the people who have already spent nearly $96 million on the ...

To help less fortunate, back creation of wealth

The Super Bowl is being held in Minneapolis on Sunday, which has created a platform for “social activists” to rally against “economic injustice.” One concern is the “displacement” of homeless people who had found shelter inside what is now a secure area around U.S. Bank stadium. ...

Politicized FBI should be cleaned up … soon

It should have come as no surprise that some in the FBI have seen their power as something to be protected and perpetuated through political dirty tricks. This is the agency that was ruled over for decades by the late J. Edgar Hoover, after all. The agency’s headquarters, incidentally, is ...

Government needs to butt out of healthcare

Liberals often claim that because government is too stingy with entitlement programs, some people have to choose between seeing a doctor or putting food on the table. Well, what if people could afford both if government would just butt out of their lives? The Affordable Care Act — ...

Trump is absolutely right to put U.S. first

After belittling President Donald Trump’s “America first” economic policies as hopelessly out of step with globalism, some foreign leaders have seen the light. Now they admit they understand Trump’s reasoning. One wonders how much public opinion in their own countries had to do with ...

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Police deserve support Police officers are called upon to deal with situations most of us would rather avoid. In the worst of these incidents, police literally put their lives on the line. There really are not words to thank them enough. In Fairmont recently, a police officer shot and ...

Immigration reform must include security

With drama over the “government shutdown” — engineered by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. and fellow Democrats — over, members of Congress can get down to work on a comprehensive immigration reform package. Time is of the essence, because of unconstitutional action taken ...

Plowing in Fairmont does not measure up

At its Jan. 9 meeting, the Fairmont City Council briefly discussed snow removal. Mayor Debbie Foster said the issue will be addressed in the near future. It needs to be. At the time, there had been a small public outcry about plows pushing big heaps of snow into the ends of residents’ ...

Three-day shutdown beyond unnecessary

It didn’t take long for Democrats and Republicans in the Senate to work out a deal get the federal government back up and running on Monday. Democrats agreed to support the short-term spending bill that will fund government through Feb. 8 in exchange for a promise from Republicans to start ...

Money was available to keep these sites open

Some in the media were blaming the government “shutdown” on “dysfunction” in the U.S. Senate. That really is not the case. The Senate is functioning just fine — but many of its Democrats decided to use the shutdown for political purposes. On the other hand, the temporary suspension ...

Many actors don’t stop acting

Let us be crystal clear about the stampede of entertainers distancing themselves from stars who are accused of sexual misdeeds: For at least some of those expressing outrage, it’s all an act. Many of them have known for years that the sexual harassment was rampant in their industry. Many ...

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Units help save lives Kudos to the Fairmont Police Department for its recent acquisition of 14 automated external defibrillators, which are used to resuscitate those who suffer heart failure. Martin County Area Foundation provided the grant funding to the police. Officers can carry the ...