Local Editorials

University should turn over probes to police

The University of Minnesota athletic program has been hit with yet another complaint of a sex assault involving an athlete. Reggie Lynch, the star center on the Gopher’s basketball team, was suspended recently after the university’s Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action office found he ...

U.S. needs to be clear: It stands with Iranians

Imagine 3,700 Americans being arrested for protesting conditions in our country. You probably can’t. The First Amendment safeguards our right to protest peacefully. Any demonstrations so severe that they resulted in criminal activity requiring that scale of arrests would be taken by ...

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Fix? Make things easier State Rep. Bob Gunther, R-Fairmont, was recently appointed to a housing task force created by Gov. Mark Dayton. The group wants to examine rising housing costs and possible solutions, especially in outstate Minnesota. Housing costs are having a severe impact on some ...

Immigration solution should be simple matter

Some members of the national press corps made much of a meeting at the White House on Tuesday to discuss immigration legislation. President Donald Trump and lawmakers from both parties spent a substantial amount of time talking about the issue — with reporters present. Normally in such ...

Now the school board wants to silence citizens?

The truth will set you free, it is said. But at Blue Earth Area Schools, the truth is in prison. Which is not entirely the school district’s fault, but it is not blameless. Blue Earth Area has been going through some internal and public struggles as it deals with the fallout of a ...

We hope our leaders note Chamber’s agenda

We cannot help but wonder how much better off the residents of Minnesota would be if the state Legislature would adopt a simple approach and enact the legislative priorities of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. A representative of the Chamber was in Fairmont this week to outline what must be ...

Congress should end tax on medical devices

If you happen to need an X-ray during a trip to the hospital, you may pay more than necessary for it because of the misnamed “Affordable Care Act.” The same goes for treatment utilizing many other types of health care equipment. Blame the on-again, off-again tax on medical devices, which ...

U.S. should make clear it backs Iranian people

Iranians demanding both social and economic reform in their country have taken to the streets again. This time, U.S. leaders should not let them down. Massive demonstrations in Tehran and many other cities have been in progress for several days. In some ways, they appear to be a repeat of ...

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Entities teaming up Fairmont has a long and wonderful tradition of appreciating and participating in the fine arts. Among the entities offering an outlet to those who enjoy performing on stage has been Civic Summer Theatre, with a history dating back 52 years. But in recent years, the group ...

Local sales tax could help Blue Earth finances

The city of Blue Earth is contemplating asking voters to approve a 0.5 percent local option sales tax. Such a vote could take place this fall. Blue Earth has made no decisions about how to use the additional revenue, which is expected to be in the range of $165,000 annually. Some thoughts ...

We are sure Americans want to keep on giving

Tax reform signed into law by President Donald Trump just before Christmas may be detrimental to many charitable organizations, some analysts insist. We say it should not make an iota of difference in how we Americans respond to need. What’s the “problem”? Some analysts worry that tax ...

In the new year, let’s cherish freedom again

It’s a new year, bringing new freedoms to Americans in the forms of tax and regulatory relief. We hope the trend continues here in many forms, and extends to other nations. To Europe, which suffers stagnation under socialism. To the peoples of the Mideast and North Korea, who suffer ...

Geo-positioning gear can help stop crashes

It became clear almost immediately after an Amtrak train crashed in Washington earlier this month that excessive speed was to blame. The train was traveling at 80 mph on tracks rated for 30 mph when it derailed, killing three people and injuring many others. National Transportation Safety ...

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Mall playground coming We extend our congratulations to “Kids Just Want to Have Fun,” the grassroots group that has raised enough funds for a playground at Five Lakes Centre in Fairmont. We’re sure children and their parents are going to love it. Kudos to the mall for taking on the ...

In the new year, time to ask tough questions

The last months of this year have brought a seemingly endless series of revelations about women being harassed and assaulted by the powerful — who got away with it for too long. Let us hope 2018 takes the story into the second phase it needs to enter. That is holding accountable those who ...

‘U’ should make clear it does not hate Santa

Do some people really live in open terror of Christmas decorations, menorahs or Santa Claus? Are doves or the colors red and green just too much to take? The University of Minnesota has faced some criticism in recent days after its ag college passed out a memo warning students and staff to ...

Finally, nation will get audit of Pentagon

Perhaps the Pentagon’s decision to launch a comprehensive audit demanded for years by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is progress. We’ll believe it when we see it. If history is any guide, the Defense Department will spend too much on an audit that covers up massive misspending, then will ...

How have adults allowed this to happen?

You may have seen the video posted on social media by the mother of Keaton Jones, 11, who attends a middle school near Knoxville, Tenn. In it, the little boy talks tearfully about being bullied in school. “Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them? ...

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Promoting those pigs An effort is underway in Martin County to promote and praise one of the biggest things people do here. Namely, raise pigs, which become delicious products on grocery store shelves. To that end, the “Bacon Capital USA” promotion takes pride in this sector of the ag ...

If Kim stays in power, how many will suffer?

Analysts have concluded the worldwide “WannaCry” ransomware attack last May originated in North Korea. The news is a reminder that the threat from Pyongyang is more widespread than many people may have thought. “WannaCry” infected hundreds of thousands of computers throughout the ...