Local Editorials

President rightly asks Europe to pay fair share

No doubt President Donald Trump, visiting four countries in Europe this week, expected a frosty reception from some leaders. Those whose nations are members of NATO are upset with Trump for demanding they pay a fairer share of the alliance’s defense costs. Some already do bear reasonable ...

Flood damage tools available to residents

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and an entourage of state officials visited Jackson and Blue Earth on Monday, bringing with them a message that the state is ready to help with flood relief, and that federal aid may be on the way as well. Southern Minnesota was drenched in June, creating all sorts ...

‘Miracle’ stories: Boys, baby saved by rescuers

Newspapers have to report so much bad, upsetting news that the occasional heart-warmer comes as a welcome pleasure. The good news this week was not all from Thailand, where rescuers were in the process of pulling off the rescue of members of a boys’ soccer team who had been trapped in a ...

Election in Mexico could benefit farmers

After weeks of destructive rains and tariffs targeting their crops and hogs, farmers in southwest Minnesota may have received some good news recently. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrandor is celebrating a shocking victory in Mexico’s presidential election. Obrandor quickly threw out an olive branch ...

Projection: U.S. debt headed for $100 trillion

The $21.2 trillion national debt today is worrisome enough. But it is going to get worse, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. You may want to sit down for this: Within 30 years, the national debt will top $100 trillion, if nothing changes, the CBO is predicting. That ...

Et Cetera …

New hope for veterans Martin County Veterans Service Officer Doug Landsteiner recently offered his thoughts on the new federal VA Mission Act, which expands veterans access to private health care, among other things. Landsteiner is feeling positive about the change, which comes after years of ...

Opera House ready to host block party

The Fairmont Opera House is one of the signature attractions in the city. Not only historic, it remains a working venue that delivers wonderful entertainment to area citizens every year. The Opera House is located right in the heart of downtown Fairmont, where it is part of the soul of the ...

In past 10 years, 7.4M became U.S. citizens

Merely coming to America is not enough for some people born in foreign lands. Our nation is such a beacon of liberty and prosperity that some choose to go through the rigorous process of becoming citizens. How many do that says much about us, not just about our government but about us as ...

N.Y. punishes some for being outstanding

As we celebrate Independence Day this week, some Americans will reflect not just on the political significance but also on our ideals as a people. One of them is that individual initiative is rewarded. Not really, as Asian-Americans in some places have learned. Hard work and dedication by ...

McConnell right to force Senate to forego recess

While the rest of us may be thinking of getting in a few last-of-summer days off in August, our U.S. senators will be chained to their workplace, the Capitol building. Normally, members of Congress are in recess during August. But this year, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has ...

Et Cetera …

Creating redundancy Fairmont Economic Development Authority this week agreed to spend $10,000 to help bring a second Internet service provider to the city’s industrial park. Martin County may be willing to split the cost. Some of the city’s largest employers in the park say they are ...

Some liberals do not care about civil society

Florists and bakers who decide their religious beliefs are not compatible with selling their wares to gay couples planning weddings are derided roundly by liberals. That, the liberals insist, is intolerable discrimination. Refusing to serve a restaurant customer because she happens to work ...

Lawmakers right to limit local governments

Republicans who control the Legislature and governor’s office in Iowa are doing something wise and important. They are limiting and restricting the amount of damage local governments can do in the state. They have, for instance, overturned minimum wage increases enacted in three counties, ...

Trump team taking aim at bureaucratic ‘swamp’

How nice it would be to believe that President Donald Trump’s plan to reorganize the federal government will result in more efficiency and less bureaucratic stupidity. Most Americans have had enough exposure to federal agencies to believe an improvement has occurred when they see it, ...

What did FBI lawyer do to assist Clinton?

Among the more intriguing and disturbing bits of information uncovered by the Justice Department inspector general looking into questions about political bias was a revelation — to the public, at least — regarding an FBI attorney. Much of the attention focused on the IG’s report has ...

It’s time for ‘recycling’ truths to be considered

The time for Americans to be honest about “recycling” may have arrived. Thank the Chinese for forcing us into a discussion we should have had years ago. Millions of Americans separate materials such as paper and plastic from their garbage, placing the items in recycling bins. Then, ...

Immigration dysfunction showing no end in sight

America’s immigration policies and its dysfunctional immigration system have been in the spotlight in recent days. The separation of children from their illegal immigrant parents touched a nerve for many in this country, leading President Trump to move away from the practice. Had the policy ...

Ideas based in reality are what truly matter

Democrats have endorsed state Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minneapolis in the race to replace Congressman Keith Ellison, who is running for attorney general in Minnesota. Omar is something of a rising star in the party. She is making clear her opposition to the Trump administration’s approach to ...

High-level FBI officials didn’t understand rules?

Ask an FBI agent if a specific person is being investigated, and the answer invariably will be, “No comment.” Expect special treatment from agents because you happen to espouse the same political beliefs they have? Not a chance. Now, however, Justice Department officials want us to ...

Foundation probe? More than one needed

New York’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his charitable foundation, accusing them of using money illegally to help his businesses and political campaign. Whether the action has any merit remains to be seen. But while we are thinking of abuses ...