Local Editorials

Justice cannot be left out, even for Weinstein

Entertainment mogul Harvey Weinstein was chosen long ago as the poster pervert for the #MeToo movement. Yet this week, he became a reminder that justice in America is for everyone, not just people we like. Weinstein has been accused by many women of having used his power to victimize them ...

U.S. should not have to rely on Russians

Space exploration is dangerous. No amount of technological advances and expensive safeguards changes the fact that the brave women and men who travel beyond the atmosphere have agreed to be strapped to the tops of massive amounts of explosives. We were reminded of the hazards recently when a ...

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State assisting Florida Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has issued an executive order directing a Minnesota National Guard team to help with Hurricane Michael relief efforts in Florida. We are glad to see that Dayton responded to Florida’s request for assistance. Many states are taking similar ...

Other states should lend hand to Florida

Florida’s panhandle has been hit by what Gov. Rick Scott describes as “an absolute monster” of a hurricane. The full extent of the devastation and loss of life remains to be determined. Our state needs to provide whatever help is within our power. Because Florida is a haven for ...

Democrats should learn from their mistake

Behavior by some Democrat leaders in the wake of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation as a Supreme Court justice reminds one of some sports fans who just can’t believe their team lost. You know the refrain: We was robbed! But Democrats who engaged in character assassination against Kavanaugh ...

It is far from certain that court will overturn Roe

In case you didn’t realize it, it’s not Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s past that really bothers liberals. It’s his future. For them, a high court with Kavanaugh on it is a threat to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. This is because liberals ...

Congress needs to get to work on Farm Bill

Once every five years, Congress is called upon to pass a Farm Bill, one that sets government policy on a wide variety of agriculture programs, from commodity trade programs, to conservation programs, to organic agriculture, to support for beginning farmers and ranchers, to loans and subsidies ...

FEMA’s hard deadlines hurt those needing help

When will the electricity be back on? Is the water safe to drink? Which streets were damaged so badly they need to be closed to the public? Can school buildings be repaired and reopened quickly? Do any municipal employees need time off to ensure their own families are safe? That is just a ...

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Ideas are what matter President Trump visited Minnesota this week to lend his support to Republicans running for Congress, the U.S. Senate and state offices. Trump’s presence brings a lot of heat and light to these races, but that’s not what is important. What matters goes well beyond ...

Americans want Mueller probe to draw to close

As often is the case when special counsel investigations are launched in Washington, the one headed by Robert Mueller has become far more complex and wide-ranging than some observers expected. It was in May 2017 that Mueller was told by the Justice Department to form a team and investigate ...

Justice demands that victims act promptly

We’re sure that those who advocate for victims of crime in our society would say that these fellow citizens deserve sympathy and understanding. Some, including those who are victims of sexual assault, may also feel ashamed or embarrassed, although, of course, they have done nothing wrong. ...

MnLARS problems will not just go away

Minnesota motorists and auto owners who have been dealing with the new Minnesota Licensing and Registration System (MnLARS) have some idea how the poor folks in North Carolina feel in the wake of Hurricane Florence. With slow-motion flooding following the turbulent hurricane itself, Florence is ...

Electronic age records never really go away

Forget the paper trail once relied upon by investigators. As the near-continual parade of politicians, celebrities and athletes accused of misbehavior — often long ago — reminds us, it’s the electronic trail that matters these days. And, in contrast to paper documents that can be ...

Nations should join U.S. to pressure Iran

Even defenders of the deal former President Barack Obama’s administration negotiated with Iran admitted that it would delay Tehran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons only about 10 years. That was three years ago. Now, some are warning that President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the ...

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Storm response great It was a little more than a week ago that a brief, ugly storm slammed the Fairmont area. It tore at Ceylon and Granada, and punched Fairmont in the gut. Structures sustained damage. Trees were downed. What was left was a mess. But human beings persevere. Individuals ...

It’s that time of year: Be sure to get flu shot

Have you gotten your flu shot yet? Why not? Many health care professionals are urging the public — especially those who, because of age or existing health conditions may be more vulnerable to the flu — to get immunized as soon as possible. They have a very good reason for being worried. ...

Public needs to weigh in on rec center plan

It is true that residents of Fairmont voted by a wide margin (61 percent to 38 percent) in 2016 for a local option sales tax. The ballot question said the money could be used for local recreational amenities and/or a community center. To interpret that vote as approval of the community center ...

Families, communities must tackle epidemic

Lawmakers in Washington are bragging of more successful bipartisanship that resulted in common sense legislation called the “Opioid Crisis Response Act” last week. It passed in the Senate, 99-1. U.S. senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith are both taking credit for helping sponsor ...

Doubtful this process could get any uglier

Our national political process — if it can be called a process — is awful. The nomination and pending confirmation vote of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is a good example. It is yet another polarizing moment for the nation, salted with salacious accusations, an occurrence that ...

Parents: Make sure children are vaccinated

Last year, Minnesota suffered through its largest measles outbreak, with 75 cases reported, many of them in the Somali community in Minneapolis. The Somali population was vulnerable because many parents had received misinformation about the possibility that vaccines can cause autism. This ...