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VA doctors can’t teach those studying medicine?

It seems obvious that the scandal-ridden Department of Veterans Affairs needs to have in place — and enforce — a strong code of ethics. Ask any military veteran victimized by “wait-list” schemes at some VA hospitals. But should a VA doctor be told he cannot help educate budding health ...

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Individual rights matter This week, Fairmont was the site of a forum aimed at addressing racial issues. There was a good exchange of thoughts, feelings and ideas, and much for all involved to learn and appreciate. We hope everyone in this community (and region, state and country) can ...

Hunters, landowners need to work together

This weekend, Marshall will host the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Opener. Gov. Mark Dayton’s visit will promote southwest Minnesota as an attractive place for hunters to visit. However, pheasant hunting isn’t what it used to be for a number of reasons. The bird population is declining ...

Community center plan will offer many answers

Is Fairmont going to build a community center? When? How much will it cost? Where will it be located? What will it house? What are the operating and maintenance costs going to be? Will there be sufficient use? Will there be user fees? The questions abound. So the Fairmont City Council, which ...

Nation exits irrational course on coal industry

It is unfortunate for the nation as a whole, not just for energy-producing states, that former President Barack Obama’s war on coal and affordable electricity is being ended after years in which it was pursued with attack-dog tenacity and yes, viciousness. Better late than never, ...

Trump should do all he can to address problem

President Trump is expected to issue an executive order this week providing at least some relief from skyrocketing health insurance premiums that resulted from the Affordable Care Act. While the ACA — Obamacare — granted millions of Americans either free insurance through Medicaid or ...

White House, Congress should back CIA reforms

It has been clear for some time that U.S. intelligence agencies need an overhaul. Too much reliance has been placed on technology, with old-fashioned human spying taking a back seat. Last week, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said that is about to change. More intelligence agents will be sent out ...

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Reforms seem unlikely Residents in Minnesota’s sex offender treatment program will not get their day in court. The U.S. Supreme Court said this week it won’t review their case. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says the state will continue to make reforms to the program, but an attorney for ...

Many people acted bravely amid horror

A CBS television network attorney, Hayley Getfman-Gold, had this to say, via social media, about the massacre at a country-western music concert in Las Vegas: “I’m actually not even sympathetic (because) country music fans often are Republican gun toters.” CBS promptly and properly ...

Any way you look at it, farmers facing huge bill

Rochelle Krusemark appeared before Martin County commissioners this week to talk about proposed hikes in what farmers like herself pay for county inspections of feedlots. Krusemark made a compelling case about the value to the county of its feedlot industry as a major employer, and argued that ...

Knee-jerk reactions will not solve anything

The massacre in Las Vegas will spark a furious debate in America. How can we as a people not wonder what, if anything, could have been done to prevent an attack that claimed at least 59 lives and wounded more than 500 other people? Knee-jerk reactions will abound. Some will say nothing less ...

Nation’s patience with Republicans is fading

The Republican leadership in Congress, despite having been given an unprecedented mandate by voters across the country over the past few years, has managed to do almost nothing it promised. Republicans have a 46-seat majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, a four-seat majority in the ...

France may be sending wrong message to world

If “our security cannot be assured, the French team will stay at home,” declared French Sports Minister Laura Flessel, regarding the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Way to show the terrorists and bullies of the world they have not achieved their goals. Certainly the French ...

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A ‘right’ means something A “right” is something that is inherently yours. Like your right to life, liberty and property. A service that someone else provides — like health care — cannot be a right. Because what about the rights of the provider? Or what about the rights of those ...

If it cannot be repealed, then it has to be reformed

It has been suggested there is no sense in crying over spilled milk. But an enormous amount of it was spilled by the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — and members of Congress are right to attempt to clean at least some of it up. Their most recent attempt to do so failed this week, when a ...

Tax reform would help middle class, business

A major tax reform proposal has been unveiled by President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress. No tax bill is simple, of course. But what the foundation of what the White House and GOP lawmakers have outlined makes sense. It is simply to give middle-class Americans a break and ...

Nation’s flag, anthem deserve more respect

The National Football League, a beloved tradition in our nation, is suddenly caught in a maelstrom of controversy. It all centers around some players deciding to kneel, or sit, during the playing of the national anthem. They want to shine a light on what they describe as police brutality and ...

Puerto Rico must rebuild in more ways than one

Hurricane Maria was the most devastating storm to hit Puerto Rico in decades, perhaps as much as a century. It will take years and an enormous amount of federal aid to help the island recover. Because it is a U.S. territory, that assistance is merited. But Puerto Rico had been hit by another ...

Klobuchar, Graham seek secure elections

Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota took to the U.S. Senate floor last week to make her case for her bipartisan amendment with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., to safeguard U.S. election infrastructure from foreign interference. According to Klobuchar, the amendment would help states block cyber ...

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Opera House has plans Fairmont has been given an incredible opportunity to solidify the future of its wonderful Opera House. The facility has begun a $10 million fundraising campaign, already given a major boost through a $1 million gift from a local resident’s estate, as well as $500,000 ...