Opinion

We support Bleess

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:After attending the debate for Martin County sheriff and as parents and members actively involved in our school district and community, we endorse Jaime Bleess for Martin County sheriff.We were unaware that there is not 24-hour emergency personnel coverage in Martin County. We ...

Vote for Pat Bacon

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To the Editor:We're writing today urging you to support Pat Bacon for the state House of Representatives.In a time when many are frustrated with long-term incumbents of both parties, Pat is a fresh face on the political scene. She has had a distinguished career as a medical professional, ...

Congress should look into failures at the CDC

Local Editorials

When public health threats surface, many Americans, including health care professionals, turn to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC officials are the experts, after all.So why did they get things so badly wrong when Ebola came to the United States. Why did the CDC finally issue ...

Backing Rep. Gunther

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To the Editor:I'm writing today in support of Bob Gunther for state representative.In 2011, I had the honor of interning for Bob at the Minnesota Capitol in St. Paul and was able to see a different side to him than most are able to. Bob would arrive early in the morning and wouldn't leave until ...

For Congress, Senate: Hagedorn and McFadden

Local Editorials

The President of the United States - Barack Obama - is not on the ballot this fall. At least not in name. But his surrogates are, and voters should remember it.Democrats across the country may be trying to distance themselves from the president, but they cannot distance themselves from votes ...

Corporations pass on taxes

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To the Editor:I'm highly amused at the advertisements that some of our prospective candidates are running. In the advertisements, they mention that their opponent is opposed to taxing big corporations or businesses. Are we that dumb to think that the corporations or businesses actually pay that ...

Telepsychiatry does have value

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To the Editor:Regarding the article entitled "Gunther and Bacon Outline Priorities," I was disappointed to read Mr. Gunther's response toward telepsychiatry. Does it have its limitations? Yes, but those limitations are far outweighed by the damage done by not treating mental illness.When there ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

Sounds like good siteFairmont's park board this week came up with a recommendation for dog park site. Its choice: just south of the aquatic park, instead of a Margaret Street location near the animal shelter.We think the park board, as well as the local group advocating and raising funds for a ...

Why I’m running for sheriff

Letters to the Editor

FAIRMONTAn explanation of what has driven me to run for sheriff of Martin County.As your next Martin County sheriff, I am committed to restoring 24-hour "on-duty" patrol for quicker response to your emergency in the wee hours of the morning.I also am committed to lead a concerted effort to ...

In District 23A: Gunther deserves another term

Local Editorials

State Rep. Bob Gunther, R-Fairmont, has long been an advocate for improving opportunity in rural Minnesota. He remains committed to letting businesses grow and expand by getting government out of the way, letting them hire more workers as they enjoy success. In the same way, he has been an ...

A reason to celebrate

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To the Editor:This Sunday, Oct. 26, is Catholic Daughters of the Americas Day; a reason to celebrate.You can find members all over the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Guam and the Virgin Islands. There are about 2,300 members in Minnesota.They follow their motto of "Unity and Charity," by ...

Elections include SWCD

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To the Editor:This Nov. 4, voters in Martin County will head to the polls to elect, among other positions, supervisors for the Soil and Water Conservation District.Positions on this year's ballot include District 2, which includes the city of Fairmont; District 4, which includes the townships ...

Gerhardt, Rodriguez, Moeller for school board

Local Editorials

People who run for or serve on school boards can face a lot of heat. They are in charge of something - a school district - that parents rely on and that affects children's lives for years to come. Nothing creates more controversy and emotion than decisions that affect kids. And parents and ...

Bleess seeking safety

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To the Editor:I've been following the race for Martin County Sheriff with great interest. Officer Bleess has taken the position that there are inadequacies within the current emergency radio system that have existed since the system was first installed. He has further stated that these problems ...

Support appreciated

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To the Editor:The Martin County Historical Society has created a historic calendar since 2005 as an annual fundraiser. Thanks to the support of the business and professional community of Martin County in purchasing advertising and the design and layout expertise of Designing Signs, Inc., this ...

District 2: We back Pierce

Local Editorials

Martin County Commissioner Steve Pierce is something of an institution in commission chambers at the courthouse. He has been around a long time - 22 years - and has the kind of knowledge and experience that counts.Pierce knows the issues inside and out, knows which ones he can affect and which ...

Time for McFadden

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Time for McFaddenTo the Editor:It's difficult to follow the news anymore because it seems like the world is on fire. It seems like one disaster after another. We truly live in dangerous times and we need serious leaders.U.S. Al Franken, D-Minn., made his living as a comedian and comedy writer. ...

We need Officer Bleess

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To the Editor:About this time four years ago, I spoke with a deputy to see when I could speak with the new sheriff, Jeff Markquart. He directed me to the Law Enforcement Center. I went to the Sheriff's Office about 10 days after Markquart was elected and they told me he was on vacation and ...

Please join me in quest

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To the Editor:I am in awe of the multitude of well-wishes and kind words I have received regarding my upcoming retirement as director of Kinship. My deepest thanks to all of you.I could say I am humbled, but "Oh, Lord it's NOT hard to be humble." For I have no reason to boast. Kinship is great ...

Peters ready to serve

Local Editorials

There were two City Council races in Fairmont this year until Darin Rahm left the council to relocate out of town. That leaves Bruce Peters as the only remaining candidate in Ward 1. We're sure he will do a good job, bringing with him valuable experience in business and a deep interest in the ...