Opinion

Legislature should act on genital mutilation bill

Local Editorials

People have a right to their beliefs. What they do not have is a right to torture and maim little girls. Minnesota State Rep. Mary Franson is vehemently opposed to the practice of female genital mutilation, which occurs in parts of Asia, the Middle East and Africa. It is a cultural or ...

Support the businesses that support our towns

Local Editorials

Many of us get a little crazy during the holidays. Sometimes we just don’t use our heads. Clearly, the person who wrote a recommendation for one of those national consumer organizations wasn’t using his or hers. In deciding what model of a particular product to buy, shoppers should inspect ...

Roberts drawn into war of words

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Chief Justice John Roberts has been drawn into President Trump’s web. Last week the president criticized the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, based in San Francisco, calling it “a lawless disgrace.” The New York Times writes, “Mr. Trump’s remarks came after a federal ...

Why build to compete?

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: I was approached by several people asking that I write a letter regarding the city of Fairmont and the community center committee considering competing with existing private industry by including a fitness center in the proposed community center. After some consideration and ...

Make sure detectors are working in home

Local Editorials

This is the time of the year when home safety experts warn us the danger of fire goes up. Colder weather means heating equipment shut off for months is put back in service. The Christmas season means some of us go all-out in decorating, sometimes overloading circuits and wires with hundreds, ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

Small Business Saturday Today is Small Business Saturday, and Fairmont is among the many places participating in the event. Sixteen businesses are taking part locally as the Christmas shopping season begins. We encourage area residents to consider what their local small businesses have to ...

Fighting poverty, pope should promote wealth

Local Editorials

Pope Francis is not a lawmaker so he does not have the power to enforce the doctrine he teaches. One wonders what he would enforce if he could. And one cannot help but wonder what kind of influence the pope has on the actions of actual lawmakers around the world. Perhaps it is not that great, ...

Readers’ Views

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Strike Against Cancer To the Editor: The FBA officers would like to thank the Ladies Commercial and the Ladies Stars and Strikes bowling leagues of the Fairmont Bowling Association for their participation in the 2018 Strike Against Cancer fundraiser the week of Oct. 22. Our donation of ...

If Hinckley wants to act, ‘rules’ won’t stop him

Local Editorials

There was news out of Virginia last week that John Hinckley Jr., who tried to kill President Ronald Reagan in 1981, will be allowed to move out of his mother’s house and live on his own. Not only is it absurd that Hinckley is being granted this freedom, it is absurd that he is mixing with ...

Justice demands more be done in this matter

Local Editorials

$5 million is a lot of money. It is not nearly enough to compensate three men for being imprisoned wrongly — for 20 years. At least they ought to have some assurance that true justice will prevail in their cases. In 1995, three Cleveland,Ohio, men — Laurese Glover, Eugene Johnson and ...

Single-payer would be costly, damaging

Local Editorials

Of all the solutions that might be implemented to help more Americans obtain and afford health care, we cannot understand the drive by some on the left for a single-payer system. Columnist John Stossel, on this page, offers a rundown of the issues surrounding single-payer and its flaws. There ...

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Letters to the Editor

Support appreciated 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, coupled with the design and layout ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

Farm bill may pass soon There may be some movement on a federal farm bill. That is good news for producers in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa, as well as the ag businesses that work with them. Republicans in the U.S. House had wanted work requirements for those obtaining food stamps ...

Legalize marijuana? Other priorities exist

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As Gov.-elect Tim Walz begins his transition to take over the seat from Gov. Mark Dayton in January, he has been meeting with past governors to seek their counsel and advice on the role he will now play. That is a wise strategy, provided he doesn’t feel too obligated to accept their ...

Exercise guidelines: More needless meddling

Local Editorials

Here’s a shocker: Exercise is good for you. Even short-term bursts of activity can help you lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety and help you sleep better. Medical professionals say that anything helps, or doing something is better than doing nothing. Perhaps that message will help inspire ...

Easy test: Will Pelosi negotiate on border wall?

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At one point in time, critics rightly called out American lawmakers for being too cozy with one another. Democrats and Republicans happily engaged in logrolling to pass their pet projects and programs, getting federal largesse flowing to their home districts. That legacy is part of the reason ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Group offers thanks To the Editor: On behalf of the Martin County Historical Society board of directors, I would like to acknowledge and thank the Martin County Youth Foundation for its grant in the amount of $500 to our organization. This grant will enable us to continue to fund bus ...

Thank you, Twins fans

Letters to the Editor

ST. PAUL Dear Twins Territory: After much consideration, I have decided to retire from playing baseball. This decision did not come easily as baseball always has been, and always will be, one of my greatest passions. The last few months of this season were very emotional for me and I wanted ...

Higher gas tax? Maybe cut spending elsewhere

Local Editorials

The legislative agenda of Gov.-elect Tim Walz is starting to emerge. Walz will be working with a Democratic-led House of Representatives and a Republican-controlled Senate when the Legislature reconvenes in January. What those facts mean is that nobody can get everything they want, and nobody ...

We acknowledge, thank our American veterans

Local Editorials

One hundred years ago, the conflict many hoped was “the war to end wars” drew to a close. For decades, Nov. 11 each year was observed as Armistice Day. Now, we know it as Veterans Day, honoring those among us who have served at any time in the armed forces. Though the last American ...