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Let us think of others To the Editor: Volunteering is a true expression of caring by sharing your skills and time to achieve a greater goal. With the Kids Against Hunger campaign quickly coming up, this would be a great time to gather family or a group of friends and create a team to assist ...

In the new year, let’s cherish freedom again

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It’s a new year, bringing new freedoms to Americans in the forms of tax and regulatory relief. We hope the trend continues here in many forms, and extends to other nations. To Europe, which suffers stagnation under socialism. To the peoples of the Mideast and North Korea, who suffer ...

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STEP appreciates grant To the Editor: STEP, Inc. would like to publicly thank the Rosen Family Foundation for awarding us a grant to assist in the purchase of a wheelchair lift-equipped vehicle. This type of vehicle is necessary to transport our clients from their homes to our offices. ...

Geo-positioning gear can help stop crashes

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It became clear almost immediately after an Amtrak train crashed in Washington earlier this month that excessive speed was to blame. The train was traveling at 80 mph on tracks rated for 30 mph when it derailed, killing three people and injuring many others. National Transportation Safety ...

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Mall playground coming We extend our congratulations to “Kids Just Want to Have Fun,” the grassroots group that has raised enough funds for a playground at Five Lakes Centre in Fairmont. We’re sure children and their parents are going to love it. Kudos to the mall for taking on the ...

In the new year, time to ask tough questions

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The last months of this year have brought a seemingly endless series of revelations about women being harassed and assaulted by the powerful — who got away with it for too long. Let us hope 2018 takes the story into the second phase it needs to enter. That is holding accountable those who ...

‘U’ should make clear it does not hate Santa

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Do some people really live in open terror of Christmas decorations, menorahs or Santa Claus? Are doves or the colors red and green just too much to take? The University of Minnesota has faced some criticism in recent days after its ag college passed out a memo warning students and staff to ...

Finally, nation will get audit of Pentagon

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Perhaps the Pentagon’s decision to launch a comprehensive audit demanded for years by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is progress. We’ll believe it when we see it. If history is any guide, the Defense Department will spend too much on an audit that covers up massive misspending, then will ...

How have adults allowed this to happen?

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You may have seen the video posted on social media by the mother of Keaton Jones, 11, who attends a middle school near Knoxville, Tenn. In it, the little boy talks tearfully about being bullied in school. “Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them? ...

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Promoting those pigs An effort is underway in Martin County to promote and praise one of the biggest things people do here. Namely, raise pigs, which become delicious products on grocery store shelves. To that end, the “Bacon Capital USA” promotion takes pride in this sector of the ag ...

If Kim stays in power, how many will suffer?

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Analysts have concluded the worldwide “WannaCry” ransomware attack last May originated in North Korea. The news is a reminder that the threat from Pyongyang is more widespread than many people may have thought. “WannaCry” infected hundreds of thousands of computers throughout the ...

Gun prohibitions only followed by law-abiding

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The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that it will allow guns to be carried into county courthouses under certain circumstances. This is a change from a previous ruling that banned guns in courthouses. Under the ruling, county supervisors or other local government officials can file a written ...

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Arc grateful for grant To the Editor: The Arc in Fairmont now has a computer on hand with the equipment needed for long-distance communicating, thanks to the Martin County Area Foundation. This system will be helpful as The Arc Southwest merges with six other Arcs in Minnesota to form one ...

Sentinel Editorial

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Never too late to give Christmas is just a few days away. Except for a few odds and ends, most people have their holiday preparations in place. It is different for the many churches and other organizations that help the needy during the holidays, with everything from toys for the children ...

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How about manure T-shirts? To the Editor: Monday morning’s Sentinel featured an in-depth story about an ice-skating pig. The pig will skate Thursday evening at the Martin County Arena. Martin County is the No. 1 producer of hogs of any county in the USA. Over 1.7 million pigs are raised ...

Tax relief will benefit businesses, individuals

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Nothing as complex as the U.S. tax code, linked as the process is to the federal budget, can be amended in a manner that will make everyone happy. Negotiators for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives seem to have come up with something close, however. If approved, perhaps this week, ...

Military needs funding, but spent responsibly

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America’s armed forces are the best funded in the world. Given the responsibilities the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard must handle, that is appropriate. But years of neglect under former President Barack Obama have left the military in a rebuilding mode. A $700 billion ...

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Church offering dinner To the Editor: The Christian Church of Fairmont is once again offering the community of Fairmont and the surrounding area a free Christmas dinner. This meal is being offered by the congregation in an attempt to care for those who have a need, and provide a warm and ...

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How did things get here? Fairmont Area Schools is doing the right thing providing free breakfast and making sure every student gets a hot lunch. The cost of these meals is essentially covered at no cost to local taxpayers. Educators know that kids learn better when they are not hungry. Kids ...

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Support appreciated To the Editor: I would like to extend a special thank you to the Fairmont community for its support of the blood drive held last week at the Holiday Inn. Thanks to all donors who braved the cold weather to come out and donate blood. Thanks to the Sentinel and Photo Press ...