Opinion

Americans shouldn’t be surprised by all this

Local Editorials

Foreign spies and criminals in Washington, D.C., are using devices that can intercept cellphone calls and text messages from unaware users, it was revealed this week. The Department of Homeland Security made the admission in answer to a request by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. What should concern ...

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To the Editor: Electric de France (EdF) says the annual tax revenue generated by its proposed Oza Tanka project will be $800,000. This is not a guarantee, and will only happen if the wind blows as predicted, and the turbines generate at full capacity 34 percent of the time. I have built a ...

Commerce is simple, or at least it should be

Local Editorials

The Internet is an amazing tool that is revolutionizing commerce. Whether it can also help dismantle the unneeded burdens of the regulatory state remains to be seen. Perhaps in Fairmont. One service on the web is the ability for people to rent their homes to others, through sites like Airbnb ...

Put student safety first

Letters to the Editor

Put student safety first To the Editor: Recently, Minnesota House Republicans highlighted a comprehensive plan designed to prioritize student safety. The changes are necessary. No student should fear going to school, and the proposals that are moving forward in the House will undoubtedly ...

Minnesota lags behind in allowing in cameras

Local Editorials

All over the nation, states have been allowing cameras in courtrooms to record what is going on, something that totally in the spirit of the 6th Amendment guarantee of a public trial for those accused of crimes. Courts had previously banned cameras when they were big and bulky and needed flash ...

Terrorist organizations must be destroyed

Local Editorials

Two members of “The Beatles,” Islamic State terrorists so named by their captives because they are British citizens, have provided a reminder of why it is imperative to destroy, not “contain,” such organizations. The most notorious “Beatle,” nicknamed “Jihadi John,” was killed ...

Outsider may be just what agency needs

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For years, the essential task of reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs has been entrusted to career bureaucrats, most recently David Shulkin. Now, President Donald Trump has fired Shulkin and replaced him with an outsider, and the concern among some in Washington seems to be whether the ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

Keeping police dog safe Someone did a very nice thing recently by donating funds so that Faribault County could buy a protective vest for its police dog, Zeus. The $950 vests protect K9 dogs from gunfire and stabbings. The donor has chosen to remain anonymous, but the act has not gone ...

Minnesota should be sure to maintain parks

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Gov. Mark Dayton is proposing $130 million in state bonding to fix infrastructure in Minnesota’s state parks. We can’t imagine this would cause much controversy in the current session, though the total Public Works bill is bound to stir some debate. But there shouldn’t be any argument ...

Preschool program decision can wait a year

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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is pushing — hard — for the Legislature to extend funding for his signature initiative involving preschool funding. Dayton wants lawmakers to add three years worth of dollars for the voluntary preschool program. Its funding runs out in the 2019-2020 school year. ...

Evil people will utilize any means of destruction

Local Editorials

Events in Texas during the past three weeks are — or ought to be — a reminder of what we Americans need to do to prevent mass killings. Identifying and apprehending the human beings plotting mayhem is the challenge. A reign of terror in and around Austin, Texas, came to an end last week ...

Service projects sought

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To the Editor: Fairmont Jr./Sr. High School Cardinal Connections groups are looking for service projects to tackle in the Fairmont community for our Community Service Project Day on Friday, May 18 (rain date is May 25). There are 46 Cardinal Connections groups with an average of 19 students ...

Get tough? Yes, but treat addicts as well

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President Donald Trump’s suggestion that some especially evil traffickers in illegal drugs may deserve the death penalty got the headlines. But other aspects of his initiative against substance abuse, unveiled last week in New Hampshire, deserve more attention. Buried several lines deep in ...

Readers’ Views

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They gave us a gift To the Editor: Nannie Clee Leonard and Edwin Richard Engstrom read books. Mom would always have a book with her. In the early 1970s, she worked at the Martin County Library in Fairmont. Dad was a minister. He had to write a sermon every week. To figure out what to say, ...

High court will back tenets of free speech

Local Editorials

We Americans, who demonstrate regularly that many of us do not understand the First Amendment, ought to be happy the U.S. Supreme Court does. For example, the high court has ruled more than once that freedom of speech works both ways. That is, it allows us to speak our minds — but it also ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

City tackling nuisances The city of Fairmont made a decision last year to up its enforcement of City Code violations related to private property. Infractions include tall grass, junk storage or inoperable vehicles. The city is having an impact on the problem, with the number of cases it has ...

Reforms needed on federal food stamps

Local Editorials

The federal Farm Bill is important to many people living in southern Minnesota, and not just farmers. This is evident in one telling statistic: 40 million Americans receive supplemental nutrition assistance (once known as food stamps). The cost to the U.S. Treasury is $70 billion per year. ...

New laws? Government already routinely failing

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High school students demanding that Congress enact laws to protect them against mass murder may want to reconsider. Instead of seeking new legislation, they may want to demand that existing safeguards be used, not ignored. Since Feb. 14, when Nikolas Cruz massacred 17 people in a Parkland, ...

State should be trying to free up businesses

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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton recently unveiled a budget proposal that, among other things, would hike a statewide property tax paid by businesses. This is a mistake, to say the least. The tax was cut last session and signed into law by Dayton. He then wanted an immediate reworking of several ...

State Department reforms must go on

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His days as U.S. secretary of state nearly at end, Rex Tillerson knows full well why President Donald Trump ousted him. The two men simply did not get along. And in some ways, Tillerson was just too diplomatic for the president’s taste. But in a way, Tillerson’s departure is a victory for ...