Opinion

Priorities seem mixed up

Letters to the Editor

Priorities seem mixed up To the Editor: As a retired senior citizen in Fairmont, I have questions about the priorities of the city fathers. All through the winter, spring and now summer, I have been waiting for the potholes to be filled in the city’s streets. I was surprised to see that ...

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Local Editorials

Storm response great It was a little more than a week ago that a brief, ugly storm slammed the Fairmont area. It tore at Ceylon and Granada, and punched Fairmont in the gut. Structures sustained damage. Trees were downed. What was left was a mess. But human beings persevere. Individuals ...

It’s that time of year: Be sure to get flu shot

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Have you gotten your flu shot yet? Why not? Many health care professionals are urging the public — especially those who, because of age or existing health conditions may be more vulnerable to the flu — to get immunized as soon as possible. They have a very good reason for being worried. ...

Readers’ Views

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Family feels blessed To the Editor: No one is ever prepared for life-changing event, but with the doctor, physical therapists, our family and friends, we are getting through it. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped out at Rod’s benefit, especially Angie ...

Public needs to weigh in on rec center plan

Local Editorials

It is true that residents of Fairmont voted by a wide margin (61 percent to 38 percent) in 2016 for a local option sales tax. The ballot question said the money could be used for local recreational amenities and/or a community center. To interpret that vote as approval of the community center ...

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Please keep seniors in mind To the Editor: These comments are written in response to an article titled “City plans forum on rec center” that appeared Sept. 25 in the Sentinel. In my “Reader’s View” article published Sept. 20 that included criticisms of the cost of the planned ...

Families, communities must tackle epidemic

Local Editorials

Lawmakers in Washington are bragging of more successful bipartisanship that resulted in common sense legislation called the “Opioid Crisis Response Act” last week. It passed in the Senate, 99-1. U.S. senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith are both taking credit for helping sponsor ...

Doubtful this process could get any uglier

Local Editorials

Our national political process — if it can be called a process — is awful. The nomination and pending confirmation vote of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is a good example. It is yet another polarizing moment for the nation, salted with salacious accusations, an occurrence that ...

Parents: Make sure children are vaccinated

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Last year, Minnesota suffered through its largest measles outbreak, with 75 cases reported, many of them in the Somali community in Minneapolis. The Somali population was vulnerable because many parents had received misinformation about the possibility that vaccines can cause autism. This ...

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Local Editorials

Mini golf idea advances Mini golf goes hand in hand with facilities such as swimming pools. So it’s understandable that the Fairmont Park Board backs a proposal to offer this recreational amenity at the Aquatic Park. “Kids Just Want to Have Fun,” an offshoot of the local grassroots ...

Readers’ Views

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Stop raising our taxes To the Editor: As a retired Fairmont senior citizen, I have a few comments concerning editorials and views expressed in the Sept. 20 Sentinel: 1. Senior citizens living on fixed incomes in Fairmont are tired of tax increases. The city should stop raising sales taxes ...

Grassley, Republicans should allow testimony

Local Editorials

Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate have an obligation — one of fairness, as well as self-defense politics — to do all in their power to hear Christine Blasey Ford’s story about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. If that means shuffling their schedule, so be it. Until a few days ...

Think generously first

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Think generously first To the Editor: Residents in Martin County are hurting. Things are tight. One cannot live on $10 or $11 per hour, common wages here. People work two jobs and still can’t make ends meet. Living month to month becomes the norm. Half the population does not have enough ...

Questions persist on rec center proposal

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The Fairmont City Council this week received a whopping amount of information related to possible construction of a community center. The first phase of construction would cost $25 million, with the project including an indoor pool, locker rooms, child care area, multi-purpose banquet area with ...

Readers’ Views

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Library makes changes To the Editor: The Fairmont library has heard concerns from community members about people congregating in front of the building at all hours. We have heard your comments and are doing all we can to address the issues that you have brought to our attention. Some of the ...

Drug abuse epidemic claiming many lives

Local Editorials

Another day, another bill in Congress aimed at curbing the drug abuse epidemic sweeping the nation. This one was approved Monday by a vote of 99-1 in the Senate. A similar bill was approved several weeks ago by the House of Representatives. Now, the two chambers must reconcile their versions ...

If Democrats win this fall, did Russians help?

Local Editorials

The Russians, it is alleged, are marketing geniuses. Russian trolls can put out a few lines of text on the internet and hold sway over U.S. elections, as it is purported they did in 2016, somehow helping Donald Trump win the presidency. Since that election, there has been quite the uproar in ...

Readers’ Views

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It takes many hands To the Editor: On behalf of the members and the board of directors of Fairmont Lakes Foundation, Inc., we want to thank the Sentinel for the positive recognition of our organization that was expressed in your editorial on Saturday. That said, we would be remiss if we ...

Investing in workers

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From paper mills to poultry lines, the American workforce is changing. This spring, I had the honor of giving the commencement address to Ridgewater College’s class of 2018 in Willmar. Ridgewater is a community and technical college where students have the opportunity to partner with local ...

In any case, it’s clear Puerto Rico is a mess

Local Editorials

President Donald Trump seems to be having a hard time with data from Puerto Rico. A study of deaths resulting from Hurricane Maria and its aftermath are making it hard for him to claim an “incredible unsung success” in his administrations response to the suffering in the U.S. ...