Opinion

Case shows limits on guns can create victims

Local Editorials

Gun control is not the one-sided argument its proponents claim. In addition to the Second Amendment, there are practical considerations. For example, as a federal judge in California recognized recently, there is the real potential for new limits on firearms to be harmful. California law ...

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Time for common sense To the Editor: On April 2, the Minnesota House Democratic majority unveiled its comprehensive transportation funding proposal for the next two years. Much like Gov. Tim Walz, House Democrats want to raise the gas tax by at least 20 cents per gallon. That’s ...

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Local Editorials

Reversing knowledge Human beings are the only animals that must knowingly confront reality, which is not always kind. Perhaps that is why so many humans try to avoid it or cheat it. But that’s not workable, as results show. One problem in our society today is that some parents are not ...

We hope two sides can find way to compromise

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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz went down an admirable path this week when he offered his first State of the State address. He called for common ground and consensus solutions that lead Minnesota forward, and lead the nation in how things could get done. Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka ...

Politicians cannot be trusted with full report

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Democrats on the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee are playing a dangerous political game. They voted Wednesday to issue a subpoena for the full, unredacted Mueller report. In doing so, they threaten the nation’s security, as well as a time-honored facet of the justice ...

Counties have simple, solid message for state

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County officials across Minnesota are asking for some help, and a break, as they face an ongoing and mounting backlog of transportation projects. In other words, they want to fix the roads and bridges that their residents use every day. We have to sympathize with county officials, who are ...

Entitlement mentality hurts chance for reform

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Health insurance entitlements have become the new third rail of politics. Many members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, are so worried about alienating millions of voters that they are unwilling to tinker with the massive government takeover of health insurance — even if they ...

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Class of ’57 ready for fun To the Editor: Attention citizens, members of the Fairmont High School class of 1957 are 80 years old and we are celebrating. We have lots of memories but we forgot a bunch of them, so if you see us around town please mention that the party will be held at Cedar ...

Butina case may help put focus on Kremlin

Local Editorials

Democrat Party leaders’ laser-focus on allegations that President Donald Trump cooperated with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election does a great disservice to the nation — and not just because the claims have been proven wrong. Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team ...

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Local Editorials

The priorities are what? Fairmont City Council member Randy Lubenow took a stand this week and voted against a proposed package of 2019 street improvements. Good for him. Lubenow rightly notes that the western stretch of Lake Avenue is in terrible shape, even though it is a visible entrance ...

Bad news about farms; they need win on trade

Local Editorials

It has been evident that times have been tough on farmers over the past few years. Just how tough became evident in a report released this week by the Minnesota Extension and the state. The analysis found that Minnesota farm incomes hit a new low in 2018, the lowest in the 23 years the state ...

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Masons appreciate local support To the Editor: On behalf of Chain Lake Lodge 64 Martin County Area Masons, we would like to extend our sincere appreciation to area businesses, sponsors and patrons for their donations, services and attendance this year in making our 25th annual spaghetti ...

Division is the real threat from Russia

Local Editorials

Many Americans, perhaps millions, became unwitting tools of Russian President Vladimir Putin during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. Some remain susceptible to Russian meddling. There was no conspiracy between the Kremlin and President Donald Trump’s camp during the 2016 ...

Barr should release nearly the full report

Local Editorials

Just two considerations need to be taken care of before Attorney General William Barr makes the special counsel Robert Mullers report available to Congress and thus, to the American people. First is national security. It may be that the report contains some material that would be helpful to ...

Time for Congress to put focus on America

Local Editorials

At long last, special counsel Robert Mueller’s report may be ready for prime time. Attorney General William Barr has been perusing it and, at some point, the document will go to Congress. No doubt it will be leaked to the public within minutes. But Mueller has made it clear his team of ...

World must remain vigilant against terror

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The Islamic State terrorist group is finished, at least in Syria, President Donald Trump and some in the U.S. military are proclaiming. Well, good riddance. Unfortunately, however, the mission of civilized human beings the world over is far from accomplished. Trump last week displayed a ...

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Local Editorials

Frontier seems lost Martin County commissioners were in obvious disbelief this week as they discussed a county effort to extend high-speed internet service to small towns. The focus of their amazement was Frontier Communications, a company that reminds us of those “Just OK is not OK” ...

Rage-filled citizens cannot solve problems

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Government has the power to wield control over people’s lives in various ways. Regulations and taxes come to mind. It is understandable that citizens sometimes feel angry about their government’s actions, or even lack of action. And it may be particularly frustrating dealing with government ...

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Focus on business To the Editor: My name is Polly Mosloski and I am losing my job. I have worked at Payless Shoes in Fairmont for 15 years. There are about 40 other people losing their jobs. They work at Shopko. We have already lost the people who worked in the store pharmacy. We are sad ...

Proposal would offer realistic energy option

Local Editorials

Regardless of what you may hear from members of Congress who believe they have a magic wand they can wave over America and — poof! — do away with fossil fuels, the nation will need coal, petroleum and natural gas for many years to come. There simply is no reliable, affordable alternative ...