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Grateful for support To the Editor: We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all those who planned, organized and attended the benefit held in honor of our son, Charlie Spencer, on March 16 at the Fairmont Christian Church. The donations we received for Charlie’s expenses are ...

Veterans, Americans deserve solid answers

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We Americans disagree on many things. Not on our military veterans, however. There is virtual unanimity in the feeling that while we can never fully repay the debt we owe them, we ought to do our best in the attempt. That has not happened for some time. Scandals involving the quality of ...

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Zierke thriving locally Fairmont has itself a winner in Zierke Manufacturing. The custom builder of fuel tanks and trailers to support generators is thriving in its new home in the former US Foods warehouse on Winnebago Avenue. Zierke relocated to Fairmont from Winnebago, receiving a ...

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Fundraiser benefits Kinship kids To the Editor: The 28th annual Silent and Live auction hosted by the Knights of Columbus is almost here. It will be held Saturday, March 24, in the St. John Vianney School gym. The silent auction begins at 6 p.m., and the live auction starts at 8:30 p.m. ...

U.S. nationals parks meant to be accessible

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U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is right about one thing. Our national parks may be the last of the true bargains. They were never intended to be a money-making proposition, and should not be converted into one. Zinke has suggested fees charged to enter some parks should be increased ...

Students deserve praise, punishment for walkouts

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Some students across the United States — including in Fairmont — walked out of classrooms on Wednesday as part of a nationwide protest of gun violence. Good for them. We can appreciate standing up for what you believe is right. Now those students should be punished. Free speech means ...

Dayton’s plan deserves strong consideration

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Gov. Mark Dayton’s School Safety plan is not focused on guns, which is a pleasant difference in the post-Parkland national debate. The governor’s plan focuses on schools, and keeping guns out of them. The governor is proposing $21 million in new funding for to enhance security features ...

Don’t get your hopes up over leaders’ summit

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The announcement last week that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has agreed to meet face-to-face with President Donald Trump to discuss the rogue regime’s development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles was hailed by many as wonderful news. Let’s not get our hopes up. Kim, like ...

Economy is on a roll

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To the Editor: Following news from Minnesota’s Management and Budget Office that “the stimulus” from tax reform is credited for our state’s $329 million budget surplus, I say it’s time for naysayers to recognize that tax relief for middle-class Minnesotans is paying ...

Questions about VA oversight need answers

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Veterans of military service ought to be asking an old cliche question about Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin: What did he know, and when did he know it? A new inspector general report makes official what many Americans knew, that “failed leadership” at the VA during ...

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MN.IT needs to go To the Editor: I have introduced a bill to restructure Minnesota’s information technology agency — MN.IT — after another disastrous public software system rollout caused countless headaches and lost revenue for thousands of Minnesotans and small businesses. My bill ...

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Should county pay? Martin County is paying out $50,000 in wages each summer to help provide youth with internships at area businesses. Youth gain knowledge and skills while businesses get potential future employees. County leaders can say they are doing something to try to keep young people ...

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Group offers thanks To the Editor: Here we are into the third month of 2018 and Martin County Humane Society has been busy. But first, we need to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported us so graciously in 2017. Your support helped us take care of the 793 animals that entered ...

County program wasn’t raising funds anyway

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Some things sound great on paper. Unfortunately, in practice, they do not work out. Even in cases when they seem entirely just. Such is the case, it seems, with Martin County’s pay-for-stay program that sought to have prisoners help fund their own stays in jail. Why, after all, should ...

Tax cuts boost revenues

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To the Editor: There were more positives than negatives to be found in Minnesota’s recent state budget forecast, which shows a $329 million budget surplus. This is roughly $517 million more than the previous projection — a $188 million deficit — made in November. Democrats desperately ...

To fix system, do not repeat same mistakes

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Some may believe it is unfair to offer certain criticisms of the Minnesota License and Registration System (MNLARS) boondoggle, which Republicans in the Minnesota House are trying to pin on Gov. Mark Dayton. After all, the decision to upgrade MNLARS was made back in 2008, during the Pawlenty ...

In some states, liberals fighting for the wealthy?

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Contrary to what you have heard from the liberal tax-and-spend crowd, federal tax reform championed by President Donald Trump is not a big break for the rich. In fact, while tens of millions of Americans are beginning to see substantial tax cuts in their paychecks, many of the wealthy will pay ...

Passing laws one thing, enforcing them another

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Regardless of how you feel about new restrictions on gun ownership, ask yourself this: Who would be enforcing them? The same FBI that failed to act on warnings Nikolas Cruz was dangerous, allowing him to slaughter 17 people at a high school? The FBI that cleared Dylann Roof to buy the guns he ...

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City exploring options The Fairmont City Council, with lots of public input, this week examined how to improve the snow cleanup process. That process was particularly slow after a recent heavy snowfall, and — frankly — has left much to be desired over the years. One consensus that ...

Time to get serious and protect schools

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Given the most recent school shooting in Florida — and the string of shootings prior — the gun control debate is raging across the United States. We imagine some changes are coming, but nothing that fundamentally alters the right of citizens to own firearms. That’s good. Laws should keep ...