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Powell reminds nation that its debt is looming

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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, unlike his predecessors, believes that the language he uses to talk about economic matters should be fairly straightforward so that citizens can understand him. He decries what he describes as “irritating” insider language. Good for him. We like his ...

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Kinship offers thanks To the Editor: The holidays are a crazy time. Nearly everyone is planning events, gatherings and fantastic meals, and thoughtfully planning gifts for family, friends and others. Even with all of that going on, it was clear that the inhabitants of Martin County were not ...

Administration opts to get it right in Syria

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President Donald Trump’s sudden announcement in December that ISIS was defeated and he was bringing U.S. troops in Syria home left his military advisers suffering from whiplash. They felt that ISIS was beaten down but not yet eliminated, and could stage a comeback with a too-hasty ...

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Committed to security To the Editor: I remain committed to securing America’s borders by dramatically reducing illegal entries, implementing a merit-based immigration system and restoring the rule of law. During Tuesday night’s address to the nation, President Trump outlined the ...

Public input, plan essential to disaster aid

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The Fairmont area is well aware of what it means to have damaging storms sweep through. Heavy rains early last summer caused all sorts of problems — just ask the city of Blue Earth and area farmers. And then Fairmont, Granada and Ceylon were punished by strong winds or tornadoes in September. ...

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Republican priorities outlined To the Editor: I marked the beginning of the 2019 legislative session Tuesday by announcing key early session priorities. The Legislature’s first five bills will focus on issues that affect hardworking Minnesota families: child care affordability and ...

Walz, lawmakers get ready for session

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Minnesota’s new governor, Tim Walz, was sworn in on Monday. We wish the governor and all of the state’s lawmakers the best of luck as they get ready to embark on the 2019 legislative session. We hope they can find some harmony even though Minnesota once again has divided government, with ...

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Grateful for the chance to serve To the Editor: My fellow Minnesotans: Thank you. I am deeply grateful for the chance to serve as our great state’s governor for the past eight years. In 2010, I promised “A Better Minnesota.” Working together, we have kept that pledge. Gov. ...

Some public servants deserve great credit

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Government at all levels can be frustrating, even infuriating. But there is an enormous, important difference between the politicians and bureaucrats who too often are the face of government and the hundreds of thousands of good, dedicated public servants who also are on local, state and ...

Et Cetera …

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Make good wishes A recent poll indicated that 7 in 10 Americans favor one day using gene-editing technology to prevent incurable diseases that a child would otherwise inherit. But the poll also shows that people are wary, concerned about the promise of the medical miracle being used ...

Would Democrats put any limits on access?

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The Democratic leadership in Congress says the wall that President Trump wants is bad. So, what’s good? Trump’s request for $5 billion for wall funding on the Southern border is a drop in the bucket in terms of the $4 trillion federal budget. Democrats nevertheless believe denying Trump ...

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Stewards of our money To the Editor: This might be a good time to thank state Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Vernon Center, along with state Rep. Bob Gunther, R-Fairmont; state Rep. Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake; state Rep. Joe Schomacker, R-Luverne; and every other Republican who spent $498 million ...

Congress should take look at who’s needed

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One of the big risks facing furloughed and laid-off “non-essential” government employees is the idea that people may soon realize just how non-essential they are. The longer the government shutdown over the Border Wall lasts, the more people may realize that we really don’t need this ...

Ideas enacted will tell us what works, doesn’t

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It is a new year, so perhaps it is time for Americans to consider a new approach to their deep political divisions. Rather than being at each other’s throats, perhaps people could take a step back, take a deep breath and consider a longer-term view, adding a deep dose of respect for others in ...

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Massive waste of time To the Editor: It should be clearly evident to everyone that special counsel Robert Mueller and his merry band of Trump-haters are now dragging their “investigation” out simply to enrich themselves. After nearly two years of nothing burger, they have no evidence ...

Sad to see declining interest in Scout groups

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This has been a year of change nationwide at both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Both organizations are struggling financially. Efforts to attract new scouts have pitted the two against each other, as the Boy Scouts now are accepting female members. Interest in scouting has declined ...

Et Cetera …

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An incredible journey There was a time in American culture when explorers and scientists were looked upon with awe and wonder for their amazing feats and discoveries. Today, while people are mass consumers of technology, it seems they are less inclined to note the achievement. A little ...

Democrats won’t deal, so what’s that tell us?

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We think it is astonishing that the federal government has shut down over what essentially amounts to $4.4 billion. That is the difference between what Senate Democrats are willing to spend on border security and what President Trump wants ($5.7 billion) for a border wall with Mexico. What is ...

Looking back on 2018

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OWATONNA Now that we are past the busy holiday season, I am reflecting on what a wonderful year 2018 was for southern Minnesota. It was a year that renewed my optimism for the future of our unique part of the state. I was once again humbled by the generous people of our 20-county region who ...

‘Post 1905’ offers look at fire department work

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There are groups, organizations and professions in our society that are having difficulty attracting members or employees. We have seen the decline in entities such as area veterans organizations in recent years. Some do not even have their own buildings anymore. Some civic groups, which work ...