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Time has come to get rid of ‘alternative’ tax

Local Editorials

Among flaws in the U.S. Senate’s tax reform bill that should be corrected before a tax package becomes law is the alternative minimum tax. It is among the most unpopular provisions of tax law. In effect, the AMT was designed to take a second look at people who complete their tax returns, do ...

Next bomber probably will be more competent

Local Editorials

Thankfully, the would-be suicide bomber who detonated an explosive device in a corridor in the New York subway system was so incompetent he couldn’t kill himself, much less anyone else. His bomb, which may have gone off prematurely, wounded him and slightly injured three other people ...

Is levy hike a one-time thing, or the new norm?

Local Editorials

The Fairmont City Council on Monday approved a 2018 budget and property tax levy, with the levy rising a whopping 12 percent. On the face of it, such an increase is troubling. Beneath the surface, things might be seen in a different light. There are some big capital improvement projects in ...

Surplus more likely than deficit

Letters to the Editor

Surplus more likely than deficit To the Editor: Minnesota Management and Budget officials recently released the November state budget forecast, showing a projected $188 million deficit due to lower-than-expected revenues based on assumptions about federal legislation and U.S. GDP and wage ...

There must be better candidates out there

Local Editorials

Learning that several members of Congress have been guilty of outrageous conduct involving women is bad enough because of the harm they did and the crimes some committed. Finding out some used taxpayers’ money in attempts to cover up their misdeeds is worse. But compounding the concern felt ...

Lawmakers need to focus on their duties

Local Editorials

What do immigration law and disagreements over health care policy have to do with ensuring federal agencies have enough money to keep their doors open? Virtually nothing. That did not deter a few Democrats who, for a time, threatened to hold up congressional approval of a major spending bill ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

Will new system work? Fairmont Area Schools has implemented standards-based grading in its seventh- and eighth-grade classrooms. The idea is to put a focus on student mastery of skills. Part of the plan is to get students more involved and accountable for their learning. Standards-based ...

Minnesota’s projected ‘deficit’ could change

Local Editorials

Minnesota’s state economic forecast, released Tuesday, says the state could face a $188 million deficit in its budget next year. That’s not happy news, but the forecast is based on so many suppositions and uncertainties that it is hardly worth getting worked up about. A lot of factors the ...

Parents want district to be fair, offer justice

Local Editorials

Average citizens can feel powerless when they go up against “the system.” What they need are some essential elements to make their voices heard. These are: fortitude, allies, organization, a valid argument and a willingness to step into the public spotlight. We believe a group of parents at ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Junking up the land To the Editor: A short introduction of the author — my Martin County roots go very deep. My grandfather, Herman Rosenberg, came to this county in the early 1880s at 4 years old with his family. My farm is within a mile of the first Martin County homestead site. I am ...

Tax relief should come as soon as possible

Local Editorials

Wait ’til next year is a common refrain among sports fans whose teams are not doing well. It should not be something you hear from Congress. Both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have approved tax relief bills. All that remains is for the two chambers to reconcile their versions ...

Tax relief isn’t issue; spending out of control

Local Editorials

Many members of Congress who have opposed tax relief as approved by both houses of Congress insist their concern is increasing the national debt. How reassuring that lawmakers are worried about that — finally. It is estimated that during the next decade, the tax cuts will increase the ...

Action, investigation of EPA officials needed

Local Editorials

Most of the time, politicians tend to let bygones be bygones in the wake of elections. No matter how many of the rules an opponent may have broken, it is viewed as good form for the winner to forget about them. That should not be the case now, as more and more evidence of wrongdoing by former ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Not our responsibility To the Editor: With the snow season fast approaching, I write this letter to the editor because I am not satisfied with the response I received from Fairmont city administrator Mike Humpal when I questioned him about the snow plowing the city does in the winter. I ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

Airport needs hangar Fairmont’s airport has become an important part of the city’s economic development apparatus, and is well-used by pilots in general. The airport has a modern terminal and has made investments in runways, taxiways and lighting. It is a fine facility. One shortcoming ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Funding appreciated To the Editor: On behalf of the Fairmont Community Education and Recreation adult and youth basketball program, I would like to express my thanks to Martin County Area Foundation for its donation of grant funds to purchase a portable scoreboard for CER basketball ...

Accountability check needed at B.E. Area

Local Editorials

The rumors and questions have swirled around the case of four Blue Earth Area football players who allegedly held down and beat a teammate at an end-of-the-regular season party in Winnebago on Oct. 19. The shocking nature of events — and the school’s response — have sparked outrage among ...

Now governor wants to work with Legislature?

Local Editorials

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, in an interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune published Sunday, said he is ready to restore funding to the Legislature and work with lawmakers to get some important things done in the final year of his term. It may be a little late for that. Dayton slashed the ...

Automatic tax hikes? What about spending?

Local Editorials

Is it possible to have a tax cut worse than no tax cut? It may be. Leave it to Congress to find a way to make Americans look a gift horse in the mouth. Republican leaders in the Senate are scrambling to ensure they can muster a majority when their chamber votes on a tax reform bill, sometime ...

Moderate Muslims can do more to help

Local Editorials

In the bloodiest attack ever by Islamic terrorists in Egypt, they massacred at least 235 fellow Muslims in an attack on a mosque Friday. Bombs were set off, and those who escaped them were mowed down by gunmen. The mosque, in Egypt’s Sinai region, was packed with members of the Sufi branch ...