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Local Editorials

Group great for lakes The Fairmont Lakes Foundation is to be congratulated on the success of its kayak and paddleboard rentals, a project that debuted over the summer. The foundation financed the watercraft and a storage kiosk located at Gomsrud Park. The group partners with Sommer Outdoors ...

Walz proposes more federal involvement?

Local Editorials

The leaders of our local governments have a responsibility to do the very best they can for citizens and taxpayers. So when Congressman Tim Walz sends out his staff to ask how the federal government might be able to help them, our leaders rightly respond with their “wish lists.” Such was ...

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Letters to the Editor

Elect Diane Sanders To the Editor: Martin County citizens have had the privilege of the experience and services provided by County Recorder Diane Sanders for over 23 years, first as chief deputy county recorder, and then as the county recorder upon the retirement of Kay Wrucke. How do I ...

Lawmakers voting on, collecting farm subsidies

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Occasionally, members of Congress become ensnared in technicalities in ethics rules. Some have been criticized officially for potential conflicts of interest involving personal businesses that might be affected by bills upon which the lawmakers vote. What about measures providing billions of ...

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Letters to the Editor

A rewarding career To the Editor: I’m approaching my 35-year anniversary as a caregiver, and I can tell you that I love this career and I’m very happy I found it. This profession is not easy, but it is very rewarding. Here in Martin County, our senior population is growing by leaps ...

Tests results still show public education failings

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Public education is touted as a great equalizer. Which is to say that no matter who you are or where you come from, you can better yourself because you can attend public school and receive an education. With a high school diploma, a person could get a decent job, go on to technical school or ...

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An important office To the Editor: Through all my experiences in family and business life, I have seen that the County Recorder’s Office is an important, though often unnoticed, county office. It requires someone with a deep knowledge and experience in the area, as well as someone of ...

Detroit public schools offer lesson for us all

Local Editorials

Politicians in the big-government crowd would have us believe that spending tons of money on public schools is the way to ensure children get good educations. Really? Ask parents in Detroit about that. At $14,259, Detroit public schools’ per-pupil spending is the eighth-highest of the 100 ...

Fight over documents hides political agenda

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Democrat senators who made a mockery of fairness in disrupting a hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh insist they are being denied information they need to decide whether he is qualified. Not really. Senators have been given many more documents regarding Kavanaugh than were ...

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Local Editorials

Trump declares disaster President Trump this week approved a disaster declaration for 36 counties in Minnesota. These include Martin and Faribault counties in our area. The declaration is related to flooding in late June and early July. Trump’s decision comes after Minnesota officials — ...

Pruitt is gone, but who else is wasting money?

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Government officials often are not the most popular people. Whether because federal agencies do things that can cost people their jobs or due to general dislike based on ideology, some have good reason to worry about their safety. Apparently, former Environmental Protection Agency head Scott ...

Socialist ‘paradises’ are always far from it

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The paradises that promoters of socialism promise often turn out to be bottomless pits of misery. Even questioning the totalitarian regimes can be dangerous. Central and South America are proving to be incubators of repression and economic want because of socialism. In Venezuela, which ...

Productive workers give economy a boost

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We hear a lot about unemployment rates, the gross domestic product, business inventories and a variety of other economic indicators. But among the most interesting are productivity reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In essence, productivity data compares the value of goods and ...

U.S. should sign deals that benefit Americans

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The key question being raised over President Donald Trump’s agreement with Mexican officials on a new trade pact points straight to the reason why so many Americans are unhappy with the current system of regulating trade between our country and others. Trump said last week that Mexican ...

Trump’s pressure on Iran having an impact

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had a rough time last week. Members of his country’s parliament raked him over the coals because he has not done enough to keep the economy from crashing and burning. What a shame. Pardon our sarcasm. But news Iran’s leaders are becoming angry at each ...

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Local Editorials

‘Loop’ disappointing People enjoy the amenities of Cedar Creek Park in Fairmont, and are likely to utilize a 3,200-foot trail extension “loop” that is being added to the park. The City Council approved the $340,000 project this week, with a state grant covering $150,000 of the ...

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Academy growing To the Editor: Genesis Classical Academy in Winnebago will open its doors Sept. 5 for its fourth year of operation. Consistent growth has become a hallmark of this Christian classical academy. With the addition of seventh grade, the Genesis family now includes 74 students ...

Does community center have a broader backing?

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Representatives of Project 1590 approached the Martin County Commission this week to talk about a possible community center in Fairmont. They asked the county to consider a financial contribution, saying they are trying to pin down commitments from public entities before moving on to ...

McCain offers reminder that we’re all Americans

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During 60 years in public service, first in the Navy and more recently as a U.S. senator, John McCain made many sacrifices and did enormous good for us, his fellow Americans. Before passing on to his reward, he rendered one more great service. He reminded us who we are. McCain, who died last ...

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A pledge to support EMT funding To the Editor: As a strong supporter of emergency medical technicians (EMTs), I share concerns raised by folks in our area about the lack of funding for these services in the coming year. I proudly supported legislative efforts last session that would have ...