Opinion

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

What’s the end goal? The 2018 election is over, and Democrats have scored a success by gaining control of the U.S. House. They deserve congratulations, and scrutiny. What, we wonder, do Democrats actually want to do? Not just in the House this year, but in the nation for the next decade ...

Divided government at state, national levels

Local Editorials

The Minnesota Legislature, like the U.S. Congress, is split between Democrats and Republicans. In both, Democrats control the House while Republicans control the Senate. So, in order to get anything done, it will take bipartisanship, intellectual maturity and compromise. Democrats in the ...

Health care resonates because prices baffle

Local Editorials

On Tuesday night, Democrats won back the U.S. House of Representatives. On Wednesday, Speaker-in waiting Nancy Pelosi discussed their victory, noting that her party’s candidates who won in crucial swing districts stayed on message, and that message had primarily to do with health care, not ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Please pray, volunteer, donate To the Editor: Rice is nice, but only if you have some to eat. Unfortunately, not only do millions of people have no rice, they have nothing to eat. Nothing. There are three ways people in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa can help. In about 90 days, the ...

Careless drivers put children in grave danger

Local Editorials

It really is a question about how much children mean to us. Are they precious enough for us to pay just a little bit of attention while we are driving? Not for some people — and that includes a few right here in our area. We doubt there is a school bus driver in our area who has not ...

Today’s the day to get out, exercise your rights

Local Editorials

The right to vote ... the right to select our representatives in government, the right to help set the course for our town, county, state and nation. It is an awesome right, and one that makes this country different from and better than many others around the world. This right gives us a ...

Event offers insights

Letters to the Editor

OWATONNA Autumn is one of my favorite times of year. Not just because of the beautiful colors, but because it means it’s time for our Annual Luncheon. At Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, this luncheon is an opportunity for more than 200 of our partners to come together from ...

Reducing traffic deaths

Letters to the Editor

ST. PAUL Reducing traffic deaths on Minnesota roadways is a daunting task. Issuing more tickets, installing more stoplights and passing more laws may help, but these tactics alone can only go so far. That’s why 15 years ago Minnesota developed a traffic safety program called Toward Zero ...

President Trump can’t just do what he wants

Local Editorials

Republicans used to bash President Barack Obama for his “imperial presidency” — his use of executive orders to do things that the Republican-controlled Congress wouldn’t go along with. What, then, do they have to say about President Donald Trump, who Axios on HBO he could to sign an ...

Sentinel Editorial

Local Editorials

Fairmont Foods growing On March 17, 2015, Downs Food Group of Mankato purchased the Fairmont Foods plant and saved 150 full-time and part-time workers. This has been a perfect fit for Downs Food Group and the Fairmont area. They have continued to grow, adding over 200 workers and expanding ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Public buy-in still costs To the Editor: Yesterday my opponent discussed her desire for affordable health care. What she did not say in the letter, but has previously stated, is that her “affordable” solution is public buy-in for Minnesota Care.  That idea requires at least $17 ...

Immigration must remain a legal process

Local Editorials

Clearly, officials in some Central and South American countries are capitalizing on U.S. domestic policies to handle some of their own problems. The fact they get to embarrass President Donald Trump’s administration seems to be a bonus for some of them. Rampant violence and poor economies ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

No to community center To the Editor: 1. City Councilman Hasek has stated that people are 10 to 1 against the Community Center. A Sentinel poll indicated the people are 2 to 1 against the center. Why do you continue planning for a $24,700,000 Community Center when the majority of the ...

Caravan must be stopped peacefully

Local Editorials

Unless they find motorized transport, the 7,000 Central Americans trudging on foot through Mexico will not arrive at their destination, the U.S. border, for three to six weeks. Good. U.S. officials will need all the time they can get to prepare for the group’s arrival. Use of caravans has ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Lubenow brings change To the Editor: The citizens in Ward 3 deserve a change. Randy Lubenow is running for City Councilman for Ward 3. Randy cares about the City of Fairmont and the citizens in his ward. For 32 years as City Administrator and four years as City Councilman for Ward 3, Jim ...

Ancient evil has reared up again in shooting

Local Editorials

An ancient and evil hatred showed itself once again in Pittsburgh on Saturday, when 11 people were shot to death in the Tree of Life synagogue as they gathered to pray. That hatred led the accused, Robert Gregory Bowers, to charge into the place of worship with an AR-15 rifle and three ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Freedom under fire To the Editor: I know that I’m not the only person in Fairmont who is upset about losing one of our Constitutional freedoms. Our country has survived because our constitution has allowed us so many freedoms. One of the most important is freedom of speech as stated in ...

Help youngsters stay safe this Halloween

Local Editorials

It’s “trick or treat” time throughout the nation, with communities throughout our area setting times and dates this week for costumed children to go door-to-door asking for treats. Excited youngsters running to and fro, often ignoring basic safety rules about crossing streets and ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Matter of Independence To the Editor: The news cycle can be dizzying. In just the past few weeks, we’ve gone from trade wars with China, to the Kavanaugh hearings, to stock market swings, to migrant caravans, to pipe bombs. Not that all those issues aren’t important, but they can ...

Caravan must be halted, but by peaceful means

Local Editorials

Unless they find motorized transport, the 7,000 Central Americans trudging on foot through Mexico will not arrive at their destination, the U.S. border, for three to six weeks. Good. U.S. officials will need all the time they can get to prepare for the small army’s arrival. Use of caravans ...