Opinion

Now governor wants to work with Legislature?

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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?

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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

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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 ...

Legislative leaders must be ready to act

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Two Minnesota legislators accused of sexual harassment and misconduct recently agreed that they will resign. Democratic Sen. Dan Schoen announced his resignation Wednesday, though his attorney raised questions about whether he is guilty as charged of groping a Democratic political ...

Et Cetera …

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School has work to do A police investigation has resulted in charges against four Blue Earth Area students following an alleged assault. The incident — and others — sparked an outcry among the public over how Blue Earth Area is handling bullying. Those voices made themselves heard at a ...

Faulty tax bill analysis adds sunset provisions

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One sometimes wonders if there is a limit to the absurdity of complaints about tax reform proposals. Apparently not. Tax Policy Center analysts recently revealed that “the Senate tax overhaul bill would produce tax increases for half of all taxpayers by 2027.” But wait. Read the next ...

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Donation appreciated To the Editor: On behalf of the Focus on Fairmont Committee, we would like to thank Martin County Area Foundation for its generous donation for the banners and flower baskets that line the streets and brighten our city. These flowers and banners are great reminders ...

Taxpayers deserve to know more details

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When most men are found to have harassed or attacked women, they pay a price. It may be dismissal from a job. It may be a hefty lawsuit judgment or out-of-court settlement. Sometimes, that helps predators escape criminal prosecution. You will not be surprised to learn things are different in ...

Congress needs to get on with reforming taxes

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Money does not grow on trees, even if some politicians want you to believe it does. For that reason, tax reform bills in Congress include some “losers.” For some people to get tax relief, someone else has to pay. But the bottom line on both the reform bill approved last week by the House ...

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Getting closer to goal To the Editor: Project 1590 subcommittee “Kids Just Want to Have Fun” would like to acknowledge and thank Martin County Area Foundation for the recent grant of $3,900. This money will assist in the purchase and installation of an indoor play structure in Five ...

Parents, guardians should note new study

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Suicide rates for teenagers increased substantially from 2010-15, at the same time use of social media by young people shot up. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study hints the two phenomena may be linked. It would be foolish to suggest, based on this one study, that social media ...

Et Cetera …

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An intriguing idea, though We think the Winnebago City Council made the right decision this week by deciding not to implement back-in parking downtown. With back-in parking, drivers would back into angled spaces rather than parallel park. This would create more parking spaces. Council ...

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Contribution appreciated To the Editor: On behalf of the Martin County Historical Society board of directors, I would like to acknowledge and thank Darwin Roberts for his generous financial contribution to our organization. This donation will serve to help the Historical Society continue ...

Court gives governor extraordinary powers

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Court gives governor extraordinary powers The Minnesota Supreme Court on Thursday backed Gov. Mark Dayton’s veto of the Legislature’s operating budget, ending a half-year political dispute. The court said the other two branches of government will have to resolve this issue on their ...

Historical Society offers thanks

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Historical Society offers thanks To the Editor: On behalf of the Martin County Historical Society board of directors, I would like to acknowledge and thank Martin County Youth Foundation for its grant in the amount of $600 to our organization. This grant will enable us to continue to fund ...

President is correct to put his nation first

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We Americans often seem less suspicious of foreign competitors, both economically and militarily, than of each other. Just contrast the rhetoric often heard in U.S. political campaigns with that usually employed in reference to leaders in other countries. But recently in Vietnam, President ...

Senate can do better in its tax reform efforts

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If a bipartisan assessment of the U.S. Senate’s tax reform bill is accurate, lawmakers need to go back to the drawing board. A measure being billed as tax relief should not force millions of Americans to pay more. Analysts for Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation have concluded the ...

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Heritage Acres grateful To the Editor: The membership of Heritage Acres would like to thank Darwin Roberts for his generous financial gift. The funds will be used to further the educational integrity of the displays being donated. This will involve cataloging each item with the donor’s ...

Constitutional convention is definition of democracy

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When the United States was founded, there was a constitutional convention held that drafted our nation’s founding document. It is essentially the political rules by which we all live, in conjunction with the constitutional amendments that have been added since. The Supreme Court is the final ...

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Fire department offers thanks To the Editor: The city of Trimont’s Fire Department expresses sincere gratitude to the Martin County Area Foundation for its recent monetary gift of $4,000 to purchase deck guns for the grass rig. The deck guns are instrumental in fighting grass fires in our ...