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Kinship grateful for funds To the Editor: On March 24, the gym at the St. John Vianney School was buzzing with activity despite the less-than-ideal weather outside. Dozens of people gathered for the Knights of Columbus silent and live auction to peruse the myriad items available. More than ...

VA stubborness must be met with solutions

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Opponents of a measure to make it easier for military veterans to see private-sector health care providers instead of relying on the Department of Veterans Affairs have one big complaint: Doing that could lead to privatizing the VA, they complain. Horrors! Take control of veterans’ health ...

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Studying a big industry The numbers are pretty incredible when you hear them: 80,000 people stay in Fairmont’s hotels each year. This likely means they not only pay for their stay here, but also buy meals, buy gas and maybe even shop a little. In other words, Fairmont’s hospitality ...

Confusion, cost coming in wake of Dayton veto

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We know Gov. Mark Dayton does not like the Republican tax bill that passed the Minnesota House and Senate. It does not look like his. The Republican plan lowers the tax rates for businesses and individuals. It would use the gains from conforming to the new federal tax rules to do this. The ...

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Pursuit of happiness To the Editor: Springtime brings graduations, and graduations are often about accomplishments. But in all the talk and celebrations about accomplishments, something more important can get lost. What can get lost is just the simple and yet never-ending quest for a happy ...

EU was an example: US can’t rely on others

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As former President Barack Obama reduced emphasis on space exploration during his administration, we were among those warning of the danger of doing away with a self-contained program. Too much reliance on Russia and other nations to handle space-related tasks could be dangerous, we ...

There can be no trust for North Korea

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For once, Hillary Clinton is right on target. Her warning about negotiations over North Korea’s weapons buildup is absolutely correct. Clinton, during a visit to Australia last week, said U.S. officials should make no concessions to the North Korean regime without seeing concrete action ...

Covering up history may lead to repetition

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Terming a statue on the waterfront in Jersey City, N.J., “gruesome,” the leader of a group planning to renovate a plaza there, facing the New York City skyline, wants it removed. City officials have agreed. It is gruesome. And in some ways it may not be politically correct. But it needs ...

First Lady presents an important message

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First lady Melania Trump has an excellent idea with her “Be Best” campaign to help children. Too bad so many in the media, after listening to her unveil it recently, focused most of their reporting on her relationship with her husband. Approximately half of one major news organization’s ...

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Costs play a huge role Blue Earth residents are showing some interest and excitement in a possible redevelopment project downtown. It involves the “Three Sisters” buildings owned by the city. Blue Earth native Janie Hanson would like to turn the buildings into a series of businesses, ...

Terrorist regime in Iran must be held to account

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Former President Barack Obama and his aides were very good at one thing — painting the nation into corners. They did it with health care, their campaign against coal and affordable electricity, and their deal with Iran. Irreparable damage was done in every case. It remains for President ...

U.S. must remain wary of Kim’s maneuvering

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North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un may be telegraphing his punch. If so, it would answer the question of what his charm offensive is designed to accomplish. President Donald Trump and Kim plan to meet in person to discuss a way to alleviate tension over Pyongyang’s weapons buildup. High ...

We cannot agree with Dayton’s bailout plan

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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is pushing for one-time extra funding for 59 school districts in Minnesota. (See the governor’s letter to the editor below.) He believes he has an excellent case to make, but we do not see even the beginnings of one. Dayton says the 59 districts are facing serious ...

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Red Rock grateful To the Editor: On behalf of Red Rock Center for the Arts, I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who supported us during our annual fundraising event. The generosity of our sponsors and silent auction donors reached far beyond the Fairmont area. Many thanks to ...

‘Useful idiots’ still lend support to communism

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had a valid point in a speech delivered in Berlin last week, on the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth. Marx, Juncker said, “isn’t responsible for all the atrocity his alleged heirs have to answer for.” Perhaps not. Marx, an icon ...

House OKs tax reforms

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To the Editor: The Minnesota House of Representatives recently approved legislation that would cut taxes for the first time in two decades while making Minnesota’s tax code simpler to navigate. I voted yes on the plan. We’re looking at a bill that is fair for everybody, give a maximum ...

Amazon does not exist to fund Seattle’s schemes

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Events in Seattle are re-emphasizing a point about economic development that too many government officials seem to have forgotten: Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. Officials in that West Coast city have said they plan to establish a new “head tax” on businesses that gross more than ...

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Rethinking tax policy The Minnesota House and Senate have approved state tax reform bills prompted by the overhaul of the federal tax code. Gov. Mark Dayton has his own ideas on the subject, and the three entities will have to hash out their differences. All propose changes to benefit ...

Comey, others create doubts about FBI ethics

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Disgraced, fired FBI Director James Comey is saying that attacks on the agency are dangerous because they undermine public confidence in the nation’s top law enforcement institution. Nonsense. Comey is wrong, and we suspect he knows it. In a telephone interview with The Associated Press, ...

MnDOT stiffs outstate Minnesota with decision

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It is obvious to us that the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s decision on which projects will get Corridors of Commerce money this year is not friendly to outstate Minnesota. The state has $400 million available for Corridors of Commerce this year. Corridors is a program designed to ...