Opinion

Graham’s character, life touched the world

Local Editorials

It is not going too far to conclude that the Rev. Billy Graham, who died Wednesday at age 99, was unrivaled in his field during our time. It happened that his chosen life’s work was winning converts to Christianity. It mattered not to Graham, a Southern Baptist, whether people agreed with ...

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County wins $1M grant Martin County sought and has obtained a $1 million state grant that will help fund improvements along County Road 26, from Fairmont to the Faribault County line. Only 9 of 86 county applications received funding from the state, which had $25 million in its Local Road ...

Deputies were called to Cruz’s home 39 times

Local Editorials

We doubt any reasonable person, regardless of beliefs on Americans’ Second Amendment rights, would argue about the significance of a single number involving Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old who massacred 17 people at a Florida high school. The number is 39. It is the number of times Broward ...

Regulation should be based on clear evidence

Local Editorials

When it comes to environmental regulation, should the notion that something “could” cause harm ever be a reasonable standard? Shouldn’t regulators be able to point to actual problems resulting from a perceived contaminant? And given that such oversight can subsequently lead to massive ...

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Letters to the Editor

Celebrating children To the Editor: In early February, 21 students in kindergarten through sixth grade gathered at Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont. Through interactive play, theatre games and a little bit of imagination, these children created their very own version of the ...

Facebook has to get serious about its efforts

Local Editorials

Everyone likes to be seen as doing something about major problems. Never mind whether that “something” actually helps. It seems appearances count more than reality. On Saturday, members of the National Association of Secretaries of State were assured by a Facebook representative that the ...

Session will be busy

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: The 2018 legislative session has begun, and there is much to accomplish over the next 12 weeks. With $650 million in tax relief for hardworking Minnesotans and the largest investment in roads and bridges in a decade without a tax increase, last year’s session was one of the ...

Not the first time FBI has failed to do its job

Local Editorials

Could the mass murder of 17 people, most of them children, at a Florida high school last week have been prevented? We will never know with certainty. What we do know is that someone in the FBI was tipped off months ago that someone named Nikolas Cruz had threatened to “be a professional ...

CREST grateful for support

Letters to the Editor

CREST grateful for support To the Editor: On behalf of the CREST board of directors and staff, we would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church of Fairmont for having a Friday soup lunch benefit for CREST. The funds will enable us to ...

Sadly, schools must spend more on safety

Local Editorials

Remember when public school officials could plan capital improvements campaigns focusing only on new gymnasiums, better science lab equipment, nicer classrooms and the like? Remember when they could spend personnel money on teachers, custodians, bus drivers, etc.? Now, they have to think ...

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Grateful for support To the Editor: I want to take a moment to brag about our community. As the newest member of the Kinship of Martin County team, each day I am learning about a new part of our organization. Yesterday, I learned about the PERKs of being a part of Kinship. Literally. When ...

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Local Editorials

Amazing group, work The Martin County Kids Against Hunger food pack is today at St. John Vianney School in Fairmont. This group has done some amazing work over the years, and that is apparent in the stats: it will surpass 1 million meals packaged and more than $250,000 raised. About 400 ...

Crazy law lets graffiti artists sue landowner

Local Editorials

When is a building to which you hold title not yours to tear down, if you choose? When you allow people to spray-paint graffiti on it. Several years ago, graffiti painters began using a complex of New York City warehouses as their canvas. The owner, Gerald Wolkoff, permitted them to do ...

Crews overwhelmed? Time to develop options

Local Editorials

The city of Fairmont seems to have come up with two responses to concerns about the quality of its snowplowing. Those concerns arose after 16 inches of snow fell on the city Jan 22. It was not until three days later that the streets could have been considered truly “cleaned up.” One of the ...

Common sense fixes help lift U.S. economy

Local Editorials

A lot of the credit for a rejuvenated U.S. economy seems to be going to Congress and President Donald Trump for their efforts to reform the job-killing federal tax code. Indeed, news of the change seems to have been the catalyst for decisions by many companies to build new facilities and pay ...

‘Pretty please?’ isn’t a negotiating strategy

Local Editorials

President Donald Trump, in his State of the Union speech, promised that lowering drug prices would be a top priority for his administration. “Prices will come down substantially,” he said. “Watch.” He didn’t say how he would do that, but last week the White House Council on Economic ...

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Letters to the Editor

Time for care for all To the Editor: Here are three health care-related stories from people who live in Fairmont: Recently one friend’s physician gave him a month’s supply of Invokana (a type of diabetes medication) to try. When he went to get the next month’s prescription, his ...

SpaceX sends rocket to Mars for just $90M

Local Editorials

Inadvertently, former President Barack Obama has provided Americans with a reminder that the “you didn’t do that” private sector often does things much better than big government. Obama presided over severe cutbacks in the nation’s space exploration program. The meltdown was so severe ...

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A reminder of hope To the Editor: Hope is often the first casualty in our crisis-hyped, media-filled world. Every day, news floods us about all the conflicts and divisions erupting. In the face of all these conflicts, we are tempted to give up on hope and retreat to some false place of ...

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Local Editorials

Sales tax on the ballot Blue Earth City Council has decided to let voters decide the fate of a 0.5 percent local option sales tax that would generate $2.5 million over 25 years. Voters will decide whether to boost funding and spending for wastewater infrastructure, streets and recreation. The ...