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Given laws, there has to be an energy source

Local Editorials

A portion of Faribault County is involved in debate over a proposed wind farm in Barber Township, located several miles northeast of Blue Earth. EDF Renewable Energy plans to build 80 to 100 wind turbines by working with participating landowners. It has run into some public opposition from ...

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Letters to the Editor

IHD appreciates grant To the Editor: On behalf of the Interlaken Heritage Days committee, I would like to thank the Martin County Area Foundation for awarding us a grant in the amount of $10,000 in support of our 30th anniversary event in 2018. The foundation’s contributions to the area ...

Down road, Congress should kill off mandate

Local Editorials

Republican leaders in Congress were not happy with one tax reform proposal from President Donald Trump. It was that the comprehensive tax bill on which they are working include a provision rescinding the Affordable Care Act’s so-called “individual mandate.” Tax reformers knew that ...

Aid to Puerto Rico must prompt reforms there

Local Editorials

President Donald Trump has been accused of discriminating against Puerto Rico in terms of U.S. aid to help the island recover from devastating hurricanes. Far from it. Trump appears to be discriminating against U.S. states with big disaster recovery bills. Trump previously had told the ...

U.S. Park Service forgot about murder of its own?

Local Editorials

In September, the National Park Service announced it would provide $98,000 for a project to honor the legacy of the Black Panther Party. The money was to go to the University of California at Berkeley. One wonders whether the park service would have paid that much to honor the legacy of one ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

Making Halloween fun We extend kudos to Fairmont, and especially the residents along Woodland Avenue, for making Halloween a special evening for youngsters and adults alike. The city took action this year to close Woodland Avenue to vehicle traffic so the popular trick-or-treating street ...

Don’t let compromise gut real tax law changes

Local Editorials

Republicans writing a comprehensive tax reform bill already have made compromises. One occurred this week, when they bowed to the “tax-the-rich” crowd by agreeing to leave rates at current levels for top earners. Those are the very people most likely to have taken any tax savings and ...

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Letters to the Editor

Grateful for donation To the Editor: On behalf of the Martin County Historical Society board of directors, I would like to express our appreciation to the Martin County Area Foundation for its support in providing us with a grant in the amount of $4,125 to replace a failed air-conditioning ...

Iranian announcement provides little assurance

Local Editorials

Iranian Revolutionary Guard officials announced Tuesday that the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameini, has restricted the range of missiles manufactured in Iran to 1,240 miles. Oh. Everything’s all right, then. All that worry over Iran’s missile and nuclear weapons programs ...

Left scrambles to undermine tax cuts

Local Editorials

As conservatives in Congress and President Donald Trump move closer to enacting a major tax relief bill, liberal opponents are scrambling to find arguments against it. Their quest has taken them even to the point of disavowing — for now — one of the key tenets of liberal philosophy. Now, ...

U.S. intelligence needs to get it right on N. Korea

Local Editorials

Knowing what North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is thinking is virtually impossible, because of his brutal, often erratic personality. One question is whether he understands he has an ace in the hole and is using it. If so, Kim may well bring on a nuclear war. During the weekend, U.S. ...

Congress must probe uranium sale, Clintons

Local Editorials

A “new” scandal is being looked into by some members of Congress. It involves sale of about 20 percent of the nation’s uranium assets to a Russian company in 2010. If you have been paying attention, however, you already know about it. We have urged for some time that circumstances ...

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Letters to the Editor

Hot Meals needs your help To the Editor: Fairmont Hot Meals on Wheels needs three people to join the board of directors: one person to be volunteer chair, one person to be route chair and one person to be contact chair. Most everything can be done on the computer. The service groups and ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

Blue Earth wins spot We congratulate Blue Earth for being among five communities in southern Minnesota selected to take part in the Rural Entrepreneurial Venture program, which seeks to boost diverse economic growth. The program is offered through Southern Minnesota Initiative ...

Others would notice if the city simply paid out

Local Editorials

Fairmont’s City Council and city staff are to be commended this week for protecting the interests of local taxpayers. Discussion of an insurance claim against the city came up at a council meeting this week, and at least one council member suggested the city provide the difference between ...

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Enjoying the feeling To the Editor: Feel the breeze on your skin, as you’re walking, smells of fall in the air. Fall flowers show off their beauty, bees and butterflies getting their last taste of nectar before moving on. Touching of the sparkling rock down Fairmont’s beauty of all the ...

Suddenly, liberals care about the national debt?

Local Editorials

Liberals in Congress are up in arms about a plan to grant some tax relief to Americans. The idea, by conservative lawmakers and President Donald Trump, is irresponsible, they huff. It could add as much as $1.5 trillion to the national debt within the next decade, opponents of the plan ...

E-sports? How about getting some exercise?

Local Editorials

It was inevitable, we suppose, that the ever-widening world of digital technology and personal electronic devices would take the physical activity out of sports and put them on a screen. This has begun in Minnesota, where competitive video gaming has taken a foothold. “E-sports” is ...

Terrorist wannabe was easily manipulated

Local Editorials

David Wright is a troubled young man, perhaps in part because of a lack of intellectual energy. He is an American citizen, a resident of Everett, Mass. He also is a terrorist. Wright has been convicted of involvement in a terrorist scheme to behead a conservative blogger, Pamela Geller. Via ...

Once government gives, it’s hard to take it away

Local Editorials

As we pointed out years ago, billions of dollars in taxpayer subisides funneled to insurance companies by former President Barack Obama were a coverup. They were not authorized by Congress, as the Constitution requires. For that reason, President Donald Trump was absolutely correct in saying ...