Opinion

‘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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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

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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 ...

Decision clearly lacks broader understanding

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People are rightly concerned about racism. It is an irrational response to an insignificant factor of human existence, namely physical differences that have nothing to do with things that actually matter. Such as one’s intellectual capacity, moral character, work ethic or ability to be a ...

City needs to move forward on freedom

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The Internet, smart phones and their accompanying apps have opened up a world of opportunity for human beings. The technology provides boundless information, amazing efficiency and incredible cost savings. It’s a boon for everyday life, as well as for consumers and businesses alike. Of ...

How many warrants sought with false info?

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When both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives reauthorized the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act last month, many lawmakers had their reservations. Perhaps members of both houses should demand a “redo.” A short memorandum released by the House Intelligence Committee has ...

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CREST offers thanks To the Editor: On behalf of the CREST board of directors and staff, we would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to everyone who participated in the 2017 CREST Annual Appeal, as well as to those who gave generously throughout the year. We were able ...

Infrastructure plans will require oversight

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In terms of Americans’ everyday lives, the most important thing President Donald Trump said during his State of the Union speech was to call on Congress to approve a campaign to restore and improve the nation’s infrastructure. Many people drive potholed roads and cross rusty bridges every ...

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Clarifying the record To the Editor: My name is Ron Fagen and I’m president of Big Blue Wind Farm, LLC. I am writing on behalf of Big Blue Wind Farm in response to the “Wind Farm Faces Possible Violations” article that was published Jan. 26 in the Sentinel. Mr. Dan Moore, a Blue ...

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Local Editorials

An astonishing gift We congratulate the five Fairmont groups that recently received $1 million checks each from the estate of Marlin Milbrandt. What an incredible gift to Fairmont. The groups are the Opera House, Martin County Historical Society, Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center ...

Registration system has become money pit

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Albert Einstein famously defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” Minnesota lawmakers should keep this in mind as they ponder the idea of giving another $43 million to the people who have already spent nearly $96 million on the ...

To help less fortunate, back creation of wealth

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The Super Bowl is being held in Minneapolis on Sunday, which has created a platform for “social activists” to rally against “economic injustice.” One concern is the “displacement” of homeless people who had found shelter inside what is now a secure area around U.S. Bank stadium. ...

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Grateful for generous gift To the Editor: It is an honor and a privilege to accept on behalf of Fairmont Community Hospital Foundation the gift of $1 million from the estate of Marlin Milbrandt. Through his gift to the Foundation, as well as to four other nonprofit organizations in ...

Politicized FBI should be cleaned up … soon

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It should have come as no surprise that some in the FBI have seen their power as something to be protected and perpetuated through political dirty tricks. This is the agency that was ruled over for decades by the late J. Edgar Hoover, after all. The agency’s headquarters, incidentally, is ...

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Come to Republican caucus To the Editor: Feb. 6 is caucus night for Republicans in Minnesota and Martin County. It will be held at the Holiday Inn. It will be the first opportunity many of us have to formally voice our opinions on issues such as lower taxes, better schools, Second ...

Government needs to butt out of healthcare

Local Editorials

Liberals often claim that because government is too stingy with entitlement programs, some people have to choose between seeing a doctor or putting food on the table. Well, what if people could afford both if government would just butt out of their lives? The Affordable Care Act — ...

Trump is absolutely right to put U.S. first

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After belittling President Donald Trump’s “America first” economic policies as hopelessly out of step with globalism, some foreign leaders have seen the light. Now they admit they understand Trump’s reasoning. One wonders how much public opinion in their own countries had to do with ...

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Police deserve support Police officers are called upon to deal with situations most of us would rather avoid. In the worst of these incidents, police literally put their lives on the line. There really are not words to thank them enough. In Fairmont recently, a police officer shot and ...