Opinion

Warren’s aim is clear, an apology of no use

Local Editorials

One popular dictionary defines a bigot as “one who regards or treats members of a group with hatred or intolerance.” U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., fits right in. Warren wants badly to be president of the United States. Last weekend, she was in top form during a speech to a ...

‘Space Force’ comes with inherent problems

Local Editorials

President Donald Trump is right that the United States needs an effective reaction to the militarization of outer space. He is wrong that we need to create a whole new bureaucracy to do that, however. Trump has said he wants to create a new branch of the military — a Space Force. That is ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Support Hagedorn To the Editor: Jim Hagedorn is running for First District Congress and his GOP primary opponent has, as a last ditch effort, taken her campaign into the gutter with personal attacks and lies. Unfortunately, I don’t think this sort of behavior is over. Carla Nelson ...

Trump deserves credit for U.S. economic boom

Local Editorials

Liberal critics of President Donald Trump’s multi-faceted economic development strategy continue to insist it is not helping American working men and women. But it is — big time. Labor Department statistics released last week show unemployment is the lowest in nearly half a century, at ...

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Ag trade remains vital To the Editor: We were honored to be a part of the awesome celebration of our agricultural community at the Ground Up on July 25. What a blessing to have so many people doing so much work devoted to supporting each other as neighbors, for our economy and the future of ...

Helping our firefighters

Letters to the Editor

WASHINGTON When firefighters like Jeff Laskowske from Albert Lea arrive at a fire, they are fully aware of the dangers they face from the flames and smoke. But Jeff and millions of other firefighters like him are exposing themselves to another deadly risk each time they show up to work — ...

Manafort should be tried on the facts alone

Local Editorials

Give U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III credit for insisting that Paul Manafort get the fairest trial possible. Manafort, at one time during 2016 a key adviser to Donald Trump in his bid for president, went on trial last week on charges unrelated to that campaign. Manafort is accused of a ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

College may be leaving It is concerning to hear that Presentation College in Fairmont has been having trouble recruiting students. So much trouble that it decided not to have a freshmen class this fall. The college will continue to teach its remaining 47 students, but Presentation’s future ...

Climate change leads to more fires? Nope.

Local Editorials

With destructive, deadly wildfires in California making both headlines and dramatic pictures, expect a new round of claims that climate change is to blame. But if there is a link between global warming and wildfires, it is a negative one. Solid, scientific research indicates the area burned ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Lesser selves emboldened To the Editor: This letter is written in response to the note entitled, “Hate will divide us” that appeared in the “Readers’ Views” section of the Sentinel on July 11. I appreciate the writer’s readiness to engage in debate. His letter focused on the ...

Wetterlings concede release of documents

Local Editorials

The family of Jacob Wetterling recently announced that it will not appeal a court order to release the investigative files on one of the most publicized and horrible crimes in state history. Jacob Wetterling was kidnapped Oct. 22, 1989, near his home in St. Joseph. Not until the summer of ...

Manafort case will not reveal any ‘collusion’

Local Editorials

For more than a year, special counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Since then, as has occurred previously in special counsel probes, Mueller and his staff have branched out. Wrongdoing not connected directly to the election has ...

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Band offers thanks To the Editor: The Fairmont City Band has just finished a successful 2018 season. This would not be possible without the assistance of many groups and individuals. We’d like to thank the city of Fairmont and its parks department for their financial support and help ...

Kavanaugh believes Constitution prevails

Local Editorials

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has made it clear he has mixed feelings about the availability of firearms in America. Gun, gang and drug violence “has plagued all of us,” Kavanaugh wrote in one opinion from his current position as a federal judge in Washington. He added a comment ...

European Union blinks in trade dispute with U.S.

Local Editorials

His critics labeled President Donald Trump a dangerous bull in the economic china shop when he threatened to slap new tariffs on some goods imported from European Union members. They were long overdue in response to unfair trade tactics aimed at the United States by the EU, Trump ...

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Can’t believe this occurred To the Editor: Recently, I stopped in at Upward Bound 5th Street Express just as a police vehicle was leaving. When I found out they were there because somebody had dug up some of our plants and took them, along with the yard art that had been in the back of ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

New meters considered Fairmont Public Utilities Commission has begun considering a major project to replace or upgrade all of its electric and water meters to make them “smart.” These meters would collect data, allow reconnections and disconnections remotely, and could help reduce ...

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Support appreciated To the Editor: Rural Renaissance Project would like to thank everyone who helped make its launch party and open house a great success at Blue Earth’s Giant Days on July 13-14. The two-day event was held in the “Three Sisters” buildings on Main Street, Blue ...

Bus tour offers insight

Letters to the Editor

OWATONNA An event I look forward to each year is Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation’s annual bus tour. SMIF staff, board and colleagues spent the day visiting partners who are making a difference in their community. We use this time to hear from stakeholders and listen to community ...

New Mexican president pledges to do more, better

Local Editorials

Most illegal immigrants come to the United States for economic opportunity. A few make the journey to escape political repression or crime. In many ways, what they do is entirely understandable — though, of course, immigration laws need to be enforced. Making their own homelands more ...