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Can county get tax hike down to single digits?

August 22, 2014 Martin County commissioners this week moved in the right direction on the county budget, trimming the proposed increase in the county property tax from 16 percent to 14 percent. more »»

Much going on here; can festival succeed?

August 21, 2014 Fairmont is struggling to maintain its summer festival, Interlaken Heritage Days. more »»

Travelers: Might want to carry a pocket atlas

August 20, 2014 As Washington, D.C., resident Justin Gray was trying to board an airliner in Orlando, Fla., earlier this summer, a Transportation Safety Administration agent asked him for some identification. more »»

Other nations can use nation’s debt against us

August 19, 2014 Another reminder of the seriousness of the national debt came earlier this summer, when foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury securities topped $6 trillion for the first time in history. more »»

U.S. should not send more advisers to Iraq

August 18, 2014 To Americans of a certain age, the news out of Washington may sound disturbingly similar to reports from more than a half-century ago. more »»

Et Cetera ...

August 16, 2014 Martin Co. more »»

Council needs some direction to proceed

August 15, 2014 Fairmont City Council this week heard an alarming report about safety issues at the city’s soccer complex on South Prairie Avenu. more »»

U.S. needs to play its proper role in Iraq fight

August 14, 2014 Islamic State terrorists poised to conquer Iraq will suffer from U.S. airstrikes — but that will not be enough to defeat them. Only attacks on the ground can do that. more »»

Lawmakers have power to rewrite nation's laws

August 13, 2014 White House aides say President Barack Obama may use an executive order to crack down on what he has called “corporate deserters.” Incredibly, three members of Congress requested the action. more »»

Woman sneaks aboard plane; where was TSA?

August 12, 2014 Perhaps it is time federal airport security screeners are told to do more “profiling” of a sort. A week ago, a San Francisco woman managed to sneak aboard an airliner in San Jose, Calif. more »»

Justice Department fails American people

August 11, 2014 Internal Revenue Service officials finally are being called to account in court. more »»

Et Cetera ...

August 9, 2014 This shouldn’t happen Those of us who work in the newspaper business attend or hear about a lot of local government meetings. more »»

Start whittling it down, consider using savings

August 8, 2014 Martin County is considering a whopping, eye-popping 16 percent increase in its property tax levy for 2015. How that hike would shake out for each individual property owner isn’t clear. more »»

County should do what it can to re-sell parcels

August 7, 2014 Faribault County commissioners want to speed up the process by which tax-forfeited properties are re-sold, so that these parcels again generate tax revenue for local governments and so that new... more »»

Obama needs to get Ukraine plan in place

August 6, 2014 Given President Barack Obama’s record, it is unlikely he has a contingency plan in place to deal with a potential disaster involving Ukraine — success by that nation in battling Russian-backed... more »»

Nation should remain on guard against Ebola

August 5, 2014 Nearly 20 years ago, author Richard Preston’s nonfiction book, “The Hot Zone,” told a horror story as disturbing as any make-believe tal. more »»

What people still need is access to cheap power

August 4, 2014 At one time — during the 1920s and 1930s, when progressives pushed hard for rural electrification — American liberals understood the importance of reasonably priced power to quality of life. No mor. more »»

Et Cetera ...

August 2, 2014 Welcome to welcomers We extend a warm welcome to “Fairmont Area Newcomers and Neighbors,” which held its first event this week at Gomsrud Park. There was a pretty good turnou. more »»

Ultra-partisanship will hurt nation’s seniors

August 1, 2014 Many members of the House of Representatives want to forestall implementation of a proposal that would increase costs for the Medicare program, while forcing many older Americans to leave their own... more »»

Earnings don’t ‘belong’ to the state in any case

July 31, 2014 The state auditor in Iowa, Mary Mosiman, has a job to do, namely to offer an honest assessment of whether lawmakers are being financially responsibl. more »»

 
 
 

 

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