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November 26, 2011
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith , Fairmont Sentinel

Please fasten seat belts

A recent study shows Martin County has one of the top fatality rates in the state for unbuckled motorists. The study covered the years 2008-2010. There were 13 car crash fatalities during the period, with 9 people killed who were not wearing a seat belt or who were wearing it improperly.

Certainly, any snapshot in time only offers a limited view of the problem. But what anyone can take away from this study is the fact that some of those killed would be alive today if they had buckled up. We encourage every motorist to learn ... and live.

Spending is outrageous

Our congressman, Tim Walz, recently had the opportunity to vote on a balanced budget amendment, requiring the federal government to do what most states must do: Spend only what they collect in revenue.

Walz voted against the amendment, which received 261 votes in Congress, or 23 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass it.

The U.S. government currently borrows 36 cents of every dollar it spends. That is obscene. If our congressman does not agree, we need to elect one who does.

Congrats, Cardinals

The Fairmont High School football team has made its community proud. The young men play in the Class 3A state championship today at noon at the Metrodome. They have been on a thrilling run through the playoffs after concluding another successful season.

We congratulate Coach Mahoney, his staff and the players. We know fans really appreciate the hard work and commitment that has gone into this year's accomplishments.

We wish the team the best of luck today. Regardless of the outcome, your town won't forget what you have done.

At least it saved money

The state government shutdown this past summer created a lot of headaches for a lot of citizens. One good piece of news that came out this week revealed that the shutdown did not cost the state money. In fact, it resulted in a net savings of $5 million.

Still, that's no reason to try it again. We know Republican lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton do not see eye to eye, but they know it too. Brinksmanship occurs when two sides cannot see the inevitable outcome, a shutdown in this case. There was no reason for things to ever go that far. Gov. Dayton eventually blinked, but he should have done so months earlier.



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