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May 12, 2012
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith , Fairmont Sentinel

Welcome home, troops

Last weekend, troops from the Jackson/Fairmont National Guard Red Bulls brigade came home after serving in a deployment overseas. They were welcomed back with loving arms.

We extend our appreciation to these troops, to others from the Fairmont area, and to all those across the country who have served honorably in two wars and other vital duties over the past decade, as the United States has been engaged in a global war on terrorism.

We are glad there are young men and women from Minnesota who are willing to step forward when their nation calls. It's even nicer to see them come home safe.

Zarling will be missed

Fairmont may not know how lucky it has been to have Jim Zarling as its city administrator for the past decade and a half. We do. We have interacted with all kinds of public officials over the years. Zarling, who is retiring this month, is at the top of the class.

He is incredibly knowledgeable about city business, and incredibly committed to his work. He is open and honest with citizens, colleagues and the media. Zarling exemplifies integrity, and he leads City Hall calmly, as a steady presence.

We thank Mr. Zarling for all he has done for Fairmont. We hope citizens will do the same at an open house in his honor, to be held 3-5 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

Tooting their own horn

Should the city of Truman keep sounding its sirens four times per day, as traditionalists would have it? We tend to agree more with the modernists who wonder why the city has to blow its "whistle" at all.

Truman sirens go off at 7 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. That's a lot of noise.

Truman Public Utilities is taking the pulse of the community through a survey. We hope residents will weigh in. The whistle could be silenced, reduced to fewer soundings per day, or left to operate just as it has been.

In this day and age, we do have to wonder about the purpose of the whistle. Perhaps if someone can adequately explain it, those who scoff at the notion would be satisfied.



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