Opinion

Could it finally be over? Fairmont needs it to be

Local Editorials

Fairmont’s local government nightmare may be concluding. That is Mayor Deb Foster’s hope and ours as well. The mayor said this week it is her understanding that a majority of council members are no longer targeting city administrator Mike Humpal for suspension or dismissal. If that is true, ...

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Letters to the Editor

Class of ’57 salutes class of 2019 To the Editor: Fairmont High School graduated 129 hopeful seniors on June 2. They are uncertain now with college or work plans, family decisions and immense global unrest. In 1957, 140 seniors graduated from the new building on Victoria Street. They too ...

Outraged Democrats ignored Obama years

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Arresting, detaining and deporting illegal immigrants is outrageous, many leading Democrats maintain. Some have called for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to be eliminated, in effect opening our borders to all comers. But where was the compassion for illegal immigrants during ...

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Thanks for the support To the Editor: The evangelism committee for Fairmont Evangelical Covenant Church would like to take this opportunity to thank Fareway and an anonymous donor for their generosity in helping us supply a meal to the tenants at Friendship Village on June 29. We served 82 ...

Nation saying goodbye to a unique American

Local Editorials

H. Ross Perot died last week at age 89. A graveside service and memorial service will be held today in Dallas. We join the millions of Americans who wish to pay tribute to Perot, a no-nonsense, self-made man who was worth billions and nearly became president. Perot is best known for his 1992 ...

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Kiwanis thankful To the Editor: Fairmont Uptown Kiwanis Club thanks Hy-Vee for the hot dogs and buns, and Perkins Restaurant & Bakery for the ice for the baseball fundraisers in June and July at the Fairmont Elementary School ball diamonds. A special thanks to the volunteer coaches ...

Vatican’s decision offering reassurance

Local Editorials

Trust that Roman Catholic Church officials will do the right thing about allegations of sexual misconduct by members of the clergy is in question in many countries, not just the United States. What Pope Francis and others in the Catholic hierarchy do about the matter is watched closely ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

Board lowers cost We noticed this week that the Fairmont Area School Board agreed to lower the cost for adults to get into school activities from $7 to $6. This comes on the heels of the district’s decision last year to let anyone age 18 and younger into activities for free. We think ...

States must address issue of gerrymandering

Local Editorials

Since the U.S. Supreme Court recently decided it should not get involved in gerrymandering issues, it is up to the states to settle the question when one political party tries to redraw legislative or congressional boundaries to perpetuate its own advantage. Minnesota is currently the only ...

U.S. could benefit by lending Mexico a hand

Local Editorials

Even before President Donald Trump threatened to use tariffs on Mexican goods imported into the United States, that country’s leaders seemed to be doing more than their predecessors to keep potential illegal immigrants from crossing our southern border. Now the campaign has ...

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Letters to the Editor

Children’s lives are at stake To the Editor: I currently work at Building Blocks Child Care in Fairmont. We walk to many of our activities around town and crossing the road has become a daily safety issue we face. There are distracted drivers everywhere, putting all lives at risk. The ...

Slowing down would create a better result

Local Editorials

The landlord-tenant relationship is not always ideal. To state it simply, the problem involves money, and not just tenants who fail to pay their rent. Some landlords do not do a great job creating and maintaining rental properties. Many tenants do not have the means to afford a better place to ...

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Something sure stinks To the Editor: Something stinks in Fairmont, and it’s not the drinking water any more. Three City Council members appear to be working together to fire the city administrator. After following the fiasco for several months, I have to wonder just what Mike Humpal did ...

Not a laughing matter, but citizens can’t help it

Local Editorials

Fairmont’s citizens finally had enough. They turned out in force for the City Council meeting on Monday and gave the reigning majority what they deserved: a scolding and their laughter. Not that the trio’s actions in recent months are less than serious. It’s just when you listen to them ...

Time has come to make ‘swatting’ a felony offense

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“Swatting” has to be one of the stupidest, most dangerous pranks modern ne’er-do-wells have come up with. It involves calling police and reporting that a dangerous crime is going on at someone’s address, in hopes that police will turn out in full force, SWAT team and all, bust down the ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

Attorney sorely needed The Fairmont City Council on Monday will offer the public the opportunity to weigh in on whether the City Attorney must be present at council meetings. If there was ever a time this group needs an attorney present, it’s now. While the council could remove the ...

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Socialism? Really? To the Editor: Members of the Democrat Party seem to be stampeding to the left, with virtually all of their party hopefuls espousing the supposed virtues of socialism on a daily basis. The numerous Dem hopefuls, most of the party elites and the compliant press are ...

Government benefits competing for workers

Local Editorials

A recently study by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Research Foundation shows that 20% of Buckeye State businesses have had problems with hiring, promoting or increasing wages for workers because they are worried that doing so would mean those folks lose some form of public assistance, according ...

We celebrate our nation for its promise of liberty

Local Editorials

Tomorrow, we Americans celebrate the Declaration of Independence. Our main focus is on what the document meant — creation of a new nation. But that’s not all. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain ...

Surely there is a way to help in Ebola battle

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Ebola sometimes seems like a nightmare that will not go away. It is a truly horrible disease, killing about half of those who contract it. Here in the United States, where the very few people who have contracted Ebola receive the very best of care, the illness can be less serious. But in ...