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Opinion

Don’t count on council coming to its senses

Local Editorials

Laying rotten eggs has become the new norm for the Fairmont City Council. It did so again Monday night when it could not find a way to agree on passing a tax abatement program to spur more multi-family housing in the city. The program would serve as incentive to developers, because ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Let’s turn up the heat To the Editor: Well, they fooled us. The Gang of Three, back in July, felt the heat and publicly promised to back off their vendetta against Fairmont city administrator Mike Humpal. They said they were done sowing division and discord. They told us they were going ...

Majority trio demonstrate new ineptitude: inefficiency

Local Editorials

The least perceptive and most embarrassing majority to ever reign over a modern Fairmont City Council has added a new banner to its hall of infamy. It can now be called the least efficient group of petty tyrants. On Monday night, council members Tom Hawkins, Randy Lubenow and Ruth Cyphers were ...

Trump must keep eye on Turkish overreach

Local Editorials

President Trump’s decision to pull a few dozen U.S. troops out of an area of northern Syria controlled by Kurdish military forces is being criticized widely, by both Republicans and Democrats. It is being portrayed as a betrayal of a staunch ally in the war against Islamic terrorists. It ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

Incredible opportunity The Minnesota Supreme Court visited Fairmont this week as part of its traveling oral arguments program. The court heard an actual case in front of area students at Fairmont High School. What a great opportunity for students and the community to see the court in action ...

Democrats diverting attention from Biden

Local Editorials

If there is a smoking gun in the case of former Vice President Joe Biden’s involvement with Ukraine, it is being held by his son, Hunter. Democrats in Congress and many in the media insist neither Biden did anything wrong in relation to Hunter’s membership on the board of Burisma ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Feehan can connect To the Editor: Curiosity, compassion and connection. These are characteristics we should all be looking for in a congressional representative. Someone who is curious about issues and people’s lives, and is driven to learn more about both. Someone who has compassion for ...

Airline whistleblower should be given asylum

Local Editorials

Not all whistleblowers are involved in the attempt to impeach President Donald Trump. Some are worried about a more critical matter — the safety of airline passengers. Ethiopian Airlines former chief engineer, Yonas Yeshanew, is seeking asylum in the United States after resigning from his ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Less success awaits him To the Editor: Dan Feehan spent the entire 2018 campaign trying to portray himself as one thing here in Minnesota while cozying up to all the uber-liberal donors from outside Minnesota who funded 75% of his campaign, and now he’s already playing the same ...

Brother of victim, judge demonstrate compassion

Local Editorials

What happened in a Dallas courtroom last week ought to be celebrated as an unexpected triumph of compassion — not slammed as an alleged case of misbehavior by a judge. If you have not heard about the trial of ex-Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, you should brush up. And you should look ...

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Letters to the Editor

Support appreciated To the Editor: We want to extend our sincere appreciation to the Fairmont community, parents, staff and students of Fairmont Area Schools for all the support of our homecoming week festivities. We could not have had such an outstanding week were it not for the help and ...

Congress must do more than one thing

Local Editorials

Recall that just a few weeks ago, in the wake of more mass murders, lawmakers vowed to debate steps to reduce the likelihood of such tragedies in the future. New limits on gun ownership, perhaps through “red flag” laws aimed at people deemed to be threats to public safety, were suggested. ...

Drug Enforcement Agency failed country

Local Editorials

“We found that DEA was slow to respond to the significant increase in the use and diversion of opioids since 2000.” Last week, the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Justice released a summary of its look at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s pathetic response to the ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Using wipers? Turn your lights on To the Editor: I am a retired safety director. I notice safety items not only in places of work, but also how in how people get to and from work. One item I worked with was a law most states, including Minnesota and Iowa, have: when windshield wipers ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

Project breaking ground We congratulate the organizers and fundraisers who on Monday will celebrate the groundbreaking at the Adventure Playground at Gomsrud Park in Fairmont. The event is slated for 4:30 p.m. The group behind the all-inclusive play area has worked diligently to raise the ...

Fear, anger, hatred driving our divisions

Local Editorials

We believe that a vast majority of Americans would agree with the assessment that our country is deeply divided politically, to say the least. Hatred and vitriol seem to have become the norm in the national political debate, in common conversations around the country and, of course, expressed ...

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Letters to the Editor

What do experts say? To the Editor: The criticism of my insulin video is an unwarranted attempt to stifle the much needed discussion at the Capitol on insulin pricing and government’s push to nationally socialize medicine. People are dying by rationing their expensive insulin. It is ...

‘Red flag’ laws pose danger to our freedom

Local Editorials

So-called “red flag” laws are being debated both in Congress and state legislatures in attempts to curb mass murders in the United States. Red flag laws would enable law enforcement to take away guns owned by people deemed by the courts to be clear threats to public safety. But the ...

Biden bragged about pressuring Ukraine

Local Editorials

Democrats in the House of Representatives are in a hurry to pursue their impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. Two concerns argue against undue haste. One is ensuring all the facts are available, of course. Surely the American people have seen enough rushes to judgment, often ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

‘A small favor to ask’ To the Editor: In response to the recent Sentinel editorial: “Will foreign leaders want to talk anymore?” To say that the editors are disingenuous is to be kind. Would the writers please share with their readers what the conversation was about? Explain ...