Opinion

U.S. should take care to avoid war with Iran

Local Editorials

Any number of individuals, organizations and even nations in the Middle East would not be displeased in the slightest at a military conflict between the United States and Iran. Islamic terrorist groups, for one, understand that would divert U.S. assets from targeting them, to at least some ...

Hy-Vee steps up to help

Letters to the Editor

Hy-Vee steps up to help To the Editor: Cardinal Power Fastpitch, the summer girls softball association in Fairmont, recently sold discount punch cards for Papa Murphy’s as a fundraiser. Less than two weeks after we closed our sale, the local Papa Murphy’s closed its doors. This left us ...

Low birth rates have numerous implications

Local Editorials

Whether to have children is an intensely personal decision for women and couples. But it is becoming a social, economic and political issue too. Birth rates in the United States have dipped to historic lows. And analysts point out that the 3.788 million births last year marked the fourth ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

Keep proceeds local Civil asset forfeiture can be a controversial topic because it involves the government taking cash and property (like vehicles) from those who commit crimes. This largely relates to drug trafficking offenses, but also may involve other crimes, like DWIs. We do not ...

Women veterans take on failures of system

Local Editorials

After generations of foolish failure to understand the contributions women can make to national defense, the U.S. armed forces finally seem to have awakened to the previously untapped potential. Important issues regarding how females can serve the nation best in uniform may remain to be worked ...

A great question: Why did investigation begin?

Local Editorials

We suspect that the handful of inquiries into why there was ever a “collusion” investigation into the Trump presidential campaign are going to reveal, or reveal again, some pretty terrible things. Because they will show that members of the U.S. intelligence community and federal law ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Grateful for support To the Editor: It happened. The Knights of Columbus silent & live auction was the most successful ever and more than $10,500 was awarded to The Arc Southwest and Martin County Kinship. Thanks to everyone who donated items, attended the event, and contributed time ...

How does attacking City Hall attract businesses?

Local Editorials

Fairmont City Councilman Randy Lubenow is really starting to open up. In public. At a City Council meeting. Amazing. No more secrets, maybe. On Monday, Lubenow spoke about what he says is really going on with all the hubbub involving the decision of three council members (Lubenow, Tom Hawkins ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Who are the victims? To the Editor: Fairmont City Councilman Tom Hawkins is a victim? And now Councilman Randy Lubenow claims the same? They say their names have been dragged through the mud and they are being treated unfairly. If there was one conclusion I gleaned from the Monday, May 13, ...

U.S. must be patient with Iran, up to a point

Local Editorials

Some wars are ignited not because they were planned, but because what could have been contained confrontations blew up in everyone’s faces. That should not — cannot — be permitted to happen between the United States and Iran. Since President Donald Trump pulled this country out of the ...

Readers’ Views

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TDS is in full bloom To the Editor: Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) has often been described as a serious mental condition brought on by hatred of President Donald Trump. TDS causes afflicted persons to act or speak in a totally irrational manner. Democrats, a group of people ...

While evil exists, good people can shut it down

Local Editorials

Once again we have been reminded of the commonplace heroism that so many people hold quietly at the ready out of their compassion for others. Two armed teenagers bent on carrying out a massacre recently invaded STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado. Life-saving courage enough was shown ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Change not always bad To the Editor: What is happening in this community (Fairmont) is utterly ridiculous and could have far-reaching ramifications for our future. Tom Hawkins clearly obtained a majority of votes to be elected councilman at-large for the city. However, the recall ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

The problem in Ward 3 The city of Fairmont’s department heads recently unanimously told the City Council that they appreciate having in-house legal counsel, specifically Libby Bloomquist. The council does not have to agree that this is the best arrangement, but why would any of its ...

President Trump has nailed it on the issues

Local Editorials

Many Americans would have you believe that President Trump is evil incarnate. They are obsessed with his personality, in a negative way. This has led to the creation of the term “Trump Derangement Syndrome.” Trump is different, that’s for sure. He is unconventional, bombastic and shoots ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Thanks, Knights To the Editor: On behalf of the Fairmont Area “Let’s Go Fishing” board of directors, I want to thank the Knights of Columbus for sponsoring the breakfast fundraiser for “Let’s Go Fishing.” Thank you also to all who came out Sunday morning to enjoy a wonderful ...

Budget standoff won’t be solved anytime soon

Local Editorials

Minnesota’s political leaders are locked in a standoff over the state budget. On Monday, they missed a self-imposed deadline for setting overall budget targets, from which they could shape their negotiations. What’s going on? Democrat Gov. Tim Walz and the House of Representatives, ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Hawkins should resign To the Editor: It saddens me that the Fairmont councilman at-large seems to be working toward his own agenda and not the agenda of the city as a whole. If removing someone from a position that has been held for 30 years (or any period of time), then this should have ...

Congress needs to act on ‘crimes of violence’

Local Editorials

Juveniles who support terrorist groups actively can escape serious prosecution under federal law because of a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, The Associated Press reported this week. Already, that has prompted federal prosecutors to skip proceedings against some minors, allowing state courts ...

Hero’s life, actions should be celebrated

Local Editorials

Let us hope the name of the man who shot two people to death and wounded two others at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte fades quickly from the public’s consciousness. If notoriety was part of his goal, it ought to be denied to him. Riley Howell should be remembered. When the ...