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Letters to the Editor

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Argument full of holes To the Editor: I am a retired farmer. My dad had a saying that I heard often. It was this: “Any idiot can tear down a barn, but it takes a dammed good carpenter to build one.” President Trump has pulled us out of many agreements, such as NAFTA, GATT, nuclear ...

Time for a 10-year plan

By Margaret Donahoe Minnesota legislators have been touring the state this fall, getting a first-hand look at important public assets and infrastructure that is wearing out as they prepare to put together a capital bonding bill. As they travel, I hope they will take notice of the worn-out and ...

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Where’s support for ag? To the Editor: As a lifelong farmer and former long-term officer on the local corn, soybean and Farm Bureau boards, I believe one of the actions most needed by Congress to turn around our farm economy is getting the United States/Canada/Mexico trade agreement ...

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Poppies honor, aid vets To the Editor: On Nov. 9, members of the Fairmont American Legion Auxiliary Unit 36 will distribute poppies in Fairmont. Veterans remember the wild flowers blooming in the devastated battlefields of France and Flanders. The basic purpose of Poppy Days is to offer ...

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Bullying continues To the Editor: On Monday, Oct. 28, I spoke during the open forum portion of the Fairmont City Council meeting. My words were not influenced by any other member of this community. I stood behind my statements that evening and will continue to stand behind them. The ...

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Fox Lake needs help To the Editor: I would like everyone to follow what is happening at the Fox Lake power plant that has been sold to a company that plans to put a scrap metal recycling business on the site. This could destroy the recreation, fishing and beauty of the lake. This is serious ...

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A service for veterans To the Editor: As Veterans Day approaches, I wanted to notify the residents of Faribault and Martin County about a benefit that may be available to them from the area’s public transit system, Prairie Lakes Transit. Back in March, the Faribault-Martin County ...

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Women learn to hunt To the Editor: Martin County Pheasants Forever hosted a mentored “Women’s Learn to Hunt Class” on Oct 5-6. It began at the Fairmont Trap Club, with a classroom session, where the women learned safety, handling and proper gun fit. Next, the women had the chance to ...

Put on the hunting gear

ST. PAUL Minnesota doesn’t close up shop as the leaves change colors — there is so much to be done as temperatures cool and the days grow shorter. Many Minnesotans across the state have been counting down the days to when they could break the blaze orange gear out of the closet, map out ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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‘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 ...

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Still people who care To the Editor: On Monday, while on my way to work, driving down Blue Earth Avenue in Fairmont, I saw something that impressed me. Three young men were in the street in front of Freedom. When I got close enough to see, one was sweeping and the other picking up glass off ...

Addressing child care

OWATONNA In 2016, Minnesotans were alerted to a serious lack of child care by the Center for Rural Policy and Development. Since then, there have been many efforts to work toward solutions. At Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, we have been supporting the communities in our 20-county ...

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Common sense needed To the Editor: Your Sept. 18 editorial criticized Beto O’Rourke for being holier-than-thou in stating that he, as president, would take your AK-15 and AK-47 assault weapons. Really? If you want to bring “holiness” into the assault-rifle discussion, I’m pretty ...

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Wonderful memorial To the Editor: If you haven’t driven down Winnebago Avenue in Fairmont at night, you need to take the time to do so. Our Martin County veterans have done a breathtaking job on the Martin County Veterans Memorial. The lights on it are beautiful. I personally would like ...