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Local Editorials

Don’t count on council coming to its senses

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 ...

Majority trio demonstrate new ineptitude: inefficiency

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

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 ...

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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

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 ...

Airline whistleblower should be given asylum

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 ...

Brother of victim, judge demonstrate compassion

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 ...

Congress must do more than one thing

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

“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 ...

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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

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 ...

‘Red flag’ laws pose danger to our freedom

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

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 ...

More needs to be done to prevent teen vaping

It has been suggested by some that the current scare over e-cigarettes is overblown. Though hundreds of Americans have been hospitalized with respiratory ailments linked to “vaping” and a few have died, calls to ban the products are not realistic, critics say. But there is a valid, ...

It’s that time of year: Please get your flu shot

What is the most serious respiratory illness threat facing Americans today? If you answered “e-cigarettes,” we commend you for keeping up with current events. But that is the wrong answer. The correct one is influenza. On average, about 8% of Americans contract the flu each year, ...

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Coming out of left field The Fairmont City Council this week took a big step toward asking the state auditor to conduct an audit of the local Housing and Redevelopment Authority and the liquor store, dating back to 2002. This raises big questions. The specific focus tells us someone thinks ...

Will foreign leaders want to talk anymore?

Apparently, President Donald Trump believed he could score some political points by releasing the transcript of a July telephone call between himself and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Whether that is true remains to be seen. But one thing is obvious: Partisan politics has become ...

If Trump is in trouble, Biden will not escape

Clearly, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi smells blood in the water. Otherwise, she would not have launched an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. The question now is whether House Democrats circling to take a political bite out of Trump will attempt to ignore a ...

U.S. actually leading world on climate change

Curious, is it not, that the major industrial power doing the most to battle climate change is the target of the bulk of criticism regarding that concern? With a new general session of the United Nations underway, multiple world leaders are citing worry about a range of issues. But climate ...

Teacher of the year? How about Mr. Benner?

We do not know who Minnesota educators will choose as their next teacher of the year. They should consider Aaron Benner. The former St. Paul Public Schools teacher recently won a $525,000 settlement in a whistleblower lawsuit he filed against the district, which he says retaliated against him ...