Local Editorials

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Move ahead, get it done Martin County commissioners this week held an important discussion about a possible tax abatement for CHS Inc., which would like to invest $100 million in its Fairmont plant. We understand the county must conduct due diligence, but we are shocked by the negativity that ...

Budget deficit critics can submit cuts now

A new complaint is coming from President Donald Trump’s critics — though the wiser politicians among them probably will hesitate before saying too much. Some analysts were predicting this week that the federal government’s budget deficit during the coming fiscal year will exceed $1 ...

Taliban is waiting for Trump to make a move

Getting U.S. troops out of Afghanistan would be quite a coup for President Donald Trump. It would give him a foreign policy advantage going into next year’s election — one no Democratic candidate could criticize. But would it also be setting the stage for a bloodbath? Would it mean a ...

DeWine, Whaley to be commended for efforts

Ohioans have a specific reason for concern about mass murderers. The current round of angst regarding them was sparked in part by the deaths of nine people in Dayton, at the hands of a deranged gunman who was prevented from killing even more by the swift action of police, who shot him ...

Parents can avoid vehicle related tragedies

We see far too many news reports about young children dying after being left unattended in cars. You wonder how any parent or caretaker could be so negligent. Sometimes parents rushing to get to work on too little sleep, or dealing with unusual distractions or personal situations, forget to ...

What about companies that hire illegal workers?

A small army of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents recently surrounded seven food-processing plants in Mississippi, one by one, and arrested about 680 workers alleged to be in this country illegally. But as ICE continues processing the immigrants arrested in the raids, owners of ...

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Cancer Center opening We congratulate Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont for its completion of the new Lutz Cancer Center, which opens Monday. The $1.7 million project doubles the size of the existing cancer treatment space at the hospital. Further congratulations are in order to the ...

Police capture suspect after lengthy standoff

Police officers, as a class, are accused regularly of being too eager to use violence, especially against African-Americans. Those who have that attitude ought to consider what happened Wednesday night in Philadelphia. During the day there, police went to a house with the intent of serving ...

Cannot help but ask: What is wrong with them?

An Oregon man is lucky his idea of testing the Second Amendment did not result in his death. Another man in Ohio may be about to learn amassing an arsenal then talking about mass shootings isn’t funny at all. What on Earth is wrong with these people and, sad to say, what appears to be a ...

Money will be worth it if system can be fixed

The state of Minnesota has signed a $33.9 million deal with Fast Enterprises to replace the state’s chronically troubled MNLARS (Minnesota License and Registration System). Despite the expense, and despite kissing goodbye the more than $100 million the state spent trying to develop MNLARS, ...

Good neighbors can help protect each other

A comment about hate crime that is disturbing and, in a way, encouraging was made a few days ago by a woman who apparently was a victim of it. Police in Sterling, Ohio, are investigating an explosion that reduced a home to rubble. Fortunately, no one was injured — because no one was home ...

These ag goals existed before ‘climate change’

Got a problem? Blame “climate change.” Sometimes it seems that is the knee-jerk reaction to many of the challenges facing humankind. Now, feeding the world’s 7.5 billion people is being linked to climate change. A new United Nations report maintains, in the words of one of its ...

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Will it do any good? Feeling compelled to “do something” about deadly gun violence in America, Congress now seems poised to approve expanded background check legislation. Purportedly this will prohibit more people with certain backgrounds — criminals, the insane — from buying guns. At ...

Gun control would not have stopped maniac

A 33-year-old Southern California man’s murderous rampage Wednesday was a reminder of the futility of relying on gun control laws to curb violence. He used knives to kill four people in Santa Ana and Garden Grove. After the man was apprehended, one police official described him as “full ...

What can be done about potential mass killers?

What comes out within hours or days of most mass killings, such as the recent tragedies in Dayton and El Paso, is that the murderers showed signs of homicidal tendencies long before they acted. Before police shot him to death Saturday, a 24-year-old man killed nine people and wounded 14 ...

CHS makes incredible commitment to area

It almost seems like a mistake. The number is so large. And if it’s not a mistake, it’s just difficult to believe it’s true. But it is. CHS Inc. plans to spend $100 million at its soybean-processing plant in Fairmont. That is an astonishing investment. According to information released ...

In our society, those who value life must act

As recent mass shootings around the country continue to demonstrate, the United States has a deep cultural problem. It is defined by those who believe mass murder is an option or necessity. They are allies of death, putting them in evil company, with fanatical, suicidal Islamic extremists or ...

Cleaning up river will require getting to work

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is getting serious about the water quality in the Minnesota River and its tributaries. The agency is finalizing plans to address a number of problems along the river. It held a session in Mankato on Wednesday to go over its report and plans. The problems ...

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Tackling insulin costs Diabetics who need insulin to survive suddenly represent a cash cow to those drug-makers who produce insulin. Minnesota lawmakers would like to address the problem of skyrocketing insulin prices. We think it is tragic that those who need insulin are being put in such ...

Bill will help veterans gain STEM educations

Sometimes good things can happen in Washington. One did this week when the Senate approved a common sense bill to help veterans of military service. The Veteran STEM Scholarship Improvement Act was introduced by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. Co-sponsors were Sent. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Steve ...