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Local Editorials

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Visual Identity Vault Thank you to Jay and Tanya Doyscher for their generous contribution to help the small businesses in Martin County. Their business, Visual Identity Vault in downtown Fairmont is offering a free 2ft x 3ft banner for businesses in Martin County. The banner can include the ...

Market correction was due, investing still wise

On Feb. 12, the Dow Jones Industrial Average on the New York Stock Exchange stood at 29,551 points. By last Friday, it had plunged to 21,636. Though the DJIA is just one measure of the value of securities worldwide, it is one seen widely as a guide to performance of the markets in general. ...

Debt spending needs to be done responsibly

No doubt some members of Congress had to hold their noses while they were voting for the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. CARES includes a ton of money for initiatives that have nothing to do with COVID-19. Why on earth did anyone think it was important to cough ...

Running water needed to properly wash hands

It is difficult if not impossible to wash your hands frequently if there is no water flowing through the pipes in your home. Yet, even as regular hand-washing may be a matter of life and death, water service has been shut off to some American homes - for non-payment of utility ...

Influenza still a deadly threat, don’t overlook

It is estimated that 24,000 Americans have been killed by the viruses, thus far this season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At its peak, the illness was claiming about 500 lives a week. Though the outbreak is trailing off, it may kill another 300 or more people ...

Senators face scrutiny, rightly, for their actions

Millions of dollars in stock transactions on behalf of five U.S. senators have raised serious questions about their ethics — and whether they broke laws against insider trading. Clearly, the matter needs to be investigated, but not as a witch hunt with the preconceived notion that someone ...

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Cooperation necessary There was some debate stirred up this week among Martin County commissioners, the sheriff and the County Attorney regarding what Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s shelter-in-place order means. The question centers on whether the order carries any teeth to make it enforceable. ...

Don’t let ‘inventive solution’ be disaster

There is a reason “Yankee ingenuity” is recognized throughout the world. We Americans have a reputation for identifying challenges and devising ways to overcome them. But use your head if you decide to come up with a home remedy, a way to stretch supplies such as those of food or any ...

In coming weeks, years: Remember non-profits

Americans are renowned for their compassionate generosity. When we learn of a need, we rush to fill it. It is time to double-down on that attitude of helping others. Throughout the nation, tens of thousands of non-profit organizations — some big national ones, others strictly local — are ...

Reliance on foreign markets needs study

Sources ranging from the CIA to the Census Bureau disagree on how reliant we Americans are on drugs and medical equipment imported from China. Extend that to international agencies and the variances are even greater. For example, some sources place China far down on the list of countries ...

All Americans, world needs to get message

It is difficult to view people refusing to help contain the COVID-19 coronavirus as anything but spoiled brats. The vast majority of them appear to be young. At least reports from our country, such as those of college students packing beaches for spring break, are relatively passive ...

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Follow the guidelines Martin County residents learned this week that the first few cases of COVID-19 are popping up here. And there is community spread, which means those infected have not reported traveling or having come into contact with someone known to have the virus. In other words, ...

In time of crisis, if you can help, please do so

It is easy for many, right now, to get caught up in the anxiety that comes with the official effort to try to stem the spread of COVID-19. Certainly no one could be blamed for indulging in a little worry. But once we’ve got that out of our system, life is going to look very different for ...

Biden victories are good for Americans

Amid all the news about the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, the ongoing political process to select the nation’s next president has continued albeit with subdued media attention. Democrat Joe Biden, the former vice president, has been piling up victories in recent weeks, and this is good news ...

Panic, hoarding can create a vicious cycle

Prudence, not panic, needs to be the order of the day among Americans. Unfortunately, not everyone seems to have gotten the memo. During a press conference Sunday, President Donald Trump noted that heads of major retail companies had told him something he never expected to hear: Don’t buy ...

Pandemic becomes wake-up call for all

The U.S. health care system — and thus, public policy regarding it — is coming under fire because of COVID-19. Among complaints are that there are not enough COVID-19 test kits, not enough ventilator machines to help sufferers breath, no vaccine quickly available and not enough hospital ...

If deception was used, firms should pay price

Big tobacco lied for many years about the adverse health effects associated with its product. It has been proven in court through billions of dollars in settlements by some companies. The same goes for some in the drug industry, which knew even as they were reaping windfall profits from ...

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Board drafts priorities The Blue Earth Area School Board this week discussed and outlined goals that we believe will serve the district well, with several being absolutely crucial. The school board knows it must address deficit spending, as it also works to pass an operating levy, something ...

If you are able, please remember to give blood

COVID-19 has become a danger to a significant number of people who will never contract the disease. They are those suffering from illnesses or injuries that require them to receive blood transfusions. American Red Cross officials say about 50 blood drives that had been planned across the ...

Law-abiding citizens deserve their rights

Minnesota lawmakers in both political parties would like to address the issue of gun violence. But Republicans and Democrats also share a distrust of one another, and a disdain for the other side’s ideas. This was evident again this week, as Republicans in the Senate introduced several bills ...