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Group makes difference

Our society has a problem with drugs. Meth, opioids, heroin, marijuana. But condemning and imprisoning those involved with drugs has not shown itself to be a solution. What matters is care and concern from adults so that young people never make the choice to turn to drug use.

To that end, we credit the Martin County Substance Abuse Coalition, which this week held a town hall on underage drinking, vaping and drug use. The group has information and strategies aimed at making a difference. We believe it has been doing so, and we wish it luck as it continues its good work.

Helping those in need

We appreciate the attitude and outlook of Curt Moeckel, founder of “The Shepherd’s In” in Fairmont. His group provides immediate relief to those who need help, and works to improve their situation in life. Among other things, The Shepherd’s In operates a soup kitchen in downtown Fairmont. But it does more, and it has goals to broaden its mission in the future.

Like most Americans, local residents are generous people. We hope they will keep The Shepherd’s In in their thoughts when they think of giving. Moeckel can be reached at (507) 236-5362.

What might he learn?

Fairmont has a new interim city administrator. His name is Mark Sievert and he has extensive experience in local government. We extend our thanks to Mr. Sievert for even considering coming to town to face what is a monumental task in dealing with a controversial — to say the least — city council. We wish him good luck.

We cannot help but wonder if Sievert would be willing to jot down a few observations about the council as he goes along and present those to the public when a full-time administrator takes over. We believe citizens would find the insights of an outside observer enlightening.

Go re-register them

Critics like to attack anyone who suggests there could be voter fraud in the United States. Those who worry about fraud are labeled extremists who want to deny people the right to vote. Actually, those who worry just want to make sure the process has integrity.

A judge in Wisconsin recently ruled that 200,000 voters who did not respond to letters seeking confirmation of their addresses will be purged from registration rolls. The state Supreme Court will eventually decide the case.

Critics are fighting the ruling, but nothing prevents them from doing the work of re-registering voters. Why don’t they just do it?

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