Local Editorials

We hope two sides can find way to compromise

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz went down an admirable path this week when he offered his first State of the State address. He called for common ground and consensus solutions that lead Minnesota forward, and lead the nation in how things could get done. Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka ...

Politicians cannot be trusted with full report

Democrats on the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee are playing a dangerous political game. They voted Wednesday to issue a subpoena for the full, unredacted Mueller report. In doing so, they threaten the nation’s security, as well as a time-honored facet of the justice ...

Counties have simple, solid message for state

County officials across Minnesota are asking for some help, and a break, as they face an ongoing and mounting backlog of transportation projects. In other words, they want to fix the roads and bridges that their residents use every day. We have to sympathize with county officials, who are ...

Entitlement mentality hurts chance for reform

Health insurance entitlements have become the new third rail of politics. Many members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, are so worried about alienating millions of voters that they are unwilling to tinker with the massive government takeover of health insurance — even if they ...

Butina case may help put focus on Kremlin

Democrat Party leaders’ laser-focus on allegations that President Donald Trump cooperated with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election does a great disservice to the nation — and not just because the claims have been proven wrong. Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team ...

Et Cetera …

The priorities are what? Fairmont City Council member Randy Lubenow took a stand this week and voted against a proposed package of 2019 street improvements. Good for him. Lubenow rightly notes that the western stretch of Lake Avenue is in terrible shape, even though it is a visible entrance ...

Bad news about farms; they need win on trade

It has been evident that times have been tough on farmers over the past few years. Just how tough became evident in a report released this week by the Minnesota Extension and the state. The analysis found that Minnesota farm incomes hit a new low in 2018, the lowest in the 23 years the state ...

Division is the real threat from Russia

Many Americans, perhaps millions, became unwitting tools of Russian President Vladimir Putin during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. Some remain susceptible to Russian meddling. There was no conspiracy between the Kremlin and President Donald Trump’s camp during the 2016 ...

Barr should release nearly the full report

Just two considerations need to be taken care of before Attorney General William Barr makes the special counsel Robert Mullers report available to Congress and thus, to the American people. First is national security. It may be that the report contains some material that would be helpful to ...

Time for Congress to put focus on America

At long last, special counsel Robert Mueller’s report may be ready for prime time. Attorney General William Barr has been perusing it and, at some point, the document will go to Congress. No doubt it will be leaked to the public within minutes. But Mueller has made it clear his team of ...

World must remain vigilant against terror

The Islamic State terrorist group is finished, at least in Syria, President Donald Trump and some in the U.S. military are proclaiming. Well, good riddance. Unfortunately, however, the mission of civilized human beings the world over is far from accomplished. Trump last week displayed a ...

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Frontier seems lost Martin County commissioners were in obvious disbelief this week as they discussed a county effort to extend high-speed internet service to small towns. The focus of their amazement was Frontier Communications, a company that reminds us of those “Just OK is not OK” ...

Rage-filled citizens cannot solve problems

Government has the power to wield control over people’s lives in various ways. Regulations and taxes come to mind. It is understandable that citizens sometimes feel angry about their government’s actions, or even lack of action. And it may be particularly frustrating dealing with government ...

Proposal would offer realistic energy option

Regardless of what you may hear from members of Congress who believe they have a magic wand they can wave over America and — poof! — do away with fossil fuels, the nation will need coal, petroleum and natural gas for many years to come. There simply is no reliable, affordable alternative ...

Avenging hatred does not solve world’s woes

The death toll from the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, is 50, all Muslims, slaughtered as they prayed at their place of worship. The suspected attacker, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, an Australian man, issued a manifesto of hatred toward Muslim immigrants online, and used a camera ...

First Lady spotlights issues facing children

“Working group” too often is a political term that translates in the long run to talking much about a problem but doing little. Let us hope a meeting hosted by first lady Melania Trump this week breaks the mold. Mrs. Trump called a meeting Monday at the White House of the Interagency ...

‘Spoofing’ is fraud; it should be stopped

Many of us have heard the phone ring, glanced down at the caller ID and seen the name and number of someone we know, answered the phone — and found ourselves talking to someone with a sales pitch or worse, a scam. It is called “spoofing,” and it enables the unscrupulous to get to us ...

Et Cetera …

Consider pitching in The Fairmont Opera House put out a call for help this week, and the public responded in a big way. It’s good to know that area residents still care deeply about the Opera House, which has seen major public involvement through funding and restoration efforts over the ...

Government, media should be more open

This week is known as “Sunshine Week,” and that obviously has nothing to do with the weather. Sunshine Week refers to an annual initiative aimed at promoting open government. There are gatherings and efforts going on around the country to shine a light on the importance of access to public ...

Pelosi now must try to restore sanity to party

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appears to have recognized that the monster she helped create — an ultra-leftist fringe — is a threat to her Democratic Party’s prospects for the presidency in 2020. The question she may be asking herself is whether she retains enough political power to ...