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Local Editorials

Pandora Papers document what was always suspected

To borrow a phrase from the movie “Casablanca,” we are shocked — SHOCKED! — to learn that rich, powerful and corrupt people hide trillions of dollars in secret bank accounts and holdings throughout the world. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists released its ...

Being in majority doesn’t mean being in control

The current impasse in the Democratic Congressional caucus is a prime example that the party that holds the majority in Congress does not necessarily have the power to do whatever it wants. The Democrats in Congress are wrangling over the high-priced transportation and social spending bills ...

Vaccinations for kids

Pfizer, the company that produces one of the major COVID-19 vaccines, announced this week that its vaccine will work on children aged 5 to 12, and that it will seek approval from the government to begin offering vaccinations to children. The Pfizer vaccine is administered at smaller doses for ...

Et. Cetera

Crop potential Brady Ekstrom’s industrial hemp crop is reaching to great heights. It’s great to see new people taking advantage of Martin County’s rich farmland. What a great entrepreneurial endeavor. Rental ordinance This week the Fairmont City Council looked at the rental housing ...

Extinction declaration comes as no surprise

The federal government on Wednesday declared 23 species of birds, fish and other species to be extinct. It is a somber kind of declaration, to acknowledge that species that used to live on earth are no longer here. It may be somber, but it’s not exactly a surprise. These species have not ...

Vaccine mandates in health care

Several states across the nation are enforcing mandates this week requiring health care workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19. And the consequences could be a shortage of health care workers as those who resist are fired, or suspended, or quit rather than get the vaccination. It is ...