Local Editorials

Lindh release was very poor timing

One wonders why anyone in the U.S. justice system thought last Thursday, less than a week before Americans honor those who died defending our freedom, was a good time to release John Walker Lindh from prison. Lindh, the “American Taliban,” spent more than 17 years in prison after being ...

Trump is right to be frustrated, must do job

President Trump says he will not negotiate with Democrats on infrastructure or other legislation if they are going to continue with investigations of him. The whole thing is an unfortunate mess. We do not know if a federal infrastructure bill is the best idea anyway. The federal government is ...

Relentless obstruction is not helping anyone

Understand this about the $4.5 billion Democrats in Congress refused to grant President Donald Trump’s administration last week: It could have prevented an enormous amount of suffering among the very people leaders of the party claim to defend: illegal immigrants. Trump had included the ...

They served, died so that we could live free

Who remembers the young man — just a boy, really — who was cut to pieces by German machine gun fire on June 6, 1944, his lifeless body falling to the sand of Omaha Beach? His comrades in arms, those still left among us, remember. They recall his name, his hometown, the trouble he got into ...

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Davison earns thanks Educators such as Jim Davison leave a lasting mark on their schools. Davison has been a principal at Fairmont elementary schools for the past 30 years. He will retire soon. Davison’s longevity has allowed him to help shape the district’s approach to education for ...

Cannot blame Trump for getting frustrated

President Trump says he will not negotiate with Democrats on infrastructure or other legislation if they are going to continue with investigations of him. The whole thing is an unfortunate mess. We do not know if a federal infrastructure bill is the best idea anyway. The federal government is ...

If Palestinians want aid, they should pledge peace

Israelis understand that, at least under President Donald Trump’s administration, they have a staunch, valuable ally. Now it is time to make it clear to the Palestinian people that Washington wants to help them too. Many enemies in the Middle East desire to wipe Israel off the map. The ...

Amid negativity, EDA maintains proper focus

Fairmont’s Economic Development Authority and its coordinator, Linsey Preuss, are keeping their eyes on the ball. Thank goodness. The group this week discussed ongoing concerns about sufficient child care and workforce housing. These are the kinds of issues that actually impact economic ...

U.S. should take care to avoid war with Iran

Any number of individuals, organizations and even nations in the Middle East would not be displeased in the slightest at a military conflict between the United States and Iran. Islamic terrorist groups, for one, understand that would divert U.S. assets from targeting them, to at least some ...

Low birth rates have numerous implications

Whether to have children is an intensely personal decision for women and couples. But it is becoming a social, economic and political issue too. Birth rates in the United States have dipped to historic lows. And analysts point out that the 3.788 million births last year marked the fourth ...

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Keep proceeds local Civil asset forfeiture can be a controversial topic because it involves the government taking cash and property (like vehicles) from those who commit crimes. This largely relates to drug trafficking offenses, but also may involve other crimes, like DWIs. We do not ...

Women veterans take on failures of system

After generations of foolish failure to understand the contributions women can make to national defense, the U.S. armed forces finally seem to have awakened to the previously untapped potential. Important issues regarding how females can serve the nation best in uniform may remain to be worked ...

A great question: Why did investigation begin?

We suspect that the handful of inquiries into why there was ever a “collusion” investigation into the Trump presidential campaign are going to reveal, or reveal again, some pretty terrible things. Because they will show that members of the U.S. intelligence community and federal law ...

How does attacking City Hall attract businesses?

Fairmont City Councilman Randy Lubenow is really starting to open up. In public. At a City Council meeting. Amazing. No more secrets, maybe. On Monday, Lubenow spoke about what he says is really going on with all the hubbub involving the decision of three council members (Lubenow, Tom Hawkins ...

U.S. must be patient with Iran, up to a point

Some wars are ignited not because they were planned, but because what could have been contained confrontations blew up in everyone’s faces. That should not — cannot — be permitted to happen between the United States and Iran. Since President Donald Trump pulled this country out of the ...

While evil exists, good people can shut it down

Once again we have been reminded of the commonplace heroism that so many people hold quietly at the ready out of their compassion for others. Two armed teenagers bent on carrying out a massacre recently invaded STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado. Life-saving courage enough was shown ...

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The problem in Ward 3 The city of Fairmont’s department heads recently unanimously told the City Council that they appreciate having in-house legal counsel, specifically Libby Bloomquist. The council does not have to agree that this is the best arrangement, but why would any of its ...

President Trump has nailed it on the issues

Many Americans would have you believe that President Trump is evil incarnate. They are obsessed with his personality, in a negative way. This has led to the creation of the term “Trump Derangement Syndrome.” Trump is different, that’s for sure. He is unconventional, bombastic and shoots ...

Budget standoff won’t be solved anytime soon

Minnesota’s political leaders are locked in a standoff over the state budget. On Monday, they missed a self-imposed deadline for setting overall budget targets, from which they could shape their negotiations. What’s going on? Democrat Gov. Tim Walz and the House of Representatives, ...

Congress needs to act on ‘crimes of violence’

Juveniles who support terrorist groups actively can escape serious prosecution under federal law because of a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, The Associated Press reported this week. Already, that has prompted federal prosecutors to skip proceedings against some minors, allowing state courts ...