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Local Editorials

Coronavirus remains a threat to the elderly

Once the grim tally of deaths from COVID-19 is finalized — sometime later this year, we hope — there is little doubt it will be clear that nursing homes are the coronavirus’ favored killing grounds. To most public health leaders, that already is obvious. In some states, most of the ...

Churches have plan, deserve state’s respect

Churches in Minnesota want equal treatment with the shopping malls, casinos, bars and restaurants, tattoo parlors, barbershops and hair salons when it comes to government restrictions on their operations. On Thursday, the Catholic bishops of Minnesota and the Missouri Lutheran Synod announced ...

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County following orders Minnesotans are understandably frustrated with the COVID-19 pandemic and the state shutdown that has harmed many businesses. The governor’s actions are meant to promote the health and safety of all citizens, but they weigh heavily on the economy and people’s ...

Senators’ actions raise questions, at very least

Nearly every American has suffered financially from the COVID-19 epidemic. At least 36 million have been laid off. Even those still on the job have seen their retirement savings decimated. But a few people — those who had some forewarning of the economic havoc to come — may have profited ...

Fairmont should move to reopen city’s parks

Fairmont’s Park Board met this week and its members seemed to agree that the city should reopen its parks, and have bathrooms and picnic tables ready for people to use. We agree. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced Wednesday that businesses such as bars, restaurants, salons, etc., that have ...

Society not ready, yet, for online learning only

Many public schools in the United States are ending the academic year early or plan to do so, The Associated Press reports. In some, use of distance learning via online tools has been pronounced a disappointment. Come August and September, when we hope American children return to school, ...

Abuses demand curbs on surveillance power

Unanimity over how much power intelligence agencies should have to pry into Americans’ personal affairs has disappeared with reports during the past few years of unconstitutional invasions of privacy. Victims have ranged from high-ranking government officials down to millions of other people. ...

New city administrator deserves respect of all

The purpose of hiring a city administrator (or superintendent of schools or county coordinator) is to bring professionalism to the day-to-day operations of local government. The administrator oversees city staff, providing direction and implementing the policies of the City Council. The ...

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Congrats, graduates Fairmont Area High School students moved through a process Friday afternoon to pick up their caps and gowns, then their diploma covers. They went one at a time in light of COVID-19 concerns. Each student was announced and recorded on video. It all will be edited together, ...

Walz moves toward reopening economy

The nation’s governors, including Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, have been trying to respond appropriately to the coronavirus pandemic. In Minnesota, this has meant a stay-at-home order that has shut down much of the state’s business community and affected the lives of many workers. Unemployment ...

U.S. must tread warily in ‘rescuing’ 2 citizens

Activities such as that which recently embroiled the United States and Venezuela in another controversy are nothing new in American history. Though the word “filibustering” is normally confined to politics these days, it had another use during part of the 19th century. Then, it referred to ...

Nation was not ready; will it be ready next time?

As the coronavirus epidemic hit full stride, Americans learned that the nation lacked adequate supplies of COVID-19 test kits, personal protective gear such as face masks, medical ventilators and other necessities for dealing with a massive health care emergency. Companies such as car makers ...

Nation needs to look for ways to move ahead

If you are among those who have not lost their jobs because of the COVID-19 epidemic, congratulations. Perhaps you share the widespread opinion that the current “lockdown” of the economy should continue, to keep everyone safe. How would you like the government to collect your share? That ...

Armed forces, nation let down by planners

“Mission not really of much use” probably is not the slogan those in the military would choose for their genuinely superhuman efforts to help areas such as New York City that have been slammed hard by COVID-19. And, in truth, the armed forces have done an excellent, life-saving job. But ...

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Will state sacrifice? Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has been taking small steps toward reopening the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope he keeps moving ahead before Minnesota slips away into economic oblivion. On the matter of the state budget, now in the red because of the pandemic, Walz ...

Use rainy day fund, then look for ways to trim fat

It was widely assumed that the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures being taken to contain it would impact Minnesota’s economy. Just how much was announced Tuesday in the latest financial projection from the Minnesota Budget and Management office. In its February projection, the office ...

Meat processing plant woes have ripple effect

Hundreds of thousands of hogs raised by farmers to provide Americans with ham, bacon and other meat products will not make it to the slaughterhouse unless ways are found to cure a nasty side-effect of COVID-19. This unsettling problem is one that hits close to home here in Martin County, where ...

Charter Commission ‘discussion’ fell short

The Fairmont City Council disagreed last week over a list of appointments to the city’s Charter Commission. The list now moves on to a judge, who actually appoints the commission members. The council vote was the familiar 3-2. It also represented a backtracking in how the council had ...

Bureaucrats get out of way for remdesivir

Give federal regulators credit for recognizing that the coronavirus pandemic is no time for business as usual. The Food and Drug Administration, in particular, seems to have surgically removed some of the red tape from its process. On Friday, the FDA announced it will be permitting emergency ...

Federal regulators doing well, must keep on

Give federal regulators credit for recognizing that the coronavirus pandemic is no time for business as usual. The Food and Drug Administration, in particular, seems to have surgically removed some of the red tape from its process. On Friday, the FDA announced it will be permitting emergency ...