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Local Editorials

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Truman faces fallout The city of Truman continues to face the repercussions of voters’ decision this year to abolish the Public Utilities Commission. City Council members and staff are finding out how much work there is to do, and how complicated it can be. The biggest problems, it seems, ...

U.S. should renew its offer to assist neighbor

Just a month after Mexican drug cartel murderers massacred at least nine Americans living in that country, more evidence of mayhem south of the border has been written in blood. In early November, two separate groups of women and children were ambushed near their homes in northern Mexico. ...

Worried about climate change? Tell Chinese

“Do we really want to be remembered as the generation that buried its head in the sand, that fiddled while the planet burned?” asked U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres this week. He was addressing representatives from nearly 200 nations, gathered in Spain for a meeting on climate ...

Cyphers owes attorney, city residents an apology

A Fairmont City Council member engaged in a charade recently to make herself look better in light of news that was disappointing to her. Council member Ruth Cyphers should apologize to the city’s interim attorney and to citizens. The Minnesota Office of the State Auditor recently rejected ...

Fight in Afghanistan about America as well

Just before Thanksgiving, several members of Congress went to Afghanistan. There they talked with U.S. forces and officials as well as Afghans, including that nation’s president, Ashraf Ghani. Making the trip were Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.; Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa; Sen. Kirsten ...

Impeachment inquiry is politically driven

What has occurred thus far in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump bears little resemblance to a criminal trial — and that is appropriate. The House of Representatives move against Trump involves politics, not allegations of criminal behavior. Much of the inquiry was ...

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Support our businesses Today is Small Business Saturday in Minnesota. It is a day to back your local retailers, and other businesses, that give economic strength to our communities and employ many of us, our friends and our neighbors. Given the holiday shopping season, now is the perfect ...

Some nuclear weapons are simply a deterrent

During recent visits to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, Pope Francis pronounced that, “The use of atomic energy for purposes of war is immoral.” He added, “As is the possession of atomic weapons.” For many years, the Roman Catholic Church seemed to sanction policies by the United ...

On Thanksgiving, we appreciate our nation

Too often, we prosperous, free Americans take our many blessings for granted. Nearly all of us enjoy material wealth that is the envy of billions of people in other lands. We are free to do nearly anything our hearts desire, as long as our actions do not harm others. Our nation itself is a ...

Investigation of staff shows their innocence

The Fairmont City Council on Monday received a report from investigator Michelle Soldo of Soldo Consulting. Her finding is that city staff targeted by her probe did not know about some criminal cases in the former City Attorney’s Office that ran past their statute of limitations. Of course ...

In this day and age, this app could save lives

A Washington Post database of police shootings indicates about 1 in 5 police encounters that end in a fatality involve a person with mental illness. Often, friends or family members may call police to assist when something is going wrong with someone, but the encounter spirals out of control ...

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Auditor’s Office says no The Minnesota State Auditor’s Office has spoken: It will not spend time or energy delving into the city of Fairmont’s accounts for the past 17 years. It sees no reason to do so. The Auditor’s Office has made the city one offer: it will take a look at the ...

China aims to repress freedom in Hong Kong

Slightly more than 30 years ago, millions of Americans watched helplessly as pro-democracy protests in China were crushed ruthlessly. Our horror at the Tiananmen Square massacre was mixed with admiration for the courage shown by more than a million Chinese in standing up to their ...

Lawmakers have had 30 days to negotiate

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Monday called on legislators to hold public hearings on their conflicting plans to make insulin more affordable. They have been holding closed-door negotiations over the past month with no resolution on how to pay for their plans to help those diabetics who cannot ...

Daughter, citizens deserve to know truth

A substantial number of people who once were unwavering supporters of capital punishment have become skeptical. Their conviction that some vicious criminals should pay the ultimate price remains firm. But revelations that a substantial number of people convicted of crimes were innocent ...

No local firms applied? That’s not surprising at all

The Fairmont City Council on Monday could not agree on choosing a legal firm to provide the city with advice over the long term. It was another example of the group’s dysfunction, led by a majority of three council members who fail to see their own failings. Consider: At one point during ...

Sticky problem, true, but it must be tackled

One cannot blame the Turks for not wanting to be the world’s jailers for some of the most dangerous people on the planet. When Turkish forces invaded northern Syria to push back Kurdish separatists, they captured some facilities in which the Kurds were holding Islamic State terrorist ...

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Drivers can do better Fairmont’s school crossing guards — and crossing guards everywhere — see it all when it comes to driving, and when it comes to drivers who behave recklessly in school zones. Some of the things the guards see are difficult to believe, but we believe them. Crossing ...

Vapers, citizens deserve to know the whole truth

Use of tobacco in all forms can be hazardous to one’s health. Yet cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and smokeless tobacco are legal for sale in all 50 states, with some restrictions. That is a puzzle to many who wonder why federal laws intended to safeguard Americans’ health do not seem to ...

Church should focus on being transparent

A variety of potentially divisive issues, ranging from immigration to gun control, were being discussed by U.S. Roman Catholic bishops during a national meeting in Baltimore this week. Dealing with the elephant in the room ought to be at the top of their agenda. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, ...