Local Editorials

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 ...

‘Climate change’ schemes just too costly, dangerous

Technology can be built on several foundations. These include existing technology, necessity and even luck. Regardless of how new technology comes into existence, its initial cost may well be out of reach for the ordinary person. What occurs then, over time, is a buildup in supply and demand, ...

Policy criticism is fair; rampant pettiness is not

President Donald Trump is not the first politician to be the target of nitpicking by those who just can’t stand him, and he will not be the last. Still, the most recent episode — let us call it Biblegate — reaches new heights of desperation to find something, anything, to criticize about ...

Those who serve their country deserve better

Martha McSally spent 26 years in the military, becoming the first female Air Force pilot to fly in combat. She went on to a successful career in politics, leading her to the U.S. Senate. Clearly, she is a strong woman. Yet she was shaken deeply last week as she participated in a Senate ...

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Awaiting a warmup It has been a record winter in the Fairmont area. Unfortunately. The snow has piled up and the cold has chilled all of us for too long. And today is going to bring ... you guessed it, more snow. Yuck. So we extend thanks to those who have worked hard this season to keep ...

Both sides earn some kudos for cooperation

It was refreshing to see the quick — and bipartisan — action taken in the Minnesota Legislature this week on the funding for the Minnesota License and Registration System. MNLARS is the nine-year, $100 million boondoggle that was supposed to update and modernize the state’s computer ...

Prosecutor noticing growing meth problem

Methamphetamine is an insidious drug. One that is wreaking havoc on lives and public resources in the Fairmont area and elsewhere. County Attorney Terry Viesselman noted this week that his office is seeing a surge in meth-related complaints, including thefts from local merchants that even the ...

$2 billion for Space Force? Is this really a good idea?

President Donald Trump continues to insist the United States needs an entirely new branch of the military, a Space Force. It is worth asking what on earth — or off it — that would accomplish. Trump seems to have watered his proposal down, just a bit. Now he is willing to have the Space ...

Time for Kim Jong Un to try out a Plan B

It may be time for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to try Plan B. His initial strategy in dealing with President Donald Trump ?—trying to get something for nothing — flopped badly. Trump and Kim held their second face-to-face meeting this week in Hanoi, Vietnam. But Trump departed ...

Pope needs to draft detailed, concrete plan

Pope Francis said all the right things during an extraordinary conference to discuss sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests and coverups by their superiors. But what he did not say has some observers, both inside the church and out of it, upset. Francis summoned 190 Catholic bishops and many ...

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Dangerous way to drive Human beings have some bad habits, often revolving around their need to cram more things into a smaller time frame. In addition, they now live attached to their cell phones, leaping to view the next bit of information rolling in. These are among the reasons that ...

For liberals, policy is now all about ‘morals’

With all their talk about “morals” these days, one would think that American liberals had started their own religion. Perhaps they have. Funny that they cannot see it, or their own hypocrisy, given their disdain for others’ religious beliefs. First, you will recall, House Speaker Nancy ...

Little real evidence that N. Korea is cooperating

Let us hope President Donald Trump agrees with former President Ronald Reagan’s policy in dealing with promises of disarmament: “Trust, but verify.” To that, Trump ought to add, “and quickly.” In pursuit of the worthy goal of lessening the threat to peace posed by North Korea, ...

City of Fairmont, YMCA plan to study options

The city of Fairmont and the YMCA of Albert Lea and Worthington this week entered into an important agreement. The two entities will assess if it is possible to financially meet the programming needs of both and provide adequate cash flow to operate, staff and maintain a community center in ...

Why would anyone publicly support him?

It seems some of Jussie Smollett’s fellow performers on the “Empire” television series have chosen to give him their unqualified support. Why on earth would they do that? If Chicago police are correct, Smollett committed a despicable crime. They say he paid two men to stage an attack on ...

Difficult to see a real national security issue

Slapping stiff import duties on imported cars and light trucks would almost certainly set off a trade war handicapping U.S. automakers. Yet President Donald Trump reportedly is considering such action — in the name of national security. A relatively little-used law allows presidents to use ...

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‘Community’ hurting Our society’s transformation centered around technology that nearly eliminates the need to leave one’s home is having a detrimental effect on communities, we believe. It is evident in the decline in community groups and difficulty in getting (young) people to ...

Outstate Minnesota should weigh ‘benefits’

In the wake of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s two-year budget proposal that includes billions in new taxes, Republican leaders in the state Senate say Walz has gone too far and should not expect their support. That’s good news for hard-working Minnesotans. Taxes in Minnesota are already too ...

Try enforcing existing laws to help save lives

Local, state and federal advocates of more limits on firearms ownership and use might do well to take aim at another method of curbing the mayhem caused by gun violence — enforcing existing laws. Just a few days ago, five people were killed and six others wounded when Gary Martin pulled ...

Massive surplus not enough for Gov. Walz

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s catchphrase is “One Minnesota.” We found out what it means Tuesday when he released his first two-year budget. If the state’s residents were to ask the new Democratic governor how many of their hard-earned dollars they get to keep, rather than send to St. ...