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Local Editorials

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Board lowers cost We noticed this week that the Fairmont Area School Board agreed to lower the cost for adults to get into school activities from $7 to $6. This comes on the heels of the district’s decision last year to let anyone age 18 and younger into activities for free. We think ...

States must address issue of gerrymandering

Since the U.S. Supreme Court recently decided it should not get involved in gerrymandering issues, it is up to the states to settle the question when one political party tries to redraw legislative or congressional boundaries to perpetuate its own advantage. Minnesota is currently the only ...

U.S. could benefit by lending Mexico a hand

Even before President Donald Trump threatened to use tariffs on Mexican goods imported into the United States, that country’s leaders seemed to be doing more than their predecessors to keep potential illegal immigrants from crossing our southern border. Now the campaign has ...

Slowing down would create a better result

The landlord-tenant relationship is not always ideal. To state it simply, the problem involves money, and not just tenants who fail to pay their rent. Some landlords do not do a great job creating and maintaining rental properties. Many tenants do not have the means to afford a better place to ...

Not a laughing matter, but citizens can’t help it

Fairmont’s citizens finally had enough. They turned out in force for the City Council meeting on Monday and gave the reigning majority what they deserved: a scolding and their laughter. Not that the trio’s actions in recent months are less than serious. It’s just when you listen to them ...

Time has come to make ‘swatting’ a felony offense

“Swatting” has to be one of the stupidest, most dangerous pranks modern ne’er-do-wells have come up with. It involves calling police and reporting that a dangerous crime is going on at someone’s address, in hopes that police will turn out in full force, SWAT team and all, bust down the ...

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Attorney sorely needed The Fairmont City Council on Monday will offer the public the opportunity to weigh in on whether the City Attorney must be present at council meetings. If there was ever a time this group needs an attorney present, it’s now. While the council could remove the ...

Government benefits competing for workers

A recently study by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Research Foundation shows that 20% of Buckeye State businesses have had problems with hiring, promoting or increasing wages for workers because they are worried that doing so would mean those folks lose some form of public assistance, according ...

We celebrate our nation for its promise of liberty

Tomorrow, we Americans celebrate the Declaration of Independence. Our main focus is on what the document meant — creation of a new nation. But that’s not all. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain ...

Surely there is a way to help in Ebola battle

Ebola sometimes seems like a nightmare that will not go away. It is a truly horrible disease, killing about half of those who contract it. Here in the United States, where the very few people who have contracted Ebola receive the very best of care, the illness can be less serious. But in ...

Hands-free law begins Aug. 1; are you ready?

The law won’t take effect in Minnesota for another month, but when Aug. 1 rolls around, motorists driving while holding a phone up to their ear can be pulled over and given a ticket. Only hands-free mobile devices will be allowed in cars. You might as well get used to the idea. Start now. ...

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Time for dumping to stop Fairmont’s thrift stores — the Salvation Army and Twelve Baskets Re-Sale — offer a triple value to the community. They accept unwanted household items, allowing people to lighten their load. They sell those items at a low cost, often to people who cannot afford ...

Hawkins knows best, except that he doesn’t

Fairmont City Councilman Bruce Peters is to be commended for understanding and doing his job. It must be incredibly frustrating for him — and for council member Wayne Hasek and Mayor Debbie Foster — to be serving at a time when they are surrounded by a trio of others who clearly fail to ...

Police should protect, rather than jail victims

In a case of selective law enforcement, an Orlando, Florida woman has been arrested for theft after turning over her abusive husband’s guns to police. Courtney Irby’s husband Joseph Irby had been charged with domestic violence-aggravated battery. He was in jail for a day for ramming her ...

Wiping out college debt not a good idea

Sen. Bernie Sanders upped the ante on his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination on Monday, calling for the government to eliminate all college student loan debt. Just wipe it out, all $1.6 trillion of it. How to pay for it? Sanders would raise the money through a tax on Wall ...

Reparations? How on earth could they be fair?

A committee of the U.S. House of Representatives last week held a hearing on whether the United States should pay reparations to the descendants of slaves, for the moral crime of slavery. The proposal is not going anywhere, but its status as a non-starter does not mean it will not be brought ...

Biden’s efforts against cancer deserve respect

When could anyone have expected that being a champion in the battle against cancer would be a political liability? It will be, if some of Joe Biden’s opponents for the Democratic Party nomination for president have their way. While vice president, Biden had called for more research into ...

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Too many distracted Minnesota has a new distracted driving law that takes effect Aug. 1, and thank goodness. Every driver on the road these days has probably noticed two dangerous things: 1) that too many drivers are looking at their phones when they should be driving; and 2) that they are ...

Ocasio-Cortez knows better, does not care

Give U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez credit for one thing: She is intelligent — enough so to understand entirely how most people interpret the term, “concentration camp.” Ocasio-Cortez, a frequent critic of U.S. immigration policy, posted this on Twitter a few days ago: “This ...

Rapists should not have parental rights

Sometimes a thing just seems so undeniably wrong, we assume there is a law against it. Such is the case with the issue of a rapist seeking parental rights to a child conceived by his crime. But a case in Alabama, where a woman is fighting in court to keep the step-uncle who raped her at the age ...