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Local Editorials

Did ‘gifts’ play role in cover-up of sex abuse?

Leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States are gathered in Baltimore this week, with a discussion of sex abuse scandals on the agenda. They should be asking questions — assuming they do not already know the answers — about a related skeleton that came out of the church’s ...

Further examination of FAA, Boeing is in order

Federal Aviation Administration acting chief Daniel Elwell was on the Capitol Hill hot seat a couple of weeks ago. Elwell was called before the aviation subcommittee in the House of Representatives to answer questions about the Boeing 737 Max airliner. On FAA orders, the plane has been grounded ...

Study shooter, but don’t disarm society

The recent mass murder in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was more bloody proof that Americans need to do more to curb such violence. It also indicates why more gun control laws are attractive to some politicians but futile in achieving the desired result. Hours after emailing his supervisor a ...

Disparities exist when it comes to treatment

People with low incomes sometimes succumb to substance abuse simply because they feel hopeless, it has been said and written. It turns out that if they do become addicts, it may be tougher for them to get the help they need. Lower-income people often cannot afford the same level of health ...

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It’s IHD time of year Fairmont’s Interlaken Heritage Days began last evening and continues today at Heritage Acres, along with the car show downtown and the parade this evening. Events move to Gomsrud Park on Sunday afternoon. We encourage area residents to come see what the festival ...

Why wouldn’t leaders want to get legal advice?

Believe us when we write this: We would like it to end. It just won’t. Some may be tired of hearing about the Fairmont City Council and its divide over how best to provide the city with legal representation. It has been a months-long controversy. But it’s not going away. It is getting ...

Blue Earth chooses sound direction: streets

The city of Blue Earth, we believe, is on to something. The City Council this week discussed using the proceeds of a new city sales tax to accelerate the number of street reconstruction projects. The city may use $1 million for each of the next five years to improve infrastructure. Voters ...

Hard to see a bargain in city’s legal revamping

Martin County Attorney Terry Viesselman is an able professional who has been carrying out the duties of his office for many years. We trust him when he says his office can assume the role of prosecutor for the city of Fairmont without too much stress. That was the essence of his message to ...

If U.S. ignores its own laws, so will illegals

No nation — especially one as attractive as ours in terms of liberty, safety and prosperity — can survive long without some firm policy on immigration. By definition, the “open borders” crowd refuses to accept that. So do those in favor of mass amnesty for illegal immigrants already in ...

Time for nation to revisit controversy

For most Americans, Roe v. Wade has been the law of the land regarding abortion. Handed down in 1973 by the U.S. Supreme Court, the ruling placed the federal government firmly in charge of regulating whether and in what circumstances women can have their pregnancies terminated. But for the ...

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Truman PUC up for vote The city of Truman will hold a special election in August to determine if the Public Utilities Commission should be abolished. There have been many issues over the years including raising utility rates in 2016 to be used for repairs. The repairs have not been done and ...

FAA must do more to ensure safety

Federal Aviation Administration acting chief Daniel Elwell was on the Capitol Hill hot seat ta couple of weeks ago — and members of Congress were right to grill him harshly. Elwell was called before the aviation subcommittee in the House of Representatives to answer questions about the ...

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 ...