Local Editorials

Trump’s action creates worry about precedent

Give President Donald Trump credit for being transparent about his plan to exert executive authority in what many view as a challenge to Congress. At least Trump, unlike his predecessor, is not engaging in a covert operation. For months, the president has insisted at least $5.7 billion is ...

Americans are failing to deal with debt crisis

We Americans are failing to cope with a serious crisis, and it has little to do with border security. It is the national debt, which topped $22 trillion last week. Consider just one aspect of the debt: Federal government spending totals about $4.4 trillion per year. Of that amount, more than ...

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Rebates get results One positive way to enact change is to give people an incentive to do something, rather than punish them if they do not. So it is in Fairmont, where commercial and residential utility customers have netted more than $1.3 million in rebates in the past five years. They ...

Walz: Enbridge now needs a ‘social permit’

Enbridge Energy has operated a crude oil pipeline — called Line 3 — across northern Minnesota since the 1960s. It begins in Canada and ends at a terminal in Superior, Wis. The oil is processed by refineries in the Midwest that turn it into many products, including gasoline. Line 3 is ...

Trump should sign bill, keep making his case

Fifty-five miles of border made impassable to illegal immigrants beats nothing. That is the view President Donald Trump should take of a border barrier compromise hammered out by Republicans and Democrats in Congress. With the three-week deadline to avoid another partial shutdown of ...

Compassion involves personal choice, action

Our society needs to have an honest discussion about compassion. While people may think they know what it means, it is clear there are instances of compassion being misinterpreted, and even twisted to represent something it is not. Let’s start with the basics. We probably all know someone, ...

Pelosi’s forces work to torpedo compromise

When winning at all costs becomes the primary objective of politicians, the American people suffer. Important initiatives are not undertaken. Bad things can happen. During much of the so-called “government shutdown,” it appeared that both President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy ...

They know the truth, but are not interested

At first, one might be inclined to think that liberals (wrongly) believe they can just “tax the rich” to pay for the government schemes they dream up. But since “the rich” actually do not have enough money to cover all these plans, one might conclude that liberals are just ...

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Making big promises Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, a Democrat, recently told a gathering of officials from outstate cities that he plans to boost local government aid to them by about $30 million. The pledge drew strong applause from city officials. Residents of outstate cities certainly deserve ...

Cheating workers or businesses is wrong

A bill introduced this week in the Minnesota House of Representatives would give the state more power to help workers recover wages they have earned but not been paid by their employers. The state estimates that at least 40,000 workers in Minnesota are victims of wage theft every year, at a ...

Boycott of Starbucks? Who will it really hurt?

Liberal leaders are so angry about any potential challenges to the Democratic Party’s new far-left orthodoxy that some are beginning to sound like positively vicious. Take the reaction to former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s decision to consider running for president as an independent. ...

Public schools should be philosophically neutral

People who live in the Fairmont area know that the educators who work around here, and the schools where they work, are focused — appropriately — on quality education for young people. Nothing is perfect at any school, but the people involved are striving to do their best. We appreciate the ...

Trump needs solution; Pelosi needs to accept it

President Donald Trump may have much to say on a great number of topics tonight when he delivers his postponed State of the Union speech. But many listeners, perhaps including the woman who will be seated directly behind Trump, will be listening closely for comments on a single subject: “the ...

Leaving Afghanistan: Admonish Taliban first

To Americans of a certain age, the conflict in Afghanistan is beginning to look a lot like the Vietnam War. There are crucial differences, however, and they need to be borne in mind. U.S. troops continued to fight — and die — in Vietnam long after Washington stopped trying to win that ...

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Drivers like change Drivers in rural Minnesota are happy with the decision to raise the speed limit to 60 mph on most two-lane highways in the state. The new limit already has been posted on two-thirds of highways scheduled for the adjustment. While some believe the higher speed limit ...

Wrongheaded ‘solution’: Punish legal businesses

In the eyes of many liberals, businesses are generally “wrong,” even evil. Yet never evil enough to be put out of business. Why do that when they can be squeezed to fund government schemes, right? So it is in Minnesota, where Democratic lawmakers, backed by Gov. Tim Walz, are moving a ...

Dumb semantic games highlight ‘wall’ debate

Politics used to be described as the art of compromise. Apparently it has degenerated into a game of semantics. It appears one politically important question involved in whether President Donald Trump gets the $5.7 billion he wants for more physical barriers along our border with Mexico is ...

There is much that can be examined in education

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is considering moving the state away from making school districts rely on local tax levy referendums to fund their operations. A report in the Star Tribune this week said Walz is considering overhauling the way the state funds school districts, to make the state more ...

Does Pelosi want to tear down barriers?

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said Democrats in her chamber will not provide funds for a physical barrier along the southern border because it is “immoral.” How so? Either the United States has controls over immigration or it does not. If Pelosi, D-Calif., thinks we ...

Shutdown ends, so will Dems keep their word?

Now, the ball is in U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s court. She has insisted for weeks that she and other Democrats would negotiate over President Donald Trump’s request for funds to erect new physical barriers on the nation’s southern border only if he agreed to end the partial shutdown ...