Opinion

‘Fling’ went well

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:City of Lakes Garden Club recently hosted "The Regional Gardener's Spring Fling" on April 11. The event was well received by those who attended.Val Manning of Fairmont won the door prize for the annual Ed Hiley Mennonite Greenhouse Tour, which is a one-day event to the Charles ...

Foundation grateful

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:Fairmont Lakes Foundation would like to thank the Martin County Conservation Club for its wonderful contribution to our foundation. It's really fantastic to see that another organization would step up and recognize the value of our mission by contributing financially toward ...

Do we want this?

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:The United Nations - via the Refugee Resettlement Program - is behind our refugee situation. It's time to bring this fact "out of the shadows." Up to 95 percent of the refugees currently present in the U.S., large numbers from terrorist-sponsoring countries, were ordered here by ...

Our nation’s debt path cannot be sustained

Local Editorials

Within a decade, the U.S. national debt, now $18.2 trillion, will soar to $27 trillion, the Congressional Budget Office predicts. Paying the interest alone on that will cost American taxpayers $722 billion a year.Far from curbing deficit spending that builds the debt, Congress and President ...

Arts enhance our lives

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:We have known for a long time that the arts and culture are important to south-central Minnesota and Martin County. They enhance our quality of life, bring diverse communities together and make our area a magnet for jobs and business.A new study, "Creative Minnesota," shows that ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

Hardee's set to openFairmont has seen its share of losses when it comes to some national restaurant chains, coffee places and fast foot stops. So it is nice to see the news that Hardee's has decided to open up shop here on May 11.Fairmont is a prime location along Interstate 90 for travelers to ...

No one required to live at Friendship Village

Local Editorials

Owning something of value comes with a self-imposed responsibility:?To maintain the value requires work and commitment. When someone owns a car, house, boat, etc., they know these things do not take care of themselves. There is time, money and effort involved.It can be more difficult to ...

Council rightly approves study on police staffing

Local Editorials

City of Fairmont officials and the police department have been under some heat in recent years. The general complaint:?Too many police officers, with the resulting nuisance:?too many traffic stops, too much attention paid to citizens who are just trying to live their lives in this quiet little ...

Support appreciated

Letters to the Editor

Support appreciatedTo the Editor:On behalf of the Martin County Federation/Council and Martin County Ambassador team, I would like to thank all of our 4-H volunteers for their dedication, hard work and time they have put into our program.The week of April 12-18 is National Volunteer Week and I, ...

Excited about city’s future

Letters to the Editor

Excited about city's futureTo the Editor:We moved from Okabena to Fairmont in 1963 and I joined the high school teaching staff. I then worked at the Sentinel from 1967 to 1980, and then became an insurance agent, retiring on Dec. 31, 2013.We always felt that Fairmont was an excellent choice to ...

Congress must rein in rebellious bureaucrats

Local Editorials

True public servants are frowned upon by some in the federal bureaucracy. Anyone daring to rock the boat by going public with evidence of malfeasance risks retaliation.Regardless of laws intended to protect whistleblowers, it takes a good deal of courage to be one. Government employees are all ...

Law needed to make President obey laws?

Local Editorials

Apparently it has come to this: Some members of Congress believe they must stipulate by law that President Barack Obama must obey the law.Obama has taken the law into his own hands, in direct violation of the Separation of Powers Doctrine, on matters ranging from Obamacare to international ...

Obama shouldn’t make false case about climate

Local Editorials

It should come as no surprise that President Barack Obama persists in being untruthful about climate change. His record for veracity is abysmal.He did it again a few days ago, insisting that, "We know climate change is not a distant threat ... most Americans see climate change hitting their ...

AgStar grant helpful

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:On behalf of the Martin County Historical Society board of directors, I would like to acknowledge and thank the AgStar Fund for Rural America for its grant in the amount of $2,500 that was used for the replacement of a defective furnace in the Pioneer Museum in Fairmont. AgStar's ...

Session warming up

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:Now that both bodies of the Minnesota Legislature have submitted their fiscal targets for the upcoming budget cycle, the heavy lifting at the State Capitol is about to begin.This is the time of year at the Legislature when we kick it into high gear. Once leadership has made budget ...

Et cetera …

Local Editorials

Donnelly did great jobMartin County Commissioner Steve Donnelly announced this week that he will be stepping down from his position because of health reasons. Donnelly has served on the commission for 24 years.His longevity on the board says something about the trust and respect his ...

Leaders, farm groups can draft a quality plan

Local Editorials

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has a plan to create 50-foot buffer strips along waterways in the state. The idea is to pay farmers through long-term contracts to give up some land (the buffer zones) to protect waterways from runoff. It is this runoff that allows farm chemicals and pesticides into ...

Surplus doesn’t have to be spent or returned

Local Editorials

Minnesota lawmakers have returned to the State Capitol to face some heavy-duty work:?crafting a $40 billion state budget and deciding what to do with a projected $2 billion surplus.While the surplus could help make the budget fight easier, state residents should not count on it. Government is ...

On topic of science

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:The April 3 "Let science, exploration prevail in the classroom" editorial stated: "The topics of evolution and climate change are creating division." Squelch truth; create division.Evolution: As a subscriber to fanatically pro-evolution magazines, I always find it amazing that ...

Clinton cannot, should not be shielded forever

Local Editorials

Plans to officially launch Hillary Clinton's campaign for president clearly are aimed at shielding her from verbal missteps and embarrassing questions, as well as limiting the damage from such encounters.Clinton aides told an Associated Press reporter she will focus on "intimate events" rather ...