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Opinion

U.S. fortunate to have a great friend in Canada

Local Editorials

A formation of nine foreign warplanes making low passes over Washington, D.C., normally would be cause for enormous alarm.But not recently. Those looking up at the aircraft would have seen maple leaf markings on them.No problem. It's the Canadians. They're good friends.It is difficult to ...

A desperate candidate

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:Recently, Zac Huntley submitted a rhetorical, partisan campaign letter in this newspaper that was off base and blatantly wrong. I actually debated not responding due to its ridiculousness, but I wanted to give readers the real story so fiction doesn't supersede fact.As chief ...

Damning report shows Clinton’s reckless acts

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Often, it is true: Where there's smoke, there's fire. In Hillary Clinton's case, it is a four-alarm blaze.More revelations about her illegal use of a private email server while secretary of state came to light this week. The State?Department's own inspector general released an 83-page report ...

School grateful to all

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:Dear Friends,St. James Lutheran School returned to its building on April 25, leaving Martin Luther High School: both a sad and a beautiful goodbye. After several weeks readjusting and getting back to "normal," St. James is closing its doors for summer recess. It's time to take a ...

Editorial

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President Barack Obama's administration is in a hurry to release thousands of drug offenders from prison before their original sentences have expired. But freeing those who have paid their dues in full? Not so much."Staff errors" were blamed in a Justice Department report that admitted 152 ...

True memorials matter

Letters to the Editor

WASHINGTONEvery year on Memorial Day, we remember those we have lost while they served in our military. It is a time to reflect on how we honor these fallen heroes and how we treat those who have followed, our brave veterans, with the dignity and respect they have earned.Throughout our nation's ...

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Local Editorials

Student service supportedNot everyone may have the natural skills or have put in the time and effort it takes to be an athlete or musician at Fairmont High School. For students whose interests lie elsewhere, there is now another way to earn a varsity letter: giving of themselves.Fairmont Area ...

Efforts greatly appreciated

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:A letter of thanks to the Fairmont Area Schools and the students, faculty, support staff and administration who participated in the "Cardinal Connections - Community Service Day" on Friday, May 20.If you happened to see a group of students in brightly colored T-shirts with an ...

Program brings CER activities to local parks

Local Editorials

Fairmont City Council this week tossed its approval and support behind a new program of organized and supervised summer recreational activities at city parks. The program is being developed through Community Education and Recreation, directed at students in grades 1-6.While one might ask why ...

Legislature fails, so voters get to weigh in

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From one perspective, it is easy to say the Minnesota Legislature failed to do its job during the recently concluded session. Two major bills - public works projects and transportation funding - did not find a consensus. And while it's possible that a special session may yet be called to try to ...

Bill provides tax relief

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:A bipartisan agreement that provides more than $800 million in tax relief over the next three years has been approved in the Minnesota Legislature and is on its way to Gov. Mark Dayton's desk. I voted in favor of the proposal.Considering we had a $900 million surplus at our ...

U.S. should make sure Vietnam understands

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Instead of risking a confrontation with China himself, President Barack Obama has decided to let Vietnam do so over Beijing's expansionism. He did so by lifting an arms embargo in place for decades against Vietnam.Using other countries or even organizations as proxies in such situations is not ...

We thank our military and our God

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:Memorial Day - a day set aside to honor and remember those who served in our military here and all over the world. Many of whom gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country so we can enjoy all the freedoms we have. A sacrifice they knew was worth giving to ensure their children and ...

Bill prevents muskie stocking

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To the Editor:Last week I received an email from the Taxpayers for Family Fishing. It stated that one more hurdle to get legislative change has cleared the House. The House passed the Game and Fish bill by a vote of 85-42. One of the provisions in this bill is to prohibit muskie stocking in the ...

Looking at Budd Lake water issue

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:A review of problems with the Budd Lake drinking water source in Fairmont.1. Physical - Excess turbidity results from the water intake located on the mud bottom of the lake.2. Chemical - The yearly blue-green algal bloom produces extremely poisonous cyanotoxins during filtration ...

Republicans did right thing to honor women

Local Editorials

Members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots group who flew noncombat missions for the military during World War II deserve to be viewed as veterans. A 1977 federal law codified that.In 2002, under then-President George W. Bush, the decision was made to allow any ex-WASPs who desired to be ...

Editorial

Local Editorials

Everyone pays forObama's vote-buyingPresident Barack Obama has taken vote-buying for himself and his Democrat Party to a new high in politics. Last week, through an announcement by Vice?President Joe Biden in Columbus, Ohio, he made a bid for 4.2 million new loyalists.Biden announced the White ...

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Local Editorials

City does what it shouldFairmont was hit with a water problem this week. That's not great news, but city officials responded quickly and appropriately to inform local residents and to remedy the situation.Nitrate levels in the local water supply were elevated, raising a concern about giving it ...

Readers’ Views

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Poor way to startTo the Editor:Those of us who were hoping that our local political races might be spared the bluster and pomposity likely to be seen in this fall's presidential campaign were likely left quite disappointed after reading their Sentinel on May 17. I read Mr. Huntley's May 17 ...

Lawmakers do right thing; Obama doesn’t

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Most of us recognize the danger of spur-of-the-moment spending decisions. We guard against marketing strategies intended to make us reach for our credit cards first and ask questions later.Too often that is not the philosophy in Washington, where the cost of imprudent spending can be in the ...