Opinion

Ebola, other diseases should remain priorities

Local Editorials

President Barack Obama has made it clear he believes the route to peace in our time leads through a campaign of making people in other nations like Americans. Nothing accomplishes that like saving lives abroad.Later this month, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is to visit Washington. ...

Kinship grateful for help with sale

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:Kinship, a nonprofit mentoring program for youth ages 5-15, would like to thank the community for supporting its 7th annual "Gala Gowns Go Green" sale. The sale was a huge success with over 60 dresses finding new homes. Kinship raised over $l,600.A big thank you to Five Lakes ...

Telemedicine Act is crucial tool

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:I recently introduced Senate File 981, the "Minnesota Telemedicine Act." It will improve access to high-quality, cost-effective health care for residents of greater Minnesota.Rural and less population-dense communities in Minnesota often have difficulty recruiting and retaining ...

Party discipline? What about doing right thing?

Local Editorials

President Barack Obama can provide no scientifically based specific reason for vetoing a bill to allow construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline - but he has killed the measure anyway.It is not that Obama has not used the full power of the federal government in an attempt to justify his ...

Let’s help seniors, disabled

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To the Editor:When the new Minnesota House majority created the Aging and Long Term Care Policy Committee in December, it served as a signal to Minnesotans that the needs of our elderly and those who care for them and the disabled would become a top priority at the State Capitol.I serve on the ...

Local foods industry excels

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OWATONNARecently, Target Corp. announced the expansion of its Made to Matter program, an initiative that highlights exclusive "better-for-you products" from mostly up-and-coming brands.The program is part of Target's plan to boost its reputation as a retailer that provides healthier and less ...

Postal Service reform bill should be approved

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Reflecting widespread dissatisfaction with changes made by the U.S.?Postal Service during the past few years, U.S. Rep. David McKinley has gained impressive, bipartisan support for a resolution to stop the decline in mail service.McKinley is sponsoring a House resolution intended to instruct ...

God bless you for your part

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:What a wonderful community we live in. On Saturday, Feb. 21, more than 350 people came together for the 7th annual Kids Against Hunger Food Pack, and became "Hunger Heroes."The Fairmont Armory was a busy place with 35 teams working from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. These wonderful people of ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

More information neededHockey and soccer associations in Fairmont this week asked the local school board for funding. That might be a valid idea for one or both of these groups.But first they need to open up their books and describe in detail how they raise funds and how much they raise. With ...

A great event, a great time

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:This letter of thanks is for the NSSR, which is the abbreviation for National Straightline Snowmobile Racing. This group hosted a snowmobile racing event on Hall Lake here in Fairmont on Saturday, Feb. 21.The event was held on a very cold and breezy day and still family and ...

There is no peaceful co-existence with terror

Local Editorials

Jobs for Jihadists? Will that be President Barack Obama's new strategy for battling Islamic terrorists? It is a real possibility, in view of Obama's thinking.Millions of young Muslim men throughout the world are unemployed. Yet the vast majority of them have never decided the answer to their ...

Voting reforms: More time seems reasonable

Local Editorials

There were a couple of possible voting changes introduced at the Minnesota Legislature recently. We are intrigued by one, and find the other redundant.A bill in the Minnesota Senate would create an early voting window of 15 days prior to an election when polling places would be open. A Saturday ...

Attention all scolds: Mind your own business

Local Editorials

Some people are scolds. It's unfortunate. They like to nag others, usually in a high-handed way, and sometimes they utilize the coercive power of government to enforce their beliefs on their fellow man. We aren't sure what psychologists would say about scolds. Perhaps corralling the actions of ...

Group appreciates help

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To the Editor:Fairmont Dollars for Scholars served more than 580 chicken dinners at our annual fundraiser in January. Thank you to our community for helping us support our mission of providing scholarships to help Fairmont youth achieve their dreams through higher education.We also want to ...

U.S. should put focus on protecting soldiers

Local Editorials

When U.S. troops invaded Iraq in 2003, they went in with the most sophisticated technology available. Helicopters, jet fighters, tanks, "smart" bombs, etc., were the envy of most other armed forces in the world.But our troops did not have enough personal body armor and armored vehicles. As a ...

Bigger question: Would Bush take on spending?

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In what clearly was a presidential campaign speech, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush missed a very big point on Wednesday.His speech was on his views on foreign affairs. He insisted his ideas differ from those of his brother, ex-President George W. Bush, or his father, ex-President George H.W. ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

'Gap' coddles bratsThere is something called a "discipline gap" occurring at Minnesota schools, with nonwhite students accounting for 61 percent of suspensions and expulsions from classrooms in 2013-2014. An implication is being made that these students are being treated unfairly because of ...

Imposed ‘fairness’ comes with big costs

Local Editorials

There are many things in life that some people view as "fair," but we don't believe implementing this vision through force applied by government is the best solution. There are often hidden costs and lost freedoms associated with this approach. We note that under minimum wage laws those ...

MNsure, like Obamacare, can’t deliver on promises

Local Editorials

Minnesota's health insurance exchange - MNsure - is in the news again this week and, again, the news is not good. An audit out Tuesday showed that MNsure failures far outweighed successess during its first year of operation. Then, on Wednesday, the agency reported it fell short of its targets ...

Well beyond time to replace Obamacare

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Millions of Americans already have learned that?Obamacare is hazardous to their financial health. Now, as federal income tax returns are being prepared, as many as 4 million more may find the law taking a bite out of their bank accounts.But the process of enforcing onerous provisions of the law ...