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Opinion

It’s Homecoming week

Letters to the Editor

Homecoming has been a carried on tradition for American high schools and colleges for as long as anyone can remember. Homecoming is a time for students, staff, alumni and community to come together in school spirit. This special week consists of many heartfelt traditions that we hope everyone ...

Won’t be quiet any mor

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To the Editor:I kept quiet when the Supreme Court illegally created a law giving all homosexuals in this our United States the right to marry. Shame on me.I kept quiet when Kim Davis was thrown in jail without bail for voicing her firmly held religious beliefs. Shame on me.I kept quiet as an ...

Et cetera …

Local Editorials

Is it worth the expense?We have to at least question the long-term wisdom of the Granada-Huntley-East Chain School District asking voters for major facility upgrades this fall. While district residents may be willing to pay for new infrastructure and keep paying additional costs to operate the ...

Blue Earth Area tests a new grading method

Local Editorials

We are intrigued by something happening in the classroom of Elizabeth Stallman, a teacher at Blue Earth Area Schools. She is implementing a standard-based grading system, meant to help find and target the specific academic needs of each student.As she explains things:?"A traditional gradebook ...

School, teachers forge pact to retain educators

Local Editorials

Through good-natured ribbing or with some actual irritation, people talk about the salaries of public school teachers, here in Fairmont and elsewhere. People appreciate the work that goes into educating (not always cooperative) young minds. But they also raise a few eyebrows around contract ...

Volunteers appreciated

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To the Editor:Fairmont Opera House wishes to thank Grace Lutheran Church for the hours of assistance donated to clean and improve the theater. The volunteers were cheerful and helpful, and a great deal of important work was completed.Working with such supportive people helps the Opera House on ...

Dog Park group: Thanks

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To the Editor:Two years ago, a small group of ordinary citizens set out to build a dog park in Fairmont. Their vision was simple - together we can a build a dog park. With the help of many financial supporters, the city of Fairmont, volunteers, committee members and community support, the ...

No country has ever been allowed to do this

Local Editorials

It is highly doubtful the FBI, on the trail of a terrorist bomb-maker, would ask him to provide samples of the wood from his basement workbench to be tested for traces of explosive materials. He could wipe a little oil and sawdust onto a just-purchased board, hand it in and walk away.But the ...

Flu vaccine protects you and those near you

Local Editorials

If you are like most people, you buckle your seatbelt when you get in a car or truck. After all, with about 33,000 traffic deaths each year in the United States, there's no sense taking chances.So ... Gotten your flu shot yet? Why not? Influenza kills about 24,000 Americans every year.If you ...

Blood drive grateful

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To the Editor:I would like to extend a special thank you to the Fairmont community for its support of the blood drive held last week at the Holiday Inn. Thanks to the Sentinel and for its help communicating the details of the blood drive.Did you know?o Volunteer blood donors are the only source ...

Russians won’t work under similar delusions

Local Editorials

Almost undoubtedly, Russian military advisers and weaponry being sent to Syria will do more to defeat the Islamic State terrorist army than has been accomplished by the United States. They could hardly do worse.Last week, members of Congress learned what has been done with the $500 million they ...

Their work is appreciated

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To the Editor:The week of Sept. 1319 was designated at the national and state level as "Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week." Both Congress and the Minnesota governor's office have chosen to recognize and honor the important role that direct support workers play in the lives of people ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

Congrats, Red RockWe extend our congratulations to Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont, which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary.Red Rock only exists because of the dedication and commitment of a group of individuals who worked to save the former church site from a wrecking ball, then ...

Defeating Islamic State means bolstering Assad

Local Editorials

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said he is considering acceptance of an offer for U.S. and Russian military leaders to discuss Moscow's new assistance program for Syria. One question on his mind, Kerry told reporters, is whether the Russians intend just to help battle Islamic State ...

Donations appreciated

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To the Editor:As the school year is getting under way, the staff and students at Fairmont Elementary School are grateful for all of the donations of school supplies and winter gear.Many community members and businesses - including Profinium Financial and Marketlink, whose staff organized supply ...

Garden tour a success

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To the Editor:The members of MOSS (Many Offerings of Special Support) would like to thank the garden owners from this year's garden tour and all the garden lovers who attended the tour. Once again, the gardens were inspiring and a delight.This year's funds purchased equipment for three young ...

Balske’s incredible gift benefits local graduates

Local Editorials

The Lorraine Balske estate last week donated $1.5 million to the Fairmont chapter of Dollars for Scholars, which provides scholarships to local high school graduates. Balske's gift is incredible, and provides several important lessons.The first and most important is the awesome legacy one human ...

Congress should make terrorism the concern

Local Editorials

About half the detainees still at the Guantanamo Bay prison for terrorists pose no threat, the White House insists. So why is it so difficult to find any other country - anyone - willing to take them?Despite clear opposition from Congress and the American people, President Barack Obama is ...

Some Americans, it seems, have forgotten

Local Editorials

Fourteen years ago, Americans were brutally shocked out of our complacency regarding Islamic terrorism when organized murderers used aircraft in a massive attack on us.We learned quickly the assault had been mounted by al-Qaida terrorists who enjoyed a safe haven in Afghanistan, courtesy of ...

Thanks donors, volunteers

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To the Editor:The kindergarten teachers and staff at Fairmont Elementary School would like to thank the generous donors in the surrounding communities who aided in providing about 120 kindergarteners with their school supplies for the 2015-2016 school year. They are always anxious to explore ...