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Opinion

Favored ‘Budd’ for park

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:After reading the article published in the Reader's Views section of the Sentinel by Ed Brekke-Kramer, I was compelled to write my opinion.Living in Fairmont for more than 71 years, I have been interested in the progress of the city. When it was decided to build a water plant on ...

Law helping our disabled citizens

Letters to the Editor

WASHINGTONMinnesota's own Hubert Humphrey once said that the moral test of our government isn't just in how we treat the young, healthy and able-bodied. It's also how we treat the sick, the needy and people with disabilities - those in need of a little extra support.These values are near and ...

Appeals Court should rectify earlier decision

Local Editorials

In early June, a panel of judges in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia threw out challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to shut down even more coal-fired power plants. Judges ruled it was premature to hear the cases - because they were in objection to the ...

Zimbabwe needs to take a look in the mirror

Local Editorials

Cecil, the lion killed illegally in Zimbabwe by an American dentist, will not have died in vain if what happened to him draws attention to the threat of extinction of his kind. But the government of Zimbabwe, where Cecil was killed, is doing all it can to divert attention from the real ...

Remarkable people respond

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:I would like to thank the Sentinel for its coverage of the accident that occurred Saturday night and the story of the homeowners who miraculously came out of it unharmed.While I was there on site for much of it helping my clients, the real credit should go to the Fairmont Fire ...

Stakeholders head west

Letters to the Editor

OWATONNASouthern Minnesota Initiative Foundation serves 20 counties. While this is just a fraction of the state, it's a large area: it takes more than three and a half hours to drive from Springfield to Spring Grove - and that's without road construction or snow drifts.In the course of our ...

Congress, president fall short on ivory trade

Local Editorials

An ongoing environmental disaster has not received appropriate attention from world leaders, including both Republican and Democrat presidents and members of Congress in the United States. It is the slaughter of endangered animals. Once they are gone in the wild, many can never be ...

Music on the Plaza

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:The Downtown Plaza Association wants to thank KSUM-KFMC for donating a speaker for the third block of the Plaza. The Association would like to again have music playing while you shop. With KSUM-KFMC's help, all shoppers will get to enjoy music on special occasions.Phyllis ...

Grant aids greenhouse

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:On behalf of the Martin County West FFA Chapter, we would like to extend a thank you to the Martin County Area Foundation for awarding us a grant to aid in the completion of our greenhouse project.This summer, we are building a 24-by-48-foot greenhouse on school grounds. The ...

Disappointing to hear

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:I usually love going to the Civic Summer Theatre. But I think using the Lord's name in vain is awful in the "Spamalot" musical. They took a good musical and made it into a bad one, in my opinion.The musical did not have to use the Lord's name in vain and would have still got the ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

Kids celebrate 'Heroes'Kids love action and heroes, and they get excited about meeting and interacting with them. So the "Hero Celebration" this week in Fairmont was a great success. Police, firefighters, National Guard members and others talked to children about their lives and work, and ...

N. Korea demonstrates what Iran could be like

Local Editorials

A preview of one potential scenario for a Middle East including a nuclear-armed Iran is being provided just a few time zones away, in North Korea.There, U.S. officials, both Democrat and Republican, for decades did little in reaction to North Korean leaders' combination of saber rattling and ...

Arc says thank you

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:The Arc Friday Night Bowling League brings about 100 self-advocates (people with disabilities) and their staff and family to the Bowlmor beginning in mid-September and ending at the end of April.Bowlers this year received an end-of-the-year bowling pin with their name and date, ...

Name park for school

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:An open letter to the mayor and City Council of Fairmont:There can be many and diverse ways to remember a contribution to a community, or a contributer to a community.In the case of the redevelopment of the former water filtration plant to a public park, there is clearly a major ...

Great event, great city

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:On behalf of the Fairmont Area Runners and Fairmont Community Education and Recreation, I would like to express our thanks to the volunteers and sponsors of the 37th annual Fairmont Summer Run.On July 25, runners and their families participated in 5-mile, 2-mile, half-mile and ...

Society disarms victims, then laments shootings

Local Editorials

A group of Republican lawmakers in Minnesota are advocating a bill that would allow active duty members of the military and National Guard to carry weapons without permits, given recent attacks on military facilities. The lawmakers say men and women in uniform are being targeted because they ...

Kiwanis grateful for supporters

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To the Editor:The Fairmont Uptown Kiwanis Club thanks the following businesses for contributions to the Kiwanis baseball fundraiser on July 16 at the Fairmont Elementary School ball diamonds: Fareway Stores, for hot dogs and buns; Culligan, for the water; and Perkins Restaurant, for the ice.A ...

Bricks available at dog park site

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:Is there is a special pet or family member, event or business you would like to honor or memorialize? Here is your opportunity. Personalized engraver bricks will be installed at the Fairmont Area Dog Park in September.A personalized 4-by-8 engraver brick is $50 and supports the ...

No pact means war? But it could lead to war

Local Editorials

White House political aides are doing an excellent job of fear-mongering to convince members of Congress to support the proposed nuclear arms deal with Iran. Their argument: The only other option is war.But war is not the only other option. If anything, giving Iran what it is seeking through ...

Sometimes getting what you want isn’t that great

Local Editorials

It is likely that soon, thousands of fast-food restaurant workers in New York will have a personal understanding of the warning, "Be careful what you wish for. You may get it."State officials have bowed to pressure and agreed that New York's $8.75 an hour minimum wage is not enough for about ...