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Opinion

Voters can help ensure all ballots are counted

Local Editorials

Concern over use of mail-in ballots for the November general election is building. Critics of the process fall into two categories: those who worry about vote fraud and those who insist many Americans may be “disenfranchised” by the system. Indeed, fraud is something of a concern — but ...

Amid pandemic, kids still relying on food aid

Local Editorials

Behind the unemployment statistics are the children. Millions are in homes where the coronavirus continues to make it difficult to put bread on the table. As the economy began throttling back because of the epidemic, many public school districts shut down too. To their credit, officials in ...

On Labor Day: Know things will get better

Local Editorials

Too many of our family members, friends, neighbors and, in some cases, former co-workers are in trouble this Labor Day for the holiday to be a time of carefree celebration. Plenty of room remains for pride in what working men and women accomplish, however. Reflecting upon it gives us reason ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

City plans virus relief The Fairmont City Council this week unanimously agreed to support development of a grant program, working with Martin County, to help businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The city and county have received federal virus relief funds, and the city already has ...

Health privacy law battles common sense

Local Editorials

With public schools in many states either reopened or ready to become so within the next few weeks, it is virtually inevitable that there will be COVID-19 outbreaks in some classrooms. That will result in calls to school officials from worried parents and guardians. “Sorry,” many of them ...

Violence in major cities does not need to go on

Local Editorials

Politicians generally try to “spin” the reality around them to make themselves look good and their opponents look bad. When it comes to party politics, the same rules apply. Break down a politician’s message and it might be, “Well, our party is honest and well-intentioned, offering good ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Taxpayers should be concerned To the Editor: With regard to the article in the Sentinel on Aug. 22, I crunched the numbers on what the city of Fairmont has to pay or has paid, and this is what I came up with: o Former city administrator Mike Humpal is collecting $17,764 per month since he ...

Today, let us remember those who served nation

Local Editorials

One wonders how many Americans know the significance of today. It is the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan, or V-J Day — and the end of the most horrific conflict the world has ever seen. Though Japan’s surrender was announced on Aug. 14, 1945, the official observance in this ...

Federal Reserve should stay the course

Local Editorials

At this point in the economy’s recovery from COVID-19, the concern needs to be stagnation, not inflation. Good for Federal Reserve officials for recognizing that. Central banks are looked to for help in situations such as that facing the economy today. By holding down interest rates, they ...

Parents need to give children the right gifts

Local Editorials

Virtually all of the rich and powerful parents caught in the federal probe last year of cheating schemes meant to get their children into prestigious colleges and universities have insisted their hearts were in the right place. They just wanted to help their children. What mom or dad cannot ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

Transit extends relief The Faribault and Martin County transit system has been a blessing for many this year as the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted lives and gouged pocketbooks. Transit suspended its fares earlier this year, through Aug. 31. Now it has extended this relief through the end ...

As schools reopen: Please drive cautiously

Local Editorials

Though there is nothing normal about this year’s return to school, one thing remains the same: It is, as ever, important to remember there are kids headed back to schools again. Changes make it even more important to be aware constantly, rather than just in the school zones with which you ...

Fairmont must trim, revamp its 2021 budget

Local Editorials

The Fairmont City Council has a lot on its plate when it comes to the city’s 2021 budget. Given a proposed 11.5 percent hike in the property tax levy — amid the uncertainty of a pandemic — the council has some work to do in prioritizing and putting off expenses. Businesses and individuals ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Graham way off base To the Editor: I like to rely on the Sentinel, to bring me information that is accurate and useful. Most of the time you succeed, but sometimes not. Case in point: Last Thursday’s rant by columnist Tim Graham about how Michelle Obama is excessively pampered. In my ...

Foundation takes action

Letters to the Editor

OWATONNA In times of crises, life as we know it quickly unravels, but we immediately start to pick up the pieces and do our best to navigate new terrain. It helps to have organizations that are already positioned to help pick up those pieces. The current health and economic crisis has ...

Fed needs to strike housing balancing act

Local Editorials

Among the brightest bits of news linked to the COVID-19 epidemic was the report last week that home sales are booming in the United States. The pace of home purchases jumped by a record-high 24.7% last month, according to the National Association of Realtors. Analysts credited low mortgage ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

We turned away from God To the Editor: I appreciate President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election slogan, “Keep America Great.” And I also appreciated President Trump’s 2016 election slogan, “Make America Great Again.” Those slogans are good, but the problem is America is not ...

Corruption at FBI threatens everyone

Local Editorials

It is more than unfortunate that virtually everything seems to be colored by politics these days. It also may be hazardous to our freedoms. More and more, it is becoming apparent that a few powerful people in the government broke the law in spying on a candidate for president in 2016. Just ...

Deadly violence calls for investing in police

Local Editorials

During the week that ended Aug. 16, more than 30 American children were killed or wounded in shootings across the United States, according to one gun violence archive. Among the most recent tragedies was one in Akron, Ohio. There, Mikayla Pickett, 8, was hit by a bullet fired by one of four ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

‘Chaos’ or resistance? The state of Iowa is facing school reopening “chaos,” as reported by some in the media. The “chaos” is nothing more than fear and resistance to Gov. Kim Reynolds’ reopening plan by the state’s teachers union. Reynolds has set a high bar for schools ...