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Newsletter will be a help To the Editor: Being home, being more isolated from family and friends is wearing. Hope for a less restrictive/safer future in 2021 is coming with the vaccine, but perhaps not fast enough to lessen anxieties and feelings of isolation. Fairmont Community Education ...

U.S. Postal Service in need of attention

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U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has a lot of explaining to do, as some in Washington are saying his removal this fall of mail sorting machines at postal facilities is partly to blame for challenges the U.S. Postal Service faced in getting packages delivered during the Christmas season. Of ...

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Winter sports start Monday, January 4th, Minnesota High School Winter sports practices resume. The long-awaited start of high school sports has arrived. Extracurricular activities are such a vital high school experience for many. The social connections and life lessons learned in practices, ...

Celebrate the New Year responsibly

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It will not be a surprise if months of pent-up frustrations prompt many people to blow off more than a little steam this New Year’s Eve. The evening is viewed by many as the one time a year they let their hair down, anyway. There is nothing wrong with having a little fun, of course. But ...

Government needs to be open, honest

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When politicians talk about “the science,” they often limit discussion to their science. A long as we understand that, we can defend ourselves by checking more reliable sources. But what happens when the politicians start tinkering with primary sources — with reports from government ...

“Warp speed” is good strategy, must be pursued

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Distribution of millions of doses of vaccine effective against COVID-19 was no Christmas miracle. It happened only because many people at private drug companies worked hard and at top speed — encouraged by the federal government — to develop and test the vaccines. And they were released ...

No-knock raids must be banned

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Law enforcement agencies throughout the nation have been rethinking their tactics this year, in efforts to prevent tragedies such as the death in March of Louisville, Kentucky, resident Breonna Taylor. Taylor died during a raid by police investigating illegal drug trafficking — with which ...

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Thany you from MERGE To the Editor: It’s no secret to anyone that we’ve had to get creative this year when looking for the positive and finding ways to make things work during pandemic life…but it’s a fun surprise when the new idea actually works better than the original. This ...

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FHS seeks aid Fairmont High School is in the process of recruiting area businesses to join the vocational advisory committee. FHS co-principal, Jake Tietje, has recently delivered packets to 52 businesses and industries in Martin County, informing them of the goals of the committee. The ...

U.S. officials must deter digital invasions

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What is being called the SolarWinds hack of tens of thousands of private and government networks may have been the most serious digital invasion of the United States ever, those with knowledge of the situation have said. It may take years to repair the damage, they add. As many as 18,000 ...

Exercise discernment this Christmas season

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We urge area residents thinking of going over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house this Christmas to bear one thing in mind: We are not out of the woods yet. In many ways, COVID-19 is more dangerous than ever in most states. Public health officials cautioned us all about ...

Drug companies have earned our ire

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It seems difficult sometimes to keep up with all the lawsuits against drug companies without a scorecard. But the more we learn about the truly evil practices in which some engaged, the more it seems the punishment cannot be too harsh. A bipartisan congressional report issued last week ...

Freedom of speech must have some limits

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We Americans treasure our freedom of speech. We defend it staunchly. As the old saying goes, we may not agree with what some people say, but we defend their right to say it. Unless it is intended to incite violence to harm people otherwise. There, we draw the line. In August 2019, a federal ...

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Man gives to needy Kudos to Eric Leach for turning a personal negative into a group positive. Put out of work due to an injury, Leach chose to find a way to help others during his own time of hardship, by gathering donations and giving them to the elderly and families in need. As we approach ...

Trimming proponents must not go too far

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Reforming law enforcement agencies where the stain of bigotry remains a threat to the public is important. We have no doubt the vast majority of men and women in the profession agree with that. But hamstringing them is not the answer. It not only discriminates against good cops, it also has ...

Time for congress to put aside bickering

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There is something for both liberals and conservatives not to like about the bipartisan proposal for $908 billion in new aid to Americans suffering from the COVID-19 epidemic. It is not what is in the plan but, rather, what is not in it. Many Democrats want more aid for states included in the ...

Americans need direct help right now

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A bipartisan coalition of U.S. senators and representatives is pushing for enactment of a new COVID-19 relief bill, priced at about $900 billion. Both Democrats and Republicans involved in the effort say that in the spirit of compromise, some provisions they wanted were left out of the ...

Pets are good gifts, but be ready for them

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Each Christmas season, children (and a few adults) across the country include in their requests to Santa a dog, cat, rabbit or other living creature. They want a lovable, cuddly pet. They promise they will feed it, walk it, clean up after it, take it to the vet and love it. They have no idea ...

Support local retail for Christmas

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It is no fault of billionaire Jeff Bezos that COVID-19 is the grinch who stole Christmas from many people in our communities. Bezos did not bring the virus to our country. We have no hesitation in suggesting that if he could end the epidemic by spending his entire fortune, he would do ...

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Kamp For Kids Overwhelming is the word to describe the results of the Kamp for Kids red bag collection last Saturday. Over 5,000 pounds of food, toys, and healthcare items were collected in Fairmont and other Martin County communities and delivered to the Fairmont Salvation Army Center to be ...