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Opinion

FBI must do better to regain citizens’ trust

Local Editorials

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been a long-respected entity in the U.S. government, although certainly not one free of taint. Think J. Edgar Hoover and his political ties/operations over the years. These included spying on Americans. The ghost of those bad old days has risen its ugly ...

Why should companies,unions be penalized?

Local Editorials

Little by little, the bright, appealing shell that is Obamacare is being stripped away to reveal a thoroughly rotten core. More was exposed this week. Former President Barack Obama’s administration went to great pains to shield the truth about Obamacare from the American public. After ...

Socialism holds out promise of equal misery

Local Editorials

There are serious problems in the Democratic presidential field that can be summed up in two candidates: Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. They are socialists. Which is to say they are advocates for failure. Sanders and Warren are among the “Big Four” candidates, including Joe Biden ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

A meal for everyone To the Editor: The Christian Church of Fairmont is once again serving a complete Christmas dinner on Christmas Day as a gift to the community and surrounding area. Christmas is universally celebrated as a time of gift giving, in which people of all walks of life ...

This time of year: Be warm but remain safe

Local Editorials

Temperatures have reached the point where all of us can no longer deny that winter is here. With the change of seasons comes an increase in the need to heat our homes — and fire departments are warning there is also an increased need for caution. One popular way to keep warm is space ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

Group put in the work The Community Center Committee in Fairmont is to be credited for all the work it has done to put together a viable proposal for the new facility, which would be operated by the YMCA. The committee acted with patience, gathered pertinent information and whittled down ...

Questions remain in case of Saudi shooter

Local Editorials

Until they have answers, the priority for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies needs to be determining whether Mohammed Alshamrani was a lone-wolf terrorist or part of a larger plot. Alshamrani, an officer in the Royal Saudi Air Force, was being trained at a U.S. naval base at ...

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Letters to the Editor

Thanks for the help To the Editor: I would like to acknowledge the Martin County Sentence To Serve program; its supervisors, Kyle Redenius and John McDonald; and the workers for the work they do in our community. Specifically, the crew that did a thorough job cleaning up the grounds of the ...

The ‘victory’ belongs to American workers

Local Editorials

After many weeks in which the U.S. House of Representatives has seemed preoccupied with Democrat lawmakers’ vendetta against President Donald Trump, action on a new trade agreement may finally be on the horizon. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced this week that her caucus has ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Time for referendum To the Editor: Recently, it was announced there could be a 6.5 percent property tax increase in Fairmont to support a new community center. This would be in addition to the half-cent sales tax increase already implemented. If this is true, then I suggest the city of ...

Impeachment efforts are clearly political

Local Editorials

It is a virtually foregone conclusion that the House of Representatives — Democrats in it, that is — will vote to impeach President Donald Trump. When that happens, it will go down as the most transparently political impeachment in history. Not a single Republican in the House is expected ...

Budget surplus will fuel legislative debate

Local Editorials

With a projected surplus of $1.3 billion glimmering at the end of the current state budget, legislators are sure to be talking this session about what to do with it. Do we want tax relief? More money for roads and bridges? More money for unmet health care needs? Raises for health care ...

Community colleges are blessing to many

Local Editorials

We don’t get it. Really. Apparently, according to The Associated Press, there is some sort of stigma attached to those who attend two-year colleges. As the AP reported, a Perrysburg, Ohio, college president decided to do something about the stigma. Steve Robinson, of Owens Community ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

Truman faces fallout The city of Truman continues to face the repercussions of voters’ decision this year to abolish the Public Utilities Commission. City Council members and staff are finding out how much work there is to do, and how complicated it can be. The biggest problems, it seems, ...

Seeking city’s support

Letters to the Editor

FAIRMONT One year ago, a public meeting on the community center was held at the Opera House. A presentation was given on the status of the project and the public was given the opportunity to ask questions and voice their opinions. Concerns were raised about the cost of the facility, the ...

U.S. should renew its offer to assist neighbor

Local Editorials

Just a month after Mexican drug cartel murderers massacred at least nine Americans living in that country, more evidence of mayhem south of the border has been written in blood. In early November, two separate groups of women and children were ambushed near their homes in northern Mexico. ...

Worried about climate change? Tell Chinese

Local Editorials

“Do we really want to be remembered as the generation that buried its head in the sand, that fiddled while the planet burned?” asked U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres this week. He was addressing representatives from nearly 200 nations, gathered in Spain for a meeting on climate ...

Cyphers owes attorney, city residents an apology

Local Editorials

A Fairmont City Council member engaged in a charade recently to make herself look better in light of news that was disappointing to her. Council member Ruth Cyphers should apologize to the city’s interim attorney and to citizens. The Minnesota Office of the State Auditor recently rejected ...

Fight in Afghanistan about America as well

Local Editorials

Just before Thanksgiving, several members of Congress went to Afghanistan. There they talked with U.S. forces and officials as well as Afghans, including that nation’s president, Ashraf Ghani. Making the trip were Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.; Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa; Sen. Kirsten ...

Impeachment inquiry is politically driven

Local Editorials

What has occurred thus far in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump bears little resemblance to a criminal trial — and that is appropriate. The House of Representatives move against Trump involves politics, not allegations of criminal behavior. Much of the inquiry was ...