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Teachers, students grateful To the Editor: The kindergarten teachers and staff at Fairmont Elementary School would like to take the time to show our appreciation to 3M Gives for their generosity. It willingly supplied 126 kindergarteners with school supplies for the school year, including a ...

Fracking has benefited the nation, its citizens

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Three Democratic candidates for president, and perhaps more, are hoping to gain votes by proposing all-out prohibitions on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, used in the oil and natural gas industries. Sens. Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have all proposed the bans. Look ...

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How about obeying laws? To the Editor: One last comment on ELCA allowing its churches to become sanctuary churches. Jesus is compassionate and forgiving. He tells us in the Bible to also be compassionate and forgiving. But nowhere in the Bible does he tell us to break the law. Elroy ...

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Council finds consensus The Fairmont City Council did something remarkable this week on a divisive issue: it arrived at a unanimous decision. The council decided to ask its interim city attorney to work with city staff and the council to define the scope of an investigation and help recommend ...

Privatization without strings is not prudent

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Before the so-called “subprime mortgage crisis” several years ago, two quasi-private entities with long names shortened by many to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac performed important roles in mortgage markets. They bought mortgages from private lenders, then sold them to investors. That helped ...

Follow advice of CDC

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Vaping — use of electronic devices rather than burning tobacco to inhale nicotine — at one time seemed to be a good alternative to smoking. But something seems to have gone badly wrong. Federal officials are investigating a spate of serious breathing illnesses linked to vaping in 33 ...

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Block party went well To the Editor: Thank you to everyone in the Veterans Park neighborhood and our wider community who came to the first annual fall Veterans Park multi-block party. As with other multi-block parties, we were amazed and blessed by how the weather cooperated to warm those ...

Remember who we are to honor memory of 9/11

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Very few students graduating from high school this year were alive when nearly 3,000 people were killed during terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. Even many college graduates have few, if any, memories of the day. Many of those who will vote next year do not recall the ...

Fairmont wins grant; Apple Tree will open

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Believe it or not, good things keep happening in Fairmont. Two more occurred Monday, first when it was announced that the city of Fairmont has received a $434,000 state grant to extend utility services to two new industrial sites at the intersection of I-90 and the fairgrounds road. Getting ...

‘Terrorist’ watchlist dangerous, unwieldy

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More than a million people in our country are “known or suspected” terrorists, according to the government, in a claim that reaches astronomical heights of imbecility. It makes sense for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies to maintain a list of people who truly pose threats to ...

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Focus on big picture Martin County commissioners this week gave conditional approval to CHS Inc. for a tax abatement sought by the company. The county wants the firm to create a staging area for trucks and to plant trees to help neighbors with privacy. CHS sounds amenable to the provisions, ...

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Who is Jesus with? To the Editor: A recent letter to the editor in both the Fairmont Sentinel and Truman Tribune chastised the Evangelical Church of America for allowing its churches to become sanctuary churches. As a proud member of an ELCA church, I am tempted to respond with facts and ...

Are Americans going to fall for this nonsense?

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Well, they’re at it again, trying to pit Americans against each other and disrupt the upcoming presidential election. The Russians? We don’t know, although it is certain that the Kremlin’s online campaign of inciting dissention among us never stopped. Someone decided Democratic ...

Democratic contenders would ban fossil fuels?

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Americans are renowned worldwide for their ingenuity and resourcefulness. When we encounter challenges, we find ways to overcome them. That makes proposals by several Democratic candidates for president quite puzzling. Where, pray tell, is the can-do American spirit? Five of the ...

Horrors of Tiananmen Square may occur again

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Let us hope and pray the world is not about to witness something like what happened 30 years ago in Beijing. If it happens again, this time in Hong Kong, there will be absolutely nothing the United States or anyone else can do to stop it. During late spring and early summer in 1989, an ...

Attorneys general look to take on ‘robocalls’

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How many times after your phone has rung have you looked at the caller ID, seen it was an in-state number and answered — only to have a recorded voice offer you help in paying off your student loans? Welcome to “robocalls,” those annoying automated communications that at times seem to ...

‘Institutional’ racism? We don’t think so, Joe

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Despite comments by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden last week, racism is not an “institutional” aspect of life in the United States. Racism does exist and we all would be better off without it. No form of bigotry, including the anti-Semitic comments made by a few members of ...

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CHS plans advancing The CHS soybean-processing facility in Fairmont is an ag-industrial business, and Fairmont is lucky to have it in its industrial park, a site intended for such facilities. The City Council this week approved a tax abatement request by CHS, which plans a $100 million ...

Sanders’ plan offers hallucinatory economics

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One need not be a fan of fossil fuels or of reasonably priced electricity generated by them to roll one’s eyes at Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sander’s version of the “new green deal.” Sanders has released his “climate plan.” It envisions spending $16.3 trillion in ...

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Feel blessed to live here To the Editor: We would like to thank the U of M Extension and Martin County Fair Board; our friends and family; and businesses and media for their outpouring of kindness and support when we were named Farm Family of the Year. We are humbled and blessed to live in ...