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Local Editorials

Food drops helpful Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are in need of help, as they have been thrown out of work. Kudos then to entities such as Heaven’s Table Food Shelf of Fairmont. It collaborates with partners to bring food shipments to town. A distribution of produce, meat and ...

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Letters to the Editor

Who is to blame? To the Editor: Having watched all the riots and looting, arson, etc., over the last few days, I’ve come to one conclusion. The mayors and governors of these major American cities and states are to blame. Peaceful protesting is a right we’re given under our ...

Spelling competitors offer lesson to all of us

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Earlier this year, organizers of the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee announced the event would not be held because of the COVID-19 epidemic. Each year, the country’s top young spellers compete in local and regional events for the right to go to Washington for the national competition. ...

This year: Delaying, cancelling makes sense

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With various events postponed or cancelled this summer in the Fairmont area, the coronavirus has taken a toll on the things people have come to expect and enjoy when the weather finally becomes accommodating. City festivals are among the casualties, as officials look to keep people apart, i.e. ...

Pandemic changes people’s buying habits

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About 156.5 million Americans are categorized as members of the civilian labor force. At least 41 million who can work and by definition want to are unemployed. In other words, about one of every four people able to work is not employed — and is being supported by the rest. That is ...

Citizens want police to find their bad apples

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Dozens of times during the past week or so, the media has permitted us to take another look at what occurred May 25 in Minneapolis. There, a black man, George Floyd, was arrested for a non-violent offense. He was taken into custody by four police officers. He was handcuffed, then forced to lie ...

States should make effort to complete tests

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Once the grim tally of deaths from COVID-19 is finalized — sometime later this year, we hope — there is little doubt it will be clear that nursing homes are the coronavirus’ favored killing grounds. To most public health leaders, that already is obvious. In some states, most of the ...

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Local Editorials

Fairmont parks reopen The city of Fairmont has acted on several fronts to move local life back to “normal” amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We appreciate what elected officials and city staff are doing. The city’s first step was to announce that city parks are open. The Aquatic Park and ...

Calls for justice erupt in wake of man’s death

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Minneapolis is on fire in the wake of the death of George Floyd, 46, a black man who died in police custody after an officer kneeled on his neck for eight minutes. Protesters are demanding justice. While rioting and looting are never great reactions, what is the proper response to what sure ...

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Letters to the Editor

Band cancels season To the Editor: After much discussion and deep consideration, the Fairmont City Band Board has sadly decided to cancel the 2020 summer band season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We feel this is what’s best for the health and safety of all our band and audience ...

Dangerous dams put lives of citizens at risk

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About 11,000 people were forced to leave their Central Michigan homes a few days ago, when two large dams failed. No lives were lost, in part because the dams’ imminent failure had been anticipated for several days, as a result of heavy rainfall. In fact, concern about the dams dates back ...

Flynn case should trouble every citizen

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Regardless of one’s political leanings, what happened to Michael Flynn should concern every American. While we should insist on details about his case, a more important question needs to be answered: How many other people have been treated similarly by the FBI and other law enforcement ...

Coronavirus remains a threat to the elderly

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Once the grim tally of deaths from COVID-19 is finalized — sometime later this year, we hope — there is little doubt it will be clear that nursing homes are the coronavirus’ favored killing grounds. To most public health leaders, that already is obvious. In some states, most of the ...

Churches have plan, deserve state’s respect

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Churches in Minnesota want equal treatment with the shopping malls, casinos, bars and restaurants, tattoo parlors, barbershops and hair salons when it comes to government restrictions on their operations. On Thursday, the Catholic bishops of Minnesota and the Missouri Lutheran Synod announced ...

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Local Editorials

County following orders Minnesotans are understandably frustrated with the COVID-19 pandemic and the state shutdown that has harmed many businesses. The governor’s actions are meant to promote the health and safety of all citizens, but they weigh heavily on the economy and people’s ...

Senators’ actions raise questions, at very least

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Nearly every American has suffered financially from the COVID-19 epidemic. At least 36 million have been laid off. Even those still on the job have seen their retirement savings decimated. But a few people — those who had some forewarning of the economic havoc to come — may have profited ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

Heart of the community To the Editor: These shutdowns have put a stranglehold on independent store owners and employees in our town. Open up our town. Let the citizens decide whether they want to patronize a restaurant or get their hair cut. If you don’t feel safe, stay home. Just let the ...

Fairmont should move to reopen city’s parks

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Fairmont’s Park Board met this week and its members seemed to agree that the city should reopen its parks, and have bathrooms and picnic tables ready for people to use. We agree. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced Wednesday that businesses such as bars, restaurants, salons, etc., that have ...

Society not ready, yet, for online learning only

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Many public schools in the United States are ending the academic year early or plan to do so, The Associated Press reports. In some, use of distance learning via online tools has been pronounced a disappointment. Come August and September, when we hope American children return to school, ...

Abuses demand curbs on surveillance power

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Unanimity over how much power intelligence agencies should have to pry into Americans’ personal affairs has disappeared with reports during the past few years of unconstitutional invasions of privacy. Victims have ranged from high-ranking government officials down to millions of other people. ...