Opinion

Did ‘gifts’ play role in cover-up of sex abuse?

Local Editorials

Leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States are gathered in Baltimore this week, with a discussion of sex abuse scandals on the agenda. They should be asking questions — assuming they do not already know the answers — about a related skeleton that came out of the church’s ...

Readers’ Views

Letters to the Editor

How much will it cost us? To the Editor: Being one of the peons of the citizenry of Fairmont, I was so honored that the guy “with three votes in his back pocket” lowered himself to instruct us on just how truly ignorant all of us are in his Monday letter to the editor, “Editorial ...

Further examination of FAA, Boeing is in order

Local Editorials

Federal Aviation Administration acting chief Daniel Elwell was on the Capitol Hill hot seat a couple of weeks ago. Elwell was called before the aviation subcommittee in the House of Representatives to answer questions about the Boeing 737 Max airliner. On FAA orders, the plane has been grounded ...

Study shooter, but don’t disarm society

Local Editorials

The recent mass murder in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was more bloody proof that Americans need to do more to curb such violence. It also indicates why more gun control laws are attractive to some politicians but futile in achieving the desired result. Hours after emailing his supervisor a ...

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Letters to the Editor

Kinship offers thanks To the Editor: Much time has passed since our Kinship Industrial Commercial Sale, yet in the delay in saying thank you our gratitude has only grown greater. We were blessed with so many in our community. The top businesses that donated goods were: Boekett Building ...

Disparities exist when it comes to treatment

Local Editorials

People with low incomes sometimes succumb to substance abuse simply because they feel hopeless, it has been said and written. It turns out that if they do become addicts, it may be tougher for them to get the help they need. Lower-income people often cannot afford the same level of health ...

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Letters to the Editor

Editorial Board errs again To the Editor: It’s amazing that the Sentinel Editorial Board keeps embarrassing itself by opining in Friday’s edition without researching any facts. First of all, all that is being considered is removing the city attorney attendance requirement from our ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

It’s IHD time of year Fairmont’s Interlaken Heritage Days began last evening and continues today at Heritage Acres, along with the car show downtown and the parade this evening. Events move to Gomsrud Park on Sunday afternoon. We encourage area residents to come see what the festival ...

Why wouldn’t leaders want to get legal advice?

Local Editorials

Believe us when we write this: We would like it to end. It just won’t. Some may be tired of hearing about the Fairmont City Council and its divide over how best to provide the city with legal representation. It has been a months-long controversy. But it’s not going away. It is getting ...

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Letters to the Editor

Continue conversation To the Editor: Each month has its unique monikers in relation to observations or awareness. For example, February is American Heart Month, when we take time to have a greater knowledge of heart disease, causes, risk factors and more. The American Heart Association ties ...

Blue Earth chooses sound direction: streets

Local Editorials

The city of Blue Earth, we believe, is on to something. The City Council this week discussed using the proceeds of a new city sales tax to accelerate the number of street reconstruction projects. The city may use $1 million for each of the next five years to improve infrastructure. Voters ...

Hard to see a bargain in city’s legal revamping

Local Editorials

Martin County Attorney Terry Viesselman is an able professional who has been carrying out the duties of his office for many years. We trust him when he says his office can assume the role of prosecutor for the city of Fairmont without too much stress. That was the essence of his message to ...

If U.S. ignores its own laws, so will illegals

Local Editorials

No nation — especially one as attractive as ours in terms of liberty, safety and prosperity — can survive long without some firm policy on immigration. By definition, the “open borders” crowd refuses to accept that. So do those in favor of mass amnesty for illegal immigrants already in ...

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Letters to the Editor

Picnic was a success To the Editor: Thank you to all who helped make the Memorial Day community picnic a success: The city of Fairmont Street Department, Welcome American Legion, Hy-Vee, Walmart, Subway, our bakers who provided the bars, and our volunteers. We could not have done it without ...

Time for nation to revisit controversy

Local Editorials

For most Americans, Roe v. Wade has been the law of the land regarding abortion. Handed down in 1973 by the U.S. Supreme Court, the ruling placed the federal government firmly in charge of regulating whether and in what circumstances women can have their pregnancies terminated. But for the ...

Et Cetera …

Local Editorials

Truman PUC up for vote The city of Truman will hold a special election in August to determine if the Public Utilities Commission should be abolished. There have been many issues over the years including raising utility rates in 2016 to be used for repairs. The repairs have not been done and ...

FAA must do more to ensure safety

Local Editorials

Federal Aviation Administration acting chief Daniel Elwell was on the Capitol Hill hot seat ta couple of weeks ago — and members of Congress were right to grill him harshly. Elwell was called before the aviation subcommittee in the House of Representatives to answer questions about the ...

Lindh release was very poor timing

Local Editorials

One wonders why anyone in the U.S. justice system thought last Thursday, less than a week before Americans honor those who died defending our freedom, was a good time to release John Walker Lindh from prison. Lindh, the “American Taliban,” spent more than 17 years in prison after being ...

Trump is right to be frustrated, must do job

Local Editorials

President Trump says he will not negotiate with Democrats on infrastructure or other legislation if they are going to continue with investigations of him. The whole thing is an unfortunate mess. We do not know if a federal infrastructure bill is the best idea anyway. The federal government is ...

Relentless obstruction is not helping anyone

Local Editorials

Understand this about the $4.5 billion Democrats in Congress refused to grant President Donald Trump’s administration last week: It could have prevented an enormous amount of suffering among the very people leaders of the party claim to defend: illegal immigrants. Trump had included the ...