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Citizens need to know about these matters

May 9, 2014 We have lamented the fact before but it remains ridiculous that taxpayers — the bosses of public employees — cannot find out why those employees may be facing scrutiny. more »»

Schools must be able to exercise discretion

May 8, 2014 A pair of local school superintendents — from Blue Earth Area and Fairmont Area Schools — recently weighed in on the issue of weapons policies in their districts. more »»

Senate should take action to thwart Obama

May 6, 2014 U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. more »»

Et Cetera ...

May 3, 2014 Can’t support ordinance Fairmont City Council approved a rental ordinance this week, over the objections of landlord. more »»

Lawmakers rightly OK online registration site

May 2, 2014 Minnesota lawmakers this week passed and Gov.?Mark Dayton signed a bill to preserve an online voter registration system. more »»

Campaign donations are free speech, period

May 1, 2014 The state of Minnesota has rules related to campaign finance that can only be described as onerous. They violate what is a clear right to free speech, as defined by the U.S. Supreme Court. more »»

School board decision lacked common sense

April 30, 2014 In the past we have objected to the lack of common sense in cases of school discipline and “zero tolerance” policies for drugs or weapons. more »»

U.S. manufacturing needs low-cost energy

April 29, 2014 Perhaps the most important report on the U.S. economy in years was released last week by a private consulting company. more »»

Et Cetera ...

April 26, 2014 Change, opportunity State demographer Susan Brower visited Blue Earth this week to discuss the shifting nature of the population, as in Faribault County, which is shrinking and growing older. more »»

Both sides have points about police lobbying

April 24, 2014 There was an interesting exchange this week at the Minnesota Capitol in regard to the power and influence that law enforcement has as a lobbying group. more »»

Delays on Keystone XL hurting many Americans

April 23, 2014 It has become clear politics is the only thing preventing President Barack Obama from deciding whether to approve the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. more »»

Et Cetera ...

April 19, 2014 Hope cleanup goes fast We are not among those overly concerned — yet — about the condition of the Winnebago Avenue Sports Complex fields in Fairmon. more »»

At some point, ‘safety’ rules will go too far

April 18, 2014 Few federal officials have the kind of virtually unbridled power enjoyed by the Environmental Protection Agency. more »»

College kids, others, need to pay low rents

April 17, 2014 A?college kid will — just about — live anywhere. His or her object is to pay little for rent, even if it means sharing a small place with others. College kids give up any luxury and a lot of privac. more »»

We would say wage hike goes overboard

April 16, 2014 Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has signed the Minimum Wage bill passed by the Democrats in the Legislature. more »»

High school stabbing didn’t have telltale signs

April 15, 2014 Sometimes it must seem to the public that the more researchers learn about homicidal teenagers, the less we really know. more »»

Et Cetera ...

April 12, 2014 Cameras would help From the sound of things, Fairmont Area Schools will be getting a bargain if it spends its share — $11,000 — of the cost to put in security cameras on the buses its students ride. more »»

We hope police, citizens can find common ground

April 11, 2014 We believe there is a potential for conflict in Fairmont over the future of the police department, with ramifications involving crime levels, response times, recruiting officers and public... more »»

What in the world is Speaker talking about?

April 10, 2014 Here is what Minnesota House of Representatives Speaker Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, said this week in regard to the state possibly raising its minimum wage: “No Minnesotan should have to work a... more »»



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