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Medicare Advantage program facing cuts

December 17, 2013 For three years or so, critics have been warning that the new national health care law — Obamacare — would devastate the Medicare program on which millions of older Americans rely. more »»

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December 14, 2013 Time for new solutions The American public may have a learning disability. more »»

Time has come: Congress should repeal Obamacare

December 12, 2013 As many as one-fourth of the people who thought they had obtained health insurance through the government’s website,, may be “or-phans,” officials confirmed last wee. more »»

Mandela’s leadership can serve as a model

December 10, 2013 Nelson Mandela is gone, and with him goes the steadying influence he brought to governments across Afric. more »»

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December 7, 2013 Not a perfect solution The Minnesota Vikings and state of Minnesota broke ground on a new stadium this week. Fans cheered. Critics booed. They both have a point. more »»

Projected surplus shows state taxes are too high

December 6, 2013 The 2013 Minnesota Legislature went a little nuts with the tax hikes. That is reflected in a state budget forecast released Thursday that predicts a $1 billion surplus. more »»

It’s fundamentally wrong to hold people indefinitely

December 5, 2013 A task force has come out with recommendations to try to help Minnesota and its political leaders deal with the sticky issue of indefinite detention of sexual predator. more »»

Good thing new plan is in works; it’s needed

December 4, 2013 A new national security strategy, replacing one he initiated in 2010, will be unveiled next year, President Barack Obama has informed Congress. more »»

Congress must review exact details of proposal

December 3, 2013 Proponents of accountability in political campaign financing may have applauded President Barack Obama’s proposal last week to curb tax-exempt groups that use donations made anonymously to influence... more »»

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November 30, 2013 What a great gesture! Kudos to local volunteers who teamed up last weekend with Martin County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon and Hy-Vee to deliver Thanksgiving food baskets to about 60 families with loved... more »»

Our nation’s ideals are something to hold on to

November 27, 2013 We hope area residents have many things to be thankful for this week as they get ready to sit down with their families for dinner. more »»

Standard procedure: Screw up and get paid

November 26, 2013 At least in Minnesota and Iowa, we’re willing to describe as a fiasco any inexcusable waste of taxpayers’ money. That does not occur in Washington. more »»

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November 23, 2013 We’ll never know truth One of the ways in which politicians perpetuate government programs is by reinforcing fears about alternatives, including ending the programs. more »»

Dog park? Why not here?

November 22, 2013 The times change and so do people’s tastes and interests. So it is true with their recreational choices and what they would like their cities or counties to offer in terms of amenities. more »»

Leaf-vacuuming program needs to be re-evaluated

November 21, 2013 We would say the city of Fairmont has a messy problem. Its leaf-vacuuming program ran into some snags this season, raising serious questions about its value. more »»

Negotiations with Iran should create real deal

November 19, 2013 Barack Obama is not the first U.S. president to be taken in by con games pursued by other world leaders. more »»

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November 16, 2013 Survey results valuable Fairmont Area Schools recently received the results of the Minnesota School Survey, which examines student attitudes, including locally. more »»

Sex offenders in system are troubling problem

November 15, 2013 We do not believe Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and his administration want to put public safety at risk by allowing the release of a notorious sex offender. more »»

Ethanol has problems; there should be a review

November 14, 2013 The Associated Press has conducted a comprehensive look at the ethanol industry and its analysis more than suggests an environmental disaster. more »»

Nation doesn’t appear grateful to our veterans

November 12, 2013 When our nation needed them, veterans of the armed forces responded quickly and decisively. more »»



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