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December 24, 2011
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith , Fairmont Sentinel

Cars should be in town

We can't help but agree with the Truman City Council, which wants its police squad cars kept in town, rather than being driven home - to Fairmont - by its police officers.

Council members are absolutely right that it is an officer's choice to live out of town, and the cars should remain in the city. On-call officers see this as inconvenient, but they - not the city - are the ones who should adapt.

One thing Truman might consider, at the very least, is requiring its police chief to live in Truman.

Snow did a great job

Bev Snow has been an integral force behind the the creation of drug court in Martin, Faribault and Jackson counties. The program diverts people who have addiction problems away from the normal court process and into drug court, which helps them resolve their real problems, rather than just punish them.

Snow has announced she will retire in the next six months. Drug court will miss her wit, wisdom and experience. Like Snow, however, we are confident others can step up and keep this worthy program moving ahead.

Belgard, Toland advance

We congratulate former Truman Mayor Elliot Belgard and Winnebago Police Chief Bob Toland who were the choice of voters in this week's District 1 Martin County Commission primary. Toland and Belgard advance to the general election Feb. 14, when voters must choose one of them to fill the vacant seat.

One disappointing aspect of the primary was the low turnout, just 16 percent. We hope voters in the eastern portion of the county take a greater interest in this race in the coming weeks.



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