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May 19, 2012
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith , Fairmont Sentinel

Who has the authority?

What we keep hearing coming out of Fairmont Area Schools is that kids, parents and some staff are buying into the use of school-provided laptops for the freshmen class.

The trouble is that only some staff seem to be taking the project seriously. Repeatedly we hear that some teachers do not utilize the devices in class. When people talk about problems at public schools, this is the kind of thing they mean. Administrators should be able to order teachers to follow the plan. That's how life works in the real world, away from the insulation of public employee contracts.

Why rotate meetings?

Blue Earth Area School Board members have hit upon a simple, important reality: Citizens do not attend their meetings on a regular basis.

We agree with board members who believe rotating their meetings among the five communities that comprise Blue Earth Area - Blue Earth, Winnebago, Frost, Elmore and Delavan - no longer makes any sense.

If there is a special reason to meet in one of these towns, board members can do so. Otherwise, they should stay in Blue Earth.

Potter served county well

Jack Potter is a hard-working, amiable fellow who has served on the Martin County Commission since 2001. This week, Potter announced he will not seek re-election, due to declining health and a desire to see someone younger get a chance to do the job.

Potter represents District 5, which includes northwest Martin County and northwest Fairmont. He has been an able and honest commissioner who will be missed by his constituents, colleagues and us.

We thank Jack for all he has done for the county and wish him many happy years to come.

Keeping history alive

Without groups like the Truman Historical Museum, interesting stories like that of Carlos Nelson Boynton would be lost forever. We appreciate what the museum has done in erecting a marker west of town to commemorate the major land speculator who once had a ranch near Truman.

The Boynton Ranch focused on the breeding, racing and selling or harness horses. The races there included an appearance by Dan Patch, the outstanding harness racer of his day.

Kudos to all the groups in the area who work to keep history alive for all of us.

 
 

 

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