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Et Cetera ...

June 30, 2012
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith , Fairmont Sentinel

Question seems clear

This November, if everything goes according to plan, Minnesota voters will be asked a simple ballot question: Should the state constitution be amended to require (future) voters to present an ID in order to vote, and should the state be required to provide free IDs to eligible voters?

On July 17, the state Supreme Court will hear a challenge from opponents of the proposed amendment. They argue the ballot question is vague and misleading.

It's not. We hope the high court does what it should and let this matter proceed to this fall's ballot.

States must follow law

The states of Minnesota and Iowa, like the rest of the nation, had been patiently awaiting the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Now that the ruling is in, the states will move forward with getting more people insured and with state-created health insurance exchanges. The exchanges are state-regulated and standardized health care plans, from which people can purchase insurance eligible for federal subsidies.

The states will do what they must, given the federal law. But we agree with Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad who sees Obamacare as unsustainable, too expensive and usurping Americans' freedom.

Proposal reasonable

Faribault County seems to have come up with a reasonable adult use ordinance, which would prohibit adult-oriented businesses in most places, but allow them in several highway business zones. Adult uses businesses could include adult bookstores, massage parlors, theaters, bathhouses, cabarets or novelty businesses. The ordinance does not apply to cities, such as Blue Earth, which have power to craft their own regulations.

We appreciate that those who put the ordinance together recognized that while these businesses may be distasteful to many (or most) in the county, the way to avoid lawsuits is to allow them, but limit them.

Customers can decide

Fairmont City Council this week narrowly approved a taxi license for a former cab operator with a less-than-stellar driving record. But a majority of council members said she deserves another chance. This comes in the wake of the city's decision not to limit the number of taxi licenses in town.

We agree with the majority in this case. Cab customers can decide for themselves who to hire for a ride. The debate this week made them well aware of the cab operator's history.

 
 

 

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