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October 13, 2012
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith , Fairmont Sentinel

Seems like easy choice

Blue Earth City Council is considering closing the campground at the Faribault County Fairgrounds. We agree with those officials who see a rather easy decision.

The site is not in compliance with state regulations when it comes to its water supply and sewer system. Repair costs are more than $25,000.

The site also draws vagrants, social misbehavior and vandalism, including burned picnic tables.

This is a bad situation with no good options to keep the campground open. We say close it.

Quist making sense

We believe Republican Allen Quist has been getting the better of Congressman Tim Walz, D-Minn., in their recent debates.

Quist opposes any tax increases, saying they will be a drag on an economy already suffering. He also opposes Obamacare, doubting the federal government's ability to bring down health care costs. And he believes the stalled Farm Bill should be split in two, so that the politically charged food stamp portion is not tangled with ag policy.

Walz is on the opposite side of these vital issues. We do not believe his positions benefit his constituents.

Concert to benefit youth

A concert for everyone at the Performing Arts Center at Fairmont High School on Sunday is meant to boost future Christian music concerts for local teens. We hope locals consider supporting the cause.

Mark Schultz and Anita Renfroe will appear 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 in advance, or $20 the day of the show. They are available at The Lighthouse or Good News Bookstore in downtown Fairmont, at Hy-Vee, or online at:

Martin County Youth for Christ wants young people to enjoy good, clean fun. It's hard to have a problem with that.

Consider helping out

The past few days have brought with them much cooler temperatures than we have been used to, given the long, hot, dry summer. With the cooldown, more people will be turning on their furnaces to stay warm.

First, we hope everyone remembers furnace safety. Carbon monoxide detectors are a must.

Second, we hope those citizens who can afford it will consider contributing to programs that help others pay their heating bills. While we all can pray for another mild winter, we never know what's coming. Some of your neighbors are probably going to need some help.



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