Editorials

Short takes Feb. 24

Seniors ‘heart and soul’ for Tigers THUMBS UP: Sports reporter Brennen Rupp reported in Wednesday’s Independent that the 2017 senior class for the Marshall Tiger basketball team went out in style during Tuesday’s Senior Game against Sioux Falls Roosevelt. The seven players ...

Recognition of school bus drivers well deserved

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton declared Wednesday Minnesota School Bus Driver Recognition Day. The Independent on that day published a profile on one of Marshall’s dedicated individuals willing to go the extra mile to make sure students get to school and back home safe daily. According to ...

Time to end ban on Sunday liquor sales

The Minnesota House voted 85-45 Monday to repeal the Prohibition-era Sunday liquor sales ban. The passage was historic because state lawmakers have never allowed a full vote on a bill to overturn the law and defeated parliamentary amendments to sneak a repeal into larger bills. Even Rep. ...

Legislation urges hiring of military veterans

State Sen. Michael P. Goggin introduced a bill last week that would allow tax credits for employers who hire military veterans. S.F. No. 484 proposes to allow qualified employers a nonrefundable credit for each disabled veteran, unemployed veterans or 9/11 veterans employed by a qualified ...

SMSU students make connection with community

Education and community cooperation were on display Wednesday inside the Holy Redeemer School gymnasium. Fourth and sixth-grade students put their science fair projects on display. The displays were impressive. The evidence was clear that the students put a lot of hard work into their ...

Mexico may fire first volley in trade war

A potential trade war with Mexico may start even without the U.S. firing the first volley. According to the CNN wire service, Mexican senator Armando Rios Piter, who leads a congressional committee on foreign relations, says he will introduce a bill this week where Mexico will buy corn from ...

Changing a law to benefit all county citizens

Rep. Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent announced Monday that the House passed a bill he introduced to allow more local flexibility in appropriating money for veterans memorials. Swedzinski’s bill would undo current state law, which prohibits county officials from funding memorials to veterans ...

Legislature moving toward fixes for broken teacher licensing system

At last, the Legislature is moving toward fixing Minnesota's confusing, overly complicated process to become a classroom teacher. Though some specifics are yet to be worked out, lawmakers are rightly poised to make much-needed changes. Nearly a year ago, an evaluation by the Office of the ...

Short Takes for Feb. 10

Thinking out of the box on the farm THUMBS UP: These are challenging times for farmers. Low corn and soybean prices are dragging down net farm income. According to the University of Minnesota, southwest farmland values declined 2.6 percent in 2016. Farmers here in this area are ...

Minnesota pre-K children deserve better

Gov. Mark Dayton held a telephone news conference Wednesday morning that included Marshall Public School District Superintendent Scott Monson. The morning session in St. Paul was held to gain support for Dayton’s proposed increase in education funding. Presently, it appears Marshall is on ...

The real work in education done locally

The battle in the U.S. Senate over President Donald Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos for education secretary is a clear example of the differences of opinion that now surround the nation’s educational system. Public schools have come under heavy fire from a variety of critics. DeVos is a ...

Democrats lost the American worker

Democratic-Farmer Labor Party Chairman Ken Martin stopped at the Marshall Independent office Thursday. He also held a listening session that evening at the Wooden Nickel. Martin talked about a number of issues with the Independent such as health care, broadband service and infrastructure. He ...

Trump should seek International support over Iran

ran is offering the Trump administration its first foreign policy crisis. In a provocative act likely intended to take advantage of U.S. political turmoil, Tehran tested a ballistic missile understood by leading Western allies to be a violation of the recent nuclear deal brokered under the ...

Valuable resource returns to Marshall

The younger generation is one of Marshall’s most valuable resources. Many rural communities struggle with holding onto that resource. Seeking good-paying jobs, oftentimes young adults leave hometowns for the larger cities never to return. The Independent on Tuesday ran its seventh ...

Trade war will hurt farmers

The last thing Minnesota needs is a U.S. trade war with Mexico. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, a proposal to slap a 20 percent tax on Mexican imports will lead to severe consequences for Minnesota’s agriculture sector and some of its manufacturers. It’s believed that President ...

Short Takes for Jan. 27

Marshall public schools lead the way THUMBS UP: The Marshall Public Schools District is a prime example of where there is a will, there is a way. Pre-school educators led by Superintendent Scott Monson didn’t let the lack of state funding to make sure some Marshall children as young as ...

Veterans deserve best possible services

Last week, during its January meeting, the Lyon County board of commissioners authorized the out of state travel expenses of $3,000 for Veterans Services Officer Terry Wing to attend the National Association of County Veterans Services Officers annual training conference in San Diego. Wing ...

Shovel-ready projects needed

Ogden Newspapers Some liberals already are condemning President-elect Donald Trump’s proposal for a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure throughout the nation. It’s no more than a slush fund to benefit people and programs the president likes, they say.  It won’t really create ...

Economy expanding

Ogden Newspapers An improved economy means more jobs and better ones. Even liberals who claim President-elect Donald Trump will be bad for low-income and unemployed Americans have to concede that. Now, the International Monetary Fund has revised its forecast for the U.S. economy during ...

Short Takes for Jan. 20

Volunteering on MLK Day THUMBS UP: It’s great that companies offer paid-time-off to employees who volunteer, particularly on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. What a great way to honor his sacrifice. Back to the drawing board SIDEWAYS THUMB: Marshall School District school board ...