Short Takes

Lyon County doing its part to recycle


Lyon County is doing its part in taking what would have been landfill garbage and recycling it into usable material. On Monday, the Lyon County Environmental administrator reported to the board of commissioners that a recycling program involving mattresses and car seats is exceeding goals. Roger Schroeder said 4,000 mattresses and 1,000 car seats have been recycled since the program started about a year ago. The established goals were 3,300 mattresses and 1,000 car seats which would save 2,000 cubic yards of landfill space.

City comes through in big way


The show must go on. That’s what Marshall Mayor Bob Byrnes told the media Tuesday. Despite dealing with flooded basements and streets, residents still enjoyed a good time on July Fourth at Liberty Park and fireworks that night at Independence Park. City workers deserve a big pat on the back for dealing with flooding issues and still providing an opportunity for residents to enjoy Independence Day.

The right to protest peacefully


Some social media criticism has been directed toward the 75 people who gathered at Memorial Park in Marshall on Monday for an immigration vigil and protest of the separation of families at the border. When it comes to immigration, there are a lot of opinions and everybody believes their opinion is the right one. However, the First Amendment provides everybody the right to assemble peacefully and express free speech: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress …