Editorials

Friendly reminder to cast your ballot

Hopefully by the time you read this editorial you have already voted or plan to leave soon for the polls. Today is what Democracy is all about. According to Lyon County Auditor/Treasurer E. J. Moberg, the number of ballots already accepted by his office is slightly up from the 2016 ...

Citizenship: Presidents don’t get to decide

Why it matters: President Trump said this week he will abolish birthright citizenship, which is enshrined in the Constitution. It’s bad enough that an American president claims the right to unilaterally override a constitutional amendment, as Donald Trump did this week in pledging to ...

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State’s taxes help support high quality of life Detractors have been saying for decades that Minnesota’s state taxes are too high for businesses and individuals alike. Despite that, the state keeps attracting educated and energetic newcomers, keeps producing successful startups, and ...

Mass migration: Mortal threat to Red State America

Among the reasons Donald Trump is president is that his natural political instincts are superior to those of any other current figure. As campaign 2018 entered its final week, Trump seized upon and elevated the single issue that most energizes his populist base and most convulses our media ...

State’s taxes help support high quality of life

Detractors have been saying for decades that Minnesota’s state taxes are too high for businesses and individuals alike. Despite that, the state keeps attracting educated and energetic newcomers, keeps producing successful startups, and consistently leads the Midwest, if not the nation, in any ...

Trump’s prescription plan on track

The cost of prescription medication has been an increasing burden to many Americans, and despite the Affordable Care Act, its partial dismantling and constant static from both political parties, there has been little relief. It is thus welcome news that President Trump announced Thursday a ...

Short Takes

Preparing for the unthinkable THUMBS UP: Marshall Public Schools staff recently participated in an ALICE active shooter drill. What is ALICE? It stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. In light of a string of mass shooting incidents throughout the nation in recent years, this ...

Stop the caravan, but peacefully

Unless they find motorized transport, the 7,000 Central Americans trudging on foot through Mexico will not arrive at their destination, the U.S. border, for three to six weeks. Good. U.S. officials will need all the time they can get to prepare for the group’s arrival. Use of caravans has ...

An ancient evil rears up again

An ancient and evil hatred showed itself once again in Pittsburgh on Saturday, when 11 people were shot to death in the Tree of Life synagogue as they gathered to pray. That hatred led the accused, Robert Gregory Bowers, to charge into the place of worship with an AR-15 rifle and three ...

Partnerships lead to MERIT Center additions

Marshall and southwest Minnesota received another positive feature when a groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday at the Minnesota Emergency Response and Industrial Training Center for the next phase of the driving track. Nine local officials scooped up dirt with their shovels representing ...

Blocking VA documents release protects ‘shadow rulers’— not vets

U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie doesn’t want any sunlight on his agency’s “shadow rulers.” By blowing off a recent congressional document request, Wilkie is blocking the public from determining whether a secretive trio of outsiders is calling the shots at the VA. Wilkie ...

Short Takes

Victimizing our young people THUMBS DOWN: Another sex sting set up by area law enforcement nets three more arrests. All three men are accused of solicitation of a minor under the age of 16 for prostitution. They appeared in Lyon County District Court Wednesday. While one of the men is ...

Be careful with political news on social media sites

The news last week of a criminal complaint filed against a Russian woman over midterm election meddling is the latest reminder that outside forces are trying very hard to influence U.S. voting right up to the Nov. 6 election day. The criminal complaint against Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova ...

City needs to examine rental situation

Typically, a tenant who follows all the rules of a lease with a property owner would expect to be guaranteed a place to live until terms of the agreement ends. If the tenant signs a six-months agreement, you would expect the property owner would abide by those terms. Last month, Marshall ...

Caravans being sent our way

Clearly, officials in some Central and South American countries are capitalizing on U.S. domestic policies to handle some of their own problems. The fact they get to embarrass President Donald Trump’s administration seems to be a bonus for some of them. Rampant violence and poor economies ...

Caravan puts Trump legacy on the line

Our mainstream media remain consumed with the grisly killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and how President Donald Trump will deal with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Understandably so, for this is the most riveting murder story since ...

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Don’t starve the IRS A decade of cuts has led to critical deficits in the agency’s core functions and may be jeopardizing Americans’ data privacy. There is a silent crisis brewing at the Internal Revenue Service, with Republicans looking at another round of cuts for the embattled ...

Short takes

Take the time to thank a firefighter THUMBS UP: The Independent front pages this past week took on a common theme: First responders in action. Everybody in Marshall is grateful to the city’s firefighters for responding to every call in such a swift manner. It started out with a fire in one ...

School districts taking temperature of voters

Back in June, newly appointed Russell-Tyler-Ruthton School District Superintendent Dave Marlette stood in front of small crowd inside the Russell school gymnasium. The area residents sat in the stands as Marlette told them it's time for the district to “pull together.” Marlette was asking ...

Times are changing

We already have ample evidence that the world of internet commerce has shaken the “bricks and mortar” businesses. Now, the nation is witnessing the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing for Sears, Roebuck and Co., at one time the biggest retailer in the world. Sears got its start in Minneapolis ...