Editorials

Patients with mental health issues getting help

According to 2016 data from all 50 states collected by Virginia-based Mental Health American, nearly six out of 10 adults with a mental health issue receive no treatment. It also reports 18.5 percent of Americans were found to be experiencing some form of mental health issue, which was a slight ...

More dialogue, less speeches good idea by governor

It was good to see Gov. Mark Dayton in Marshall Thursday. His presence at Southwest Minnesota State University conference center was a surprise. Dayton and his staff are hosting a series of 10 town hall meetings throughout the state. The town halls are part of Dayton's “25 by 25” goal of ...

Finally a decision on memorial funding

THUMBS UP: The Lyon County Board finally made a decision on the funding for the Minneota-Ghent-Taunton Veterans’ Memorial. The board approved a motion to include $15,000 toward the $100,000 project in the 2018 county budget. Minneota American Legion Commander Jim Fink went before ...

Let’s end the crisis, not just put it off

After weeks of fiery rhetoric from both North Korean and U.S. leaders, there were indications this week both sides were ready to negotiate their way out of a crisis. But let it be remembered that if talks among the various parties occur, they will repeat a decades-long pattern. It is that ...

Take politics out of battle over hate

President Donald Trump on Tuesday reverted back to the stance that “there is blame on both sides” for the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. In doing so, he showed sympathy for the fringe groups' efforts to preserve Confederate monuments and criticized “alt-left” groups that ...

Allow Postal Service to change with the times

First-class postage stamps at 49 cents each may be about to go the way of the carrier pigeon. By next month, the Postal Service may be given permission to increase stamp prices dramatically. Increasing use of online communications has hurt the Postal Service, cutting deeply into its revenue. ...

Ethanol: No need for a fuel trade war

President Donald Trump drew a great deal of electoral support from farm country USA last November, but his continuing interest in erecting trade barriers is not good for the ag economy. Earlier this week Bloomberg News reported that the administration is questioning the rising imports of ...

Defense contract wasteful spending

Silver screen spy James Bond may have driven an Aston Martin, but one wonders how the high-end sports car fit into Afghanistan’s intelligence agency — especially since U.S. taxpayers covered the cost. When U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., heard rumors last year ...

Short Takes

Area students better than average THUMBS UP: Several school districts in Southwest Minnesota recorded major improvements and testing scores above the state average in the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments released by the state's Department of Education. Minneota Public Schools led the way ...

Kim doesn’t care about sanctions

Leaders of most countries would buckle under the weight of economic sanctions such as those the United Nations is preparing to implement against North Korea. If fully effective, the punitive steps could slash that nation’s exports by as much as one-third. President Donald Trump and other ...

Education reforms needed early in student’s life

This week’s release of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments revealed a familiar tale for Minnesota schools. School districts throughout the state are not making improvement in closing the achievement gap in school testing. “Frustrating,” Education Commissioner Brenda Casselius said ...

Don’t forget about the 9/11 memorial at Lyon County Fair

It’s Lyon County Fair time again. While the lineup offers the traditional agriculture-type events and judging, there are plenty of things to do and see for all residents of the county. There will be a carnival, rodeo, demolition derby, rolle bolle, music, food and more. We also urge Lyon ...

Hearings needed to look at all of the building ordinances

The Marshall City Council will be holding hearings at today's meeting to examine proposed amendments to the city’s building ordinances. The amendments are intended to make slight changes to the part of ordinances dealing with appearance standards for buildings in Marshall. The appearance ...

Short Takes

Lyon County acts to save lives THUMBS UP: The Lyon County board took positive steps after taking up a couple traffic issues on Tuesday. First, Clifton Township residents who live near the intersection of Lyon County Road 6 and Lyon County Road 11 expressed concerns over multiple crashes at ...

Mr. Marshall aviation will be missed

Perhaps Marshall Mayor Bob Byrnes said it best when it comes to Ray Johnson. “Certainly, Ray will be missed. He was aviation” in Marshall. Marshall lost its aviation leader when Johnson died Monday from injuries he suffered in a Wisconsin plane crash. Johnson was a pilot, flight ...

1-35 Bridge collapse forced changes

Ten years ago today the Interstate 35 bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis suddenly shuddered and collapsed, sending dozens of cars, trucks and buses tumbling. Some stayed on the collapsed bridge decking, others tumbled into the water. A massive rescue effort began immediately, but ...

Don’t give up on Obamacare

Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, has become the “gift” that keeps on taking. It has made obtaining health insurance more difficult and more expensive for millions of Americans. It is choking many already stressed state budgets. And it has locked in a federal deficit of ...

Nitrates put more demand on aquifers

In a state rich in water resources, there haven't been a lot of worries about water supplies. But in recent years the Department of Natural Resources, cities and others have raised alarms about the overuse of deep aquifers and about pollution dangers to surface water. Hundreds of feet below ...

Short Takes

Motorcyclists giving for 25 years THUMBS UP: The Toys 4 Tots Motorcycle Fun Run in southwest Minnesota will be observing its 25th year, which is a remarkable accomplishment for any organization. It takes a lot of work from volunteers to keep such a venture to be successful. Lee Seiler and ...

Opening doors to children who need a family

The Independent reported on two inspirational stories in Wednesday's edition. First, the Independent reported on the Yellow Medicine County Services telling board members the department received high marks from an audit report. “We received 100 percent on nearly every item,” Family ...