Letters to the Editor

Republican legislators taking orders form corporate insurance world

To the editor: Legislators could use a sign to remind them who they should be working for. Such a sign would say, “Prioritizing for-profit health insurers over MN taxpayers is wrong!” To be honest the sign needs to be read by Republican legislators, as they are not looking out for ...

When did extreme violence on Earth occur?

To the editor: The world’s largest atomic bomb was exploded by the Russians north of the Arctic Circle in 1961. It was equivalent to 2500 Hiroshima A-bombs. The fireball was 5 miles in diameter and could be seen 620 miles away, windows cracked 500 miles away and the mushroom cloud was ...

Thanks to first responders

To the editor: As we celebrate National Police Week, I’d like to say thank you to all first responders: A hero in his or her own right. A hero who has taken an oath to protect and serve (really take the time to think about this because it’s not just words on a sheet of paper). An ...

Raising awareness to suicides

To the editor: Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in this country. It touches millions of lives — people of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds — but the research is clear: suicide is preventable, and the more people who stand up for suicide prevention and mental health, the ...

Thanks to city for help with branches

To the editor: I wanted to say thank you to the city of Marshall maintenance dept. After the snow on Monday I had a tree on my property that lost a couple of branches and one was still partially connected about 15 feet up. I had been contemplating how I was going to get it cut down with a 6 ...

Environmental bill provides a win-win

To the editor: We take this opportunity to clear up misconceptions about environmental legislation (HF 888) being debated at the Capitol. We appreciate the leadership of Rep. Dan Fabian (Roseau) and Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen (Alexandria) to author legislation that increases efficiency, ...

Legislative support for higher education critical

To the editor: With the legislature and the governor on the cusp of jousting over the budget in the waning day of the session, I wanted to highlight that a good higher education bill that fully funds the base and inflation is very important to the short and long-term success of Southwest ...

Weakening environmental review is about diminishing rights for people

To the editor: Environmental review standards being lowered is not a good thing for rural Minnesota. There is a proposal at the legislature that would allow hog confinement operations to go from 1,000 animal units to 2,000 animal units without environmental review. This proposal allows ...

Freight rail service needs legislative support

To the editor: Freight rail service is a critical part of rural Minnesota’s economy. Unfortunately, right now some lawmakers are engaged in an issue that could significantly harm farmers, manufacturers, and workers, particularly in western and southwestern Minnesota, by limiting access ...

Reasons to worry about Marshall

To the editor: I appreciate seeing the article “Full Circle” in the weekend edition of the Independent. Marshall is blessed to have a Restorative Justice system and to be operating Circle programs in our community. Reading about the current successes of Circles inclusive of local ...

Think twice about hosting a circus

To the editor: Shame on the Red Baron Arena for hosting the Stardust Circus and its long-suffering “dancing” elephant, Anna Louise (“Circus comes to town,” April 22). Anna Louise was kidnapped from the wilds of Africa and, while female elephants stay with their mothers, aunts, and ...

Support health and safety for all

To the editor: The GOP may as well be known as the Great Ole Poisoners since they seem intent on backward moves toward a more toxic world. The Republicans and the president appear to have no concern for the dangerous chemicals put in our air and water, work areas and foods. Instead ...

Who is picking up shortfall from tax credit?

To the editor: I was alarmed, but not surprised, when I read the article in the April 11 Independent stating that farmer were likely to get a school tax credit, reduction, whatever, from a bill that is apparently waiting for Governor Mark Dayton’s signature. I had heard for some time ...

Proposed plan for schools well thought out

To the editor: We know that $39.4 million dollars is a lot of money. There is no getting around this fact. We want Marshall to continue to be a progressive and thriving community. Marshall Public Schools are an integral part of why families want to live in Marshall. Investing in the future of ...

Remember what Ben Franklin once said

To the editor: Benjamin Franklin once said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” That quote speaks to all of us who are interested in the upcoming bond referendum to support our schools. As a grandparent who has a granddaughter at Park Side and one at West Side, I am ...

A few concerns with older school buildings

To the editor: This school year I am teaching Title 1 in the oldest building in the district, West Side Elementary (built in 1955). While West Side has many positives there are a few concerns that come with an older building. Often after a rain or the snow melts, there will be leaks coming ...

Why should libraries be taken away from youths

To the editor: Recent weeks have seen many letters to the editor, both for and against the upcoming building referendum by Marshall Public Schools. These letters, both for and against, have contained valuable points and important questions that needed to be asked. As a senior at the high ...

Referendum amount to high a cost

To the editor: First, let me say I very much enjoy being a part of the Marshall community. I moved here over a decade ago from another rural part of Minnesota, but where I was the only Ph.D. economist in the region, and was therefore somewhat overworked and lonely. Here we have a ...

Community needs to be financially responsible

To the editor: I’ve been reading the letters to the editor regarding the upcoming school referendum. Those in favor are telling us to “vote yes for our kids” and to “vote yes for our community.” In my opinion, having a community that is affordable to live in is what will better ...

The strange voting habits of Lyon County

By Ruthe Thompson t always beggars the imagination to watch people vote against their own interests, as well as those of their neighbors and community. In the debate over the Marshall High School referendum, I see this issue playing out in what seems to me a most hypocritical way. Lyon ...