Letters to the Editor

Correcting the numbers

To the editor: In a letter to the editor that was printed in the Marshall Independent on Feb. 1, Harold Dieken shared his perspective on rising taxes in Marshall. With all due respect, Mr. Dieken’s letter contained inaccuracies. We value everyone’s opinion, but at ...

Value immigrants

To the editor: The physicians and staff of ACMC Health have been serving the health needs of the people of west central and southwest Minnesota for nearly 50 years. During that time, we have benefitted from the commitment of physicians, nurses and supporting staff who have emmigrated from ...

City neglected 7th Street

To the editor: In the Feb. 3 edition of the Marshall Independent, on the front page was the headline “The $2 million question: How to pay for 7th street reconstruction.” Our city government appears to again be hung up on who they can hang the price tag on, rather than actually fixing ...

Referendum meetings set

To the editor: I would like to invite the Marshall community to attend one of the informational meetings regarding the upcoming Marshall Public School District referendum. Two meetings will take place, one on March 2 and one on March 29. Both informational meetings will be at 6:30 p.m. at ...

Found answer in letters

To the editor: Lately every morning one of the first things I do is go to the front door to retrieve your paper (Independent) and look for new letters to the editor. The last two, three weeks I found an answer, while reading the various letters, to a question that has been plaguing me ...

To the editor On Feb. 17, an accusing letter toward Charlie Sanow was printed. It was an error filled commentary about Charlie Sanow’s public service record, instead of the letter Mr. Sanow submitted a week prior, describing the debt level of the city of Marshall and the public school ...

Why give away East Side School?

To the editor: I am concerned about the upcoming vote on the suggest need for a new grade school. Was it not just a few years ago the school officials and board decided that we didn’t need East Side School and they gave it away to a private school? The population of Marshall in that ...

Where does spending stop?

To the editor: I am a lifelong Marshall resident and I am very concerned about a few issues coming up. I am mainly concerned as I have been watching many, many expensive city expenditures over the last several years and the unspent, but talked about, monies is a worry as it doesn’t ...

He spent your money

To the editor: Charlie Sanow, the hypocrisy of your letter is unbelievable! You have spent the last 10 years voting for these so called “Marshall Bucks” projects. Let’s step back and take a look at your last few years as Lyon County commissioner. You voted for two property tax ...

Public Forum

Council spending habits worrisome To the editor: I have been thinking about writing this letter for a week and finally decided to get this off of my chest. I am a working man, using my hands my entire life. I’m not rich and not highly educated, but I have a very important question to ...

Decisions made without oversight

To the editor: I have been reading with interest the several letters to the editor that your paper has been so kind to print lately. To have such a forum for people like me to get things off of our chest is a gift. Thank you. For 42 years I have resided in Marshall. My children attended ...

Public Forum

Listen to concerned citizens To the editor: This is some information that I feel needs to get out to residents of this city (Marshall). Do you know the city is looking at spending tens of millions of dollars of city money (your tax dollars) so they can help build a hotel and convention ...

Addressing Marshall schools referendum

To the editor: In reading the brochure sent out by our public school, I can’t find a real reason why we need to borrow $40 million. The school district tells us that the West Side school needs millions of dollars to fix up. Just a thought — when they sold East Side school for $50,000, ...

Public Forum

Reasons for concern on school referendum To the editor: I am very concerned about the upcoming school bond referendum for the below reasons. 1) Not very long ago the Marshall school district closed and did away with East Side Elementary School. I remember reading that one of the ...

Public Forum

Answering the $2 million question To the editor: I read with interest your article today (Friday, Feb. 6 Independent) about where the $2 million needed for the North Seventh Street reconstruction is going to come from. How about forgetting about starting a new hotel and paying for ...

Public Forum

Need to look at where tax dollars are going To the editor: Think back to the 1980s, full of fond memories? Well, a notorious memory to the taxpayer at that time was a junk bond. In shortened explanation, a junk bond is when the amount of money borrowed by the developer is far more ...

The Return of Fear Itself

To the editor: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed in 1933 when he became President in the depths of the Great Depression. Since then, America mastered its fears and pushed through hardships to take leadership in the world by almost every ...

Confused over comments on America

To the editor: After reading the comments of Southwest Minnesota State University student Nydak Kur In the Feb. 2 Independent titled, “SMSU student says U.S. no longer land of equal opportunity,” I felt compelled to write. I do not know this young lady, but she seems to be an ...

Fed up with rising taxes in Marshall

To the editor: It seems that every year when we open our proposed tax assessment statements, the amount increases. As we read about another “new school referendum” the first thing that comes to mind is that our taxes will again increase substantially. Frankly, we don’t want to pay ...

Ammunition ban disappointing

To the editor: I am proud to be one of the more than 500,000 hunters in Minnesota. Not only do I enjoy spending time with family and friends taking part in this important tradition I also know firsthand hunting is an important part of our regional economy helping to create local jobs while ...