Letters to the Editor

Message to Republicans — fix our roads

To the editor: Republicans say we can't afford 20 cents per gallon gas tax to fix our roads. Gas has gone up 80 cents per gallon since January. Obviously, we can afford to give 80 cents extra per gallon to the oil companies without Republican outrage. The gas tax is a dedicated fund going ...

Petition legislators to reject Equality Act

To the editor: Minnesota drivers licenses will now have the option to let people identify themselves as “non-gender” which will be marked ‘X’ instead of male or female. One legislator commented: “Will this change hamper law enforcement’s ability to properly identify suspects, or ...

Vote yes on school building referendum

To the editor: When I moved to Marshall after graduating college, I was excited and nervous to move across the state to a community I did not know. What I found when I got here was more than I could have hoped for. I had several college friends who scattered across the state; they felt ...

Passage of referendum will open more space for early childhood classes

To the editor: We are writing this letter to inform the community about the early childhood needs addressed in the upcoming Marshall Public Schools referendum. Education is a vital part of a great community and we want the best possible opportunities for our children. As we work with our ...

Live, speak according to God’s guidelines

To the editor: The first definition given for “faith” in the World Book Dictionary, is “a believing without proof; trust.” Synonyms are “confidence, reliance.” An Independent reader recently objected to Christian beliefs being expressed on the opinion page in an article ...

Need for new school facility is urgent

To the editor: It is clear that Marshall needs a new elementary school. West Side was built in 1955. It has developed a lot of problems and no longer meets today’s educational needs. From my own personal experiences and the tour I received at the meeting on April 29, let me highlight ...

Passing referendum will have positive impact

To the editor: There is one aspect of the upcoming May 14 referendum that may not be fully realized by the general public, a point that is important given the community desire for responsible use of taxpayer money: there is a positive ripple effect to building a new school for grades two ...

Pride in the Tiger Foundation urges yes vote on referendum

To the editor: At a recent meeting, the Pride In The Tiger Foundation Board of Directors unanimously endorsed and voiced their support for the upcoming (May 14) Marshall Public Schools referendum.  Our students need quality, safe and secure, and 21st century learning environments to be as ...

Voters encouraged to vote yes on school building referendum

To the editor: We are writing this letter to encourage you to vote yes on the upcoming bond referendum to replace West Side Elementary School, consolidate early childhood and prekindergarten education and address significant and important safety and security measures across the district. ...

Education is important, vote yes

To the editor: I toured the West Side School and was very impressed with the condition the school was in; I commend the custodians and administration. They tell me the roof leaks and the boiler is in poor condition as it is also 65 years old. We could fix both but we would still have a ...

Swedzinski, Torkelson turn backs on rural schools

To the editor: The new omnibus Education Finance Bill (HF2400) was passed Tuesday night by the House and it is an excellent example of bipartisan work. The budget would provide $900 million in new E-12 education investments and includes a variety policies supported by Republican and DFL ...

Minnesotans counting on EPA to permit year-round E15

To the editor: Last fall, President Donald Trump pledged to lift restrictions on the sale of E15, a low-cost fuel option made with homegrown ethanol. The decades-old regulation that restricts E15 from being sold during the summer months was unnecessary and outdated. E15 is cleaner, higher in ...

Mueller probe headline misleading

To the editor: As a former writing and journalism teacher, I was appalled at your headline in Friday’s paper. The Mueller probe was charged with investigating Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. The Barr news conference led with the finding of “No Collusion.” Your headline was ...

Family cat hit with bullet that will ‘explode’

To the editor: On Monday, April 1, our shop cat, Gen, got shot. It was one of those bullets that on contact, they explode. We found Gen outside the shop door with a huge hole in her and her tail almost all the way off. She wanted and needed our help. The vet said she had not seen anything ...

Leaning too much on elected officials, state and federal bureaucrats

To the editor: Have we gotten to a point in our “advanced” society where we have become so helpless to tend to our own needs and wants that we must turn to elected officials and non-elected bureaucrats at higher and higher government levels to cure all our wants and needs? I ...

It’s not OK to shoot someone’s pet

To the editor: This is a public notice to anyone who has beloved pets in or near Green Valley. Over two weeks ago, our cat came home after being missing for a couple days. She was very weak so we brought her to the vet. We discovered she had been shot with a pellet gun, requiring surgery and ...

A building does impact quality of education, vote yes on schools referendum

To the editor: I am writing to support the Marshall Public Schools referendum to build a new 2nd-4th grade elementary school, renovate Park Side Schools, add safety and security to buildings and decommission West Side Elementary School. These changes are desperately needed due to the ...

Presentation focuses on helocentricty versus geocentricity

To the editor: Does the earth go around the sun? Or, does the sun go around the earth? ‘Heliocentricity’ versus ‘geocentricity,’ that is the topic that will be presented by Robert Sungenis on Saturday, April 20, at the Marshall-Lyon County Public Library. Lecture will start at 10:30 ...

Spending billions to reduce global warming worthless ideas by politicians

To the editor: The March 21 staff editorial, “Make better use of fossil fuels” stated that U.S. Reps. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and Collin Peterson, D-Minn: “have introduced a bill, HR 1796, to make use of carbon (CO2) capture technology more attractive to industries, including electric ...

Executive branch has lost decency

To the editor: I don’t like Donald Trump, and I most likely never will. (Revised quote of Trump’s regarding Senator John McCain.) We have lost decency and respect in the executive branch of our country. Do we want our children and students to continue to be exposed to the president’s ...