Letters to the Editor

Work together to slow climate change

To the editor: Letter-writer Phil Drietz believes that he can overturn more than 100 years of climate science. Ever wonder why we don’t see scores of angry letters asserting that HIV doesn’t cause AIDS? It’s because that scientific conclusion doesn’t threaten deeply held values. In ...

Essential health care program in danger

To the editor: Whether you are rich or poor, everyone has inherent worth and value as a human being. Unfortunately not everyone seems to take this to heart, as a program that has been providing essential health care services for more than 1 million Minnesotans is at risk. We can engage heads ...

Swedzinski votes against ERA in House vote

To the editor: The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was recently passed by the Minnesota House which would put a measure on the 2020 ballot letting Minnesota voters decide whether to alter the state’s Constitution to say people have equal rights regardless of gender. This seems like a ...

Don’t be too hard on the senators

To the editor: Wow! Did you see this in Saturday’s (March 9) Independent? Mr. Weedman’s advertisement appeared, appropriately, on the obituary page. He says “A baby born alive and is laid on a metal table and left to die. Is that neglect, manslaughter, murder or just the last part of an ...

Dump Green Policy, stand behind President

To the editor: Did you see the “sundogs,” as I call them, in the east at sunrise in our cold, cold weather? What an expressive sight! I feel sorry for the people that missed seeing this dazzling, atmospheric, display of light. On Feb. 12, Lyndon LaRouche, philosopher, scientist, poet, ...

Klobuchar, Smith voted no to protect babies

To the editor: Such nice words printed about Minnesota U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar in March 11 issue of the “Independent.” However: Did you know that both Sen. Klobuchar and Sen. Tina Smith voted “NO” against advancing legislation to protect new babies who survive abortion? Please ...

Not enough evidence to be touting man-made global warming

To the editor: In my Feb. 19 letter I asked if anyone could show us from a thermodynamics perspective, how man-made CO2, which is so tiny, can send the globe into thermal disaster. The March 1 letter gave a reasonable answer, but neglected to show relative quantities to back his statement when ...

Kim gets propaganda victory

To the editor: I read with great interest the Independent’s March 5 editorial Kim needs new plan, regarding President Donald Trump’s meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. The editorial ends by stating, “This is precisely the strategy American leaders should have adopted ...

Mark your calendar for Township Day

To the editor: Residents of Minnesota’s 1,781 townships have the unique opportunity to participate Township Day on Tuesday. The annual meeting on Township Day is what really sets townships apart from other forms of local government. At this meeting, residents have a direct voice in how ...

Keep up the good work with writing

To the editor: I want to take the opportunity to compliment the management of the Independent for two reasons: 1) Securing the writing of Jim Muchlinski. Besides being a very proficient writer, Jim’s writing often shows his interest in history which I find very remarkable. At the recent ...

Speaking the truth in love

To the editor: This is a reply to the public forum piece, “Decision on homosexuality in United Methodist Church saddens many people, but love will prevail.” (Independent March 1) The writer cited Jesus’ words, “A new command I give you, to love each other just as I have loved you. ...

Threats by Republican during Capitol gun rally should be taken seriously

To the editor: At the recent gun rally at the Capitol state Representative Cal Bahr, R - Bethel, said, “There’s a lot of us in this room that have had enough, and it’s time to start riding herd on the rest of these people that want to take your rights away from you. They will not go ...

Here’s answer to question on CO2

To the editor: A recent letter to the editor asked, "how man's microscopic contribution of CO2 (one part in 2400) into the atmosphere can force the entire globe into thermal disaster?" Good question. The answer is that man’s contribution throws our Earth's carbon cycle out of balance. ...

The science of climate change

To the editor: In his recent letter, Mr. Phil Drietz attacks the science of climate change and those who have spent lifetimes studying the world’s climate. I, too, have spent my life working in science as a high school science teacher. I earned a bachelor’s of science degree (physics), ...

Thanks to good Samaritans

To the editor: I want to applaud the good Samaritans who are helping people in Marshall deal with our excess snow. On the afternoon of Wednesday, Feb. 20, I saw two separate occasions of men using their snow equipment to clear the piles of snow at the end of a stranger’s ...

How old is too old?

To the editor: I am at an age where I often have to hunt for my keys. I have not found them in the freezer yet, but I wonder…? Politics aside, perhaps one of the reasons our federal government suffers from colossal gridlock and dis-function has to do with Father Time. Playing Devil’s ...

A different perspective on carbon footprint

To the editor: The Feb. 7 “Can’t ignore need to increase renewable energy,” warns: “It’s time to come to terms with the urgent issue of reducing the state’s carbon footprint.” “Carbon footprint” means carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions humans create by burning fossil fuels. ...

Change funding formula for regional libraries

To the editor: We, the Board of the Marshall-Lyon County Library (MLCL), strongly support a $4 million funding increase to the Regional Library System. Likewise, we support the effort to change the state’s funding formula for Regional Libraries. This formula currently decreases Plum ...

Ignorant on science and facts

To the editor: The comment by our state representative in your Feb. 7 editorial “Can’t ignore need to increase renewable energy” indicates Rep. Chris Swedzinski’s ignorance of science and facts and his lack of concern for us, our children, and our grandchildren. What he should be ...

Flashers meant for emergencies only

To the editor: Why is it that people nowadays are driving with their flashers on during the winter storm? Four way flashers are meant to signal your vehicle is immobile and on the side of the road so having your flashers on while driving is more hazardous than not. Samantha Meyer Lynd