Letters to the Editor

Ginger tea good for thee

To the editor: To commemorate the Chinese New Year I am offering one of my favorite tea recipes. It is a ginger tea recipe that I have shared with several friends and would like to share with the community of Marshall. Although I don’t pretend to be a doctor, I have found this tea to be ...

Returning to the Capitol with more good work in mind

To the editor: The major tax relief and historic investment in roads and bridges we achieved last year will fuel the Legislature to do even more good work during the upcoming 2018 session. Minnesotans are benefiting from more than $650 million in tax relief we passed for the 2018-19 biennium ...

Tracy residents urged to vote in recall

To the editor: I just wanted to write an open letter to the citizens of Tracy who we approached to sign a petition for recall because there were several who would not sign for fear of reprisals or repercussions. When you vote it is private. It is also a privilege and a responsibility we ...

Fun way to remember spring is coming

To the editor: Independent publisher, Gregory Orear, shared a delightful conversation with his 5-year-old daughter in the Saturday paper (Feb. 3) about Groundhog Day. He noted that the date coincides with a religious festival. Readers might be interested to know that Feb. 2 is also ...

Focus on the positive in community

To the editor: I often feel like each time I turn on the news or open a newspaper I am bombarded with bad news about problems in our world. While these problems may seem insurmountable, instead of feeling powerless, I choose to focus on the positive things occurring in our own community ...

Standing up for journalists

To the editor: Today I joined Jeff Flake on the Senate floor to defend the First Amendment. A free press is how we know what’s going on around us and have access to information that isn’t censored by the government. It is at the core of our democracy. My dad spent his whole life as ...

Big reward offered in Cosmic Challenge

To the editor: In a Dec. 21 letter to the editor, “Proof Earth Orbits the Sun,” Harold Shuckhart does a nice job of explaining the Doppler Effect and how that “could” relate to the Earth in a yearly orbital movement around the Sun. Thank you to Mr. Shuckhart for being a rare one, ...

Tracy councilman using ‘bully pulpit’ again

To the editor: On Jan. 8, Tony Peterson (councilman) once again used the “bully pulpit” (with) one of our city (Tracy) employees and attempt to shed doubt on a local newspaper. For the record, on Oct. 23, 2017, Tony Peterson had to be told by the then Mayor Ferrazzano to not vote on ...

Grateful for Marshall Fire Department

To the editor: Thank you to the firefighters who gave up their Christmas Day plans to make sure that the fire on Elaine Avenue was contained and did not get out of control. They took great care to make sure that our house was protected. We are so proud, grateful and appreciative of the ...

As the ‘World Turns’ continues

To the editor: In response to the Dec. 21 “Proof Earth obits the sun,” I would like to thank the author for at least doing a response to a subject that seems to get very little thoughtful discussion; “Everybody just KNOWS that the earth goes around the sun-nuff said.” The ...

Proof Earth orbits the sun

To the editor: On Dec. 14, Mr. Drietz also suggested that Earth doesn’t orbit the sun. Another challenge accepted. Suppose you were standing beside a railroad track when a train went by blowing a whistle. You would hear a high-pitched (short wavelength) tone sliding down to a lower ...

More on Earth and the sun

To the editor: A recent Public Forum letter to the editor questioned the validity of the sun being the center of the solar system rather than the Earth. According to the first chapters of Genesis in the Bible, the earth was created “in the beginning” and the sun, moon and stars were ...

Tell the kids we really don’t know

To the editor: Well it’s been about a month since my Nov. 13 “Please stick to science” letter, and no one has responded with proof that the Earth goes around the sun. A little history might help. In the 1500s,1600s and 1700s Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler and Newton theorized that the ...

Net Neutrality protects our basic rights

To the editor: As a college student taking a course in communication analysis, I have become increasingly aware of the importance of communication and the beautiful freedoms we have as American citizens. Most recently, I have started to think more deeply about Net Neutrality, and I ...

Fix wastewater, forget about new offices

To the editor: Recently, a few times, I have read about the city of Marshall officials planning on a new City Hall building and with it, tearing down the old hotel building. Getting rid of the old hotel is a fine idea, but $8 million on a new city hall? A year ago, during the election season ...

Gun ownership a moral and life issue

To the editor: “All who draw the sword will die by the sword” is what Jesus taught, according to the Gospel of Matthew 26:52. They didn’t have guns in the time of Jesus, and we don’t have much use for swords today. Bring Jesus’ admonition up to date: All that draw the gun will die ...

Public Forum

Limiting use of Dicamba good first step To the editor: After reading the news this week, I’m glad to see that Minnesota is working to follow in Arkansas’ footsteps to restrict the use of Dicamba, the weedkilling herbicide. The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association stated that there ...

Dr. Virji spoke as patriotic American

To the editor: In the second of the two part series (Nov. 25-26) on Dr. Ayaz Virji’s talk about Islam, he is quoted as saying, “Islam — just like Christianity, just like Buddhism just like atheism, just like humanitarianism — promotes love thy neighbor, virtue, honest, dignity, ...

Racist has nothing to do with religion

To the editor: 1. The article states: “... about 275 people hardly “fill” that theater. 2. The article states: “...and you go and say hi to your racist Uncle Joe, I encourage you to say, ‘Hi racist Uncle Joe. I don’t agree with what you’re saying’... Well, according to the ...

Support changes at City Hall

To the editor: The full page advertisement in your paper last Friday prompted me to send this letter for all to read as I am in support of changes at our city hall, meaning the present council. Financial decisions are made constantly that build our public debt to where it looks like ...