Letters to the Editor

Ryan’s legacy: tax bill that benefits rich

To the editor: The editorial (Independent, April 18), “Ryan’s Frustration,” criticizes people dependent on government programs to survive. Millionaire Paul Ryan has bashed those less fortunate citizens for years. The editorial author ignores the fact that Ryan’s legacy will be the ...

Walk to fight for prevention of 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 more ...

Thanks for your service during blizzard

To the editor: We are very lucky. We have endured unseasonal weather the past three weeks including the historic blizzard of last weekend. We need to thank the City, County and State road crews, the same organizations of law enforcement, the emergency responders, the emergency medical ...

Read Second Amendment carefully

To the editor: As the death toll from gun violence mounts we are told that because of the Second Amendment nothing can be done to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them. That is false. You have to wonder how many of those who make that argument have ever read the ...

Tidal wave of change is coming

To the editor: So many of us have watched in dismay, frustration, even anger, at the direction our country has taken in the past two years. We are appalled by the lack of honesty, integrity, compassion, and leadership exhibited by our politicians, particularly in Washington. We are sad, ...

Walk for suicide awareness

To the editor: As the Out of the Darkness Marshall High School, Southwest Minnesota State University Community Campus Walk draws closer I would like to share a few things. These things are not easy to talk about and most rather turn away than face some serious statistics about ...

Need a better health care system

To the editor: During 2017, the Minnesota Legislature took these steps on healthcare: Insurance companies received a $549 million cushion against losses associated with the small number of patients with costly claims. This was meant as an inducement to keep these companies in the ...

Heartwarming stories make headlines

To the editor: Two front page stories and photos in recent issues of the Independent were especially heartwarming. One was of a Marshall youth with a young boy in Haiti, involving a project to provide better drinking water for that country. The other showed a group of West Side third ...

Cause and effect in our society

To the editor: Another mass murder! What is happening to our society? What is the solution? Ban guns, institutionalize the mentally ill, more security for our schools. How about recognizing the fact that mankind is sinful? Looking back in history there are the examples of Cain and Abel, ...

April is sexual assault awareness month

To the editor: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). This year’s theme is “Embrace your Voice.” How we talk about sexual violence matters. When we reflect on and change how we think and talk about the issue, we can create a culture of respect, equality and safety. There ...

Inspired by March of Our Lives

To the editor: Thank you, students and citizens who supported the March for Our Lives against gun violence. This groundswell movement clearly speaks to what it is for: being safe in our schools, taking action on gun control and becoming civically-engaged citizens to unfreeze the fear that ...

A call for support

To the editor: It should be known that while I am an employee of Marshall Public Schools, my opinions stated here do not necessarily reflect those of the school district. I am not a spokesperson. I am a community member in this district and as an employee, I possess an informed opinion which ...

Principal made sound decision

To the editor: I am writing in response to “Another Questionable Decision by the School District,” published in the Independent on March 17. The decision by Marshall High School Principal Brian Jones to deny access to a reporter from the Marshall Independent during the ...

SMSU: Our legacy continues

To the editor: This past weekend (March 17), Southwest Minnesota State University hosted the 41st National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (NIWBA). Those in attendance witnessed the pursuit of greatness demonstrated by 200-plus student-athletes who represented nine ...

Sentencing a miscarriage of justice

To the editor: On March 19, a great miscarriage of justice occurred. Judge Leland Bush charged Tamara Harvell with a misdemeanor in the case of hitting three men on motorcycles while at a stop light, resulting in two of the men losing a leg. He gave her one year with 40 days ...

Speculators creating price farmers receive

To the editor: This letter is in response to the Tuesday, March 12, Marshall Independent story titled “Farmland Prices Drop.” Minnesota University Extension educator David Bau in other papers has written about rent prices, putting farmer against farmer, (and land owner against tenant), ...

Thanks for concern and prayers

To the editor: I want to reach out to the many people who were involved or even just witnessed the incident that occurred at the Lakeview vs Minneota boys basketball game on Saturday, March 10. My husband, Shawn Boerboom, experienced a heart condition that caused him to collapse. ...

U.S. gun deaths off the charts; vote to make a difference

To the editor: Seventeen people massacred in Parkland, Florida, by a 19-year-old with a military-style assault weapon. He wasn’t old enough to buy a beer, but he had no problem buying the weapon of choice for mass murderers. Does that seem right to you? Will it be different this time? ...

Don’t see ‘kinder, gentler nation’

To the editor: George H.W. Bush, in his acceptance speech Aug. 18, 1988, at the Republican National Convention, called for a “kinder, gentler nation,” “a nation of community,” and “a new harmony among the races.” In 1988 I voted for those values. I do not see them in ...

Wind farms good for local economy

To the editor: On Tuesday, Feb. 20, I went to a public hearing on the Blazing Star II wind farm in Hendricks. I was impressed by what I heard about the commitment of the owner, Xcel, and the developer, Geronimo Energy, to use Minnesota workers to build this project. I have worked on past ...