Letters to the Editor

Confederacy allowed to stick around

To the editor: Why would any American honor a traitor against the United States who shared responsibility for the slaughter of countless Americans? Why would any decent American display the flag of treason against our country? In Charlottesville, Va., a proposal to remove a statue of Robert ...

Time to pray to reverse sinful culture

To the editor: For those that say they believe in Christ Jesus: do you know what is going on in the world, your country, your state, in your community? Do you know that one of the Senators from Minnesota speaks as though a Catholic should not be allowed to sit on the Seventh Circuit ...

Think about veterans suffering from disabilities and PTSD

To the editor: In response to the articles regarding funds for a Military Memorial in Marshall and Minneota. While honoring our Veterans with a memorial is a very noble gesture and I applaud the efforts of those involved with the fund raising, keep this in mind: Think about how some of ...

Another year of Bible classes

To the editor: On Thursday at 6:30-7:30 p.m. the Jesus Cares Ministry of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church at 208 W. Marshall has been blessed to be starting off another year of Bible classes that runs September through May. All individuals in the community with intellectual and ...

Who is a ‘rogue nation?’

To the editor: North Korea tested a nuclear weapon, and is called (in a tweet) a “rogue nation,” by President Donald Trump, representing the United States. The United States, actually, was “a rogue nation“ when it used a nuclear Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD) on the Japanese in ...

Statues honoring people who committed treason in support of evil

To the editor: In (Publisher Gregory Orear’s) Saturday, Aug. 19, column defending of the right of communities to maintain monuments honoring people who, in defense of slavery, committed treason against the United States, you wrote: “The moral evils of the Nazi party and its guiding ...

Vigil protesters led by false headlines

To the editor: This is in response to the people who recently gathered in Marshall to protest “The White Supremacists...” group, etc. As much as I appreciate and support their intentions, I believe they should not be led by false headlines plastered on front pages by many Deep State/Dark ...

Addressing taxpayers of Minneota

To the editor: As taxpayers of the Minneota School District you have, no doubt, been inundated with information regarding the upcoming referendum on the bond issue. Having been born and raised in Minneota, served on the Minneota School Board, served as your city administrator for 14 years, ...

Promote agriculture progress in Minnesota

To the editor: After another successful Farmfest, Minnesotan farmers are looking toward what’s next. The annual event brings together families, producers, ag innovators and policymakers from across the state to showcase exciting developments happening in farming, while also highlighting ...

Independent article draws attention to intersection safety concerns

To the editor: I would like to thank the Independent staff for taking time to cover our meeting with the Department of Transportation regarding the intersection at Highway 23 and Lyon Street. Those who work near and use this intersection virtually daily appreciate the safety concerns that it ...

Johnson played key role in saving SMSU

To the editor: “Ruth Ann and I and our two boys, Skipp and Andy, moved to Marshall on July 1, 1977, when I became president of Southwest Minnesota State University. We were truly blessed to have as our next door neighbors, Raymond Johnson Jr., his dear wife Marlys, and their five wonderful ...

Deeply concerned over Trump budget proposals

To the editor: As a farmer in southwest Minnesota, I have worked with, and under, many different farm programs through the years. Each new administration came with new ideas for agriculture, some worked well, some not so much. Yet throughout my years in agriculture, through many ...

Swedzinski votes to support big tobacco

To the editor: Why did Representative Chris Swedzinski vote for the big tobacco companies and against the health of our children? Along with other Republicans, he voted at least twice to follow the wishes of Big Tobacco to freeze the cigarette tax, which has the effect of lowering that tax ...

Development of wind projects means good jobs

To the editor: From Aug. 6-12, the American Wind Energy Association is celebrating American Wind Week. I’m happy to support wind energy because it is American energy, it creates American jobs, and helps keep our air and water clean. The wind industry has invested more into the ...

Whole generation of pilots today that owe so much to Ray Johnson

To the editor: I had the good fortune of growing up next door to the Johnson family just outside of Marshall. I became best friends with the youngest Johnson, Pete, right after moving to Marshall when my dad became President of Southwest State University. Pete and I spent much of our ...

Politics too closely tied with religion

To the editor: Thank you for the thoughtful July 8 column concerning what it really means to be Pro-Life. But unlike local majority Republicans, I am a Democrat who, like 57 percent of the American public, believes abortion should be legal in most circumstances. I consider it ...

Paranormal phenomena items on display

To the editor: The Redwood County Museum is now featuring a collection of items associated with paranormal phenomena. This exhibition runs from May through October of this year and is owned by Adrian Lee, founder of the International Paranormal Society. On display are Ouija boards, dolls ...

Thanks to Marshall City Band

To the editor: Thanks again to the members of the Marshall City Band, its director Bob Meffert, and Marshall Community Services for providing the annual series of concerts this summer in Liberty Park. Next year the band will celebrate its 100th season of summer entertainment. ...

The answer to pro life question found in Bible

To the editor: Welcome to the Independent publisher Gregory Orear and editor, Mike Lamb. This is a four-part letter. I. “Are you sure you’re pro-life...really?” This question was asked in an editorial July 8-9, 2017. There are two sources for answers to life’s questions: man’s ...

Where’s media attention to proposed EPA cuts?

To the editor: I care about protecting clean air and water and the environment, and I am concerned about the lack of media attention to President Trump’s proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency. Matt Ringquist Redwood Falls