Letters to the Editor

Parents, wise up about ‘vaping’

When it comes to teenagers and “vaping,” the everyday term for use of electronic cigarettes, most parents don't know what they don’t know. The practice is defined — yes, vape is now a Merriam-Webster dictionary entry — as the inhalation of vapor through the mouth from a usually ...

United Way needs help to reach goal

To the editor: What does Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Student Emergency Fund Grants, Power of the Produce (tokens for children to buy produce), and Junior Achievement (classes for students taught by community members regarding financial security) have in common? The United Way of ...

Reasons for calling climate change claims as ‘fake science’

To the editor: The Dec. 30 “Climate change denier attacks scientific research without proof” writer said I attacked climate change by calling it “fake news” in my Dec. 17 letter. Actually, I used the term “fake science” in my letter to the editor; it was the Marshall Independent ...

Get the facts at RTR meeting before making decision on school bond vote

To the editor: FYI-For all RTR District stakeholders on the upcoming School Bond Vote Feb. 12. It has come to my attention someone from the YES Vote committee is calling and telling stakeholders if RTR chooses to replace and remodel instead of building a new $35,000,000 preK-12 building ...

Millie Thomas on way to supcentenarian

To the editor: Happy 106th New Year for Millie Thomas. I’ve known Millie since the middle ’50s. My mother brought my three siblings and I to the Gamble’s store on Main Street. Our trip was to buy our back-to-school clothing — maybe dresses and everyday shoes, boots and seasonal ...

Polls proven to be unreliable

To the editor: In Mr. Will Thomas’ Jan. 5 letter to the editor, he wrote, “Poll after poll shows the majority of Americans do not favor a wall.” The fact that Donald Trump was elected president proves that all polls related to our president are unreliable at best. No poll anywhere ...

Trump putting personal ‘win’ before workers

To the editor: The Jan. 3 editorial, “Democrats won’t deal on the wall,” is as simplistic as Donald Trump’s insistence on fulfilling an uninformed campaign promise. First, you call $5 billion “pocket change,” as if the money doesn’t matter. The GOP hypocritically styles ...

2019 message from Mayor Bob Byrnes

As we begin the New Year, this is a time to reflect on the past and plan for the future. This year marks my 33rd year of elective office in Marshall; six years as councilman and 27 years as mayor. I am told this is one of the longest tenures in the state, though there is no accurate record to ...

Climate change denier attacks scientific research without proof

To the editor: In his Dec. 17 letter, Mr. Drietz raises two points about the science of climate change. First, he says that he has not seen “solid” evidence. I suggest that he read the references I cited in my previous letter. To summarize these citations: “97% of climate scientists ...

Tired of letters from liberals, decision made by schools and city of Marshall

To the editor: Frankly, I’m getting tired of all the liberal reposted letters to the editor from big-time cities like the Washington Post. Do they know what is like out here? How about some letters from local residents who know what it is like out here where the largest employers are ...

Global warming is still fake news

To the editor: The Nov 27, 2018 “We can’t afford to ignore climate change report,” said: “More investment in renewable energy will help.” And, “Spending a few extra dollars now may prevent the nation from paying a whole lot more in the future in recovering from weather ...

Worry about grandchildren’s Future

To the editor: Senator Gary Dahms and Representative Chris Swedzinski, I am unable to attend your 7 a.m. meeting in Marshall. During the meeting time I am doing granddad day care for one of my grandchildren. I worry about the future that my grandchildren will inherit. I submit this letter ...

Minimize area of fake news in the online comments section

To the editor: I enjoy reading the Marshall Independent online early in the morning over a cup of coffee. The headlines of the day are of interest. Notice in some articles’ endings, you have a comment can be added. Unknown names appear with comments not only of the article, but sometimes ...

SMSU offers a lot to the community

To the editor: It was wonderful to read such great news about Southwest Minnesota State University’s financial contribution to the community. As your article from Nov. 15 noted, the university brings in over $173 million and contributes to 1,421 jobs in the community. I think it also ...

Feeling the passion of ‘Newsies’

To the editor: My wife, Patricia, and I had the pleasure of attending the Marshall High School musical, “Newsies,” this past weekend and were again totally impressed by the youth of our community. From the moment the musical started through the final song, we could see and feel the ...

Feeling the passion of ‘Newsies’

To the editor: My wife, Patricia, and I had the pleasure of attending the Marshall High School musical, “Newsies,” this past weekend and were again totally impressed by the youth of our community. From the moment the musical started through the final song, we could see and feel the ...

Looking for central figure for Thanksgiving

To the editor: In a recent Independent column, Publisher Greg Orear suggested readers should take time to celebrate Thanksgiving before delving into Christmas preparations. Reflecting on possible reasons why Thanksgiving is somewhat overlooked as a special event, the writer noted “there ...

Thanks to those who educate students

To the editor: The 220 members of the Marshall Education Association announce that Nov. 12-16 is American Education Week. This is a great opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. ...

Poll worker didn’t need my identification

To the editor: By the time this is published, our midterm elections will be over. I went to our Ward 1 polling site at the college to vote, and was complimented on my red, white and blue voting attire. I went up to the desk to sign in, meeting a lady who didn’t know me, and I didn’t ...

Has the Republican party become the bigoted, racist party of Pat Buchanan

To the editor: I must take issue with the column by Pat Buchanan published on the eve of the 2018 election. After a long campaign marred by anti-immigrant rhetoric and punctuated by political, racist, and anti-Semitic violence, Buchanan closes the season by equating mass migration of people ...