Letters to the Editor

Excellent data, good points offered during RTR listening sessions

To the editor: I would like to thank Superintendent David Marlette and Gary Erdman for hosting the community listening session Oct. 9 in Russell. Some excellent data and good points were brought up about not rushing into a final decision on building a new facility. The community task force ...

Minnesota deserves Keith Ellison

To the editor: Minnesota voters: I urge you to support Keith Ellison for Minnesota Attorney General. There has been a lot of attention on the allegations against Ellison. Those are very serious. I don’t take those lightly. While I don’t know what happened, Ellison has cooperated ...

To victims of crime: It’s not your fault, we stand with you

To the editor: In response to the “Justice needs victims to act promptly” editorial published on Oct. 9, we, as victim advocates, say: 1. Victims deserve sympathy and understanding. They also deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. They also have the right to make their own ...

Sturrock deserves reelection to council

To the editor: We are long-time leaders of the DFL and Republican parties in Lyon County. Over the years we have disagreed on many things but this year we are in firm agreement that David Sturrock deserves reelection to the Marshall City Council. As residents of Ward Two, we have been ...

Chiming in on Carillon

To the editor: I must chime in regarding the article in the Faith section of your Oct. 5 newspaper. I feel it important to remind the powers that be at St. Steven LC that the year is 2018, not 1820. There isn’t a person in town wanting to know the time that can’t find out in a second ...

House Farm bill includes good amendments; reach out to lawmakers

To the editor: The final Farm Bill is not yet settled and is pressing positive outcomes on a number of issues in the House and Senate versions. The highly controversial House bill includes good amendments to strengthen federal law on animal fighting and prohibit the dog and cat meat trade, ...

Weathering the storm and picking up the pace

To the editor: For the past 10 years, it has been an honor to serve as a Marshall City Council member representing Ward 1. In November, I am asking again for your vote and allow me to continue serving the citizens of Marshall. Marshall is an active, growing community, and I would like to ...

Peterson standing up for Minnesota families

To the editor: Local food shelves across the state help ensure that Minnesotans in need have enough to eat. They have capably served over 3 million visits per year for the last seven years, but they can’t do it alone. For over 600,000 people across Minnesota, the Supplemental Nutrition ...

Counting on votes to keep babies safe and warm

To the editor: Are you between the ages of 18 and 29? If “Yes,” syndicated columnist Robert Reich has a bet on how you will vote on Nov. 6. In his editorial, “Why I’m betting on millennials this Election day” (Independent, 9/26), Reich discussed “issues up for grabs.” “A ...

Need leaders to come together, face challenges

To the editor: I write this letter with deep concern for democratic principles that govern our nation. Just as I would call out to redirect and challenge harmful behavior of a family member I must call out the president’s party for looking the other way as harmful actions are put in place. ...

Three reasons to run for City Council

To the editor: My name is Don Edblom and I am running for the City Council in Ward One for the City of Marshall. My wife Linda and I have been members of this community for the past 42 years. I have had the experience and honor of serving on the city council for eight years back in the 1990s ...

Article paints inaccurate account of Tyler meeting

To the editor: It’s unfortunate that dramatics have, as of late, become more prevalent at public meetings, although it makes for good newspaper headlines. One would hope that these types of antics by elected officials be avoided in dealing with community issues and concerns since emotion ...

Loaves & Fishes doing good work in Marshall

To the editor: Loaves & Fishes is experiencing a remarkable year. We are poised to possibly serve one million healthy meals to Minnesotans in 2018. Although a watershed moment and something to celebrate, it is also disheartening because those meal numbers reflect need and the stubbornly ...

Real Mustang fans don’t act like that

To the editor: Certain Mustang fans at Saturday night’s Southwest Minnesota State football game with Wayne State were witness to a “how not to act in public” display. One man’s front row foul-mouthed tirade directed at any of the Mustang players on the sideline who could hear it was ...

New uniforms look so much better

To the editor: I was at the (Southwest Minnesota State) Mustang game Saturday and had a very nice surprise. The Mustangs had new uniforms. I thank the Athletic Department for getting rid of that ugly gray. The new uniforms look so much better. Thank you and go Mustangs! Ron Zvorak Marshall

The issues that divide parties too daunting

To the editor: Recently a contributor to the Independent’s public forum asked a very intriguing question: “What kind of world do Republicans live in?” After digesting the premise of that question I realized that it is they, the Democrats, who need to address that question. What kind ...

Purpose of column was to make us afraid of people who we do not know

To the editor: I have to take issue with Walter Williams, whose column seeks to create misunderstanding. He stokes the fear of immigrants by suggesting that those who come here without documents bring disease and “anti-Western values.” He notes that those who arrive though the ...

What kind of world do Republicans live in?

To the editor: What kind of world do Republicans live in? The quotes from local Republican leaders printed in the Aug. 18/19 articles — “Swedzinski: Farmers face ‘wedge’ issues with state voters” and “New headquarters” are, quite frankly, alarming. Words and phrases like ...

Charter commission members not trying to create more positions to get elected

To the editor: To ignite a flame that is not based in truth that the (Tracy) Charter Commission made a recommendation not based on research and much deliberation is irresponsible. To state that any member of the Charter Commission made any decision based on unfounded character assassinations ...

Your tax dollars not at work

To the editor: If you happened to be driving up state Highway 23 from Marshall last week, you probably noticed that MnDOT has been busy replacing highway signs, including mile markers, directional signs, markers of place, and even Adopt a Highway signs. You probably also noticed that the old ...