Letters to the Editor

Audience can now hear clearly thanks to fixes

To the editor: We want to thank Alex Peterson from Studio One who fixed the sound system at the Liberty Park bandshell in Marshall Wednesday night for the first City Band concert this summer. The last few years, the audience couldn’t hear the director, Bob Meffert, with clarity when he ...

No help for mental health issues

To the editor: Mental health issues are a big deal nowadays or they should be. But where do you go when your child or grandchild threatens suicide — not to the doctor or the emergency room. We made a visit to the ER in desperation. We were sent home with a phone number to call and ...

Concerns over Lynd Schools, SWEC

To the editor: Over the past few weeks, residents of Lynd, parents of students attending Lynd Public School, and members of the southwest Minnesota community have become increasingly concerned with the arrangement Lynd Public School has with Southwest Educational Cooperative (SWEC). ...

Addressing the use of ‘animal’

To the editor: An editorial and a letter in the Independent (June 2) both addressed the use of the word “animal” to describe men. Wild animals and livestock were simply called into being on the sixth day of creation, according to the Bible. (Genesis 1:24) The creation of man ...

Why come to defense of MS-13 gang?

To the editor: It is very discouraging that culture and politics in this country has reached the level it has. The trust and favorable opinion of citizens in their politicians and news media is reported to be at an all time low. I share that low opinion of both. Both through intentional ...

Scientists discovered the facts

To the editor: In the May 29 Independent, Mr. Phil Drietz shares a series of facts, facts discovered by science. He then waves his hands and asks: Why doesn’t science admit that all these facts point toward an intelligent creator? The simple response is that a creator was not needed. ...

Why do educators leave the creator out of science?

To the editor: In my Feb. 9 issue of “Science” I I read where our next big computer will work at the exaflop level. (picture a switch being monitored and turned off and on, a billion-billion times per second.) Power to run it will require the equivalent of about a dozen large Buffalo ...

Education is a key to success

To the editor: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” —Nelson Mandela. A college education will help you have a brighter future all around. When you go to college you will have more opportunities and experiences while meeting new people. Also, ...

State gas tax should be increased to pay for infrastructure upkeep

To the editor: (Publisher Gregory Orear’s) May 5 commentary despairing the Corridors of Commerce urban funding theft this year resonates. Better major roads interconnecting non-metro regional centers critical to out-state prosperity is a good and cost-effective alternative to piling ...

Community can be proud of SMSU

Thanks to council for To the editor: As the 50th anniversary celebration of Southwest Minnesota State University comes to an end, I would like to say a few words about the great university we have among the cornfields. From the day care across the street, which allows the children ...

Make funding Highway 14 a priority

To the editor: I am disheartened by the news that Highway 14 was not included in the Corridors of Commerce funding this year. I have grown up in New Ulm and have driven Highway 14 more times than I can count. I have seen more than my share of accidents on the highway. There have been ...

A letter to Sen. Amy Klobuchar on providing quality child care

Dear Senator Klobuchar: I appreciate you taking the time to visit with the constituents on the important issue of child care.  I pride myself on providing quality care to children of the hard working parents of this region. I was recently quoted as saying “silly rules” are a problem ...

We owe military veterans respect

To the editor: May is the month of the year that all veteran organizations proclaim as Loyalty Month. It is the month of the year when we honor all veterans. These men and women who have given their time to fight for all the freedoms we as citizens seem to take for granted. Some gave their ...

Minnesotans held hostage by NRA

To the editor: Minnesotans are being held hostage at the tip of the barrel of the National Rifle Association with the full connivance of the states’ Republican politicians. Republicans control both the state House of Representatives and the Senate. The leader of the Republicans in ...

Derik Nelson and family deliver upbeat show for all ages

To the editor: On Friday (April 27) Derik Nelson & Family spent the day making music in Marshall. Thanks to the Marshall Area Fine Arts Council for bringing them here as the final performance of its 2017-2018 Concert Series. MAFAC was also happy to sponsor Derik and his family to ...

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, ...