Letters to the Editor

Support health and safety for all

To the editor: The GOP may as well be known as the Great Ole Poisoners since they seem intent on backward moves toward a more toxic world. The Republicans and the president appear to have no concern for the dangerous chemicals put in our air and water, work areas and foods. Instead ...

Who is picking up shortfall from tax credit?

To the editor: I was alarmed, but not surprised, when I read the article in the April 11 Independent stating that farmer were likely to get a school tax credit, reduction, whatever, from a bill that is apparently waiting for Governor Mark Dayton’s signature. I had heard for some time ...

Proposed plan for schools well thought out

To the editor: We know that $39.4 million dollars is a lot of money. There is no getting around this fact. We want Marshall to continue to be a progressive and thriving community. Marshall Public Schools are an integral part of why families want to live in Marshall. Investing in the future of ...

Remember what Ben Franklin once said

To the editor: Benjamin Franklin once said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” That quote speaks to all of us who are interested in the upcoming bond referendum to support our schools. As a grandparent who has a granddaughter at Park Side and one at West Side, I am ...

A few concerns with older school buildings

To the editor: This school year I am teaching Title 1 in the oldest building in the district, West Side Elementary (built in 1955). While West Side has many positives there are a few concerns that come with an older building. Often after a rain or the snow melts, there will be leaks coming ...

Why should libraries be taken away from youths

To the editor: Recent weeks have seen many letters to the editor, both for and against the upcoming building referendum by Marshall Public Schools. These letters, both for and against, have contained valuable points and important questions that needed to be asked. As a senior at the high ...

Referendum amount to high a cost

To the editor: First, let me say I very much enjoy being a part of the Marshall community. I moved here over a decade ago from another rural part of Minnesota, but where I was the only Ph.D. economist in the region, and was therefore somewhat overworked and lonely. Here we have a ...

Community needs to be financially responsible

To the editor: I’ve been reading the letters to the editor regarding the upcoming school referendum. Those in favor are telling us to “vote yes for our kids” and to “vote yes for our community.” In my opinion, having a community that is affordable to live in is what will better ...

The strange voting habits of Lyon County

By Ruthe Thompson t always beggars the imagination to watch people vote against their own interests, as well as those of their neighbors and community. In the debate over the Marshall High School referendum, I see this issue playing out in what seems to me a most hypocritical way. Lyon ...

Rebuttals to arguments against referendum

To the editor: “Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor.” (1 Corinthians 10:24). As I read through letters to the editor I’ve had many emotions: anger, sadness, frustration, shock and even humor. I grew up in Ghent and went to school in Marshall k-12 and graduated in ...

Look for other solutions if referendum fails

To the editor: Recently, my family and I moved from the Twin Cities metro area to Marshall. We are living in an apartment until we can decide where we would like to live. Of course, it would be nicer to live in or around Marshall to be closer to businesses, etc., but one of the main reasons ...

Space always an issue when adding programs

To the editor: I am writing this as a Marshall community member. I wrote this on my personal computer outside of the workday. As a teacher who has taught 18 years (in the Marshall Public School District), I’ve experienced a lot of change over the years. My first year of teaching ...

Look for a more responsible way

To the editor: I agree with a more responsible approach (to Marshall Public Schools’ needs) proposed by Don DeLanghe. Apparently the school enrollment in Marshall Schools is increasing roughly 20 percent. Now we are being asked to roughly double the debt on our schools. We are being asked ...

Disrespectful to hold referendum so soon

To the editor: In regard to the proposed school referendum, I feel that the Marshall Public Schools District should wait for another major expenditure until the current debt is paid off and the situation can then be reevaluated. Taxes in the Marshall school district are high enough as it ...

Passing referendum necessary for everybody

To the editor: I attended the Bond Referendum Informational Presentation at the Marshall Middle School on March 29. At this meeting, those in attendance received helpful information, asked questions and received answers, and held a good discussion about the needs of our students and our ...

Educational system great community asset

To the editor: As a couple who’s benefitted from the education of the Marshall Public Schools, we would like to address the upcoming Marshall School referendum. When we moved to Marshall a lifetime ago — 1990 — it was a stroke of luck, though we didn’t know it at the time. We tend ...

Tour shows security, space issues at schools

To the editor: I have lived in the Marshall area basically my whole life and am a proud graduate from Marshall Public Schools. I have a lot of appreciation for what MPS and our community has taught me. For a brief time, my wife Esther and I had moved away, but eventually we returned ...

DSP workforce shortage ‘public health crisis’

To the editor: I am a direct support professional (DSP) who works with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Despite the significant and historic lack of funding in this field, going to work makes me “feel.” I can feel the reasons I go to work. I can put on a real ...

Enrollment increase adds tremendous pressure

To the editor: I have had the honor of serving on the Marshall School Board for the past 11 years and have seen times where we have had to make huge cuts in our programs and staff and, despite that, we have continued the constant pursuit of excellence for our kids. The past six years we ...

Advisory board urges citizens to vote yes

To the editor: Our Marshall Community Services Advisory Board members choose to serve the community in part because of the strong partnership that exists between the local school district and the community. Access to community education, recreation programs, and shared facilities is ...