Letters to the Editor

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

Letter came across as personal attack on editor

To the editor: Letter to the editor in response to letter of July 3 from Mr. John Frerich. Mr. Frerich, I have read your letter numerous times and I cannot understand where you are coming from or what exactly your intentions were. Were you angry when you wrote it? Were you just ...

Attitude expressed appears to intimidate

To the editor: Monday’s (July 3) letter writer did not speak for me when he attacked the editor of your paper for merely expressing an opinion on the OPINION page of the paper that he is the editor thereof. His (the letter writer’s) characterization of that opinion as being “a gross ...

Trump’s ‘electoral integrity’ panel a fishing expedition

Donald Trump’s insistence that nationwide voter fraud denied him a victory in the popular vote last November prompted him to set up a federal voting commission seeking broad personal and political information on enrolled voters. The effort has triggered a broad pushback from 44 state ...

Nation’s independence came at expense of our native nation’s freedom

Many Indigenous Peoples do not celebrate the white man’s Fourth of July Independence Day. Frederick Douglas, a black slave, put it this way, “What to the American Slave is your Fourth of July?” Many of our Native Peoples share this same sentiment and ask, “What to the Indigenous Peoples ...

Editorial contains ‘gross distortion’ of facts

In Thursday’s editorial, you commented on the Senate health care proposal with these words, “according to the CBO, the Senate bill would only kick 22 million people off of their healthcare by 2026.” This is a gross distortion of the facts, a blatant lie; something that has, sadly, ...

Dangerous situation on County Road 7

To the editor: We live on the corner of Westwood Drive and Cumberland Road in Marshall. Our backyard is County Road 7. From our deck, we have seen many walkers, runners, skaters, joggers and bicyclists — many of them young children — potentially risking their safety to cross ...

Electric cooperative needs to reduce salaries, benefits

To the editor: Being one of many who own a cabin or lake lot on Lake Benton, we have watched our electric bills from Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative increase to a $40 minimum per month year around. The neighboring electric co-op to the south has a $15 minimum charge. They have a ...

Republican legislators taking orders from corporate insurance world

To the editor: Legislators could use a sign to remind them who they should be working for. Such a sign would say, “Prioritizing for-profit health insurers over MN taxpayers is wrong!” To be honest the sign needs to be read by Republican legislators, as they are not looking out for taxpayer ...

When did extreme violence on Earth occur?

To the editor: The world’s largest atomic bomb was exploded by the Russians north of the Arctic Circle in 1961. It was equivalent to 2500 Hiroshima A-bombs. The fireball was 5 miles in diameter and could be seen 620 miles away, windows cracked 500 miles away and the mushroom cloud was ...

Thanks to first responders

To the editor: As we celebrate National Police Week, I’d like to say thank you to all first responders: A hero in his or her own right. A hero who has taken an oath to protect and serve (really take the time to think about this because it’s not just words on a sheet of paper). An ...

Raising awareness to 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 ...

Thanks to city for help with branches

To the editor: I wanted to say thank you to the city of Marshall maintenance dept. After the snow on Monday I had a tree on my property that lost a couple of branches and one was still partially connected about 15 feet up. I had been contemplating how I was going to get it cut down with a 6 ...

Environmental bill provides a win-win

To the editor: We take this opportunity to clear up misconceptions about environmental legislation (HF 888) being debated at the Capitol. We appreciate the leadership of Rep. Dan Fabian (Roseau) and Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen (Alexandria) to author legislation that increases efficiency, ...

Legislative support for higher education critical

To the editor: With the legislature and the governor on the cusp of jousting over the budget in the waning day of the session, I wanted to highlight that a good higher education bill that fully funds the base and inflation is very important to the short and long-term success of Southwest ...

Weakening environmental review is about diminishing rights for people

To the editor: Environmental review standards being lowered is not a good thing for rural Minnesota. There is a proposal at the legislature that would allow hog confinement operations to go from 1,000 animal units to 2,000 animal units without environmental review. This proposal allows ...

Freight rail service needs legislative support

To the editor: Freight rail service is a critical part of rural Minnesota’s economy. Unfortunately, right now some lawmakers are engaged in an issue that could significantly harm farmers, manufacturers, and workers, particularly in western and southwestern Minnesota, by limiting access ...

Reasons to worry about Marshall

To the editor: I appreciate seeing the article “Full Circle” in the weekend edition of the Independent. Marshall is blessed to have a Restorative Justice system and to be operating Circle programs in our community. Reading about the current successes of Circles inclusive of local ...

Think twice about hosting a circus

To the editor: Shame on the Red Baron Arena for hosting the Stardust Circus and its long-suffering “dancing” elephant, Anna Louise (“Circus comes to town,” April 22). Anna Louise was kidnapped from the wilds of Africa and, while female elephants stay with their mothers, aunts, and ...