Letters to the Editor

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 ...

Additional information regarding Marshall’s debt

To the editor: In the letter to the Editor in the Independent on Thursday, the three current council members presented some additional facts about the overall debt in Marshall. For the record Mr. DeCramer, Mr. Schafer and Mr. Sturrock stated that 45 percent of Marshall’s current debt ...

Labat has helped capture growth, prosperity

To the editor Regarding the upcoming city council elections on Nov. 6, I offer this letter to voice unwavering support for electing Russ Labat as our new Ward 2 City Council Member. Russ, who was born and raised in Marshall, has seen this community grow and prosper. For 23 years, he was the ...

Labat communicates well, listens to ideas

To the editor: Russ Labat gets my vote. He communicates well, listens to our ideas, will make good decisions. I am confident Russ will represent us well in the future. Jack Hennen Marshall

Additional information regarding Marshall’s debt.

To the editor: In the letter to the Editor in the Independent on Thursday, the three current council members presented some additional facts about the overall debt in Marshall. For the record Mr. DeCramer, Mr. Schafer and Mr. Sturrock stated that 45 percent of Marshall’s current debt ...

Labat, Edblom have proven records on working together

To the editor: As the voters of Ward I and Ward II in Marshall go to the polls next Tuesday, I ask you to consider one thing. If we want this city to grow, we must work together. The city can prosper when the county and city work together. In late summer, the county asked the city council ...

Setting facts straight on joining American Legion

To the editor: Correcting a statement: In Tuesday’s Independent, Legion Membership Director Mike Maxa was quoted as saying anyone who was active for one day could join the American Legion. It should have said “one day of active service any time during the eligibility periods.” I was ...

Few candidates mention Constitution

To the editor: As citizens have listened to people seeking public office, any mention of the U.S. Constitution or the precepts the founding fathers used to form that document, are harder to find than a needle in a haystack. Yet they will swear an oath to uphold that document, against all ...

Labat has energy and time

To the editor: Being in business in Marshall for 40 years, I have had the pleasure of knowing Russ Labat for at least 25, he being somewhat younger than me. Russ was born and raised in Marshall and has been a member of the business community as the circulation manager and then publisher of ...

Insulted by ad attacking Dan Freehan

To the editor: We all know people who “believe” something and hold tight to that belief in spite of all evidence to the contrary. But the fact that the leader of the party in power is one of them is not a reason to share his worldview. I am insulted by the shocking ad attacking Dan ...

Sturrock always prepared and informed

To the editor: Having served on the Marshall City Council with David Sturrock, I can attest that he was always thoroughly prepared and informed of the items on the agenda. He worked tirelessly with the State to expand highways in and around the city of Marshall. David continues to serve on ...

Sharing Marshall’s financial picture

To the editor: We are writing to share some information about Marshall’s financial picture. Marshall has a low property tax rate when compared with other cities in Greater Minnesota. We ranked 19th of 24 cities in a sample collected from municipal assessors across the state. Our rate ...

Labat will listen, make good decisions

To the editor: In reading Mike Boedigheimer’s public forum letter in support of Russ Labat, I am inspired. Russ is a hometown product who has demonstrated over the years that he is a good person who will listen to others, make good decisions and take action that he feels is the best for ...