Letters to the Editor

Vigil protesters led by false headlines

To the editor: This is in response to the people who recently gathered in Marshall to protest “The White Supremacists...” group, etc. As much as I appreciate and support their intentions, I believe they should not be led by false headlines plastered on front pages by many Deep State/Dark ...

Addressing taxpayers of Minneota

To the editor: As taxpayers of the Minneota School District you have, no doubt, been inundated with information regarding the upcoming referendum on the bond issue. Having been born and raised in Minneota, served on the Minneota School Board, served as your city administrator for 14 years, ...

Promote agriculture progress in Minnesota

To the editor: After another successful Farmfest, Minnesotan farmers are looking toward what’s next. The annual event brings together families, producers, ag innovators and policymakers from across the state to showcase exciting developments happening in farming, while also highlighting ...

Independent article draws attention to intersection safety concerns

To the editor: I would like to thank the Independent staff for taking time to cover our meeting with the Department of Transportation regarding the intersection at Highway 23 and Lyon Street. Those who work near and use this intersection virtually daily appreciate the safety concerns that it ...

Johnson played key role in saving SMSU

To the editor: “Ruth Ann and I and our two boys, Skipp and Andy, moved to Marshall on July 1, 1977, when I became president of Southwest Minnesota State University. We were truly blessed to have as our next door neighbors, Raymond Johnson Jr., his dear wife Marlys, and their five wonderful ...

Deeply concerned over Trump budget proposals

To the editor: As a farmer in southwest Minnesota, I have worked with, and under, many different farm programs through the years. Each new administration came with new ideas for agriculture, some worked well, some not so much. Yet throughout my years in agriculture, through many ...

Swedzinski votes to support big tobacco

To the editor: Why did Representative Chris Swedzinski vote for the big tobacco companies and against the health of our children? Along with other Republicans, he voted at least twice to follow the wishes of Big Tobacco to freeze the cigarette tax, which has the effect of lowering that tax ...

Development of wind projects means good jobs

To the editor: From Aug. 6-12, the American Wind Energy Association is celebrating American Wind Week. I’m happy to support wind energy because it is American energy, it creates American jobs, and helps keep our air and water clean. The wind industry has invested more into the ...

Whole generation of pilots today that owe so much to Ray Johnson

To the editor: I had the good fortune of growing up next door to the Johnson family just outside of Marshall. I became best friends with the youngest Johnson, Pete, right after moving to Marshall when my dad became President of Southwest State University. Pete and I spent much of our ...

Politics too closely tied with religion

To the editor: Thank you for the thoughtful July 8 column concerning what it really means to be Pro-Life. But unlike local majority Republicans, I am a Democrat who, like 57 percent of the American public, believes abortion should be legal in most circumstances. I consider it ...

Paranormal phenomena items on display

To the editor: The Redwood County Museum is now featuring a collection of items associated with paranormal phenomena. This exhibition runs from May through October of this year and is owned by Adrian Lee, founder of the International Paranormal Society. On display are Ouija boards, dolls ...

Thanks to Marshall City Band

To the editor: Thanks again to the members of the Marshall City Band, its director Bob Meffert, and Marshall Community Services for providing the annual series of concerts this summer in Liberty Park. Next year the band will celebrate its 100th season of summer entertainment. ...

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 ...