Letters to the Editor

SMSU: Our legacy continues

To the editor: This past weekend (March 17), Southwest Minnesota State University hosted the 41st National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (NIWBA). Those in attendance witnessed the pursuit of greatness demonstrated by 200-plus student-athletes who represented nine ...

Sentencing a miscarriage of justice

To the editor: On March 19, a great miscarriage of justice occurred. Judge Leland Bush charged Tamara Harvell with a misdemeanor in the case of hitting three men on motorcycles while at a stop light, resulting in two of the men losing a leg. He gave her one year with 40 days ...

Speculators creating price farmers receive

To the editor: This letter is in response to the Tuesday, March 12, Marshall Independent story titled “Farmland Prices Drop.” Minnesota University Extension educator David Bau in other papers has written about rent prices, putting farmer against farmer, (and land owner against tenant), ...

Thanks for concern and prayers

To the editor: I want to reach out to the many people who were involved or even just witnessed the incident that occurred at the Lakeview vs Minneota boys basketball game on Saturday, March 10. My husband, Shawn Boerboom, experienced a heart condition that caused him to collapse. ...

U.S. gun deaths off the charts; vote to make a difference

To the editor: Seventeen people massacred in Parkland, Florida, by a 19-year-old with a military-style assault weapon. He wasn’t old enough to buy a beer, but he had no problem buying the weapon of choice for mass murderers. Does that seem right to you? Will it be different this time? ...

Don’t see ‘kinder, gentler nation’

To the editor: George H.W. Bush, in his acceptance speech Aug. 18, 1988, at the Republican National Convention, called for a “kinder, gentler nation,” “a nation of community,” and “a new harmony among the races.” In 1988 I voted for those values. I do not see them in ...

Wind farms good for local economy

To the editor: On Tuesday, Feb. 20, I went to a public hearing on the Blazing Star II wind farm in Hendricks. I was impressed by what I heard about the commitment of the owner, Xcel, and the developer, Geronimo Energy, to use Minnesota workers to build this project. I have worked on past ...

Wonderful evening of live music

To the editor: Thank you to The Southwest Minnesota Orchestra and director Dr. Daniel Rieppel for a wonderful evening of live music Feb. 13 at First Lutheran Church. Soloists Te-Chiang Liu, violin, and Annabelle Lecy, cello, displayed amazing talents. Lecy was one of a handful of high ...

Different type of volunteer opportunity

To the editor: Everyone who lives and breathes faces a crisis at one point or another. Sometimes, the burden is too great to bear alone. New Horizons Crisis Center is here to help victims/survivors of crime in any way we possibly can. Crisis is personally defined; no problem is too great ...

Grateful for community support

To the editor: Thank you to the Marshall community and the surrounding area. Marshall has been my home for 46-plus years, if you count my time as a student at Southwest Minnesota State. Little did I know riding that bus from South Bend, Indiana, to play football and baseball at Southwest ...

Ginger tea good for thee

To the editor: To commemorate the Chinese New Year I am offering one of my favorite tea recipes. It is a ginger tea recipe that I have shared with several friends and would like to share with the community of Marshall. Although I don’t pretend to be a doctor, I have found this tea to be ...

Returning to the Capitol with more good work in mind

To the editor: The major tax relief and historic investment in roads and bridges we achieved last year will fuel the Legislature to do even more good work during the upcoming 2018 session. Minnesotans are benefiting from more than $650 million in tax relief we passed for the 2018-19 biennium ...

Tracy residents urged to vote in recall

To the editor: I just wanted to write an open letter to the citizens of Tracy who we approached to sign a petition for recall because there were several who would not sign for fear of reprisals or repercussions. When you vote it is private. It is also a privilege and a responsibility we ...

Fun way to remember spring is coming

To the editor: Independent publisher, Gregory Orear, shared a delightful conversation with his 5-year-old daughter in the Saturday paper (Feb. 3) about Groundhog Day. He noted that the date coincides with a religious festival. Readers might be interested to know that Feb. 2 is also ...

Focus on the positive in community

To the editor: I often feel like each time I turn on the news or open a newspaper I am bombarded with bad news about problems in our world. While these problems may seem insurmountable, instead of feeling powerless, I choose to focus on the positive things occurring in our own community ...

Standing up for journalists

To the editor: Today I joined Jeff Flake on the Senate floor to defend the First Amendment. A free press is how we know what’s going on around us and have access to information that isn’t censored by the government. It is at the core of our democracy. My dad spent his whole life as ...

Big reward offered in Cosmic Challenge

To the editor: In a Dec. 21 letter to the editor, “Proof Earth Orbits the Sun,” Harold Shuckhart does a nice job of explaining the Doppler Effect and how that “could” relate to the Earth in a yearly orbital movement around the Sun. Thank you to Mr. Shuckhart for being a rare one, ...

Tracy councilman using ‘bully pulpit’ again

To the editor: On Jan. 8, Tony Peterson (councilman) once again used the “bully pulpit” (with) one of our city (Tracy) employees and attempt to shed doubt on a local newspaper. For the record, on Oct. 23, 2017, Tony Peterson had to be told by the then Mayor Ferrazzano to not vote on ...

Grateful for Marshall Fire Department

To the editor: Thank you to the firefighters who gave up their Christmas Day plans to make sure that the fire on Elaine Avenue was contained and did not get out of control. They took great care to make sure that our house was protected. We are so proud, grateful and appreciative of the ...

As the ‘World Turns’ continues

To the editor: In response to the Dec. 21 “Proof Earth obits the sun,” I would like to thank the author for at least doing a response to a subject that seems to get very little thoughtful discussion; “Everybody just KNOWS that the earth goes around the sun-nuff said.” The ...