Letters to the Editor

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 ...

Investment will meet needs for our students

To the editor: I have had the privilege of serving on the Marshall School Board for the last 10 years and have seen a tremendous amount of growth and development in both our school district and the larger community. As a result of that growth, and in preparation for continued growth, our ...

Making the investment for community, children

To the editor: My wife and I moved to Marshall over 38 years ago and we decided to stay in Marshall because of great education choices, low crime, good job opportunities and a perfect place to raise our family. I currently serve on the Marshall School Board and the school facilities ...

Follow procedures during open forum

To the editor: In response to the Darwin Sietsema letter to the editor in the Independent March 22, the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton school board does allow an open forum before the meeting. One has to follow the proper procedure. Mr. Sietsema has addressed the RTR school previously. With the ...

Price to pay worth it for quality school system

To the editor: In visiting with some people in the community of Marshall, there still seems to be a lack of knowledge as to the need for the upcoming school referendum to be passed. So we decided to see for ourselves the condition of West Side School in Marshall and see if was as crowded as ...

Referendum tax impact clarified

To the editor: This letter is intended to provide additional information and clarification regarding the tax impact for the proposed bond referendum on Tuesday, April 18. The District’s financial advisers, Ehlers, recommended a “wraparound” re-payment structure for the debt for ...

More to think about for residents, businesses

To the editor: How many of you have paid your Marshall Area Chamber dues for 2017? Do you feel that you’re getting your money’s worth from this? Do you even know what they do for you or do you just pay to belong? Maybe ask and see where that money is going to. How much of it goes ...

Denied opportunity to ask questions

To the editor: Actions taken by the RTR School Board have cost over $230,000. What a waste. They will not let an ordinary citizen address the board.Twice I have been denied an opportunity to ask questions at a board meeting. Questions need to be answered and they need to be held ...

Not getting numbers of indebtedness

To the editor: How can I say this nicely? We have been asked to approve a two-part school referendum based on one number for each question. We don’t vote on a referendum by category with five or six different amounts that we need to total. So, why is it so hard for the superintendent’s ...