Letters to the Editor

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 ...

Double whammy for teachers, property taxes

To the editor: Three years ago, the state legislature passed a bill I authored that ensures school districts and their employees can get health coverage at the best price possible by increasing competition and transparency in the insurance bidding process. Now, Minnesota Republicans ...

What’s behind the green door?

To the editor: After reading the article in the Independent about the house demolished on the corner of College Drive and North Hill Street, I feel it is important to the family to include the history of the home: The house was not always vacant. It was one of the early homes in ...

Public Forum

Here are the true costs of referendum To the editor: This letter is in regard to the upcoming school board referendum and its tax implications. According to pamphlets received in the mail and from information on the bond referendum webpage www.marshall.k12.mn.us/referendum2017, the “tax ...

Public Forum

Here are the true costs of referendum To the editor: This letter is in regard to the upcoming school board referendum and its tax implications. According to pamphlets received in the mail and from information on the bond referendum webpage www.marshall.k12.mn.us/referendum2017, the “tax ...

Legislation supports farmers, beekeepers

To the editor: Did you know that bees pollinate one in three bites of our food in the U.S. and are critical to the Minnesota agricultural economy? Minnesota beekeepers lost more than 50 percent of their hives in 2015. With bees contributing more than $30 million to Minnesota’s ...

Dahms should take a stand for health care

To the editor: Earlier this year, Senator Gary Dahms signed on as an author to the bill known as the MN Fair Care Act, SF-749/HF-886. This bill changes state regulations so that people could go to local health care providers instead of allowing insurance companies to require patients to drive ...

Not enough classroom space at Park Side

To the editor: I am in my eighth year of serving on the Marshall School board. We are fortunate to have solid community support for our schools in Marshall which I believe contributes to the high level of education we have and the satisfaction residents have in our school district. Each ...

Passing referendum is for the kids

To the editor: I would like to thank all of Marshall's citizens for your past and present support of Marshall Public Schools. I have lived in Marshall since 1979 and was an elementary principal here for 28 years. During this period of time, I have observed and experienced the many ways you ...

A voice without a vote

To the editor: I have worked as a mechanic in Marshall for 35 years being an independent business owner for half that time. I would like to be a voice for farmers and business owners large and small. Many of these people may not have a vote in our local issues due to living out of city ...

Christian education fulfills requirements

To the editor: Monday March 6, will mark the 50th anniversary of another Monday (March 6, 1967). We students of Central Catholic High School were called into the auditorium to hear an announcement that the high school would be closing. I well remember the loud wail that some of the girls let ...

Looking for results for 3A wrestling tournament

To the editor: I could not wait to get my paper Monday morning to read the wrestling results of the 3A tournament. I pored through the sports pages — understanding that Marshall would have coverage. But to not find any more than a little line on prep results from Saturday — not reported, ...

Small steps instead of gigantic leap for schools

Small steps instead of gigantic leap for schools To the editor: After studying the mailed school referendum information and detailed drawings of the schools involved, an idea came to mind. Since the first four years of a child’s life are the building blocks for education, perhaps a first ...