Letters to the Editor

Need a better health care system

To the editor: During 2017, the Minnesota Legislature took these steps on healthcare: Insurance companies received a $549 million cushion against losses associated with the small number of patients with costly claims. This was meant as an inducement to keep these companies in the ...

Heartwarming stories make headlines

To the editor: Two front page stories and photos in recent issues of the Independent were especially heartwarming. One was of a Marshall youth with a young boy in Haiti, involving a project to provide better drinking water for that country. The other showed a group of West Side third ...

Cause and effect in our society

To the editor: Another mass murder! What is happening to our society? What is the solution? Ban guns, institutionalize the mentally ill, more security for our schools. How about recognizing the fact that mankind is sinful? Looking back in history there are the examples of Cain and Abel, ...

April is sexual assault awareness month

To the editor: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). This year’s theme is “Embrace your Voice.” How we talk about sexual violence matters. When we reflect on and change how we think and talk about the issue, we can create a culture of respect, equality and safety. There ...

Inspired by March of Our Lives

To the editor: Thank you, students and citizens who supported the March for Our Lives against gun violence. This groundswell movement clearly speaks to what it is for: being safe in our schools, taking action on gun control and becoming civically-engaged citizens to unfreeze the fear that ...

A call for support

To the editor: It should be known that while I am an employee of Marshall Public Schools, my opinions stated here do not necessarily reflect those of the school district. I am not a spokesperson. I am a community member in this district and as an employee, I possess an informed opinion which ...

Principal made sound decision

To the editor: I am writing in response to “Another Questionable Decision by the School District,” published in the Independent on March 17. The decision by Marshall High School Principal Brian Jones to deny access to a reporter from the Marshall Independent during the ...

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 ...