Letters to the Editor

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Answering the $2 million question To the editor: I read with interest your article today (Friday, Feb. 6 Independent) about where the $2 million needed for the North Seventh Street reconstruction is going to come from. How about forgetting about starting a new hotel and paying for ...

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Need to look at where tax dollars are going To the editor: Think back to the 1980s, full of fond memories? Well, a notorious memory to the taxpayer at that time was a junk bond. In shortened explanation, a junk bond is when the amount of money borrowed by the developer is far more ...

The Return of Fear Itself

To the editor: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed in 1933 when he became President in the depths of the Great Depression. Since then, America mastered its fears and pushed through hardships to take leadership in the world by almost every ...

Confused over comments on America

To the editor: After reading the comments of Southwest Minnesota State University student Nydak Kur In the Feb. 2 Independent titled, “SMSU student says U.S. no longer land of equal opportunity,” I felt compelled to write. I do not know this young lady, but she seems to be an ...

Fed up with rising taxes in Marshall

To the editor: It seems that every year when we open our proposed tax assessment statements, the amount increases. As we read about another “new school referendum” the first thing that comes to mind is that our taxes will again increase substantially. Frankly, we don’t want to pay ...

Ammunition ban disappointing

To the editor: I am proud to be one of the more than 500,000 hunters in Minnesota. Not only do I enjoy spending time with family and friends taking part in this important tradition I also know firsthand hunting is an important part of our regional economy helping to create local jobs while ...

Focusing on the good in Marshall

To the editor: In a time where many citizens are uncertain about the direction in which our nation is headed, I choose to focus on the good that is being done in our own backyard. I want to work to ensure that this good can continue which is why I choose to support the United Way of Southwest ...

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To the editor: The new president comes into office inheriting great job growth numbers. The jobless rate is down to 4.7 percent, while President George W. Bush left President Barack Obama a 7.8 percent unemployment rate. Under Bush, America saw the greatest net loss of jobs in recent history ...

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Growing up in a small town To the editor: I grew up in a town called Cottonwood, Minnesota during a time when everyone treated each other like family. We went outside to play, we got dirty.... We bought popcorn and candy from the popcorn stand at night. We played Red Light, Green Light, ...

Liberalism: Another failed philosophy (but still practiced)

To the editor: Liberalism: a desire to be free of authority. Liberalism is demonstrating the definition at the conclusion of our last election very well, as liberals riot and try to intimidate the electors of the electoral college. Where did this notion originate? I believe that it was the ...

More thoughts about Hillary’s loss

To the editor: We are well beyond the presidential election, but the divide continues! The Marshall Independent published two columns from syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts and, more recently, an opinion from a Redwood Falls subscriber. The common thread seems to be that Trump won the ...

Disappointed in meeting

To the editor: I am a member of the Lyon County Agricultural Society and attended the annual meeting Nov. 15. I was very disappointed. The meeting was conducted very unprofessionally. Do all the Lyon County meetings get conducted the way the Lyon County Agricultural Society meeting ...

Water is life

To the editor: With Sunday’s news that the Army Corps of Engineers will not allow the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross at Standing Rock, water protectors see cautious hope. At the same time, there is concern that the pipeline will still be built. Water is life or Mni Wiconi, as spoken in ...

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Lake Hendricks needs your help To the editor: On Monday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m., the Brookings County (South Dakota) Planning & Zoning Board has called for a special meeting to hear your voice. The county has received a new application for a Conditional Use Permit intended for a very ...

Hoping love and respect will prevail

To the editor: After sleepless nights since the Nov. 8 election, many tears, stomach cramps and heartache, I need to express my thoughts, release these feelings, move on, put my anxieties to rest and start a healing process. The election night results triggered major fears in my heart and ...

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Salvation Army Kettle CampaignTo the editor:As the holidays approach it is time to dust off the red Salvation Army kettles in preparation for the Kettle Campaign. Give a gift to Lyon County residents in need of help by donating your dimes, dollars or time to the Salvation Army red kettles.The ...

More about service dogs

To the editor:I was very intrigued by the front page story of the service dog at SMSU and Courtney Bendinelli, a person with different abilities, in a town not used to service dog acceptance due to the lack of them here in Marshall and thus the lack of knowledge of service dogs.My son, Jeff, ...

An interest in Marshall

To the editor:Mr. Byrnes, I agree with you in thanking our elected officials, they have given their time and talents.I will admit, I do have a self interest in keeping Marshall growing, viable and cost effective. If I did not have that self interest I would not be so invested in Marshall and ...

Common sense vote

To the editor:Joel Dahl will have more time for District 4.Vinc Laleman, Westerheim Township

Chains/shackles for all?

To the editor:As usual, in this election cycle, the criteria for voting for federally-elected positions is very seldom based upon how the candidate relates to the U.S. Constitution, but rather upon party affiliation, gender, religion and other misc. traits. Until the people demand ...