Letters to the Editor

Plan on voting on Aug. 14

To the editor: You need to do something right now. Whip out your phone or your planner and circle Tuesday, Aug. 14. Why? Because Aug. 14 is Primary Election Day in Minnesota. In this election, you’ll choose the candidates who will appear on the General Election ballot on Nov. 6. You’ll ...

Rep. Peterson: Fight for farmers, protect conservation stewardship program

To the editor: I try to farm in a way that makes sense economically for my family and for the land. I am the fifth generation of my family to farm this land. Unfortunately, some federal farm policies encourage profit over stewardship. This is why I think the Conservation Stewardship ...

Supporting Sheriff Telkamp

To the editor: On Tuesday, May 15, the Murray County Board of Commissioners voted to request the resignation of Sheriff Steve Telkamp. The board cited the reasons for the request based on an independent investigator’s report. The investigator, hired by the board, reported that Sheriff ...

Sharing the good news in Tracy

To the editor: Thank you to the Independent newspaper for the coverage of our Tracy Area Gardens & Quilts Tour. We have so many good things happening in our area and it is always appreciated when they are covered so very well. Again, thanks for sharing the good news! Garden Tour ...

What was said during Helsinki meeting?

To the editor: What has Putin got on him? That is the obvious question that arises from the disgusting performance by the current occupant of the White House in his meeting with the Russian tyrant in Helsinki, Finland. What could explain that book licking performance by someone who likes ...

Keep new wind turbine developments safe distance from residents

To the editor: I’m originally from Marshall, went to St. John’s and then joined the U.S. Navy. Marshall gave me a sense of home. SJU gave me a sense of humanity and inquiry. The USN gave me a sense of loyalty and a desire to protect those unprotected. I live in Massachusetts, but have ...

Hats off to municipal band and director

To the editor: Hats off and thank you to the Marshall Municipal Band and director, Bob Meffert, and guests for a wonderful centennial season at the Liberty Park Band Shell. Also thanks to Alex Peterson of Studio One for correcting the sound system and to Becca Klehr for her camera work. ...

Residents of Broadmoor community should be treated with respect

To the editor: Human dignity is an essential value in today's world. Our communities of residents, city governments, and local faith-based programs take care of people. I appreciate that we often come together to make Marshall and surrounding communities a great place to live. I believe in ...

Wilder’s book is unfairly censored

To the editor: The editorial, “Wilder’s books get a healthy reassessment” (Independent, 7/9/18) left me feeling ill — children’s literature wise. The Rochester newspaper writer listed reasons why the American Library Association voted to remove Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name from ...

Child Protection Act needed more votes

To the editor: While the action of protesters speaking out against the separation of children from their parents could be considered commendable and compassionate (as reported in the July 14 Independent), we should also take a look at another situation where children are separated from their ...

Government officials took time to visit

To the editor: “Leaders Ranked Worst of USA” is a front-page headline in the July 3 issue of the USA Today. The article goes on to report the results of a recent survey in which Americans rated politicians as what “symbolizes the worst of America.” The survey also found that a ...

Putin makes ‘spectacular’ investment

To the editor: The current occupant of the White House is Russian president Putin’s choice. He invested quite a few Russian rubles to get this guy elected. Did he get a good return on his investment? His return on that investment has been so spectacular that it would make Warren Buffet ...

Contact Peterson over immigration policies

To the editor: I was surprised upon receiving Rep. Collin Peterson’s weekly newsletter June 22 to find that our Congressman had not addressed the heinous separation of children from parents seeking asylum or immigration that was mandated by the Trump administration. Yes, I see that ...

Urge Peterson to advocate loudly to end separation of parents, children

To the editor: Where to begin? Our administration is literally tearing children from the hands of parents and placing them in detention centers while their parents are hauled off to jail for illegally crossing our border. The AP reports Department of Homeland Security (DHS) figures ...

Audience can now hear clearly thanks to fixes

To the editor: We want to thank Alex Peterson from Studio One who fixed the sound system at the Liberty Park bandshell in Marshall Wednesday night for the first City Band concert this summer. The last few years, the audience couldn’t hear the director, Bob Meffert, with clarity when he ...

No help for mental health issues

To the editor: Mental health issues are a big deal nowadays or they should be. But where do you go when your child or grandchild threatens suicide — not to the doctor or the emergency room. We made a visit to the ER in desperation. We were sent home with a phone number to call and ...

Concerns over Lynd Schools, SWEC

To the editor: Over the past few weeks, residents of Lynd, parents of students attending Lynd Public School, and members of the southwest Minnesota community have become increasingly concerned with the arrangement Lynd Public School has with Southwest Educational Cooperative (SWEC). ...

Addressing the use of ‘animal’

To the editor: An editorial and a letter in the Independent (June 2) both addressed the use of the word “animal” to describe men. Wild animals and livestock were simply called into being on the sixth day of creation, according to the Bible. (Genesis 1:24) The creation of man ...

Why come to defense of MS-13 gang?

To the editor: It is very discouraging that culture and politics in this country has reached the level it has. The trust and favorable opinion of citizens in their politicians and news media is reported to be at an all time low. I share that low opinion of both. Both through intentional ...

Scientists discovered the facts

To the editor: In the May 29 Independent, Mr. Phil Drietz shares a series of facts, facts discovered by science. He then waves his hands and asks: Why doesn’t science admit that all these facts point toward an intelligent creator? The simple response is that a creator was not needed. ...