Opinion

Short Takes (Quick-hit version)

Editorials

The "Quick-hit" version of "Thumbs Up" runs periodically as a twist to the regular commentary normally published in this space on Fridays.THUMBS UP: This is really neither an up nor a down, or a sideways for that matter - it's more of a public service reminder to drive carefully this fall. And ...

Carson probably surprised even The Donald

Editorials

We don't blame Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for dropping out of the GOP presidential race. Would you want to be lumped in with this group?What is going on with the Republicans?We've known for months how off-the-wall frontrunner Donald Trump can be. He says what's on his mind (which usually gets ...

Short takes for Sept. 18

Editorials

MHS homecoming queen choice epitomizes our opennessTHUMBS UP:We normally don't reserve space in this section for homecoming kings or queens, but we'll make an exception this time around. Earlier this week, Marshall High School students choose Fadumo Ismail, a Somalian, as their queen for the ...

Freedom OF religion, Part II

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Out of concern for others, I would like to add a thought to my "Freedom OF religion" article (Public Forum, Sept. 10, 2015.)Hatred, or violence or unkind words, need not be and should not be a part of exercising our freedoms.Saturday's editorial reminded me of another incident ...

Short Takes for Sept. 11

Editorials

De-fense! De-fenseTHUMBS UP:We're only three games into the 2015 high school football season, but has there been a more dominant team in the state than the Marshall Tigers? Scores in the Tigers' three wins this year: 68-0, 35-0 and 48-0. You don't need a calculator to see that's pure dominance. ...

Freedom OF religion

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Some 10 years ago, a girl was checking out my groceries at Marshall's Hy-Vee. When she saw the packaged pork chops, she motioned to another clerk who came and handled the meat.Then the girl continued with the rest of my items.The Hy-Vee manager at that time made it possible for ...

Short Takes for Sept. 4

Editorials

Anti-police chantsTHUMBS DOWN:We're all for groups like Black Lives Matter protesting in public places and taking advantage of its right to do so at major events like the Minnesota State Fair, but thanks to an unknown number of people associated with the protest, the message the group was ...

Enough with the studies

Editorials

A study for Minnesota Highway 23?Do we really want to go there again? Do we need to?Well, that's what was on the table at the Lyon County Board meeting Tuesday, and the local costs for such a safety study would amount to about $30,000.Thankfully, our elected county officials squashed the idea ...

Spiritual health is ‘real crisis of our time’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Predictably, the editor of the Marshall Independent, when talking about the murder of two journalists in Virginia by a hateful former employee who wanted to "start a race war," calls for further gun control as a solution to the problem (August 27). In fact, he said "buying a gun ...

A columnist ‘on his stool’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:It seems that according to Robert Reich in his Aug. 27 column ("The upsurge in uncertain work") everyone who runs a business that needs employers in order to operate must have a secret fund accessible to them to answer his directive to up salaries, up insurance coverage, extend ...

Short Takes (Quick-hit version) for Aug. 28

Editorials

The "Quick-hit" version of "Thumbs Up" is a new feature that will run periodically as a twist to the regular commentary normally published in this space on Fridays.THUMBS UP: It's nice to see the town buzzing once again with the return of thousands of SMSU students. And it's great for local ...

Shame it takes tragedy to ignite talk

Editorials

What has this country been doing to curb gun violence since the last mass killing?Good question.What once was a hot topic, filled with constructive (albeit vitriolic debate), is now hardly talked about. Until now.Once again, it has taken a shooting in a public setting (one with most bizarre ...

Short takes

Editorials

Locals on SMSU fields/courtsTHUMBS UP:Whenever it is that Taylor Reiss suits up for a Mustang volleyball match, rest assured she will make SMSU a better team. But above that, it's great to have another local ex-high school athlete playing at the next level so close to home. The Mustang ...

Short Takes for Aug. 14

Editorials

A nod to 4-Hers, SchroedersTHUMBS UP:Congratulations to all the Lyon County 4-Hers who showcased their wares at last week's county fair. You've all worked extremely hard with your projects/animals and you and your parents should be proud. And while we're on the subject of the fair, hats off to ...

Pests and fungi

Ag and Extension

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) announced on Thursday, Aug. 6, that emerald ash borer (EAB) was confirmed in Chisago County by the Washington County border near Manning Trail.Two adults were discovered on a purple EAB trap. When a follow up visit was conducted, an ash tree with ...

545 vs. 300 million

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I have read about the new local wheelage tax and the increase in sales tax by another .5 percent. I run across the amounts we are already taxed and worth remembering. The following is not written by me, but it is a very worthwhile read. It does not matter what political party you ...

Short Takes (Quick-hit version)

Editorials

The "Quick-hit" version of "Thumbs Up" is a new feature that will run periodically as a twist to the regular commentary that runs on Fridays.THUMBS UP: We're all for the increased penalty for anyone who chooses to text while behind the wheel of a running vehicle. Beginning last Saturday, ...

Clown circus, Trump and Republicans

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:With a great deal of enthusiasm and enjoyment, I am watching the "clown circus" which is the race for the Republican Presidential nomination.Although I miss the candidates who uttered such statements as "I am not a witch," or "legitimate rape," or those who deny global climate ...

Texting and driving? Get ready to pay up

Editorials

Note to the gentleman who was sitting at a stop sign near Wal-Mart in Marshall on Tuesday morning: What you were doing is illegal, and under a new state law, if you don't change your bad habits, it will cost you big-time.Starting last Saturday, the fine for texting while driving was bumped to ...