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MPS needs input on referendum THUMBS UP: The Marshall Public Schools District launched an online survey Thursday to obtain community feedback on a likely school bond referendum this spring. Superintendent Scott Monson said most of the questions deal with the overall performance of schools, ...

Here’s answer to question on CO2

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: A recent letter to the editor asked, "how man's microscopic contribution of CO2 (one part in 2400) into the atmosphere can force the entire globe into thermal disaster?" Good question. The answer is that man’s contribution throws our Earth's carbon cycle out of balance. ...

Mueller Report should not be about political vendetta

Editorials

After nearly two years of work, special counsel Robert Mueller is nearly ready to release his report on whether some Americans cooperated with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election. It already is known that Moscow devoted resources to both a social media-based propaganda ...

What can and cannot be recycled

Local Columns

I want to commend all of you who are out there working to get your recycling out to the curb or out to the recycling rolloffs. Thank you to all of those who are out there clearing snow away and those who are out there picking up our recycling and trash too. This winter sure has put many of us ...

Why the Robert Kraft bust matters

Editorials

Robert Kraft’s name will now long be associated with one of the most despicable scourges of modern life, and rightly so. The New England Patriots owner is charged with soliciting prostitution at a Florida massage parlor busted as part of a sex-trafficking ring. Kraft denies it, although ...

Back to Munich

Editorials

"There are none so blind as those who will not see.” One might think that after denying the evidence of Adolf Hitler’s rise and objectives that resulted in World War II, Europeans might be more attuned to modern threats. Last week on a visit to Munich (oh, the irony), Vice President ...

Vatican needs concrete plan for predators

Editorials

Pope Francis said all the right things during an extraordinary conference to discuss sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests and coverups by their superiors. But what he did not say has some observers, both inside the church and out of it, upset. Francis summoned 190 Catholic bishops and many ...

Peanut Butter Lover’s Day

Local Columns

With the month of February wrapping up and March just around the corner, let’s take a look at the first food holiday we can celebrate in March. March 1, 2019 is Peanut Butter Lover’s Day, and while we may not all be peanut butter lovers, many of us do eat peanut butter from time-to-time. ...

Roots

Local Columns

I believe our roots make us who we are. The roots I’m referring to are those sources of energy (known as our ancestors) who either remotely or intimately created us. These roots planted within each of us our personalities and our physical traits — traits such as our smiles, our ...

Waterbed woes

Local Columns

Whenever I see a New Year’s Mega Mattress Markdown or an Independence Day Bargain Bed Blowout or a Year-End Please, Please Buy Our Beds We’re Really Desperate Sale, I feel a twinge of chagrin. This is because I have fallen prey to such an advertisement. Not just any ad, though; I went for ...

Custer — Terry — Kent — Garvin

Local Columns

Part III Before the village of Garvin was founded on Dec. 3, 1879, District No. 47 was organized. The first teacher of the school was Annie G. Shand who also owned one of the first businesses on the site. One of the early businesses of Garvin was the creamery, which was built by the farmers ...

Nobody knows who will be the 2020 presidential nominees

Editorials

Peter D. Hart, the respected Democratic pollster who has perfected his trade through his work in the past 15 presidential campaigns, candidly warns against the predictive value of polls taken this far ahead of any presidential election. At this stage, so long before voters actually vote, ...

Plunder: An American way of life

Editorials

Frederic Bastiat, a French economist and member of the French National Assembly, lived from 1801 to 1850. He had great admiration for our country, except for our two faults — slavery and tariffs. He said: “Look at the United States. There is no country in the world where the law is kept ...

Time for this law to be gone

Editorials

Last week the Minnesota House of Representatives voted unanimously — how often does that happen? — to repeal a state law that is so egregious one wonders how it ever got on the books. The law, called the “voluntary relationship” statute, protects people from prosecution for the crime of ...

Projections

Local Columns

At this point in the season, it’s almost pointless to check the long-range forecast. It’s been the same thing on repeat for the past month: cold, wind and a shot of snow, followed by bone-chilling cold. While the pattern may be disheartening and — don’t look now — continuing over ...

How to protect your home while south for winter vacation

Local Columns

If your family heads south for the winter in pursuit of sunnier skies, similar to protecting your home while you’re vacationing, (https://www.statefarm.com/simpleinsights/residence/13-ways-to-protect-your-home-when-you-travel) take measures to protect your home so you can enjoy the season ...

Social Security and America Saves week

Local Columns

Planning and saving are core elements to a successful retirement. For over 80 years, Social Security has helped Americans achieve that goal. And each year, the American Savings Education Council and America Saves coordinate America Saves Week. The week is an opportunity for organizations to ...

The science of climate change

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In his recent letter, Mr. Phil Drietz attacks the science of climate change and those who have spent lifetimes studying the world’s climate. I, too, have spent my life working in science as a high school science teacher. I earned a bachelor’s of science degree (physics), ...

Is socialism a threat to America?

Editorials

In his State of the Union Address, President Donald Trump previewed a theme we are likely to hear a lot about between now and Election 2020. “Here, in the United States,” he declared, “we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country. America was founded on liberty and ...

Mid-century modern takes on historic dimensions

Local Columns

Last week I enjoyed hearing an overview of all that goes into decisions for whether or not a property gets listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Denis Gardner of the Minnesota Historical Society provided information to an audience at the Adult Community Center in Marshall. I was ...