Opinion

Mass migration: Mortal threat to Red State America

Editorials

Among the reasons Donald Trump is president is that his natural political instincts are superior to those of any other current figure. As campaign 2018 entered its final week, Trump seized upon and elevated the single issue that most energizes his populist base and most convulses our media ...

Additional information regarding Marshall’s debt

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In the letter to the Editor in the Independent on Thursday, the three current council members presented some additional facts about the overall debt in Marshall. For the record Mr. DeCramer, Mr. Schafer and Mr. Sturrock stated that 45 percent of Marshall’s current debt ...

State’s taxes help support high quality of life

Editorials

Detractors have been saying for decades that Minnesota’s state taxes are too high for businesses and individuals alike. Despite that, the state keeps attracting educated and energetic newcomers, keeps producing successful startups, and consistently leads the Midwest, if not the nation, in any ...

Trump’s prescription plan on track

Editorials

The cost of prescription medication has been an increasing burden to many Americans, and despite the Affordable Care Act, its partial dismantling and constant static from both political parties, there has been little relief. It is thus welcome news that President Trump announced Thursday a ...

Winter stars on the rise … farewell summer stars

Local Columns

This weekend we go back to Central Standard Time, and that’s just fine with me. First off, we get an extra hour of sleep, but more importantly for stargazers it’s dark enough for stargazing long before 7 p.m. Enjoy the stars without sleep deprivation the next day! Even with the chill ...

Liberals, conservatives unite in disdain for political ads

Local Columns

It was as if the political cartoon was speaking directly to me. “If you’re sick of negative campaign ads, then vote for me,” the voice shouted to a couple sitting on their couch watching television. “Not my opponent who is a no-good, lying, hypocrite.” The exact, same scenario ...

Barbershop and a state park

Local Columns

This past weekend Ross and I were in Rochester for the Land O’ Lakes Falls District Convention as his barbershop chorus was competing. The chorus he belongs to, West Central Connection Chorus, may be small in number, but it fares well against a lot of the powerhouses like Midwest Vocal ...

Labat has helped capture growth, prosperity

Letters to the Editor

To the editor Regarding the upcoming city council elections on Nov. 6, I offer this letter to voice unwavering support for electing Russ Labat as our new Ward 2 City Council Member. Russ, who was born and raised in Marshall, has seen this community grow and prosper. For 23 years, he was the ...

Additional information regarding Marshall’s debt.

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In the letter to the Editor in the Independent on Thursday, the three current council members presented some additional facts about the overall debt in Marshall. For the record Mr. DeCramer, Mr. Schafer and Mr. Sturrock stated that 45 percent of Marshall’s current debt ...

Labat, Edblom have proven records on working together

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As the voters of Ward I and Ward II in Marshall go to the polls next Tuesday, I ask you to consider one thing. If we want this city to grow, we must work together. The city can prosper when the county and city work together. In late summer, the county asked the city council ...

Setting facts straight on joining American Legion

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Correcting a statement: In Tuesday’s Independent, Legion Membership Director Mike Maxa was quoted as saying anyone who was active for one day could join the American Legion. It should have said “one day of active service any time during the eligibility periods.” I was ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Preparing for the unthinkable THUMBS UP: Marshall Public Schools staff recently participated in an ALICE active shooter drill. What is ALICE? It stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. In light of a string of mass shooting incidents throughout the nation in recent years, this ...

Trails to highways

Local Columns

Part II D.H. Evans owned Tracy’s first horseless carriage, a curved dash ‘Olds,’ which was delivered to him on April 11, 1902. After almost three months’ trial, he deemed it sufficiently trustworthy to take himself and Mrs. Evans to the Fourth of July celebration at Marshall. They ...

Few candidates mention Constitution

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As citizens have listened to people seeking public office, any mention of the U.S. Constitution or the precepts the founding fathers used to form that document, are harder to find than a needle in a haystack. Yet they will swear an oath to uphold that document, against all ...

Labat has energy and time

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Being in business in Marshall for 40 years, I have had the pleasure of knowing Russ Labat for at least 25, he being somewhat younger than me. Russ was born and raised in Marshall and has been a member of the business community as the circulation manager and then publisher of ...

Insulted by ad attacking Dan Freehan

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We all know people who “believe” something and hold tight to that belief in spite of all evidence to the contrary. But the fact that the leader of the party in power is one of them is not a reason to share his worldview. I am insulted by the shocking ad attacking Dan ...

Stop the caravan, but peacefully

Editorials

Unless they find motorized transport, the 7,000 Central Americans trudging on foot through Mexico will not arrive at their destination, the U.S. border, for three to six weeks. Good. U.S. officials will need all the time they can get to prepare for the group’s arrival. Use of caravans has ...

Sturrock always prepared and informed

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Having served on the Marshall City Council with David Sturrock, I can attest that he was always thoroughly prepared and informed of the items on the agenda. He worked tirelessly with the State to expand highways in and around the city of Marshall. David continues to serve on ...

Sharing Marshall’s financial picture

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We are writing to share some information about Marshall’s financial picture. Marshall has a low property tax rate when compared with other cities in Greater Minnesota. We ranked 19th of 24 cities in a sample collected from municipal assessors across the state. Our rate ...