Opinion

Julia J. Johnson shares the pioneer days of her parents

Local Columns

Part I Sometimes people sit down and write stories about their lives. Most of the time it is done because family members encourage them to do so; sometimes it is done because a person likes to keep a diary. Whatever the reason for doing so, we are fortunate when this does happen because it ...

Working while disabled — Social Security can help

Local Columns

District manager While it may be best known for retirement, Social Security is also here to help you get back to work if you are disabled. For millions of people, work isn’t just a source of income, it’s a vital part of who they are — it gives them purpose and pride — it’s a ...

Farm bailout piles bad policy on bad policy

Editorials

First, the president launched a trade war. Now he’s planning a $12 billion bailout to cover some of the financial damage — just the short-term financial damage — inflicted on farmers. What sense does this make? The White House announced Tuesday, in advance of President Trump's visit ...

A great summer shower

Local Columns

The annual Perseid meteor shower is a late summer stargazing classic in our Marshall skies. The Perseids this week, and the Geminids in December, are the two best annual meteor showers that we have. There are many other moderate to minor meteor showers that I believe get a little too hyped up ...

The debt that’s killing America

Local Columns

What if I told you there was an aspect of society that’s largely embraced, while at the same time, wreaking havoc and chaos. This recent societal development has put a stranglehold on our economy while at the same time, threatening our very basic family institutions including marriage and ...

What does it mean to be conservative?

Local Columns

I am in Austin, Texas, to have a conversation with conservatives about conservatism and public policy. I am calling this conversation the “Resurgent Gathering” as conservatives spend two days exploring how to spark a conservative resurgence in the country. What does it mean, in the 21st ...

Roll out the meatballs and do some good

Local Columns

Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck once said, “Italian food is all about ingredients and it's not fussy and it’s not fancy.” And when it comes to Italian food ingredients, you might want to get some input from employees at US Bank in Marshall. As it turns out, they deal in a little bit more ...

A return to King’s novels

Local Columns

It had been several years since I’ve picked up a Stephen King novel. I started reading them in high school, along with a few Danielle Steel books. I remember reading “It,” you know, the one with the scary clown, when I was a freshman. It was a big reading challenge for me since the book ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Donating time for good causes THUMBS UP: It’s good to see southwest Minnesota residents step up and support organizations that are doing a lot of good in the area. Evidence of this generosity occurred Saturday during the annual Toys 4 Tots fun run that started in Amiret. Then on ...

What should you do with an inherited IRA?

Local Columns

Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) are quite popular. At the end of 2017, investors owned nearly $9 trillion in IRA assets, according to the Investment Company Institute, a trade association of U.S. investment companies. Given these numbers, it probably wouldn’t be surprising if you ...

Supporting Sheriff Telkamp

Letters to the Editor

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 ...

Tax abatement for dentist a good decision

Editorials

Both the city of Ivanhoe and Lincoln County recently approved a tax abatement for a new Tyler business called Tyler Family Dental. A tax abatement is a temporary reduction or elimination of property taxes. It applies to real estate, or in some cases, the personal property that a local ...

Sharing the good news in Tracy

Letters to the Editor

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 ...

Walz introduces legislation that could help rural America

Editorials

Small towns across the U.S. are facing the same issues that prevent their citizens access to basic quality of life needs. You don’t have to look no further than right here in southwest Minnesota. The communities here are struggling to find answers to providing such needs such as: • ...

Looking for those called up in Old Man’s Draft

Local Columns

During World War II in 1942, there was a call to serve from the Selective Service Act. While the Act required that all men between the ages of 18 and 64 register for the draft, the fourth wave of the draft, held on April 27, 1942, was called The Old Man’s Draft. “The purpose of this ...

National Exercise with Your Kids Week

Local Columns

Get moving and eat smart with the help of these simple and easy-to-follow programs. National Exercise with Your Kids Week is happening Aug. 5 to Aug. 11 in an effort to get families up and moving more — and just in time for a new school year. Having a routine that incorporates fitness and ...

Forecast

Local Columns

We live in a world full of forecasts. Boy! Do we live in a world full of forecasts. For many of us, the day begins with us wondering about the weather forecast. We do so because weather has such a great impact on our lives and it almost dictates what we can and cannot do that day. If ...

Germ theory

Local Columns

There has been much talk lately about the germ theory of raising children. Kids and cooties, it seems, are actually meant for each other. It’s speculated that many modern children have been raised in such sterile environments that their immune systems don’t know what to do when presented ...

What was said during Helsinki meeting?

Letters to the Editor

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 ...