Opinion

Undeniable star power gets AP back in the game

Editorials

This is a snippet of what Vikings' running back Adrian Peterson said in a statement Monday: "No one can understand the hurt that I feel for my son and for the harm I caused him."He feels hurt?His statement has all the makings of another face-saving effort by a pro athlete to speed up the ...

Obama’s ISIS speech, the Bible and ‘Innocents’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:On Wednesday night, Sept. 10, 2014, President Obama gave his ISIS speech, ordering military strikes against ISIS. One of the things which amazed me was his statement, "no religion condones the killing of innocents." I was wondering if he knew about the genocidal commands of ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Vietnam memorialTHUMBS UP:The Independent featured the Minneota Vietnam Memorial & History Center in our Monday edition and will again with a more in-depth story in Saturday's paper because we're glad to see - and we deeply appreciate - people who work to honor those who fought in the ...

Not just another Thursday

Editorials

Today is Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Yes, 13 years after the terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, just saying or hearing or reading "Sept. 11" resonates. And it reminds us of the horrors of terrorism.But it also reminds us of our own American heroes - the policemen, emergency personnel and ...

Efficiencies key for transportation improvements

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Minnesota's economy depends on the safe and efficient movement of people and goods. The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce salutes Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle for his leadership in producing greater efficiencies in the use of our transportation tax dollars. The Chamber ...

Forgive parents of hurting child

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:This letter is in regard to David, Angela and Trey Brown's current circumstances that I heard about on the news. Specifically, they are parents of a boy who has been suffering with severe brain trauma and took it upon themselves to use unprescribed marijuana oil to ease their ...

Short Takes (Quick-hit version) for Sept. 5

Editorials

Note: 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: High school sports are back, and southwest Minnesota again looks to be a hot bed for volleyball. And if you're ...

Protecting pollinators

Ag and Extension

We have been making some progressive steps toward looking at what we are doing in our gardens and on our farms in order to do our part in protecting pollinators. Recently, there have been some moves by many states, including our own to help protect our pollinators by improving the labels on ...

Working together

Ag and Extension

Editor's Note: The Yellow Medicine River Watershed District, the Soil and Water Conservations Districts (SWCDS) and the Environmental Offices and Planning and Zoning offices of the Lincoln, Lyon, Yellow Medicine, Redwood and Lac qui Parle counties are providing a four-part series of information ...

Ag & Extension Briefs

Ag and Extension

FairRent available onlineThe Center for Farm Financial Management, part of University of Minnesota Extension, has just released a tool to help producers and landlords evaluate alternative land rental arrangements. FairRent for the web is a new and improved web version of the FairRent desktop ...

Short Takes for Aug. 29

Editorials

Fall sports season is hereTHUMBS UP:The 2014 high school football season in Minnesota got under way last week, but area teams had to wait until this week to hit the field. A number of local teams opened their seasons on Thursday and more will take the field for the first time tonight, ...

Affordable Care Act, health exchange good for Minnesota

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:There are those who would turn back the clock by repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), often called Obamacare.This is a short-sighted and narrow view. Repealing the ACA would hurt more Minnesotans than it would help. Can you remember pre-existing conditions?I am proud that ...

Conyers gets her due

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Hats off to Ellayne Conyers for being nominated for the title of Minnesota's Outstanding Senior Citizen. She is so deserving of this honor.As a longtime Marshall resident and a longtime friend, I congratulate her and wish her the best for her dedication.Thanks Roberta, for ...

Enlightenment blossoms in Marshall

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Once again with gratitude and very positive thoughts I write this letter to Marshall residents.As soon as we received notification of the upcoming Sounds of Summer event in your city we knew we were going to attend again.It has been and continues to be one of the most pleasurable ...

Too soon to judge in Ferguson

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:In your editorial Aug. 23 you said using the term "execution" in the shooting of Michael Brown "may have been overstating it a bit." Use of the word "may" indicates you feel "execution" may be appropriate to use at this time. To me it is not appropriate and it exhibits bias and ...

Short Takes for Aug. 22

Editorials

Leave high schools out of logo/nickname issueTHUMBS UP:While we understand why the majority of people who make up the American Indian community in this country have taken issue with some sports logos - most common among them because of its national reach, the Washington Redskins - we're glad to ...

Columnist off the mark

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Robert Reich's editorial (The disease of American democracy) makes it sound like Ronald Reagan would not let the air traffic controllers unionize. HE IS MISTAKEN (and he knows it)!The Air traffic controllers were already unionized as are the Postal workers and others working for ...

MNsure: a step forward for rural Minnesota

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:A few weeks ago I drove to St. Paul to listen in on a MNsure oversight hearing. MNsure staff and board members reported on the real impact of the new program. Legislators from both sides of the aisle asked tough questions about the bumpy roll-out. The bottom line was undeniable: ...