Opinion

Thanks to MGC for great get-together

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Our 1970 basketball team got together this past weekend to honor our coach, Lowell "Zeke" Ziemann for the Tiger Foundation Hall of Honor award. Part of our weekend included having dinner on Friday for an informal get together with former players/wives and coach. Not having lived ...

Not a fan of anti-bullying bill

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Please contact your legislators and tell them NOT to support the "Safe and Supportive Minnesota Act," House file 826, and Senate file 783.1. This bill is a prime example of what lawyers call "vague and overbroad" legislation, i.e. it prohibits conduct that creates "a real or ...

We need anti-bullying bill, but schools need control

Editorials

The Minnesota Catholic Conference wants private religious schools to be exempt from the requirements in the bill known as the Safe & Supportive Minnesota Schools Act, and last week, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis called on Catholic educators and parents to contact their ...

Short Takes for April 5

Editorials

Parks and trails funding complaintsTHUMBS DOWN: It was disappointing, although anything but surprising, that urbanites are miffed about how the state divides $80 million in parks and trails funding from the Minnesota Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. Current funding allocation goes like ...

Pass tobacco price increase

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:As a tobacco control advocate, I'm happy to say that this legislative session has been encouraging: The House heard testimony about bills that would close the "little cigar" loophole and increase the price of tobacco, the Senate held a special tobacco tax hearing and Governor ...

Charged with assault

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:My name is Gerhard Ziemann, an insurance agent and investment representative for the past 20 years since 1992 in southwest Minnesota. I'm faced with getting my licenses revoked by the commerce department of insurance commissioners because of an incident that happened in November ...

Child care providers need support

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:While I appreciated the chance to hear Senator Gary Dahms and Representative Chris Swedzinski speak at Tuesday night's Town Hall Meeting, I feel more information needs to be given to our communities about the child care union fight. This is not only a fight for just the child care ...

Music to their ears

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The Marshall Music Boosters would like to publicly commend Marshall Public Schools for receiving the National Association of Music Merchants' designation of Best Community for Music Education. This is a tremendous honor and something our entire community can be proud of.The ...

Support anti-bullying legislation

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:We thank our state representatives, Senator Gary Dahms and Representative Chris Swedzinski for taking the time to host the recent town hall meeting in Marshall.I think I need to clarify the title of the bill I referred to at the meeting. The title of the bill is cited as the "Safe ...

Short Takes for March 29

Editorials

Store opening in TracyTHUMBS UP: A shuttered gas station, closed for some six years, is getting a new lease on life in Tracy. The former Food-n-Fuel along U.S. Highway 14 is Tracy will be reopened, potentially next month, as a convenience store. Anytime someone is willing to step up and open a ...

Exchange has warts, but Minnesota made right choice

Editorials

Many Republicans warned of rising health care costs that would come after the implementation of Minnesota's Health Insurance Exchange - a new twist to the health care field brought on by President Barack Obama's health care overhaul - and it looks like they might be right.States were given a ...

Thanks for coverage of state champs

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I want to send my thanks and appreciation to columnist Ellayne Conyers and the Independent sports staff for their fine coverage of the 50th anniversary of the Minnesota State basketball champions.It was and always will be one of the greatest memories of my lifetime and many other ...

Short Takes for March 22

Editorials

Tigers at stateTHUMBS UP: Whatever place the Marshall boys basketball team finishes at this year's state tournament, the team has done the city of Marshall proud this year - the 50th anniversary of the program's first and only state championship. On Wednesday, the Tigers earned their first win ...

School insurance, or lack thereof

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:First, I would like to say thank you to the Marshall High School staff and teachers for all they did when my son broke his ankle. They were very accommodating.My son broke his ankle this past January on the sidewalk in front of the high school when he slipped on some ice. I was ...

Thinking outside the ‘heliocentric box’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Sometimes when writing something controversial, I will get a response from an anonymous online commenter, who will say: "Isn't this the guy who wrote letters a few years ago about the Earth being at the center of the universe?" ( I hold the 'geocentric' viewpoint); see March 6 ...

Short Takes for March 15

Editorials

Hoop frenzyTHUMBS UP: March Madness is in full swing in southwest Minnesota. It started with the Marshall boys hockey team's first-ever trip to state and continued Thursday with the Minneota girls defeating Mountain Iron-Buhl in the Class A quarterfinals at state, and the Marshall and ...

Dayton’s move a step in the right direction; we’ll take it

Editorials

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton had been driving down a precarious slope ever since he announced he wanted to tax everything he could get his hands on in order to raise revenue. Then, just like that, he slammed on the brakes Friday and announced he would give his tax-heavy budget proposal a major ...

Take advantage of good program

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Emma Thompson once said, "Any problem, big or small, within a family always seems to start with bad communication."I am a parent of two children, a 13-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl. It is so easy for miscommunications to happen between family members or in conveying messages ...

Short Takes for March 8

Editorials

Some pub for Casey JonesTHUMBS UP: "You can't miss the railroad roots of the Casey Jones Trail any more than you can miss the behemoth steam engine that sits idle at the End-O-Line Railroad Park and Museum, just off the trail's Currie Loop." This is an excerpt from a piece on the trail by the ...