Opinion

History teaches us to not disarm

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined," said Patrick Henry.Gun control is certainly a topic which ...

Are we still a Christian nation?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:It seems that the truths of the Bible, written in ancient times, used to anchor our country in a moral society, has been downgraded to where they have become almost meaningless.The Ten Commandment plaques being forced off of State government property. The word "marriage" from ...

Short takes for Feb. 8

Editorials

Sorry, LaPierre, let's bring on the background checksTHUMBS DOWN: We take issue with what Wayne LaPierre, National Rifle Association executive vice president, said about background checks and how they would be a burden to law-abiding gun buyers. We think those law-abiding gun buyers can learn ...

Supports price hike on tobacco

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The leadership recently shown by Rep. Ann Lenczewski (Bloomington) is something Minnesotans can be proud of.According to recent surveys, a majority of Minnesotans believe our elected officials can do more to keep tobacco beyond kids' reach and help adults quit. We know that ...

Short takes for Feb. 1

Editorials

Olsen pays a special visitTHUMBS UP: Hats off to Larry Olsen of the Larry Olsen band for making a special trip to Marshall on Wednesday to play his accordion with Prairie Home Hospice resident Elmer Grimes, a pretty good accordion player in his own right at age 98. We commend Olsen for taking ...

Give your love away

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The Christmas season is over. Such a wonderful time of the year! All the merry Christmases, Happy New Year, best wishes to all our friends and even strangers we don't know. It is a time of the year we show our friendship, care and love for all. I thought this year was wonderful ...

Legislators: Gun law changes needed, but tread lightly

Editorials

The state of Minnesota needs to update its gun laws - no one can disagree with that.Gun rights advocates are worried about the prospect of the government taking their guns away, taking their rights away. We don't want that. In fact, we shudder at the thought of that happening.But the line ...

No one will ‘take your guns away’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:In Valerie Downing's letter to the editor, she goes to great length comparing the issue of drunk driving to gun violence in this country and then states: "[Drunk-driving] Offenders of the laws already on the books are tried in court and lose their rights to drive ...

State pension systems better off after 2010 reforms

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:A Jan. 21 Associated Press article that ran in the Independent stated that Minnesota's public pension plans are "worse off than they were" before sustainability legislation was enacted in 2010. This claim is incorrect.The numbers used in the article to back up this claim average ...

Enough, already

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Usually the Friday "Thumbs up/Thumbs Down" Short Takes are non-controversial. This past week's "Smokes going up?" (Marshall Independent, Jan. 25, 2013), is wrong-headed.Cigarettes are still a legal product and while they are a health risk to the user and perhaps those around them, ...

Short takes for Jan. 25

Editorials

Smokes going up?THUMBS UP: There are holes in Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal to be sure, but we like the cigarette tax and hope it flies. While there are a number of people out there who are not thrilled with paying more for their smokes, the potential benefits that come with a higher cost ...

The importance of unity and support

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Despite the cold temperatures and snow flurries last Saturday evening, Jan. 19, the warmth of communities coming together in a little school was felt by all. Milroy PTO put together an amazing night of donkey basketball and a baked potato feed. As communities came together from ...

What is a weapon? It’s the intention of the user

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:First, I'd like to give my sympathy to the families in Connecticut, but also to individuals who have lost a loved one in an unexpected tragedy. This and other situations are caused by an individual(s), not the weapon.To ban gun ownership by private citizens is against our ...

Early partisanship

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I was disappointed to read in the Wednesday, Jan. 9, issue of the Marshall Independent that Rep. (Chris) Swedzinski gave support for a partisan attack on Rep. Jean Wagenius as chair of the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance Committee in the House by attempting ...

Guest commentary: What will be your farm’s legacy?

Letters to the Editor

By Ryan BataldenWe often think of our legacy as related to our farm's financial success. Our legacy will show how we were able to weather hard times - floods, droughts, hot weather, cool weather, low prices, pests, weeds, the farming crisis of the '80's, changes in production methods, and other ...

Short takes for Jan. 18

Editorials

Progress at the PointeTHUMBS UP: It's nice to see steady progress being made at the Heritage Pointe senior living center on North 4th Street in Marshall - the former site of the Marshall Junior High School. After the school was razed, the area had sat empty for a number of years, but no more. ...

NRA in self-defense mode

Editorials

Between President Barack Obama laying out his plan to fight gun violence and New York state enacting the state's toughest gun restrictions, it's been a tough week for the National Rifle Association.Don't cry for them.We're all for the NRA standing up for the people's constitutional right to ...

A ‘bunch of lies’

Letters to the Editor

A 'bunch of lies'To the editor:Pick up a newspaper or turn on the TV and all you hear or read are a bunch of lies. Obama said that our taxes will not go up one dime. Hell no, they went up hundreds of dollars. Nancy Pelosi said we have to pass Obamacare to find out what's in it. She must have ...

Short takes for Jan. 11

Editorials

Patriots pitch inTHUMBS UP: Marshall High School Activities Director Bruce Remme recently sent an email to the Minnesota State High School League's John Milea singing the praises of the Sioux Falls Lincoln boys basketball team after it played against Marshall, and we join him in recognizing a ...