Opinion

Short takes for Oct. 30

Editorials

School testingSIDEWAYS THUMBS:Good to see Minnesota is really digging into school testing and vetting what school tests could be potentially eliminated, as the trend to reduce testing of students across the country continues. However, instead of putting this in the hands of elected officials, ...

What’s benefit of banning lead shot?

Editorials

To the editor:Allow me to qualify my following remarks by saying that I generally stand firmly in the corner of wildlife and habitat management by science. Aligning me pretty much with the State DNR on many issues. We all have witnessed what happens when emotions and rhetoric push aside science ...

Minnesota sports fans lost in many ways this week

Editorials

This has been a tough week for Minnesota sports fans.The very worst news of all came Sunday when we learned that Timberwovles coach, president of basketball operations and team minority owner Flip Saunders died after battling cancer; we pray for his family during this tough time. Then we ...

A ‘normal’ American

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Since reading Froma Harrop's column headlined, "...the party of 'normal,'" (Independent Oct. 19, 2015) a question has been running through my mind: Who is a "normal American?"Does a normal American consider life a gift to be nurtured or something to be ended when not wanted?Does a ...

U partnerships

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I recently met with Representative Chris Swedzinski, and I thank him for sharing his valuable time and thoughtful ideas with me. Our partnership with the Legislature is critical to the future of the U because the vitality of the state is inextricably linked to the upward ...

Short takes for Oct. 23

Editorials

Bus vs. semiTHUMBS DOWN:It was a scary morning Wednesday for those involved in the bus/semi crash in Marshall, and we're thankful no one was killed. It could've been a lot different - we know all too well how quickly tragedy can strike on our roads and steal loved ones from us. If anything, let ...

Search for Brandon: What about marsh/fen areas?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:In the extensive searches that have occurred since Brandon Swanson's disappearance, no rivers, streams, crop or wildlife areas have yielded his body. I am wondering how extensively marsh/fen areas have been searched? Because marshes are difficult to access, it is probable that ...

Attend one of two solar farm meetings

Editorials

Public meetings.They are the most useful tool available for citizens to get their point across. Unfortunately, events like city council meetings and county board meetings aren't much of a draw for the majority. Why is that? At best, we will catch up when a story about a meeting appears in the ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Addressing an 'erosion of space'THUMBS UP:The process of figuring out what to do with the schools in Marshall - this is referred to as a Facilities Study, in case you haven't heard - came to fruition this week, when the school board heard a review of everything that had transpired over the last ...

Gov’t. center should be ABE’s long-term home

Editorials

We urge Lyon County commissioners to extend the lease with Southwest Adult Basic Education, as opposed to making ABE find a new, permanent home in the new year as the county works to make more room at Lyon County Government Center for other offices during a major construction project.ABE wants ...

Vote is investment in the kids

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:A Greek proverb says that "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in." The upcoming Yellow Medicine East school referendum on the 3rd of November reminds me of this proverb. I grew up outside of Clarkfield. I went to elementary ...

No levy means cuts

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Our children are our future. I think everyone agrees with that statement, no matter what side of the school issue you are on. I did not grow up in this school district so maybe I do not completely understand the animosity, but I have lived in the Yellow Medicine/Chippewa county ...

It’s dark longer now — keep that in mind when outside

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Now that fall is upon us and the days are getting shorter, I would like to remind our bikers, joggers, and paper carriers to please take a minute and consider what you are wearing when you are outside and it is dark. It shocks and scares me when I see people outside in the dark, ...

Short takes for Oct. 9

Editorials

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: Surprisingly, Marshall's Ernani Augusta didn't come close to a state record Monday, but he deserves some special ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Just a slight tweak on Main, if you pleaseSIDEWAYS THUMBS:We love the new road on Main Street, and we hate to nitpick, but we would like to see a slight change near Southview. The street sign that signals the ending of the right lane needs to be put on the OTHER side of the stoplights - that ...

On Carson’s Muslim comment

Editorials

To the editor:"Those in positions of leadership in our society must familiarize themselves with the religions of all their citizens, and they must begin to emphasize the commonalities that unite us as a people of faith. Common objectives placed on the forefront of public policies will help ...

Short Takes (Quick-hit version)

Editorials

The "Quick-hit" version of "Thumbs Up" runs periodically as a twist to the regular commentary normally published in this space on Fridays.THUMBS UP: This is really neither an up nor a down, or a sideways for that matter - it's more of a public service reminder to drive carefully this fall. And ...

Carson probably surprised even The Donald

Editorials

We don't blame Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for dropping out of the GOP presidential race. Would you want to be lumped in with this group?What is going on with the Republicans?We've known for months how off-the-wall frontrunner Donald Trump can be. He says what's on his mind (which usually gets ...

Short takes for Sept. 18

Editorials

MHS homecoming queen choice epitomizes our opennessTHUMBS UP:We normally don't reserve space in this section for homecoming kings or queens, but we'll make an exception this time around. Earlier this week, Marshall High School students choose Fadumo Ismail, a Somalian, as their queen for the ...

Freedom OF religion, Part II

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Out of concern for others, I would like to add a thought to my "Freedom OF religion" article (Public Forum, Sept. 10, 2015.)Hatred, or violence or unkind words, need not be and should not be a part of exercising our freedoms.Saturday's editorial reminded me of another incident ...