Opinion

Hoping love and respect will prevail

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: After sleepless nights since the Nov. 8 election, many tears, stomach cramps and heartache, I need to express my thoughts, release these feelings, move on, put my anxieties to rest and start a healing process. The election night results triggered major fears in my heart and ...

Ten tips for a healthier holiday

Local Columns

The holidays are often filled with time-honored traditions that include some of our favorite meals and foods. As you celebrate, think of little changes you can make this holiday season to create healthier meals and active days. Here are some suggestions from the United States Department of ...

A reason to celebrate

Local Columns

There are holiday celebrations and then there are other types of celebrations. One of the reasons to celebrate has a bit to do with the past holiday (Thanksgiving) and nothing to do with the future holiday (Christmas). So let’s start with the past celebration that calls for some ...

Dapper dad

Local Columns

It seems a bit strange for babies to be having babies. At least that’s how my wife and I saw it. During recent holiday gatherings, we got to coo at and say “isn’t he cute!” to the babies born to our nieces and nephews. We can clearly recall when these nieces and nephews were babies, ...

Short takes for Nov. 24

Editorials

Hy-Vee shows appreciationTHUMBS UP:Kudos to Hy-Vee for offering breakfast to any state, county or city snowplow drivers Saturday morning. Hy-Vee store manager Kyle Thornsbrough got on the radio and put the word out offering to buy breakfast for hard-working snow plow drivers.Prairie Home ...

Public forum

Letters to the Editor

Salvation Army Kettle CampaignTo the editor:As the holidays approach it is time to dust off the red Salvation Army kettles in preparation for the Kettle Campaign. Give a gift to Lyon County residents in need of help by donating your dimes, dollars or time to the Salvation Army red kettles.The ...

Short Takes for Nov. 11

Editorials

Football frenzyTHUMBS UP:There's no question high school football in the Independent's coverage area is as strong as it's ever been this year. Four teams, count 'em four teams - Lakeview, Marshall, Murray County Central and Wabasso - are playing in the 2016 state tournament, which begins today. ...

New-look council needs to remember to work together

Editorials

The Marshall City Council has two fresh faces, and we have absolutely no problem with new representation on the council. We wish these two new members the best of luck as they transition into their respective hot seats. All we ask is this: Work together. Cooperate. Be humble. Listen. Be open to ...

It’s over, and it’s just beginning

Editorials

It's over. Well, at least the process is.Yes, there are election-related stories in today's paper, and there's a pretty good bet there will be more political stories on Page 1A of the Independent for the rest of the week, maybe even into next week - it's not going away. However, today, on some ...

More about service dogs

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I was very intrigued by the front page story of the service dog at SMSU and Courtney Bendinelli, a person with different abilities, in a town not used to service dog acceptance due to the lack of them here in Marshall and thus the lack of knowledge of service dogs.My son, Jeff, ...

An interest in Marshall

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Mr. Byrnes, I agree with you in thanking our elected officials, they have given their time and talents.I will admit, I do have a self interest in keeping Marshall growing, viable and cost effective. If I did not have that self interest I would not be so invested in Marshall and ...

Chains/shackles for all?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:As usual, in this election cycle, the criteria for voting for federally-elected positions is very seldom based upon how the candidate relates to the U.S. Constitution, but rather upon party affiliation, gender, religion and other misc. traits. Until the people demand ...

Supports Doom

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I am writing this letter to the editor in support of Larry Doom, who is up for re-election for Marshall's City Council. As the current Board Chair of the Marshall Convention and Visitors Bureau and as a member of the Southwest Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission, I have had the ...

Short Takes

Editorials

It's almost over - get out and vote if you haven't alreadyTHUMBS UP:Pretty soon, the random Trump emails that refer to you as "friend" will stop. Pretty soon, the non-stop barrage of TV ads that make us want to throw our set out the window will cease (the Star Tribune says more than $83 million ...

Vote for Dahms, Swedzinski in D16

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Chris Swedzinski and Gary Dahms put in hours of work the past 4 years to help our family pass Drake's Law. Both Chris and Gary took time to get to know our family and our values. They sincerely cared. We faced many road blocks along the way, and each time, they personally ...

Thanks to elected officials

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:As we approach Election Day I would like to publicly thank those who have represented us well in elected offices.Colin Peterson has represented this region well in the United States Congress. Representative Peterson understands and is a strong advocate for agriculture, industry, ...

Collin Peterson is not one of us

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The 7th Congressional District is the most conservative district in the state of Minnesota. Yet, for the past 24 years the Democrat Collin Peterson has held office here. How do we explain that? Peterson has held firm on two issues, the right to life and gun rights, which has ...

Supports Dahms, Swedzinski

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I'm pleased to support Senator Gary Dahms and Representative Chris Swedzinski as they run for re-election. Both have been strong advocates for our area. Now, more than ever, we need effective lawmakers to represent the region. Whether it is getting Drake's Law passed or helping ...

Such an important election

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:This is a very important election coming up. They all are important, but there will be openings on the Supreme Court and Donald Trump said he would fill these places with pro-life people. Hillary Clinton said she believes in abortion until the baby is born. How would you parents ...