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Letters to the Editor

Wag the dog

The Biden administration appears to be following the corporate Democratic playbook of the Obama-Hillary period. They are already giving an indication of reversing Trump’s policy to get troops out of the Middle East. Troop levels will increase. Wag-the-dog-style little war chances will ...

Attend Township Day on March 9 – you have a direct voice and vote

To the editor: For those that live in one of Minnesota’s 1,781 townships, we encourage you to attend your local government’s annual meeting on Township Day, Tuesday, March 9. You have the opportunity to participate in important discussions, such as your tax levy, and many townships will ...

Adopt Minnesota Clean Car Standards

It is time for our state to adopt the Minnesota Clean Cars Standards! Like 14 other states that have already adopted the updated emissions standards we can be a leader in environmental stewardship. We can step up from the lax federal standards to the more responsible Clean Cars Initiative. ...

Political games being played in Texas

To the editor: At present, Minnesota generates 1/5 of its power from wind power. I think you can safely say Minnesota has far more problems with cold and bad weather than southern states in America, and we do not suffer long-term power outages. People who are blaming Texas power outages on ...

Here’s the rest of the story on Texas

If you read Dan Markell’s letter in Wednesday’s Independent, you might be inclined to believe the crisis in Texas can be blamed on an over reliance on green energy, specifically wind turbines. Yes, Gov. Greg Abbott did initially lay the blame at the base of a frozen wind turbine, but ...

Leaving God out of Democrat platform

To the editor: The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” Psalms 14:1a. At the 2012 Democrat National Convention there was a resolution to acknowledge God in the Democrat platform and when the voice vote was taken, it lost but the resolutions chairman said that it had passed. There ...

Real lessons from Texas in deep freeze

To the editor: In reply to Lessons learned, Feb. 17. Dan Markel, the Texas’s fossil fuel industry, and its supporters didn’t miss a beat this week. They dived right in and took advantage of the disaster the people of Texas are enduring to spread climate and renewable energy ...

Is this the real reason?

To the Editor: As we have witnessed the happenings in our nation over the past few decades— and especially last year with the virus and political animosity — is the ultimate reason for such harshness and hatred found in this quote by the late Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964) who ...

Learn lessons from Mother Nature

To the editor: A short time ago a press release from the Governor appeared as such: “Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan recently announced a set of policy proposals that will lead Minnesota to 100% clean energy in the state’s electricity sector by 2040.” This ...

Don’t expect Biden to open up schools

To the editor: President Biden will not be opening schools anytime soon, the reason I think this: 1. Jill Biden the first lady plans to continue teaching while in the white house. The means she will not allow her husband to go against the teachers union. 2. The teachers union long ...

Family values important too

To the editor: Anxiety and depression levels have increased during this time of covid, and teenagers who are also experiencing puberty changes, seem to be especially dealing with mental health issues according to a recent news report. I decided to look up “Puberty” in my World Book ...

This is freedom of fiction

To the editor: Should the US congressional members who voted to overthrow our government on Jan. 6 still be allowed to stay to vote as lawmakers for the very same government they verbally attempted to end? Isn’t that like attempting to rob your employer but getting caught and then ...

Do not restrict who can vote

To the editor: In the Independent on Feb. 4, Mr. Paul Vanmeveren raises an issue about voting. Mr. Vanmeveren writes that some people are what he calls “low-information” voters. For now, I will ignore the obvious dog whistle. That is, that Mr. Vanmeveren considers himself to be a ...

Bad decisions don’t deserve forgiving student debt

Today (Feb. 4) I watched as the Senate Majority Leader; Chuck Schumer was giving a speech in regard to forgiving student debt of up to $50,000. He said this “burden” is interfering with purchases of new cars, homes and vacations. Well excuse me. When did anyone get forced into going to ...

Keeping low-information voters away

To the editor: Voting requires more than the average information to do property. One must get all available information whether or not you agree with it. Then use logic and personal experience to break down what is true. This does do always lead you to the right decision, but at least you ...

Thankful for vaccination distribution effort

To the editor: The designation of Marshall as one of the nine sites in Minnesota (for vaccinations) came with a lot of responsibility. We cannot thank enough to the medical professionals, the Marshall Police Department, the Lyon County Sheriff, the National Guard, and all other volunteers, as ...

Think about our children’s future

To the editor: The Minnesota Republican caucus is mistaken to believe that the desire to breathe clean air is exclusive to metro-citizens. (Jan. 23 Independent). We, citizens of the great outstate do like to breathe clean air. Minnesota adopting the California emission standards will ...

Suggestion that Democrats are the ones that should work on unity is stunning

To the editor: I was stunned by the unbelievable suggestion that the Democrats should work on “Unity” in Mr. Markell’s letter on Jan. 25 — “Unity, right now? ” Why? The Democrats didn’t cause this divide? They did not have anything to do with the insurrection at the Capitol ...

True spirit of left on display

To the editor: Biden is off to a roaring good start in his quest for unity. So far he has pretty much alienated the 75 million or more who voted for Trump, killed thousands of high paying jobs by stopping the Keystone Pipeline which will result in higher home heating costs and made our ...

Yearly medical exams vital to keep health problems in check

To the editor: This letter was written on behalf of my late husband, Robert, and other men like him. It also has the backing of Dr. Stephen Meister, chief physician of Avera Marshall. Yearly exams are encouraged for everyone to keep health problems in check. Mammograms for women and ...