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Letters to the Editor

Time to believe in brown

To the editor: I watched the Mustang football game Saturday and was very happy to see brown uniforms. It has been awhile and it looked good. I thank the SMSU athletic department for doing that. Once again it is time to “believe in brown.” Go Mustangs. Ron Zvorak Marshall

Labor Day not the time to publish anti-union op-ed submission

To the Editor: I feel compelled to comment on your Labor Day editorial attacking unions. My dear grandmother never tired of telling me that there is a time and a place for everything. With that in mind, I would suggest thinking more carefully about your editorial choices on holidays. One ...

Decision to take away curbside recycling very disappointing

To the editor: I have to admit that I am very disappointed in the recent decision that was made that will take away curbside recycling. In the article in the paper Wednesday, it states that the bids ranged from $400,000 to $700,000 a year. Currently, if I remember correctly, we are paying ...

How do we know Earth is billions of years old?

For most of my life I believed, and most everybody believes that the earth is billions of years old. A couple months ago I inquired the Minnesota Geological Survey as to how they know the rocks are 3.6 million years old which they reference on a bronze plaque located in Ramsey park in Redwood ...

We are not a democracy

The coolest you should keep your house is 78 degrees, federal program recommends. How much longer is going to be before people start to realize that this and so many other things that are coming down the pike from the Federal Government as “recommendations, policies and regulations” are ...

‘Gun control never eliminates guns’

To the editor: In the emotional debate about guns and who should be able to have certain types of weapons, we should remember what Aristotle is credited as saying: “The law is reason, free from passion.” Do those who promote further “common sense” gun laws/restrictions bother to ...

Harpestad should have skills for DHS

Governor Tim Walz took steps to bring the state’s Department of Human Services under better control Monday by naming Jodi Harpestead as the new commissioner of DHS. There has been turmoil in the massive state agency since last month, when the commissioner Walz first appointed, former state ...

Get ready for great evening of entertainment

To the editor: Saturday will be an opportunity to see and hear some of the best musicians to be in the Marshall area since the Schwan 50th anniversary celebration when Chicago was in town. Pablo Cruise will take the stage around 9:30 p.m. after opening acts Patrick Mahoney and Matt Vee and ...

Do you support free trade or Karl Marx?

To the editor: The United States, Mexico and Canada Agreement (USMCA), was about 1,800 pages when President Donald Trump signed the bill, last November at a G-20 Summit. As of August 2019, the same legislation has grown to just over 2,300 pages. Perhaps you’ve talked with lawmakers or ...

Appleton meeting targets detention center proposals

To the editor: We are living in a time when we face many challenges and need to nurture understanding and compassion to transform hateful divisiveness that turns us against each other. CoreCivic, a private company, has submitted two proposals to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to ...

Young and old need to read the Constitution

To the editor: I was just thinking today as I read the Constitution and some of the letters and writings of the Founders. Is there a delegation of elected or appointed men and women of today that could sit at a convention, such as the first convention that debated and wrote our Constitution, ...

Jefferson not quoted correctly

To the editor: In Congress, July 4, 1776, 56 men signed “The Unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America.” In a recent article published in the Independent, July 2, 2019, it was reported that a woman activist used phrases from Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration to ...

Americans living in a bad dream

To the editor: Early in 2016, the United States came under attack by the Russian Army targeting the highest level of our government, the presidency. The purpose of the attack was to benefit the candidate, Donald Trump, favored by Russian President Vladimir Putin and to harm the candidacy of ...

Read the Declaration of Independence

To the editor: July 4, 1776, 243 years ago, the “Declaration of Independence” was adopted by Congress. Why did they declare this independence from the England? Was it declared so we could have a long weekend in the summer to take vacations, have barbecues and shoot off fireworks? ...

Doubtful MnDOT will finish Highway 23 resurfacing in one season

To the editor: I seriously doubt that the Minnesota Department of Transportation will complete the ten-years-overdue resurfacing of state Highway 23 Granite-to-Cottonwood in one season. That stretch is 18 miles and three of them are four-lane divided highway, which makes 21 miles of regular ...

God tells us life begins in the womb

To the editor: “Those who call themselves Christians, i.e., followers of Jesus, should note there is no reference in the Gospels to Jesus having said or done anything concerning abortion.” This statement was made in a Public Forum letter, “Don’t fall for political noise in dealing ...

Don’t fall for political noise in dealing with abortion issue

To the editor: Abortion is the issue that keeps on giving to cynical politicians who milk the issue for money and votes. They are drawn to it like maggots to a festering wound. It’s all about heat and no light, about opposing sides screaming at each other across an ideological abyss. ...

Federal government out of control

To the editor: The Constitution was proposed, debated and written by elected representatives from each of the thirteen original states for the purpose of creating a Federal Government with enumerated “limited” powers. How “limited” is the Federal Government today? How far beyond ...

Rural Dentistry: following your heart one smile at a time

To the editor: Growing up in rural Minnesota the vast number of cornfields are apparent, but today in Greater Minnesota there is an extreme need for oral healthcare professionals. This is because many dentists are retiring and few new graduates working outside the big city after dental ...