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Letters to the Editor

Don’t be afraid to attend precinct caucus

To the editor: I remember the first time I attended a local precinct caucus. Although I tried to hide it, I was nervous and scared. What exactly would I have to do? What if I messed up and did something wrong? Would I know anybody? It turns out that attending a caucus was not scary at all. ...

Remove LGBTQ+ flag at middle school

To the editor: This letter is a response to Public Forum articles which have praised the hanging of a LGBTQ+ flag in the Marshall Middle School. Our country’s flag represents the freedoms we have as Americans, including responsible freedom of speech and freedom of religion, not freedom ...

Here’s more on Marshall hockey history

To the editor: A previous letter relating to Marshall hockey and its expansion and growth over the years was well written. But there is a lot of the expansion history that needs to be added to that account. In the 1980s and 1990s there was a lot of community activity for this cause. There ...

Church welcomes all people looking for open, inclusive community

To the editor: As a clergy person serving St. James Episcopal Church in Marshall, I write to express our beloved community’s appreciation for the letter from Devon Palmer supporting the LGBTQ+ flag that is hung at the Marshall Middle School. This week also we experienced a tremendous ...

Flags hung up at Middle School a step toward change

To the editor: My name is Devon Palmer and I am writing to you today because it has come to my attention that there was a number of representative flags including the LGBTQ+ flag hung up in the middle school! I find this to be a tremendous step toward the change that we need in our worldwide ...

Drain the swamp before it’s too late

To the editor: Everyone is complaining about the “swamp” and how it needs to be drained in Washington DC. The “swamp” does not just exist in Washington DC, it’s alive and flourishing in our states, counties, cities and townships as well. Not all perhaps, but too many. Why is this ...

SMSU Faculty Association supports acceptance of refugees

To the editor: For decades, Lyon County has distinguished itself in accepting refugees from around the world. These are individuals and families who are escaping civil conflicts and outright persecution in their countries of origin and have found a welcoming home in Lyon County. They have ...

Who cares about a budget? I do Mr. President

Who cares about a budget? To the editor: On Feb. 17, President Donald Trump delivered remarks at a private dinner with wealthy donors at his Mar-a-Lago Resort. When discussing the growing national debt, President Trump said “Who the hell cares about a budget? We’re going to have a ...

Please attend public hearing on refugee resettlement in Lyon County

Please attend public hearing on refugee resettlement in Lyon County President Donald Trump issued an order in September, requiring states and cities to provide written consent to allow further refugee resettlement in their states and counties. President Trump says local officials wanted more ...

Continue to support refugee resettlement in Lyon County

To the Editor I have been living in Lyon County for almost 25 years and have appreciated the diversity that is in our communities. This diversity should be celebrated and continued for a variety of reasons. First, as we all know living in rural Minnesota, most of our communities are ...

Please consider giving to the United Way

To the Editor There are countless ways that the United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN) impacts our communities. Filling backpacks and kindergarten bags for our schools, granting dollars to local food shelves and investing in the safety and well-being of our friends and neighbors, is a ...

Time to take responsibility for disaster we are leaving our grandchildren

To the Editor It’s our generation, boomers, that is responsible for this political dysfunction, climate crisis, and inability to make any progress.  Where is that American ingenuity we love to brag about? Where is that “can do” American spirit that used to unite us? Where is the ...

How ‘green’ is Marshall’s electric power supply?

Have you ever wondered what type of electric generation serves your home or business in Marshall? Marshall Municipal Utilities (MMU) purchases electricity from a variety of generation types. In 2018, 43% of Marshall’s electricity came from renewable sourcessuch as hydro-electric, wind and ...

Democrats more concerned about power and control

I hear the Democrats now saying that they are “upholding their oath to the Constitution” and yet, continually saying that we are a “democracy.” We are not a democracy, we are a “republic.” The Democrats have been trashing our Constitution for years, calling it “an old antiquated ...

USMCA hardly a good deal

To the editor: Now that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has indicated she will support the USMCA, President Donald Trump is thrilled with her decision. The so-called Patriot Act, and Obamacare, were both passed without any federal lawmaker having a chance to read the then proposed legislation. It ...

Getting one-sided story on global warming

To the editor In my 10-18-19 ‘Global warming position indefensible’, I noted that even a somewhat small up or down change in the massive quantity of atmospheric water vapor may release or absorb far more heat, and therefore have more effect on temperature, than would a doubling of our ...

Proposed property tax statements a game of smoke and mirrors

To the editor: Assuming that owners of real property have looked at their proposed 2020 property tax statements, what was your reaction (something that can be printed in a newspaper)? But we’re told that owners of business property are usually taxed at a higher rate since they’re making ...

Trump shows disrespect for truth

To the editor: Although the Nov. 22 “Short Takes” section rightly gave Americans’ dismal ability to distinguish fact from fiction a “Thumbs Down,” it didn’t mention a major contributor to the dismal state of respect for truth in our country: President Donald Trump. According to ...

Want my Minnesota representatives to value education

To the editor: As we wind down 2019, I wanted to take a quick look at how my Minnesota representative handled an important issue to me: Education. On May 30, Governor Tim Walz signed the E-12 Education Bill. The bill boosts funding for public schools by $543 million, including an increase ...

Who is the American military veteran?

Most of this is from an “anonymous Veteran.” I think this what the heart of every American should be. “It is the Veteran” It is the Veteran, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion! It is the Veteran, not the reporter, who has given us Freedom of the press! It ...