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Letters to the Editor

Representative Swedzinski must hold Walz accountable

To the editor: For a year now, our tyrannical governor has pushed illegal and unconstitutional executive orders that have violated his oath of office and destroyed the livelihoods of our friends and neighbors. When our district needed Representative Chris Swedzinski to stand up to Gov. ...

Look what’s happening on Mexican border

To the editor: I went to renew my driver’s license this morning. I was born, raised and married in the USA. I have worked, bought a home, raised three kids, retired and paid taxes every year since 1958 in the USA. Because I still do travel, I wanted an “Enchanted ID” so I can fly in the ...

Big Tech stifling conservative views

To the editor: The April 13 article by Senator Klobuchar brought out a need that has been promoted by conservatives for quite some time. She is bemoaning the power of big tech because it is advancing the demise of local hard-copy newspapers. Big tech is doing more than that; basically ...

Expanding broadband internet is essential

To the editor: There’s one thing this pandemic has shown us, it’s that high-speed broadband internet, in schools and homes is essential. With workers and students being sent home, the need for broadband in these areas has been amplified. President Biden has dedicated over $450 billion ...

We have a duty to defend, protect U.S. Constitution

To the editor: It is so very unfortunate that so many people have no clue, no understanding of our Constitution, how the Founders labored for months to provide the citizens of the United States with a national government that had “limited” powers and how it brought us to become the most ...

Another definition of truth

To the editor: A recent Public Forum writer claimed that if one is serious about finding the truth, one must start with testable facts. Truth must be a fact that can be proven by science. However, that is only one definition of “truth” according to the World Book Dictionary. During ...

In recogniton

Special thanks to Deb Gau for her photo coverage of Lucan’s 35th St Patrick Day Parade. Over the years you have helped to highlight a “small town” with a “big fun idea.” We appreciate your efforts over the years in promoting one of Lucan Booster Club’s activities. Stay tuned for ...

On making assumptions in science

In the March 17th Independent, Mr. Phil Drietz of Delhi writes about assumptions. Non-scientists call a statement an assumption to imply it is an incorrect statement. Scientists make assumptions to simplify a thought process or calculation. A physicist might say, “Assume there is no air ...

Vaccine experience restores some faith

To the editor: I recently received my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at one of the mass vaccination clinics at the Avera Medical Group Marshall’s Carlson Street location. Everyone who planned and worked at those events deserves a big thank you. Both clinics I attended were well-planned ...

Wearing masks playing sports doesn’t make sense

I don’t have children in school or grand kids in school, so I don’t get involved much with school. But I have seen videos of teenagers playing basketball with masks on their faces. Those bodies are working hard and need fresh air, yet they are taking in some of the air they have just ...

Regarding pollution control agency’s clean cars rule making

Dear Governor Walz: The undersigned community stakeholders would like to express our concerns regarding the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s proposed Clean Cars Minnesota rulemaking (OAH docket number 71-9003-36416). This proposed rule would unfairly mandate vehicle manufacturers to ...

Seeking the truth about Earth

To the editor: The Feb. 19, 2021 ‘Amazing science starts on Mars’ stated that scientists believe that if life ever flourished on Mars, it would have happened 3 billion to 4 billion years ago, when water still flowed on the planet. Two assumptions are made: 1. Life just starts up ...

Making sure freedom of religion, freedom of speech upheld in schools

To the editor: Regarding the Public Forum article, “Equality, it’s a good thing” (March 12), this statement is valid: “You treat all human beings with the same respect as you would have them treat you.” Then there is this statement, in part: . . .”we are being forced to ...

Equality, it’s a good thing

To the editor: Equality is a good thing. Equality is also very simple; you treat all human beings with the same respect as you would have them treat you. I consider that polite, non-judgmental, basic goodness, which makes working with the public a tolerable aspect of our lives. Thank ...

Scouting Adventures during Covid-19

To the editor: Did you know February is when scouting celebrates its birthday? It all started when American businessman William Boyce lost his way in the fog and a young boy helped him to his destination in Great Britain in 1909. He wanted to pay the boy for his good deeds and the boy said ...

Consider staying away from painkillers around time of vaccinations

To the editor: I would like to share some information I’ve read about how to insure we get the best immunity possible from our COVID-19 shots. The AARP bulletin, Jan.-Feb. 2021 issue there was a study mentioned by Dr. Paul Offit, professor of vaccinology at the University of Pennsylvania. ...

Common sense lost in House

To the editor: In the March 4 Independent public forum, Alice Thull brought up the Equality Act that has been passed by the US House. Just a brief look at it will tell you it needs to be sent back for some serious revisions. One of the most glaring features is the proposed right of ...

Stop the Equality Act

To the editor: Years ago, at least 30 plus years ago, the Equal Rights Amendment was being promoted. It was defeated. But the same effort is now being pushed by Congress called the Equality Act. If passed into law, the true result of this bill would be the federal government promoting ...

Encourage Rep. Fischbach to support funding for fighting Alzheimer’s

To the editor: The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the critical importance of medical research. As Congress addresses the needs of our nation’s most vulnerable impacted by COVID-19, they’re also continuing their work to address another devastating disease affecting millions of ...

Salvation Army says thanks to volunteers, contributors and bell ringing sites

Deloris Richards and myself, Dennis Ozmun, are the coordinators for the Salvation Army in Lyon County. 2020 was a year like we have never experienced before. Our bell ringers were only about 40% of what we normally had, however, Lyon County stepped up to the plate and we had our best year ever ...