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Letters to the Editor

Social distancing should not be social isolation

To the editor: Greetings to you all. I hope you all are taking care of yourselves, both physically and mentally. At this time, our communities are gearing up for an unprecedented pandemic that will affect everyone. Something I would like to highlight at this time is our mental state during ...

Breaking the Eighth Commandment

To the editor: We would like to briefly address the person or persons who vandalized St. James Church recently. This seemed to be a premeditated act and we can’t help wondering if the perpetrator thought about the fact that they were breaking the Eighth Commandment, as well as the ...

Staying in my ‘Little House on the Prairie’

To the editor: Did you ever think that your house/apartment was going to be the “Little House on the Prairie?” I certainly didn’t think so. I thought I’d be going to Bible study tomorrow morning, working at my part time job and then going to babysit grandchildren this ...

Running for 16A House seat to create access to affordable housing

To the editor: Rural Minnesota has a significant lack of available and affordable housing, which leaves many people in the area homeless. Housing costs take approximately 30% of total household income in Minnesota, not including the rising cost of utilities. When a person, or family, becomes ...

Bible verses not followed at Marshall Middle School

To the editor: Questions and comments in recent Public Forum letters, included the following: “What religion does the Pride flag represent?” The word, “religion” comes from the Latin “religio,” respect for what is sacred. (World Book Dictionary). Personal choices, reason, science, ...

State turning into Minnafornia

To the editor: I’ve lived in Minnesota almost 70 years, six-month winters, overtaxation, too many liberals, but I tolerate it. I will not sit back or shut up about what I see and feel is happening to the state I love. This state is becoming the California of the Midwest, still a fly-over ...

We can count on Colin Peterson

To the editor: In rural Minnesota almost everyone is in some way connected to agriculture, whether you are a farmer or work on a farm, a business that buys or sells to farmers, a business that relies on money generated from people in some way dependent on agriculture businesses or if you ...

Seriousness of virus should be front and center to find antidote

To the editor: This “coronavirus epidemic”, as it is being referred to, is top of the news every day and has gotten many people in near panic mode. Air travel has been shut down to several countries and cruise lines are pretty much shut down as well. Sports events and concerts where ...

Cherry-picking of St. Paul quotes the real double standard

To the editor: It was difficult to follow the reasoning in the skimble-skamble March 6 letter to the editor titled “LGBT flag represents a double standard.” One problematic part of the letter is where the author states the Pride flag promotes “a certain religious belief.” What ...

Giving up the homophobic lifestyle

To the editor: The recent controversy in Marshall Public Schools over a pride flag hanging in the middle school cafeteria indicates that there are several people in the Marshall community living the “homophobic lifestyle.” We believe that this lifestyle is a choice — and that with an ...

Time for change in District 16A

To the editor: Just a few days ago, the Land Stewardship Project held a public meeting with the Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture and the Minnesota Attorney General. Farmers from southern Minnesota explained how they are suffering through an economic crisis that has reached almost six ...

LGBT flag represents a double standard To the editor:

There is no law that supports the claim that people’s First Amendment Rights are being harmed by flying this (LGBT) flag.” “This should not be a religious issue.. .” These are two of the comments voiced at Monday’s School Board meeting, as reported in the Independent ...

Attend Township Day on March 10

To the editor: Nearly one million township residents in Minnesota will have the opportunity to participate in their local government by attending their township’s upcoming annual meeting. On Township Day, held this year on Tuesday, March 10, citizens attending their local township meeting ...

Identity is not a belief

To the editor: I wanted to say in response to the Feb. 26 letter to the editor from Jeanne Allex, “you’re welcome and congratulations on coming out” — how courageous. I’m only sorry for you that it took 75 years for you to feel that you can freely talk about your identity. I hope ...

Put up flag at Marshall Middle School with cross and resurrection of Jesus

To the editor: I just want to say thank you to Karrie Alberts (for the) statement in the Independent, Feb. 19. “I just want them to know they are OK, they are supported,” Alberts said. “Quit equating their identity to something controversial.” Because your statement, I finally ...

Washington’s address a good reminder

To the editors: With George Washington’s birthday (Feb. 22) upon us, his Farewell Address from 1796h provides some excellent reminders on how to have a proper society. He stated: Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are ...

Don’t tell me not to look at the flag

To the editor: As to your reader that commented “It’s a flag people. A flag. If you don’t like it, don’t look at it.” So why do we hang the American flag on a flag pole? I think — to place it in a position that everyone can see, honor and respect it and all that it stands for. ...

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 ...