Letters to the Editor

Swedzinski, Torkelson turn backs on rural schools

To the editor: The new omnibus Education Finance Bill (HF2400) was passed Tuesday night by the House and it is an excellent example of bipartisan work. The budget would provide $900 million in new E-12 education investments and includes a variety policies supported by Republican and DFL ...

Minnesotans counting on EPA to permit year-round E15

To the editor: Last fall, President Donald Trump pledged to lift restrictions on the sale of E15, a low-cost fuel option made with homegrown ethanol. The decades-old regulation that restricts E15 from being sold during the summer months was unnecessary and outdated. E15 is cleaner, higher in ...

Mueller probe headline misleading

To the editor: As a former writing and journalism teacher, I was appalled at your headline in Friday’s paper. The Mueller probe was charged with investigating Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. The Barr news conference led with the finding of “No Collusion.” Your headline was ...

Family cat hit with bullet that will ‘explode’

To the editor: On Monday, April 1, our shop cat, Gen, got shot. It was one of those bullets that on contact, they explode. We found Gen outside the shop door with a huge hole in her and her tail almost all the way off. She wanted and needed our help. The vet said she had not seen anything ...

Leaning too much on elected officials, state and federal bureaucrats

To the editor: Have we gotten to a point in our “advanced” society where we have become so helpless to tend to our own needs and wants that we must turn to elected officials and non-elected bureaucrats at higher and higher government levels to cure all our wants and needs? I ...

It’s not OK to shoot someone’s pet

To the editor: This is a public notice to anyone who has beloved pets in or near Green Valley. Over two weeks ago, our cat came home after being missing for a couple days. She was very weak so we brought her to the vet. We discovered she had been shot with a pellet gun, requiring surgery and ...

A building does impact quality of education, vote yes on schools referendum

To the editor: I am writing to support the Marshall Public Schools referendum to build a new 2nd-4th grade elementary school, renovate Park Side Schools, add safety and security to buildings and decommission West Side Elementary School. These changes are desperately needed due to the ...

Presentation focuses on helocentricty versus geocentricity

To the editor: Does the earth go around the sun? Or, does the sun go around the earth? ‘Heliocentricity’ versus ‘geocentricity,’ that is the topic that will be presented by Robert Sungenis on Saturday, April 20, at the Marshall-Lyon County Public Library. Lecture will start at 10:30 ...

Spending billions to reduce global warming worthless ideas by politicians

To the editor: The March 21 staff editorial, “Make better use of fossil fuels” stated that U.S. Reps. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and Collin Peterson, D-Minn: “have introduced a bill, HR 1796, to make use of carbon (CO2) capture technology more attractive to industries, including electric ...

Executive branch has lost decency

To the editor: I don’t like Donald Trump, and I most likely never will. (Revised quote of Trump’s regarding Senator John McCain.) We have lost decency and respect in the executive branch of our country. Do we want our children and students to continue to be exposed to the president’s ...

Support those affected by mental illness

To the editor: On Saturday, April 13, Marshall will be hosting an Out of the Darkness Walk to create awareness and understanding of mental illness and suicide. I (along with nearly 40 members of my extended family) participated in this walk last year in memory of my cousin who died by ...

Shame on those who speak ill of those who endured horror of being a POW

To the editor: Shame on anyone who would suggest that if a person who is taken prisoner of war in defense of our country no matter the branch of service and the conflict is less than doing their duty and is not a hero. I was fortunate. I did not face this possibility during my time in the ...

Work together to slow climate change

To the editor: Letter-writer Phil Drietz believes that he can overturn more than 100 years of climate science. Ever wonder why we don’t see scores of angry letters asserting that HIV doesn’t cause AIDS? It’s because that scientific conclusion doesn’t threaten deeply held values. In ...

Essential health care program in danger

To the editor: Whether you are rich or poor, everyone has inherent worth and value as a human being. Unfortunately not everyone seems to take this to heart, as a program that has been providing essential health care services for more than 1 million Minnesotans is at risk. We can engage heads ...

Swedzinski votes against ERA in House vote

To the editor: The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was recently passed by the Minnesota House which would put a measure on the 2020 ballot letting Minnesota voters decide whether to alter the state’s Constitution to say people have equal rights regardless of gender. This seems like a ...

Don’t be too hard on the senators

To the editor: Wow! Did you see this in Saturday’s (March 9) Independent? Mr. Weedman’s advertisement appeared, appropriately, on the obituary page. He says “A baby born alive and is laid on a metal table and left to die. Is that neglect, manslaughter, murder or just the last part of an ...

Dump Green Policy, stand behind President

To the editor: Did you see the “sundogs,” as I call them, in the east at sunrise in our cold, cold weather? What an expressive sight! I feel sorry for the people that missed seeing this dazzling, atmospheric, display of light. On Feb. 12, Lyndon LaRouche, philosopher, scientist, poet, ...

Klobuchar, Smith voted no to protect babies

To the editor: Such nice words printed about Minnesota U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar in March 11 issue of the “Independent.” However: Did you know that both Sen. Klobuchar and Sen. Tina Smith voted “NO” against advancing legislation to protect new babies who survive abortion? Please ...

Not enough evidence to be touting man-made global warming

To the editor: In my Feb. 19 letter I asked if anyone could show us from a thermodynamics perspective, how man-made CO2, which is so tiny, can send the globe into thermal disaster. The March 1 letter gave a reasonable answer, but neglected to show relative quantities to back his statement when ...

Kim gets propaganda victory

To the editor: I read with great interest the Independent’s March 5 editorial Kim needs new plan, regarding President Donald Trump’s meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. The editorial ends by stating, “This is precisely the strategy American leaders should have adopted ...