Letters to the Editor

Mark your calendar for Township Day

To the editor: Residents of Minnesota’s 1,781 townships have the unique opportunity to participate Township Day on Tuesday. The annual meeting on Township Day is what really sets townships apart from other forms of local government. At this meeting, residents have a direct voice in how ...

Keep up the good work with writing

To the editor: I want to take the opportunity to compliment the management of the Independent for two reasons: 1) Securing the writing of Jim Muchlinski. Besides being a very proficient writer, Jim’s writing often shows his interest in history which I find very remarkable. At the recent ...

Speaking the truth in love

To the editor: This is a reply to the public forum piece, “Decision on homosexuality in United Methodist Church saddens many people, but love will prevail.” (Independent March 1) The writer cited Jesus’ words, “A new command I give you, to love each other just as I have loved you. ...

Threats by Republican during Capitol gun rally should be taken seriously

To the editor: At the recent gun rally at the Capitol state Representative Cal Bahr, R - Bethel, said, “There’s a lot of us in this room that have had enough, and it’s time to start riding herd on the rest of these people that want to take your rights away from you. They will not go ...

Here’s answer to question on CO2

To the editor: A recent letter to the editor asked, "how man's microscopic contribution of CO2 (one part in 2400) into the atmosphere can force the entire globe into thermal disaster?" Good question. The answer is that man’s contribution throws our Earth's carbon cycle out of balance. ...

The science of climate change

To the editor: In his recent letter, Mr. Phil Drietz attacks the science of climate change and those who have spent lifetimes studying the world’s climate. I, too, have spent my life working in science as a high school science teacher. I earned a bachelor’s of science degree (physics), ...

Thanks to good Samaritans

To the editor: I want to applaud the good Samaritans who are helping people in Marshall deal with our excess snow. On the afternoon of Wednesday, Feb. 20, I saw two separate occasions of men using their snow equipment to clear the piles of snow at the end of a stranger’s ...

How old is too old?

To the editor: I am at an age where I often have to hunt for my keys. I have not found them in the freezer yet, but I wonder…? Politics aside, perhaps one of the reasons our federal government suffers from colossal gridlock and dis-function has to do with Father Time. Playing Devil’s ...

A different perspective on carbon footprint

To the editor: The Feb. 7 “Can’t ignore need to increase renewable energy,” warns: “It’s time to come to terms with the urgent issue of reducing the state’s carbon footprint.” “Carbon footprint” means carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions humans create by burning fossil fuels. ...

Change funding formula for regional libraries

To the editor: We, the Board of the Marshall-Lyon County Library (MLCL), strongly support a $4 million funding increase to the Regional Library System. Likewise, we support the effort to change the state’s funding formula for Regional Libraries. This formula currently decreases Plum ...

Ignorant on science and facts

To the editor: The comment by our state representative in your Feb. 7 editorial “Can’t ignore need to increase renewable energy” indicates Rep. Chris Swedzinski’s ignorance of science and facts and his lack of concern for us, our children, and our grandchildren. What he should be ...

Flashers meant for emergencies only

To the editor: Why is it that people nowadays are driving with their flashers on during the winter storm? Four way flashers are meant to signal your vehicle is immobile and on the side of the road so having your flashers on while driving is more hazardous than not. Samantha Meyer Lynd

What if ‘Vote No’ means RTR can do better?

To the editor: Many people have assumptions as to why someone would vote no on a new preK-12 school building. What if a vote no was because you know we can do better? Better than the only location that was given to us, the existing site, causing at least two years of chaos with the ...

Celebrate the Light of Salvation on Feb. 2

To the editor: “The deep meaning of groundhog day” by columnist Froma Harrop (Independent Jan. 31), noted that Feb. 2 was observed by Christians as Candlemas Day. “Many Christians consider Jesus ‘the light of the world,’ Harrop wrote, “hence the candlelit processions before ...

Board decides to discontinue Prairie Music Concert Association

To the editor: Prairie Music Concert Association proudly presents two concerts early this spring: “Tapestry, musical tribute to Carole King” on March 7 and Doo-Wah Riders, country band with a Cajun twist, on March 29. Both concerts are at 7:30 p.m. in the Murray County High School ...

High praise for utility workers

To the editor: Tuesday about 7 p.m. we lost power. The temperature was -25 and wind chill -55. I have high praise for our utility workers working under those conditions. Our power was restored in about two hours. Also the area where they were working was wide open to the elements. Everett ...

Time to invest in ourselves, vote yes on RTR school bond referendum

To the editor: One of the best outcomes of our work on the RTR Facilities Task Force has been getting to know both the varied members of that group as well as the broader school district community. There is a palpable sense of unity. We are a district of small business owners, tradesmen, ...

Many reasons to vote yes in school bond election

To the editor: The RTR school District has a school bond vote for a new school on Feb. 12. There is early voting available 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday at the high school office. Terry and I voted early and we voted yes. We have many reasons for voting yes; many things have changed since ...

Disappointed in former RTR board members

To the editor: I am writing this letter with much sadness and disappointment in the former RTR board members who once cared about education for our students. They now have chosen a path of scare tactics and are fighting to stop our district from moving forward, which could ultimately destroy ...

The old cannot be made to last forever

To the editor: There are times when you have to build a new house, or buy a new vehicle, or upgrade farm machinery because after considering the options, it is the best choice for your family. The old simply cannot be made to last forever no matter how much duct tape and bailing wire you ...