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Letters to the Editor

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 ...

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 ...