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Letters to the Editor

With thanks and appreciation

To the editor: We retired on June 30 after 29 years of practice in Marshall. It was our first and only practice after residency. We are both born and raised Minnesotans, and we knew we wanted a small town to raise our family and to practice medicine. Marshall was a perfect fit for us both ...

Drost will help our kids

To the editor: While we take the time to slow down, we’re all asking: “What are our priorities? What do we value for the future?” As a mental health therapist, I value improved access to child care and mental health in schools. Besides my own interests in this, I just see the ...

Remembering July 26, 1990

To the editor: On July 26, 1990, the Americans With Disabilities Act was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush. It was a bipartisan effort that has made positive changes for millions of Americans in the disability community. The disability community is the largest minority that anyone ...

The good and bad throughout history

To the editor: I would like to begin with the statement no man or woman is perfect. We are all the products of the time we live in. This was even more true for past historical figures. People are molded by times which they live at times they break the standard mold for these we tend to ...

It is theft, but oh, so much more than theft

To the editor: On July 14 in Cottonwood, sometime during the night two political signs were removed from our yard. One was the Statue of Liberty with a rainbow background and the word “RESIST.” The other said, “Defending Democracy, Vote Democrat.” They cost about $60. Those signs ...

Recognizing Americans with disabilities

To the editor: On July 26, 1990, the Americans With Disabilities Act was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush. It was a bipartisan effort that has made positive changes for millions of Americans in the disability community. The disability community is the largest minority that anyone ...

Normal wasn’t working

To the editor: Can’t we just get back to the way things were? I struggle with such a question. I want my children and grandchildren to grow up with access to basic living standards, to survive and thrive. Don’t all parents like that? My white skin color afforded me access to making ...

Issues Swedzinski should comment on

To the editor: On July 16th, Rep. Chris Swedzinski wrote a press release about how the Minnesota legislature allowed another month of the governor’s emergency powers. He and his colleagues have ramped up the rhetoric by calling the Governor a “tyrant” and “dictator”, which is not ...

Understand different forms of government

What is Marxism? Communism? Socialism? Capitalism? From the Oxford Language Dictionary: Marxism is a transitional social state between the overthrow of capitalism and the realization of communism. Karl Marx is the author of the “Communist Manifesto.” From each according to his ...

Cities don’t deserve federal bailout

To the editor: Please, please, please Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan. I live 150 miles away from the cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis and you will need to explain to me why I, and thousands and thousands of other citizens of Minnesota, as well as millions of citizens across the ...

Take action to prevent spread

To the editor: I am writing regarding my concerns about the corona-19 virus in Marshall. 1. I noticed in shopping how few people wear masks 2. Some stores have discontinued wiping down shopping carts 3. Often there are no wipes left to wipe down your own cart 4. Numbers keep climbing ...

You can be tested for COVID-19 at no cost

To the Editor: Covid-19 testing here appears to be robust. If you think you have COVID symptoms or have been in contact with a positive case, you can be tested at no cost. Avera Marshall has also introduced Covid antibody testing for those who believe they have recovered from it. That is ...

Read and study the instruction for yourself

To the editor: The letter writer in the June 23rd Public Forum attested to the seeming fact that she and her six siblings, “memorized the Ten Commandments and knew the first three tell us how God wants us to love him and the rest, how to love our neighbor.” Memorization requires ...

Plan to pay it forward

To the editor: This is a letter of thanks to a gracious person who paid for our meal. A neighbor and I were in line at Taco Bell on Thursday, June 25, at 12:25 p.m. and I ordered food for five boys who were fishing , my 92-year-old mother and myself. We ordered boxes of burritos, nachos and ...

Minnesota Math Corps needs tutors

To the editor Did you know that in Minnesota, 40 percent of 8th graders aren’t proficient in math? As part of Minnesota Math Corps, an AmeriCorps program, I’m trying to change that statistic. Being a tutor is one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done and I’m writing today ...

Suicide and LGBTQ flag in Middle School

To the editor: Concern that “more LGBTQ youth contemplate suicide compared to heterosexual youth” was expressed by the writer of ‘Follow Jesus’ mandate may save lives.” When I grew up in the 50s, “gay” was sung in songs about spring, meaning “happy”. Most families ...

Visiting those in nursing homes

To the editor As a child, I was fortunate enough to grow up with great-grandparents within my hometown. This allowed me to get to know them and stirred my mind into the fascinating world of genealogy. Getting to know them meant visiting, and many of those visits were in nursing home ...

Setting historical record straight on Pilgrims,Thanksgiving gathering

To the editor: First, thank you to Dr. Anita Gaul for responding to my June 10 letter to the editor ( School board’s statement on LGBTQ flag). I think that next to love, communication is the essence of life. I agree with Dr. Gaul that our nation is unfortunately still grappling with ...

In-Action from an incumbent

To the editor: It’s no secret that our state’s public schools are struggling. Even before COVID-19, many school districts had to make difficult decisions around cutting staff, programs, and activities because the funding simply isn’t there for them to thrive. However, COVID-19 ...

Follow Jesus’ mandate may save lives

To the Editor: Regarding the LGBTQ flag in the Middle School cafeteria, a recent letter to the editor stated that “A flag that contains colors representing lifestyles contrary to God’s Word are not inclusive.” I will assume that by “God’s Word” the writer is referring to the ...