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Letters to the Editor

Please consider giving to the United Way

To the Editor There are countless ways that the United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN) impacts our communities. Filling backpacks and kindergarten bags for our schools, granting dollars to local food shelves and investing in the safety and well-being of our friends and neighbors, is a ...

Time to take responsibility for disaster we are leaving our grandchildren

To the Editor It’s our generation, boomers, that is responsible for this political dysfunction, climate crisis, and inability to make any progress.  Where is that American ingenuity we love to brag about? Where is that “can do” American spirit that used to unite us? Where is the ...

How ‘green’ is Marshall’s electric power supply?

Have you ever wondered what type of electric generation serves your home or business in Marshall? Marshall Municipal Utilities (MMU) purchases electricity from a variety of generation types. In 2018, 43% of Marshall’s electricity came from renewable sourcessuch as hydro-electric, wind and ...

Democrats more concerned about power and control

I hear the Democrats now saying that they are “upholding their oath to the Constitution” and yet, continually saying that we are a “democracy.” We are not a democracy, we are a “republic.” The Democrats have been trashing our Constitution for years, calling it “an old antiquated ...

USMCA hardly a good deal

To the editor: Now that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has indicated she will support the USMCA, President Donald Trump is thrilled with her decision. The so-called Patriot Act, and Obamacare, were both passed without any federal lawmaker having a chance to read the then proposed legislation. It ...

Getting one-sided story on global warming

To the editor In my 10-18-19 ‘Global warming position indefensible’, I noted that even a somewhat small up or down change in the massive quantity of atmospheric water vapor may release or absorb far more heat, and therefore have more effect on temperature, than would a doubling of our ...

Proposed property tax statements a game of smoke and mirrors

To the editor: Assuming that owners of real property have looked at their proposed 2020 property tax statements, what was your reaction (something that can be printed in a newspaper)? But we’re told that owners of business property are usually taxed at a higher rate since they’re making ...

Trump shows disrespect for truth

To the editor: Although the Nov. 22 “Short Takes” section rightly gave Americans’ dismal ability to distinguish fact from fiction a “Thumbs Down,” it didn’t mention a major contributor to the dismal state of respect for truth in our country: President Donald Trump. According to ...

Want my Minnesota representatives to value education

To the editor: As we wind down 2019, I wanted to take a quick look at how my Minnesota representative handled an important issue to me: Education. On May 30, Governor Tim Walz signed the E-12 Education Bill. The bill boosts funding for public schools by $543 million, including an increase ...

Who is the American military veteran?

Most of this is from an “anonymous Veteran.” I think this what the heart of every American should be. “It is the Veteran” It is the Veteran, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion! It is the Veteran, not the reporter, who has given us Freedom of the press! It ...

Opening up a wider window to our world

To the editor: Thank you gentleman (Mike Lamb and Greg Orear) for producing a quality local newspaper that is worth both the money to buy it and the time used to read it. What is even more noteworthy is the fact that in this digital, perhaps soon-to-be-quantum, age, the Independent is a vital ...

Larry Henle — they don’t make ’em like him anymore

To the editor: The community of Marshall should consider itself extremely fortunate to have a local daily newspaper and people who work hard to bring you your news six days a week. Truth be known, the paper wouldn’t be what it is without those people — from the men and women in the ...

Do you want to be part of the Big Rock Candy Mountain?

Read John Kass Oct. 21 column: Warren, Biden and that Big Rock Candy Mountain To the editor: Sounds too good to be true — it is! Medicare for all — only the taxpayers fund it. Free college — only the taxpayers pay! Can’t forget women’s rights...abortions for sure. What do ...

Put things in God’s hands

To the editor: The writer of the Public Forum letter to the editor, “Hagedorn’s response to suicide is ‘appalling’ ” (10/16 ) questioned whether “people who commit suicide go to hell.” As a Vietnam veteran, he had friends who committed suicide and noted “approximately 20 ...

U.S. military expresses concern about climate change

To the editor: In response to a recent letter by Phil Drietz, I want to draw attention to a remarkable document on climate change and national security. On Sept. 24, 64 former military and security leaders endorsed “A Climate Security Plan for America.” It’s signed by Rear Admiral David ...

Global warming position indefensible

A 10-10-2019 global warming letter stated: “The greenhouse gases trap heat in the atmosphere that otherwise would radiate into space.” True; and water vapor (a greenhouse gas), traps about 1375 times more heat than man’s CO2; and about 8620 more heat than man-made methane. The thing ...

Use your mind when it comes to abortion

To the Editor What scientific research shows is that in nature and without abortion somewhere between 40 and 60 percent of zygotes (the first cells of life) are naturally destroyed and never become born babies. That is what nature teaches us about the Natural Law. Nature allows a virtual ...

Hagedorn’s response to suicide is ‘appalling’

To the editor: I attended a Minnesota U.S. Representative Jim Hagedorn Town Hall meeting in Winona in early September. I’ve been haunted ever since by his response to a citizen who was asking if he was aware of the relationship between gun ownership and suicide. Mr. Hagedorn’s response ...

Hagedorn’s response to suicide is ‘appalling’

To the editor: I attended a Minnesota U.S. Representative Jim Hagedorn Town Hall meeting in Winona in early September. I’ve been haunted ever since by his response to a citizen who was asking if he was aware of the relationship between gun ownership and suicide. Mr. Hagedorn’s response ...

A smoke screen to hide global warming facts

To the editor: In the Oct. 2 issue of the Independent, Phil Drietz of Delhi strikes again. This time, Mr. Drietz assures us that we don’t have to worry about global warming. He distracts us by discussing the heat capacities of various greenhouse gases. First, Mr. Drietz’s discussion of ...