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Letters to the Editor

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 ...

State government has grown too big

The federal government is bloated and broke. A potential spending frenzy is building in St. Paul. Yet very little government does is efficient or effective. Despite the poor track record, we are constantly told that the solution is not less government but more. Why? A group of Republicans in ...

Farmers not happy with Dayton’s land grab

To the editor: I am writing in regard to the buffer law enforcement article in the Jan. 9 Independent. In this article it says that compliance is about 80 percent with compliance on ditches at only 67 percent. Last summer there were articles in the paper that the farmers were happy to jump ...

Against legalization of marijuana

To the editor: The legalization of marijuana would be a big mistake. Do we want high people driving? Do we want high people becoming unmotivated? Is marijuana the alcohol problem of the future? Pot changes brain chemistry with extended use. Granted, pot gives one a sense of euphoria. ...

Consider investing into United Way

To the editor: The United Way of Southwest Minnesota has been a steadfast presence fighting to improve the life of everyone in our community. Over the last five years, UWSWMN has re-invested more than $2.3 million in the following areas: Health, Education and Financial Stability, Hunger and ...

Parents, wise up about ‘vaping’

When it comes to teenagers and “vaping,” the everyday term for use of electronic cigarettes, most parents don't know what they don’t know. The practice is defined — yes, vape is now a Merriam-Webster dictionary entry — as the inhalation of vapor through the mouth from a usually ...

United Way needs help to reach goal

To the editor: What does Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Student Emergency Fund Grants, Power of the Produce (tokens for children to buy produce), and Junior Achievement (classes for students taught by community members regarding financial security) have in common? The United Way of ...

Reasons for calling climate change claims as ‘fake science’

To the editor: The Dec. 30 “Climate change denier attacks scientific research without proof” writer said I attacked climate change by calling it “fake news” in my Dec. 17 letter. Actually, I used the term “fake science” in my letter to the editor; it was the Marshall Independent ...

Get the facts at RTR meeting before making decision on school bond vote

To the editor: FYI-For all RTR District stakeholders on the upcoming School Bond Vote Feb. 12. It has come to my attention someone from the YES Vote committee is calling and telling stakeholders if RTR chooses to replace and remodel instead of building a new $35,000,000 preK-12 building ...