Local Columns

Traditions are so important to us. Everyone of us has a tradition that is near and dear to our hearts. Perhaps it has to do with our family. Maybe it’s one that is a neighborhood thing. Or it could be one that is so personal and private that only you are aware of it and you do it in ...

Project Blue Light

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: During the holiday season, we are asking residents of Marshall and the surrounding areas to support the Project Blue Light. It can be a single blue light in the candlestick replicas in a window, a porch light or an entire decorating theme to show your support for our law ...

‘Inflation tax’ prediction proving true


Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has been stalwart in his concerns over inflation and Democrats’ desire to spend trillions to fund new social programs: “An overheating economy has imposed a costly ‘inflation tax’ on every middle- and working-class American. At $28.7 trillion and growing, ...

Problems with plastic

Local Columns

I’ve come to despise plastic. I guess not all plastic, just the plastic that gets in the way of enjoying the outdoors and the aesthetics of being in places where plastic shouldn’t be. Like all things in this life, it’s a harsh duality and a battle of rationalization along a fine line at ...

The CRT ‘monster’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Independent recently published a cartoon in which “critical race theory” is depicted as a Frankenstein monster. Although not the intent of the artist, it is fitting that CRT is presented as a fictional bogeyman, since that is what it is. As witnessed at the Sept. 30 ...

Why aren’t drivers license exam stations all open?


The Minnesota Senate Transportation Committee is held a hearing Friday with a very interesting question for the Department of Public Safety. When the COVID-19 pandemic started, the state shut down a lot of businesses, of course, and it also closed down some government offices, including the ...