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Opinion

Time for transparency

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In 2018, Dave Hughes was endorsed by President Trump, to run against U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson-D, for Minnesota Congressional District 7 (CD7). In that year’s election, Mr. Hughes came the closest to beating Peterson than any Republican had done in many years. This year, ...

Bonding: House Republicans failed outstate projects

Editorials

If you’re waiting for a new water treatment plant in your small town, you’ll have to wait longer. If you’re waiting for repairs to a leaky roof at your local community college, you’ll have to wait longer. In Mankato, if you were hoping for funding to stop the main source of drinking ...

Three bright planets this August and a reliable meteor shower!

Local Columns

The big highlight for August stargazing is the annual Perseid Meteor Shower. It’s one of the best of the year as our world crosses into a dense debris trail left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle that last passed through this part of the solar system back in 1992. The Perseids get going the first ...

Collaboration to end homelessness

Letters to the Editor

To The Editor: A July 21 letter to the editor provided definitions of Marxism, communism, socialism, and capitalism and asked readers to, “decide under which form of government you prefer to live.” America is a mixture of capitalism and socialism. We have private property and freedom in ...

Important choice for voters in November

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Minnesota’s Seventh District voters have an important choice to make this year when they vote for their representative in the U.S. Congress. For voters who would like to see Democrat Collin Peterson run again, he is doing so. Winning another election will let him keep the ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Wearing masks a health issue THUMBS DOWN: The mask debate is getting a little ridiculous at times. Minnesota Republican Party, Jennifer Carnahan, earlier this week, had to apologize for an offensive post shared by the Republican Party of Wabasha County. The post compared Gov. Tim Walz to ...

Time for Swedzinski to leave

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I have always voted for who I felt would do the best job for the political office they were running for whether it be Democrats, Republicans, Independents or Libertarians. When I moved to Marshall I always voted for Marty Seifert, who I consider a friend. He always made time ...

Aug. 5 deadline for primary election letters

Letters to the Editor

Letters involving the Aug. 11 primary election must arrive at the Marshall Independent office by 5 p.m. Aug. 5. Letters can be sent to mlamb@marshallindependent.com. Aug. 11 will be the last edition that letters involving the election will be published.

SROs should have place in schools

Editorials

Calls for change in law enforcement range from those demanding that police departments be virtually disbanded to others insisting on better training for officers and more accountability for the few rogues among them. Common to most reform proposals is that law enforcement personnel be more ...

Slow down when approaching workers

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: There is a group of workers considered “essential” since COVID-19 struck that are not very often discussed, and perhaps they are even overlooked. Those are the men (and women) that make sure that the things we often take for granted everyday like electrical power and ...

Vote for Michelle Fischbach

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Congress needs Michelle Fischbach. Think of some of the problems there and then look at what Michelle has done. She championed zero-based budgeting in the Minnesota state Senate, so department heads would have to justify their spending every two years. Democrats preferred to ...

Time to act is now on new coronavirus aid package

Editorials

Debate over a new coronavirus relief package continues in Congress and at the White House. Disagreements are both legitimate and political, but one thing ought to be obvious to all involved: Millions of Americans will be in very real financial trouble if a deal is not achieved ...

Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area

Local Columns

Since the latter part of May, Ross and I have been getting together for what I call “social distance” outings. He lives in Wood Lake, and I live in Marshall, so during the stay-at-home order, we took that seriously. We didn’t see each other in person for two months. It was OK, we just ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: Can a vehicle with a Minnesota collector plate be driven legally in other states? Answer: The general rule is states honor the registered vehicle and registration laws from the state the vehicle is registered. So as long as you’re legal in Minnesota you will be fine on your ...

Books and Beyond

Local Columns

The title of the last chapter in “The Ragman’s Son” is “Thanksgiving.” It’s 1987, and Kirk Douglas has been working on his 500-page autobiography for about a year. He begins the book by telling us about his mother and father, who didn’t learn to read. Kirk has taught me to ...

Balance

Local Columns

Because of two early learned lessons, I realized the value of balance quite early in life. First, I learned to balance work and play — an attribute owed to my parents. Farm life was mostly hard physical labor and I was introduced to the balance of break time and work time. Yes, we worked ...

Not the only Nazis

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Looks like the Nazi flag isn’t the only part of the socialist, communist, dictatorship that we all know and hate that is alive and well in Minnesota. Has anyone tried to send a message to our beloved leader of Minnesota, Gov. (Tim) Walz, lately about masks (Nazi related or ...

Do they protest at Planned Parenthood?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: With all the opinions on racism in the media; do any of them deal with the following: 1. Do any of the protests condemn the taking of lives of Black babies at abortion centers? 2. Margaret Sanger founded Planned Parenthood; believed in eugenics, to the extent that the Black ...

Swastika video does not define us as a community

Editorials

“What is going on at my hometown?” That question was asked by former Marshall resident Bo Erickson, who works as a reporter with CBS News. Erickson and CBS News joined media outlets across the nation to report on the now famous viral video of a couple wearing face masks with the Nazi ...

A win when we needed it

Local Columns

The passage of the Great American Outdoors Act, a bill which would provide permanent funding to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) through royalties generated by offshore drilling in federal waters around the United States, represents a bright, optimistic light in a time of challenge ...