Columns/Opinions

Thu
26
Dec

To the editor: Mark Hanson

 

 

To the editor:

I would just like to say that after reading the article about a Casey’s General Store that I was disappointed. It says how good it would be for the town and that it would employ 25 to 30 people and add additional property tax.

What about all the businesses, families, and employees it would hurt that are already here? All these places and employees already pay property taxes and spend money in town and send their children to school here. Many businesses who give to help our schools, fire department, hospitals, etc.

Fri
04
Oct

Herman Lenz - To the Editor

 

To the editor:

 

The root cause of “climate change and global warming caused by human activity” is because of the growing human population, and one person today does more pollution of every kind than 100 people did 150 years ago.

How many gallons of gasoline, heating fuel, motor vehicles, tires, electricity, electronic equipment, spray cans, bottles, and plastic bags will one person go through in a lifetime?

But the Radical Religious Extremists (RRE’s) deny the “human activity” has anything to do with such damage to the environment, because if they had to admit to such, then they would have to admit that birth control and Planned Parenthood are necessary, but they have their minds shut off to reason, reality, and evidence.

Fri
04
Oct

OPEN FORUM

 

OPEN FORUM

To the Editor:

 

Is the Branstad Administration paying attention to the issue of escapes?

During September there have been six reported escapes from work release facilities in Waterloo, Des Moines, West Union, Fort Dodge, and Ottumwa. One of the two Ottumwa Work Release Facility escapees was serving time for attempted murder, escape, and assaulting a peace officer.

Similar escapes occurred in Burlington, Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Waterloo, and Davenport during prior months. The escape of a Clarinda Correctional Facility inmate led to a sheriff’s deputy being shot, a couple being taken hostage, and the inmate’s death.

Governor Branstad and Director Baldwin are pushing inmates, including those

convicted of violent crimes, toward lower security settings and parole as quickly as possible in order to avoid addressing prison staffing shortages.

Fri
04
Oct

NEW AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE OPTIONS - Schoenjahn

 

 

NEW AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE OPTIONS

Fall is off to a busy start.

As vice-chair of the Senate’s Government Oversight Committee, I’ve been listening and learning about conditions at the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo. We now await reports that will help us determine what changes may be needed there. We must do better by these kids.

The time to explore and sign up for new affordable health care options is now in full swing. Making sure every Iowa adult has access to affordable health care was a top priority during the 2013 session.

Wed
18
Sep

Main Street Minute

 

Main Street Minute 

By Karla Organist 
MSWU board member 

As spokesperson for Main Street West Union this week, We appreciate very much all of you who donated to or volunteered at the metal fundraising effort for our organization and the Fayette County Fair this past weekend.  We were pleased to partner with the Fair Board on this project and extend our appreciation to them as well.

We are looking forward to the upcoming Block Party on Thursday, Sept. 19. Organized by our local merchants, expect a great day in West Union with specials in many stores, tastings, treats, and great music on the Plaza featuring the band Wichita (5-8 p.m.). Main Street West Union will be cooking up some awesome homemade potato chips, so look for us downtown that evening!

Wed
11
Sep

Letter to the Editor - Cathy Bemiss

 

To the editor,

I would like to share information on funding for the downtown restoration project.

There was a $100,000 grant from the DOE given to Main Street to help participating downtown businesses pay for costs associated with installing geothermal in their buildings.

There is a $500,000 grant to assist three building owners in creating 12 upper-story apartments. Each owner will receive a minimum of $42,000 per apartment to cover building costs.

There is a $150,000+ façade grant to assist building owners in refurbishing their building fronts.

Seven of the upper-story apartments must be rented to low-/middle-income families. Under current guidelines, the property owners will receive up to $458 per month rent assistance from the government for one-bedroom apartments. If there are two bedrooms, they receive more money.

Wed
11
Sep

Letter to the Editor - Dan Feuling

 

To the editor:

The Syrians are trying to get the U.S. engaged in a civil war between Middle East terrorists and the current regime of a ruthless dictator who has killed over 200,000 of his own people to retain power and control.

But no one agrees on the appropriate military response or the risk of military escalation. That’s because they are playing by Syrian Middle East Stone-Age rules of “my way or war.”

The U.S. must be smarter than the terrorists and change the rules to our advantage. There is no good military response to Syria. It is costly and dangerous to take their bait with a military response that sucks us in.

K. T. McFarland had the only reasonable response I have heard. Her advice is to fight back with an economic strike that threatens their only asset and future influence in the world.

Wed
28
Aug

School’s in session; drive and guide carefully

 

 

School’s in session; drive and guide carefully

By Pastor Ginny Olson
St. Peter Lutheran Church, Eldorado

 

Jesus loves the little children,

All the children of the world.

Red and yellow, black and white,

They are precious in His sight.

Jesus loves the little children of the world.

 

The new school year has begun with bright faces, new supplies, lots of hope and a little bit of anxiety about new beginnings. We are so privileged to have an education system that includes all children. They are taught, tested, encouraged and guided as they learn, each year building on the last one.

Wed
21
Aug

Proud to be NFV

 

Proud to be NFV

 

Wed
14
Aug

Pastor's Column - Fifth-grade assignment

 

Fifth-grade assignment

A fifth-grade teacher in a Christian school asked her students to look at TV commercials to see if they could use them in ways to communicate ideas about God. 

Read on…

God is like…BAYER ASPIRIN; He works miracles.

God is like…a FORD; He’s got a better idea.

God is like…COKE; He’s the real thing.

God is like…HALLMARK CARDS; He cares enough to send His very best.

God is like…TIDE; He gets out stains others leave behind.

God is like…G.E.; He brings good things to life.

God is like…WALMART; He has everything.

God is like…ALKA-SELTZER; try Him, you’ll like Him!

God is like…SCOTCH TAPE; you can’t see Him, but you know He’s there.

God is like…DELTA; He’s ready when you are.

God is like…ALLSTATE; you’re in good hands with Him.

God is like…VO-5 HAIR SPRAY; He holds through all kinds of weather.

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