Columns/Opinions

Thu
16
May

John H. Nikolai - To the Editor:

 

To the editor:

We at the Motor Mill Foundation wish to thank our friends and supporters for their enthusiastic response to our gala. It is because of you the “Friends of the Motor Mill” that the bridge is once more in place at the historic Motor Mill Site.  

The replacement of the bridge was a constant reminder from Clayton County residents who used Galaxy Road for years as a shortcut to the Elkader county seat from the southwest when Grandview was still a gravel road. 

The new bridge is constructed with certain mechanical and design improvements to the original bridge, plus the steel is of a chemistry that will form a rust coating so it will never need paint or require regular maintenance. 

The design also will accommodate the road graders, heaviest fire trucks and tallest ambulances currently in use. 

Thu
16
May

Paul Schnell - To the Editor:

 

To the editor:

As an Arlington native, I am writing to express my support for the establishment of the proposed Arlington Community Center back in my hometown.

Arlington has an opportunity to turn the old school that was once the center of the community into a Community Center that will serve as a gathering place, a wellness center, and a learning center. 

The Community Center will provide opportunities for all citizens across all age groups. It will provide space for exercise, family events, meetings, receptions, and class reunions. 

For all generations, the Community Center will be a great place to create lots of memories, and everyone will be proud to have it located in Arlington.

Thu
16
May

Ron Baker - To the Editor:

 

To the editor:

Remember when Michelle said, “I never loved America or was proud of America until my husband was president.” Well, Michelle, we will always love America even though Obama is president.

My grandson is a Marine. I told him, “You’re fighting for our country…not king Obama.” When king Obama began his first term, gas was $1.84 a gallon. Don’t take my word for it, look it up.

During his campaign, he said he’d be for the Keystone pipeline, 20,000 jobs and cheaper gas. I guess he forgot his promises.

He also said, “I will not raise taxes on the middle class.”

Untrue! 

He already did last month and is about to do it again. Maybe if he gets $5 to $6 gas and steals half of your paycheck, it will get your attention. 

Obama gave President Morsi of Egypt, our enemy, four fighter planes, 200 tanks and $250 million to muslim brotherhood.

Wed
01
May

Memorial Day will soon be here.

 

To the editor:

Memorial Day will soon be here.   Memorial Day is not a day of mourning – it’s a day of celebration.  We in the Western World sometimes take for granted the lifestyle we have – the democracy, the freedom. But we need to take the time on Memorial Day to remember why we have this freedom and who was responsible for giving it to us. 

Memorial Day is typically celebrated through observances such as church services, parades, decorating the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers, and getting together with family and friends to enjoy the freedom our comrades in arms have secured for us.

American Legion Auxiliary members of West Union Unit 15 understand the sacrifices the United States armed forces have made to preserve freedom and honor past and current American service members. As a sign of their appreciation, Auxiliary members each wear a red memorial poppy on Memorial Day weekend.

Wed
24
Apr

On Earth Day we can celebrate...

 

To the editor:

 

On Earth Day we can celebrate one local success story and work together to ensure a second.

First, Lora Friest, director of the Northeast Iowa Resource, Conservation and Development, in a recent presentation showed how careful data collection, analysis, and remediation work in the Upper Iowa Watershed tributaries over the past 13 years has begun to decrease pollution. Friest noted that the previous 20-year water-testing efforts documented a steady increase in nutrient levels prior to the RC&D stepping in to help.

Wed
24
Apr

Since its inception in 1970...

 

To the editor:

 

Since its inception in 1970, the Earth Day phenomenon has led to enormous growth in understanding of the consequences we face if we do not take care of our natural resources. It has led to more action to protect our planet’s land, water, air, wildlife, and us as human beings.

Here in America and around the world, environmental concerns are becoming a primary focus. Lawmakers and business leaders, consumers and producers, families and individuals, teachers and students… everyone has a vested interest in preserving the earth, so we should set aside a day to remind us how important our natural resources are to us.  

When I’ve asked the Iowa farmers and ranchers what they know about Earth Day, the humble and honest reply I usually get is,  “Every day is Earth Day.” Where asphalt and pavement turn to gravel and dirt, you will find rural men and women greeting each day to work the ground.  The soil. The earth.   

Wed
17
Apr

Experience ‘life to the full’

 

Experience ‘life to the full’

By Pastor Andy Sayer
Fayette Community Church

“Hurry up!”  

I catch myself saying this to my kids all the time.  Sometimes it feels as though life is one big treadmill.  We find ourselves hurrying and hurrying but never reaching our destination.  Our culture would tell us we can have it all, do it all, and we deserve it all.  In an attempt to strive to attain what our culture deems necessary, we struggle and strive to “hurry up,” draining ourselves physically, mentally, and spiritually in the process.  

The symptoms of this busy lifestyle result in us rushing around frantically even as we complain about our pace, speeding up our activities and multitasking.  We become irritable and crabby and impatient with those around us.  This life, however, is not the life God has called us to.

Wed
17
Apr

Miranda Johansen - Opinion

 

To the editor:

 

Dear Fayette County Union,

Thank you for the $3. I have done the Easter Coloring Contest for as long as I can remember, and have gotten an allowance from it, I have been saving it all up for something special, so I will try to keep doing the contest to get something.

Thanks again for the money!

Sincerely, 

Miranda Johansen

Elgin 

(Second-place winner, ages 10-12)

Wed
03
Apr

Iowa economy grows; panel boosts revenue projections

 

Iowa economy grows; panel boosts revenue projections

 

By Roger Thomas
Representative District 55

 

The state’s budget experts, the Revenue Estimating Conference (REC), held their quarterly meeting and increased their estimate for revenue growth from $6.517 billion to $6.637 billion for the state’s current fiscal year, 2013. Citing Iowa’s growing economy, the new estimate has revenues growing by 5.2 percent, or $325 million more than last year.  

Wed
03
Apr

Sen. Michael Breitbach Column

 

By Sen. Michael Breitbach

District 28

 

 

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