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Opinion

Postal Service faces major financial problems

Editorial

Talk for months about how inefficiency and lax security in the U.S. Postal Service may affect the upcoming presidential election has had an unfortunate side-effect: It has distracted attention from the agency’s very real, deeply rooted dilemma. Any private company suffering as badly as the ...

Republicans, have you had enough?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I grew up in northwest Iowa in the heart of Republican country. It might have been easier to find an albino deer than a Democrat. It seemed that the Republicans that I knew would liken voting Democratic to changing their religious affiliation. Did you really expect to get this ...

Take COVID-19 seriously

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: With the increase of the COVID-19, the public should realize by now, this virus is for real and it’s not going away over night. So people should take every precaution they can to avoid getting the virus. We all know it’s hard to get out of our daily habits we have been doing ...

Snell-Crawford Park water crossings should be opened

Editorial

For decades, vehicles used to be able to enter Snell-Crawford Park from Williams Drive and proceed deep into the park to a spot not far from the historic Granger cabin. To make that possible, the park road crossed through the shallow waters of Soldier Creek at two spots. Those crossings, ...

Biden will lift us up

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In four years we have seen our nation fracture along imaginary lines drawn by an administration determined to keep us at each other’s throats when we should be pulling together to fight common enemies like a very deadly virus, poverty, racial injustice, and unequal health ...

Biden will lift us up

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In four years we have seen our nation fracture along imaginary lines drawn by an administration determined to keep us at each other’s throats when we should be pulling together to fight common enemies like a very deadly virus, poverty, racial injustice, and unequal health care ...

New mental health programs provide vital help

Editorial

At a time when there is a lot of concern about mental health issues, it is good to see a local agency offering some new programs to help our neighbors who suffer from those ailments. UnityPoint Health – Berryhill Center launched two new initiatives this summer. One of them is called ...

Says Biden’s caregiver proposal is strong

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am fortunate to be part of the Biden-Harris Helping Community Advisory Committee and am encouraging voters to read his important plan to establish sustainable support for the people working with our children and families. I have family members who are front line workers and ...

Asks community to vote Fleener for sheriff

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: It is my honor to support Luke Fleener for Webster County sheriff. Luke’s expertise, professionalism and most importantly his tireless work ethic, are invaluable and beyond reproach to the future success of Webster County. He is a longtime Webster County resident and has ...

Americans must not fall for Russian trickery

Editorial

No informed high official in our government disputes that Russia is doing its best to influence the 2020 election, not by hacking into computers and altering vote totals but by sowing dissension among us. In case you hadn’t noticed, that strategy worked very well in 2016 and has since. ...

Grateful for St. Edmond football family

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Recently an exposure to a positive COVID-19 case in school put in place a 14-day quarantine. That means in our house the JV football season ended after just two games. And yet we are thankful that our daughter was blessed to be part of a truly amazing team, even for such a ...

Ensure your child is always buckled up in the right car seat

Local Columns

The most important task of a parent or caregiver is to keep their child safe. Part of that responsibility is ensuring that children are safely buckled up in the correct, and properly installed, car seats for their ages and sizes. Using the correct car seat could mean the difference between ...

Join the fight against Alzheimer’s disease

Editorial

Alzheimer’s disease is a cruel scourge that robs its victims of their very personality. While scientists work to find a cure for this terrible affliction, thousands of other people throughout the country have been supporting their efforts through fundraisers like the Walk to End ...

Consider if Biden is really the president you want

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Many believe that Joe Biden is the one to save us from the virus. I don’t know about you, but I don’t care to wait until Jan. 20, over four months from now, to find out. Besides, there could be a safe vaccine and therapeutic medicine available before then. Kamala Harris ...

Thank truck drivers for their essential work

Local Columns

Over the last several months we have all been touched by the global coronavirus pandemic. Together we are facing truly unprecedented times which have dramatically impacted our families, our communities, our businesses and, most importantly, our way of life. While those in positions of ...

Keep Iowa’s roads safe during harvest

Editorial

This is the time of the year when big, slow-moving farm vehicles rumble out onto roadways dominated by faster-paced traffic. That shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who lives in farm country. Even so, all of us should pay special heed to safety considerations as we share the roads with ...

Says Fleener is an excellent leader

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am supporting Deputy Luke Fleener to be the next Webster County sheriff. Luke Fleener has over 30 years of dedicated service in law enforcement. For over 25 years Luke Fleener has served as a hard-working member of the Webster County Sheriffs Office. Luke Fleener is an ...

This is National Farm Safety and Health Week

Editorial

Farms can be seen as quiet, peaceful places where the crops grow and animals graze in the pastures. Farms can indeed be such tranquil spots. But as all Iowans know, farming is an industry. And like all industries, there are certain hazards associated with it. Tractors can be in crashes on ...

Asks citizens to vote blue in November

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am calling all Democrats, Independents, and unhappy Republicans to disavow the current administration and vote blue. The reasons for voting blue are numerous Following is a short list. Republicans: deny women’s rights over their own bodies; support voter suppression; are ...

EPA provides welcome news to Iowa corn growers

Editorial

In a year marked by drought and a derecho, Iowa’s farmers, especially corn growers, recently got some good news from what could be considered an unlikely source. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reversed course and denied a number of waivers that would allow oil companies to ...