Columns/Opinions

Wed
05
Mar

Jerry Basye -Warrensburg, Mo.

 

To the editor:

I’d very much like a copy of the UIC 75th Anniversary issue. I’ll share it with brother John. He quarterbacked the’64 Hawks to a 9-0 season, when every game was a road game. John played his junior and senior years at North, and I got to play one year, ’68-’69, as a freshman before we moved to Glenwood. I have only fond memories of West Union.

I really enjoy getting the Union. Thanks!

Sincerely,

Jerry Basye

Warrensburg, Mo.

(formerly of West Union)

Wed
05
Mar

Herman Lenz - Sumner

 

To the editor:

When you attend those “political town meetings,” ask your senator and representative if she/he is “for” or “against” those “political robo phone calls.”

Everyone hates such pain-in-the-XXX calls. If our lawmakers don’t try to get them outlawed, then it means they’re just “career politicians” that represent big money/big business instead of the will of the citizens.

We get enough of that political hyper-bull through the TV, radio and newspapers without being pestered through the telephones. Get ready to be bombarded with such calls this summer and fall.

Herman Lenz

Sumner 

 

 

Wed
05
Mar

Eric E. Durnan - Letter to the editor

 

To the Editor:

What is to be done about a neighbor who lets their dogs do their business in your yard without cleaning it up? It’s easy to see in the snow where the problem is coming from. It stands out like a sore thumb in the white snow. This isn’t an intermittent problem, either. 

I understand that living in town means having to deal with annoyances. I grew up in a large family and learned from an early age to put up with all sorts of annoyances. However, there are times where an annoyance crosses the line into something more. In this case, it’s something filthy.

Wed
05
Mar

Cathy Renwick Bemiss

 

To the editor:

I thought I would try to explain our budget in simpler terms.

Here is a breakdown of expense as a cost per day. Some departments have revenue other than property tax, and I adjusted that expense with the estimated revenue calculated into the overall expense.

Fire department rev. adj. - $63.25 per day (township revenue was calculated)

Airport rev. adjusted - $30.14 per day (hangar rental)

Library rev. adjusted* - $300.57 per days open (state, county, library fees)

Rec program rev. adj.* - $62.43 per participant (500)

Pool rev. adj. - $803.43 per day (12 weeks)

Cemetery* - $295.00 per day (30 weeks)

Street* - $674.88 per day (all expense covered by road use tax fund $s)

Water* - $1123.49 per day (includes water rev. bond payment – all expense covered by fees)

Sewer* - $1172.35 (expense covered by usage fees, capital improvement fees)

Police* - $920.27 per day

Wed
05
Mar

Goodbye, Gene

To the editor:

Goodbye, Gene

I was on vacation when my good friend and Franklin [Street] neighbor passed away. I’ve known Gene Perry ever since I came to town in 1973. Needless to say, he was in the “helping business,” and so that’s exactly what Gene did all his humble life. 

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.

Wed
27
Nov

Letter to the editor: Helping Services for Northeast Iowa

To the editor:

Imagine haunting sights and sounds of horror continuing after Halloween has past.

For many over-the-counter and prescription drug abusers, hallucinations are just one of the many side effects that can and do occur.  When misused, these “legal” drugs are just as dangerous as illegal drugs.

Many parents do not realize that kids are getting high on over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications.  This behavior, also referred to as “pharming,” is easy to do and unexpected by parents.  These “party drugs” are readily available in their own medicine cabinets, at local retail outlets, online, or from family and friends.  

According to a survey done by Partners for a Drug-Free America:

• One in five teens has tried Vicodin, a powerful and addictive narcotic pain reliever.

• One in 10 has tried OxyContin, another prescription narcotic.

• One in 10 has used the stimulants Ritalin or Adderall for nonmedical purposes.

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.

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