Columns/Opinions

Wed
24
Dec

Kern - To the editor

To the editor:

What a wonderful display of Christmas lights at the West Union Rec Center! Each year the display becomes bigger and better! We’ve driven through several times this season and continue to be amazed at the large unique display of lights. 

Our community is so fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers who give of their time, talent, and hard work to make such a beautiful, inspirational display possible.

Thank you to all the volunteers for making such a special holiday display for our community to enjoy and share with visitors from other communities.

Del and Joan Kern

West Union

Wed
17
Dec

It could have been worse . . . then it was

It could have been worse . . . then it was

 

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

You may have noticed by the improved writing in the sports section last week that I was on a short vacation, a quick trip to Lubbock, Texas, to visit our daughter, Shena, and her husband, Chad.

The visit was fine, but the trip was another story.

We foolishly booked with an airline I shall call – due to a litigious society and sensitive corporate types Russian Buzzard Airline (Buzzard Air, for short).

Known for its delays, Buzzard Air kept its reputation untarnished by being over an hour-and-a-half late out of Cedar Rapids on Thursday, Dec. 4. That meant we’d miss the connecting flight out of Dallas, even though that airport is famous for “no plane leaves on time.”

Wed
30
Jul

Life's a roller-coaster

Life's a roller-coaster

 

 

Becky Walz
News Editor
bwalz@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

So many times you hear the phrase “God never gives you more than you can handle,” and that may be true, but he sure does test individuals throughout life.

Those who know me know that July has been a month FULL of ups and downs.

For years we have lived four houses from my parents in Calmar. Mom and Dad never knew when one of my kids would just stop by to say hi or call for a ride to or from somewhere. It was usually Dad who jumped in the car.

When my girls spent every day all day at the pool before they could drive, it was Dad who would wait until the 3 p.m. break to take them popcorn, candy bars, or cookies, and a pop or water.

He always seemed to know what everyone needed and took care of them.

Wed
30
Jul

If the directions are so accurate, why am I so lost?

If the directions are so accurate, why am I so lost?

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
Sports Editor
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Last week South Winn was in Mason City for a Substate baseball game.

Since Ossian Bee sports editor Becky Walz’s father had just died, I was asked to go to Mason City.

No problem. Go to Google, get directions, and start early, just in case.

The directions to Mason City were simple and accurate enough. The directions to Mason City High School were a classic example of cyberspace’s sense of humor.

What started as an accurate map of Mason City, Iowa, quickly turned to a map of a Mason City from another state, conceivably from another planet.

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.

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