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Opinion

Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Sometimes citizens are fortunate enough to find a candidate they can support who is extremely qualified and who cares about them and their welfare. Sometimes - but not always. Our district is just that fortunate. We have a candidate for the Iowa House of Representatives who not only has the ...

Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

It's been brought to my attention that elected officials are being far too silent when it comes to supporting our law enforcement professionals during this period of civil unrest and protest. The point is well taken, and I intend to change that right now. We the citizens of this great nation ...

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Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor, Farmers, Ranchers, Landowners, and anyone interested in the consequences of government officials making decisions that harm others, Eminent domain is the process used to take your private property to be used for what the government determines to be more beneficial. It ...

Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Together, we can do a lot in our community, neighborhoods and for ourselves when we are kind. Be Kind, Kindness Matters To all of the folks in our neighborhood, our community, and our families and to ourselves, be kind. This has been another year of hardships, sadness, helplessness and loss ...

Questions, Questions, Questions????

Local Columns

I've openly said and admitted several times here that my parents had four children and that I certainly wasn't the brightest light-bulb in the package. In fact, my dad often said, "Johnny, you're a 40 watt bulb in a 100 watt package. Just shine the brightest you can." With that in mind, I ...

A History Lesson for Newly Minted Watchdog Warriors

Editorials

In 2008, Congress unanimously approved the Inspector General Reform Act to promote political independence of agency watchdogs and discourage outside interference with their duty to combat fraud, waste, abuse and misconduct. This law followed a handful of cases that involved inspectors general ...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY–“OH, NO!”

Local Columns

My wife and I celebrated 46 years of marriage last week and went to see my daughter and her family in Texas, who were celebrating their 5th wedding anniversary. I had a great time reconnecting with my 1 ½ year-old granddaughter. Finally, she had begun warming up to me, while having a great ...

You Know You Grew Up In Chelsea if….

Local Columns

-You know how to Polka and do the Chicken Dance. -The name of your bank includes your town name. -You know what “cow-tipping” is. -You’ve had to stop your car and wait while 8 deer cross the road and clear the fence on the other side. -Little smokies in barbecue sauce are ...

The biggest fool in Tama County!

Local Columns

Why do foolish things come so naturally? When I got my driver’s license, every car I got to drive, I wanted to see how fast it would go. And I-35 had flashing speed signs, meant to slow you down to the posted speed limit. Foolishly, I wanted to see how high I could get those signs to ...