Letters to Editor

Takes exception to Master Matrix scoring system

To the Editor: I take umbrage that Kent Krause thinks I’ll believe that 455 points on the Master Matrix is “well above” the 440 minimum required. 51.7 percent is not “well above” 50 percent. Fact: The Master Matrix has 44 criteria. Meet all the requirements and you get 880 ...

Believes hospital should reconsider ‘no babies born here’ policy

To the Editor: Our local hospital has been out of the birthing business for approximately 10 months now. They told us they would no longer deliver babies after Oct. 12, 2018. I believe the longer our hospital stays out of the birthing business, the more difficult it will be for them to get ...

Recommends reading The Mueller Report

To the Editor: "The Mueller Report", (2019) copyright by Alan Dershowitz, with the actual report on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election beginning with an introduction on page 38 and ending with the conclusion on page 347. A reader could begin reading ...

Iowa should lead the way in curbing gun violence

To the Editor: As of today, June 1, 2019, there have been 150 days in 2019. There have also been 150 mass shootings in the United States in those 150 days. America has a problem with guns. More accurately, America has a growing problem with gun violence. Research shows the number one ...

HC Crimestoppers seeks donations

To the Editor:  In 2011, concerned citizens of our county came together to re-start Hamilton County Crimestoppers so that local citizens can play an active role in keeping our communities safe. For the last eight years dedicated HCC board members have accomplished much with your ...

Angel Tree helps nearly 300 children this year

To the Editor: The members of the board of HERO (Help Entertain and Restore Organization) would like to once again thank the wonderful citizens of Hamilton County for making so many less fortunate families in our communities a little happier this Christmas. Thank you for your time to select ...

Urges area residents to attend, take part in pageant

To the Editor:  To the communities of the Greater Swede Bend area: Once again, the Lucia Festivity of Light Pageant approaches in Stratford. This pageant honors the sacrifice of Saint Lucia who gave relief to the cast out Christians imprisoned in Rome. Her crown of candles lit her way ...

Behn thanks Ernst, Grassley for support of year-long E15

To the Editor: I was encouraged to see President Trump’s recent commitment to make E15 available at gas stations year-round. As a farmer, and legislator, I understand how impactful this change will be to rural Iowa communities specifically, and to all of Iowa in general. E15 is a fuel ...

Elected officials should represent all constituents

To the Editor: I have a couple questions for all the incumbents that squeaked by the midterm election by getting just over 50 percent. Do you feel good about 50 percent when all that means is every other person you meet wants you out of office? If you get half the people after years in ...

Another successful book sale held at KYL

To the Editor: The KYL Friends of the Library Committee want to express their thanks to all the people who helped make the recent fall book sale a success. A total of $2,317 was raised this fall, bringing the total raised this year to $4,458 on book sales. There were a total of 80 ...

Book donations accepted

To the Editor: Though the Friends of the Library book sale is only held twice a year, the acceptance and sorting of books is a year round process. The books can be dropped off anytime at Kendall Young Library. There are a few stipulations though. We cannot accept any books that are ...

Disappointed with King endorsement

To the Editor: I was extremely disappointed to see that the editorial board of The Daily Freeman Journal has endorsed Steve King's re-election campaign. In his 16 years in the House of Representatives, Mr. King has been the primary sponsor of only one bill that was enacted into ...

King is not what Iowa needs in the House

To the Editor: We are sorry to see our Freeman Journal come out for King when the National Republican Congressional Committee denounced him. His own party is not supporting him. King's rhetoric has gone off the rails and headed straight down the road to show his racist, white supremacy ...

Hubbell is reminiscent of Gov. Bob Ray

To the Editor: When Kim Reynolds became the first woman Governor of Iowa, I remembered that when I had run as a Republican candidate for State Treasurer in 1998, some Republicans were admittedly unwilling to vote for a woman. I wanted to vote for Kim Reynolds. Then she touted a ...

Supports J.D. Scholten for Congress

To the Editor: If you believe 4th District Iowans — farmers, businesses, families, seniors, communities — are facing bread and butter issues; if you are fearful for your way of life and concerned about the future of democracy; if you feel this mid-term election is one with significant ...

Volunteers help make WC an Idea Friendly town

To the Editor: We live in a community that steps up to get things done. The lights downtown that wrap around the tree trunks needed to be installed. First lights had to be purchased. A few phones calls later, these people stepped up to make that happen: • Iowa Central Community College, ...

Reader critical of Grassley’s schedule of open meetings

To the Editor:  In the Sept. 19 edition of The Daily Freeman Journal, an editorial praises Senator Grassley for visiting all 99 counties "and listening carefully to what his fellow Iowans tell him.” This is not true. He has not had an open meeting in Polk County for over 7 years. When ...

Hansen is right person to be county treasurer

To the Editor: Why do we support Colleen Hansen for Hamilton County Treasurer? Colleen is the best qualified for a complicated job. She has the accounting, budgetary, and personnel management skills needed for the job of Hamilton County Treasurer. The general duties of the County ...

Legion official encourages Americans to vote

To the Editor: The American Legion encourages all Americans to register and to vote in all elections. Legionnaires have traditionally responded to the call and are among the groups of individuals most likely to cast their ballots on Election Day. Americans have the right to vote for whom ...

Support for our hospital

To the Editor: I want to thank our democratically-elected, volunteer board of trustees of Hamilton County Public Hospital doing business as Van Diest Medical Center for performing their public duty. Sometimes they must make difficult or unpopular decisions. If our hospital is to thrive, we ...