Letters to Editor

Support for Citizens Academy appreciated

To the Editor: The members of the Hamilton County Peace Officers Association would like to thank Aaron Tacker (Webster City Hy-Vee Food Store) and Tony Nessa (Tony’s Tire) for their continued support of the HCPOA Citizens Academy. Without their support it would be much more difficult to ...

Changing school start times is complicated issue

To the Editor: In response to your editorial on April 26 on starting school days later, I agree that school days should start later for older students. However, the same research you mention shows younger students perform better with an early start time. One crucial element makes all the ...

Wetlands Month is a chance to learn more

To the Editor: Happy Wetlands Month. For 27 years, May has been designated as Wetlands Month. Wetlands provide habitats for wildlife to build their homes and provide shelter for their young. In May, the Iowa wetlands are brimming with new plant and animal life. Iowa’s wetlands are ...

Making connections important to preventing child abuse

To the Editor: Did you know that simple moments with the kids in our lies — like cooking with them, playing a board game with them, even singing with them — makes a big difference? It helps them grow up feeling safe and secure, filling our communities with compassionate, caring people ...

Iowa child care workforce study released

To the Editor: The committed individuals who nurture and teach the nearly 70 percent of Iowa's young children who are cared for outside of their home every day continue to be undervalued despite the importance of their work. The grossly inadequate level of wages for child care staff - ...

Truman, Hirohito deserve our gratitude

To the Editor: That the United States didn’t need to invade Japan under any circumstances and I believe had we invaded the country, the human cost would have been over two times the estimated one million casualties had be gone ahead with one. Those are my conclusions after reading ...

Money Smart week events set

To the Editor: April is Financial Literacy Month, and Money Smart Week is April 22-29. Are you “money smart?” Even if your answer is “yes,” being money smart is a never-ending quest, because the world changes, financial products change, and our needs and priorities change over ...

Parents thank writer, former Sheriff Hagenson

To the Editor: We would like to say a special “thank you” to Teresa Wood for the article “Books and Badges,” that appeared in the March 13 Daily Freeman-Journal. Teresa did an excellent job. We would also like the thank retired Sheriff Dennis Hagenson for allowing Alex ...

Lodge helped in when grandmother was in need

To the Editor: I have a story to tell. Both wonderful and sad. My grandmother, then with her first husband, Theodore Farnam and children moved from Perry, Iowa to Webster City in 1913. Why they moved here away from their home, I don’t know. He was really sick by then. Even though ...

Not just a public employee issue; ‘it’s an Iowa issue’

To the Editor: As Clerk of Court for Webster, Hamilton, Wright and Humboldt Counties, I have been watching budget discussions at the State Capitol with grave concern. In our court system (the Judicial Branch), Clerks of Court aren't front-and-center in the courtroom, like judges. We're on ...

Interactive bus tour to feature accounts by rescue expedition

To the Editor: As we have announced the upcoming bus tour in March to remember the rescue expedition (or march) after the tragic events of the Spirit Lake and Springville (MN) massacres that happened 160 ago, we would like to invite you all to an important lecture that will be given by Bill ...

Saying goodbye to a friend

To the Editor: When Teri and I moved to Webster City we attended (at that time) the weekly Chamber coffees. These were great opportunities for us to mingle and get acquainted. It was at one of these coffees that we were befriended by Verner and Mabelle Raska. Shortly after that, I was ...

Disappointed in Iowa’s senators

To the Editor: Saddened but not surprised over both of Iowa’s Senators voting to confirm Betsy DeVos, as Secretary of Education. Certainly not surprised over Senator Grassley’s vote (he had received $21,600 from Betsy DeVos in the last election) but saddened over Senator Joni Ernst’s ...

Time to move forward with solar energy

To the Editor: I attended a Solar Energy presentation by Logan Welch at the Kendall Young Library recently, because I am convinced that clean energy, solar and wind, are the best alternatives to polluting fossil fuels. Logan presented Solar 101 – the basics, from cell construction to ...

Don’t base foreign policy on fear

To the Editor: I have been ambushed by Muslim’s on Airport Road in Baghdad, I have survived so many rocket and mortar attacks launched by Muslims that I lost count. South of Baghdad three of the men regularly charged with our security on Intelligence collecting missions were killed by an ...

Remember the four chaplains

To the Editor On Feb. 3, 1943, the Army transport ship Dorchester was torpedoed by a German U-boat while crossing the icy North Atlantic in a convoy. Of the 902 soldiers, merchant seamen and civilian workers aboard, only 230 were rescued. The fact that even that many survived is, in part, ...

Voter ID law fails cost/benefit analysis

To the Editor: Recently the Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate released a proposal for a Voter ID law. A simple cost/benefit analysis suggests this is a big government solution in search of a problem. First the benefit. On January 6, the Cedar Rapids Gazette reported there were 23 ...

Supper to help fight hunger at the local level

To the Editor: Many fun events are being planned in the community this winter. One that will be happening this Wednesday, January 11, is the annual ham and bean soup supper at the Faith United Methodist Church on 2020 Superior St. The supper will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. and is free will ...

Says time is now to protect Medicaid

To the Editor: About 60 percent of the costs of traditional Medicaid come from providing nursing home care and other types of care for the elderly and those with disabilities. The over 30 million poor children now enrolled in Medicaid accounts for 19 percent of the program's spending. Do we ...

Volunteers needed at rink

To the Editor: In the past my husband and I have volunteered at the Ice skating rink. I am writing to encourage you to give a few hours of your time to keep the rink and warming house open. It is an awesome experience and not difficult. You help the kids and adults find the right size ...