Letters to Editor

Concerned about air quality

To the Editor:Your water comes from the Jordan Aquifer.According to the Iowa DNR website, volumes are being pulled out faster than it can refill. Additional demand by the Prestage operation and additional CAFOs will cause the levels to drop even faster.Marshalltown schools deal with an average ...

Concerned for water resources to be used by Prestage

To the Editor:New jobs at the Prestage hog facility south of Eagle Grove will come at considerable cost to all of us. The slaughtering plant will be drawing one to two million gallons of water daily from the same source (Jordan River Aquafer) that both Eagle Grove and Webster City depend on. ...

Says reports of manure spills are misleading

To the Editor:Since announcing our desire to build a pork processing plant in Wright County, we have received several questions regarding our environmental record and want to provide the public with answers.First, the environment is extremely important to us. We work and farm in more than 30 ...

Opposes Prestage Farms processing plant proposal

To the Editor:Hello, my name is Dave Vanderheiden. I live in Wright County and I oppose Prestage Farm building a slaughterhouse in Wright County. I believe we have enough air and water pollution in Wright County and Iowa.There is an average of one confinement every 4 miles. We believe that is ...

Prestage Farms responds to questions about plant

Since announcing our desire to build a pork processing plant in Wright County, we have received several questions and want to provide the public with answers. What will the jobs be like and how much will they pay? In our new plant, there will be a variety of jobs ranging from line workers to ...

Says Mason City understood impact of processing plant

To the Editor:It seems every community that starts to deal with Prestage believes that it does not affect other counties and communities and they have no right interfering with their decision. The truth is like the Mason City Globe Gazette reported, the pork processing plant will bring hogs to ...

Writer says plant would put burden on social services

To the Editor:In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.- Martin Luther King Jr.The plan that Prestage Foods has to locate a slaughterhouse five miles south of Eagle Grove is another bad idea. Mason City citizens worked diligently to deny this ...

Stanhope Lions offer thanks for successful celebration

To the Editor:The Stanhope community celebrated its' 59th Watermelon Day on Saturday, July 16. The word for the day had to be - WOW! The weather only highlighted a beautiful summer day for a parade, games of skill, a softball tournament, Lion burgers, homemade pies and of course, ice cold ...

Opposes plan to bring processing plant to Wright County

To the Editor:In 1993 when I retired as County Extension Director in Dickinson County and my wife retired as Health and Wellness Coordinator for Berkley and Company we decided to purchase an 80 acre farm in Liberty Township that had been in her family since 1893. It was like coming home since ...

Concerned about King displaying Confederate flag

To the Editor:Flying the Confederate flag in his Congressional office clearly shows that Iowa's 4th District U.S. Representative Steve King believes that any state should be allowed to secede from the United States.The 1919 edition of the World Book Encyclopedia states, "War of Secession, a ...

An act of kindness

To the Editor:On the afternoon of June 20, 2016, I was painting a section on my dock when I dislocated my left hip (I had hip replacement on May 4, 2016) and fell into the water which was about chest deep.I worked my way into more shallow water and began calling for help. Eventually, I?heard ...

Opposed to plans for Prestage Foods of Iowa plant

To the Editor:I remember what I was doing when I learned that the Wright County Board of Supervisors was considering locating a slaughterhouse within the county borders.I was participating in the annual July 4 Independence Day parade in Belmond, celebrating the joys of living in a free and open ...

Urges residents to help turn WC blue

To the Editor:?Announcing with pride that I support our local law enforcement officers. Thank you to the heroes who keep our city, state and country safe. Place a blue light-bulb in your porch light to show that you support their work.Wouldn't it be great if all Webster City turned blue?Susan ...

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:The Avenue of Flags of the American Legion Post 191 extends its sincere appreciation for another partial display (116 flags) of our most beautiful American flags in Graceland Cemetery, July 1, 2016 to July 6, 2016.We apologize for different time changes because of the threat of ...

Thanks to the Van Diest family

To the Editor:We had the pleasure of witnessing the July 2 fireworks show celebrating the 60th anniversary of Van Diest Supply Company it was truly magnificent. The generosity of the Company and commitment to Webster City strongly demonstrates why we, as residents, offer our heartfelt thanks ...

Another successful Relay

To the Editor:Big Shout Out to Hamilton County. The 2016 Hamilton County Relay for Life was a great success.This year's event was held at West Twin Park on Thursday evening, June 16 and the Relay committee would like to thank our community for attending the festivities.Hundreds of folks came ...

Appreciates support for Torch Run events

To the Editor:A?huge thanks to all who helped make the 2016 Torch Run and the Ride/Drive to benefit Special Olympics so successful.From the athletes to the law enforcement runners and volunteers who helped put things together - thank you.We greatly appreciate all of the personal donations, ...

Ice cream social proceeds to benefit local causes

To the Editor:The Mission Boards of Faith UMC and First Congregational UCC want to thank all who participated in the annual Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social on June 15 for their generous response.Homemade ice cream, bars, beverages and workers were provided by both churches. Entertainment was ...

Urges people to keep an eye on older neighbors

To the Editor:On June 15, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day reminds us that older Iowans are abused and financially exploited on a daily basis. Living in isolation contributes to older adult's vulnerability. Ninety percent of adults age 65 and older say they hope to stay in their homes for as ...

Thanks for successful Cub Scout day camp

To the Editor:Another exhausting, exciting, educational, fun-filled two day HC Cub Scout Day Camp has come to a close. Once more I am so incredibly proud of the people who have stepped up to make this so successful for the over 60 young boys in attendance last Friday and Saturday. First and ...