Letters to Editor

Supports Hicok for sheriff

To the Editor:Prior to my retirement from law enforcement after over 30 years, I had the opportunity to work for both of our candidates for Hamilton County Sheriff,Those who know me know I?am usually direct and to the point. Having said that, I can tell you with 100 percent certainty that the ...

Cites need for more foster care homes in Webster City

To the Editor:There is a critical need for foster homes in Webster City and surrounding communities. The shortage of foster homes has resulted in children being placed outside of their home communities which means having to leave behind everything that's familiar - like home, school, friends ...

Not in favor of Hotel/Motel Tax renewal

To the Editor:I'm not in favor of the Hotel-Motel tax the way it's set up now.It brings in a lot of money and a good share of it goes to projects that have little to do with bringing in overnight guests. I have no objections to the projects themselves but, if we're not willing to pay for them ...

Urges support of H/M tax renewal on the ballot

To the Editor:Every ten years we have the opportunity to pass the hotel/motel tax. It's important to note that this is a tax not levied against locals! If a visitor comes to town and stays in one of our hotels, motel or bed and breakfast they pay a 7 percent tax on that stay. That money then ...

Alumni Association fundraiser a success

To the Editor:The Iowa State University Alumni Association Club of Hamilton County expresses its thanks to those who attended its annual dinner and fundraising event on Sept. 11, and to your newspaper for promoting the event. More than $5,000 was raised for scholarships to be awarded to ...

Opposed to Prestage processing plant project

To the Editor:I am very disappointed of the residents of Eagle Grove and Webster City for disregarding the rural residents of Troy Township by supporting Prestage Farms. This will not only be a slaughter house, but also an animal confinement lot, and will have a rendering plant on site. This ...

What’s to be done? Farm crisis in the making?

To the Editor:Only 35 years after the 1980's farm crisis, another storm seems to be brewing. Corn production is forecast by USDA to be up 11% from last year. This crop, possibly over 15 billion bushels will include a market-killing overhang of nearly a billion bushels. Corn exports are not ...

Thanks to HCPOA golf benefit sponsors

To the Editor:The Hamilton County Peace Officers Association would like to extend a sincere thank you to our great sponsors and everyone who came out to support our 5th annual Golf Benefit held this past July 9th at Briggs Woods Golf Course. We had a total of 39 teams participate in the event ...

Legion offers thanks for Boys State benefit support

To the Editor:The American Legion Post 191 would like to thank those who came to the 2017 Hawkeye Boys State Benefit that was held on Wednesday, August 10th at the Middle School Commons. The three boys that attended this year talked a little about how Hawkeye Boys State changed their lives to ...

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 ...