Opinion

Thanks for Train Day support

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:Thank you to everyone that visited The Wilson Brewer Park - Museums & Visitor Center Saturday. This was our second year celebrating National Train Day. Our special guests, Glenn and Marie Cue, demonstrated their telegraph equipment, and Marie enjoyed spelling out the ...

A few thoughts on Facebook

Local Columns

I've found that people either love Facebook or hate Facebook. A?couple of blogs I follow this week talked about the many people who had deactivated their Facebook accounts because ... well, to put it bluntly, the social media site can be a bit boring.Though there are an estimated 700 million ...

Time to get cooking with KYL

Local Columns

Did you know that Kendall Young Library has more than 700 cookbooks? Our shelves are full of cookbooks with recipes for a special occasion or everyday meal planning. With spring finally here and summer right around the corner, it is a great time to stop by and check out some of these ...

Town needs to be cleaned up

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:Isn't it a shame the city won't have a cleanup day in Webster City but they want to venture out and build houses?It used to be certain places in town were crappy, now the whole town is crappy. We had a neighbor move out several months ago and old TV's (plural!) were left in front ...

Invites support of Iowa CCI

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:If a factory farm wants to build in your community, pollute your air and water and lower the value of your property, contact the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement at (515) 282-0484 or iowacci@iowacci.org.That's what my husband and I did back in 2002 when a corporation wanted ...

Celebrating the niche

Local Columns

Jam of the week: "Without You" by Eddie VedderThere are few places one can go during an average spring weekend to see people dressed up as their favorite heroes and villains. Few places exist where one can go to hear both the informed discussions of adults and the squeaks of a child's happiness ...

New members, tour are April highlights

Local Columns

I'm Deb Brown, the new Chamber Director and my first job will always be to support our Chamber members and make sure they are receiving many benefits as a result of belonging to the Chamber. We want to provide sound business policy, the highest level of service, encourage innovation, develop a ...

Are you smarter than a fish?

Local Columns

Are fish smart? Well, maybe more than you might think. It's been said that fish have a three-second memory. Wrong.Many years ago I had a pet largemouth bass in an aquarium. He was my pal, as well as my teacher. I learned a lot about fish behavior from watching him, and he gave me a special ...

If you like nerds, raise your hand

Local Columns

A man isn't a man until he knows who he really is. I know who I am. I'm a nerd.Oh, I'm not the classic geeky nerd with a pocket protector (well, not since I was a teenager) and taped eyeglasses but I've known for a long time that I'm not one of the cool guys.As a youngster I read a lot. ...

The changing rural landscape

Local Columns

When I started school in January, 1956, (yes, the plan for kindergarten then was to go all day for the second semester of the school year only), there were 26 in my class, evenly split between boys and girls. Even more amazing than that number of five-year-olds in one little rural school ...

After Prom event a success

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:Each year, businesses and individuals in Webster City and surrounding communities step up to make the After Prom Event, a safe, fun environment for our students following the annual Prom. This year was no exception.From gift certificates to food, from cash donations to items, the ...

Another expert pie-baker

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:I am the Life Enrichment Coordinator at the Windsor Manor Assisted Living Community here in Webster City. I read the Freeman Journal daily and would like to say that I feel the article written on the WC Birthday Club was great. I am thankful the Seniors get to enjoy a such a ...

Surviving spring and soggy socks

Local Columns

I hate soggy socks and I had soggy socks on Thursday - all day long.Like most of you, I was aghast when I awakened to 7 inches of snow yesterday. Something is definitely wrong with Mother Nature. Her internal clock must have gone haywire. Perhaps this May snowstorm was her attempt to balance ...

Thanks county voters for support

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:I would like to thank the voters of Hamilton County who supported my term on the hospital board.Now the time has come to move on as my second term is nearly completed. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I have resigned my position after nearly eight years. I felt I could no ...

The long watch

Local Columns

Jam of the week: "Crying" by TV on the RadioTelevision's history, and how it's been perceived, has been varied. In terms of entertainment programming, it has brought us everything from Johnny Carson to reality television. Historically, the medium's glamour has not stacked up well compared to ...

Yellow bass at Iowa’s Great Lakes

Local Columns

It could be a bad idea and it could be a good idea depending on which side of the fence you're standing on. Some fishermen will say its the worst thing that could happen. Others will say its about time and long overdue. But for better or for worse, yellow bass are now on the menu for anglers ...

Hablo español

Editorials

Hablo espaol. That's Spanish for, "I speak Spanish."For me, that's a very long stretch of the truth. What I should say is, "Hablo un poco espaol." That means, "I speak a little Spanish" I think.I have wanted to learn the Spanish language for some time. We have an increasing number of Spanish ...

Time for spring cleaning

Editorials

It's been years ago now, but I still remember the early spring day when I had stopped by my late grandma's apartment for a visit.She had to be at least 90 years old at the time. Grandma, as always, had plenty to say, to share, and to ask me about. During a brief lull in the conversation, ...

Noticing a pattern yet?

Local Columns

Jam of the week: "Get Lucky" by Daft PunkThankfully, I've only felt compelled to write two columns criticizing media coverage of national tragedies during my time at The Daily Freeman-Journal. The first was after the Newtown shooting, the second was last week after the Boston bombings.In my ...