Opinion

Re-elect state Rep. Rob Bacon

Editorials

State Rep. Rob Bacon, of Slater, has was first elected to the Iowa House of Representative in 2010 and is now completing his third term. He brought to the House substantial legislative experience having previously served one term in the Iowa Senate. Bacon understands well the multitude of ...

Paying the kindness forward

Local Columns

Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you. -Princess Diana I’m always amazed by some of the acts of kindness I see in our community. People step up, share their talents, express their generosity, ...

Supports J.D. Scholten for Congress

Letters to Editor

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 ...

Let’s keep Mike Naig on the job

Editorials

When Iowans go to the polls next month, they have a chance to show their support for a superb secretary of agriculture. Mike Naig was appointed on March 5 by Gov. Kim Reynolds to succeed Bill Northey, when that outstanding predecessor became an undersecretary in the U.S. Department of ...

Volunteers help make WC an Idea Friendly town

Letters to Editor

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, ...

Welcome, Max!

Blogs

In October 2016, I shared a blog focusing on the many ways individuals can show pride in a community. My tidbits highlighted the sprinkles of pride I have had the pleasure of witnessing in Webster City and the surrounding area. Over the last two years I have encountered many more examples of ...

Reader critical of Grassley’s schedule of open meetings

Letters to Editor

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 ...

Wrap it up

Local Columns

Fall nights with freezing temperatures have returned, and while some gardeners welcome wrapping up garden chores for the winter, it is not time to relax yet. Now is the time to wrap young and newly planted trees for protection against sunscald or injury from deer, rabbits, rodents and other ...

Support Kim Reynolds for governor

Editorials

Iowa is doing well. The economy is healthy and growing. State government is well-managed. Taxpayers are seeing their money spent wisely and with frugality. Unemployment is at a historic low. Assorted national rankings put our state ahead of most other states in a diverse assortment of ...

All the news from Cornfield, Iowa

Local Columns

(In observance of National Newspaper Month, I have asked Buford P. Inkster, publisher/editor of the Cornfield Weekly Sheller, to write a guest column. Mr. Inkster is reputed to be Iowa's oldest active newspaper publisher.) What a year 2018 has been, folks! Why, I can’t remember a harvest ...

Hansen is right person to be county treasurer

Letters to Editor

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 ...

On the road to adventure

Local Columns

“I’m not in Iowa anymore,” I thought last week as I sat on the middle deck of a ship enjoying a leisurely afternoon cruise on Lake George, the longest inland lake in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. We motored along at a steady pace that allowed plenty of time to see ...

Legion official encourages Americans to vote

Letters to Editor

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 ...

Going green

Local Columns

Around the country last week, 4-H club members and volunteers celebrated National 4-H Week. Beginning more than 100 years ago, 4-H has become one of the nation's largest youth development organization. The 4‑H idea is simple: help young people and their families gain the skills needed to ...

Fall memories

Local Columns

I’m very fortunate to have been able to fish in a lot of different places during the past several decades. I’ve got lots of memories of outstanding fishing trips with wonderful people. Many of those memorable fishing trips occurred in the autumn. The fall months are a great time to be ...

Panic or procrastinate?

Local Columns

With the deluge of rainfall we have received, many gardeners are feeling pressured and worry about getting fall garden work completed. But don't panic, some garden chores can wait until drier weather. Working wet garden soils can compact the soil, so don't play in the mud. Delay until ...

Cold water fishing gear

Local Columns

It seems like it’s getting colder earlier this year. While we’ll probably get some warmer weather before ice covers the lakes and ponds, the cold weather is a good reminder of what’s coming. Temperatures in the 40’s and 50’s can encourage the fish to go on the bite, and the ...

Walleyes at night

Local Columns

Fishing after the sun goes down is a foreign concept to a lot of anglers, and there’s good reason for that. An angler certainly can’t see as well as night as they can during the day, so simple tasks like tying on a new lure gets a little more complicated. There are lots of reasons why an ...

Pour another cup of coffee

Local Columns

It’s National Coffee Day today! Time to celebrate! With a cup of coffee, of course. I am always amazed at how good that first cup of morning coffee tastes every single day. Somehow, I think that after so many of those mornings a cup of coffee would lose its appeal, but for me it ...

If we don’t laugh, we’ll cry

Local Columns

While listening to the radio recently I heard a commentator observe that we are living in a “highly charged political environment.” Wow! Talk about understatement. Now, I can’t say too much because I am an opinionated guy myself and have probably ignited as many political firestorms as ...