Opinion

Disappointed with King endorsement

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: I was extremely disappointed to see that the editorial board of The Daily Freeman Journal has endorsed Steve King's re-election campaign. In his 16 years in the House of Representatives, Mr. King has been the primary sponsor of only one bill that was enacted into ...

King is not what Iowa needs in the House

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: We are sorry to see our Freeman Journal come out for King when the National Republican Congressional Committee denounced him. His own party is not supporting him. King's rhetoric has gone off the rails and headed straight down the road to show his racist, white supremacy ...

Hubbell is reminiscent of Gov. Bob Ray

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: When Kim Reynolds became the first woman Governor of Iowa, I remembered that when I had run as a Republican candidate for State Treasurer in 1998, some Republicans were admittedly unwilling to vote for a woman. I wanted to vote for Kim Reynolds. Then she touted a ...

To leave or not to leave

Local Columns

Looking to avoid raking leaves this fall? Leaving excessive amount of leaf matter on the lawn can cause problems going into winter, and is bad for several reasons. Leaves can smother the grass and if not removed by very early in the spring, the growth will be inhibited. A mat of ...

Establish a pattern for more fish

Local Columns

It’s that time of year when some anglers are starting to think about ice-fishing, but there are still a good number of anglers who are open water fishing. Regardless of how or where or when we fish, anglers want to catch fish. To do so, we need to figure out where the fish are, what they ...

October is National Pork Month

Editorials

October has been designated National Pork Month. That makes it an especially good time to reflect on the importance of the pork industry to this state. It's unlikely that anyone who lives in Iowa does not already know that pork production contributes mightily to the economic vitality of the ...

Thank you for your service

Local Columns

When I was a small boy there was a middle aged man in our community who suffered from an obvious and unusual physical affliction. I remember asking my father about the man and Dad explained he was injured in a gas attack during the First World War. That discussion is one of my first memories ...

Observations from a trip out East

Local Columns

Another time I realized I wasn’t in Iowa any more while I was traveling out East early this month was when we were driving in six lanes of pretty solid traffic in the Boston area. I was thankful not to be behind the wheel of our rental car. My traveling companion lives in Atlanta and deals ...

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 ...