Opinion

Reader thinks more could be done for bakery wall

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To the Editor:In last Friday's paper, I read the moving article from your chamber director about becoming passionate about community. This was followed by a letter from a concerned citizen regarding the problem wall. They fit together perfectly.It seems to me that problem could be resolved if ...

UDMO officials thankful for Angel Tree support

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To the Editor:Upper Des Moines Opportunity Inc. would like to extend a thank you to those who gave monetary donations or adopted Angel Tree tags this year. With your help we were able to provide 90 Hamilton County families with an abundance of Christmas gifts for their children.UDMO is thankful ...

Warns of dangers of genetically modified plants

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To the Editor:People need to be aware of the dangers associated with plants genetically modified to be tolerant to unlimited amounts of herbicide applications, as well as those that produce a pesticide from within the plant itself. (Bt Corn) Currently the most widely planted crops are Round-Up ...

Rabbit hunting weather

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Well, it really wasn't the first snowfall of autumn. Actually, it wasn't even the second or third, but it was the first good tracking snow; the wind went down and the temperature was pushing 40 degrees.That's my kind of hunting weather - good rabbit hunting weather. And I like to hunt ...

What, no pony?

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On occasion I have been called a Pollyanna. You remember Pollyanna, don't you? She was the happy little girl in Eleanor Porter's novel of the same name who found good in everything. Haley Mills played the title role in Walt Disney's 1960 Pollyanna motion picture.While I will admit to frequently ...

A seriously happy pursuit

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One of the gifts I received this Christmas is a book titled The Happiness Project. It's a one-sentence journal meant to be kept for five years.The idea of it is to help me keep a record of my life in the most manageable way possible. It's a small book, just 4" x 6", and there are only four ...

The best kinds of Christmas gifts

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Tomorrow, we're dismantling our Christmas tree. We're boxing up the ornaments and winding up the lights and garland. We'll put the three-section tree into it's convenient carrying case and place it all in closet for next year.Once Christmas is over, the tree seems kind of bare and a little sad. ...

Make smart choices at New Year’s Eve parties

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To the Editor:As New Year's Eve 2014 approaches, many of us are looking forward to spending time with friends and family. Unfortunately, too many of these celebrations will include alcohol or other mood-altering substances. All too often, this leads to impaired driving.According to the Centers ...

Could I be an anachronism?

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It should be no surprise that I love words, especially unusual words. Years ago I came across the word "anachronism." I was not familiar with the term. It reminded me of the word "anarchy" but the context in which it was used made it clear that was not correct.So, to the dictionary I went and ...

The gift you most remember giving

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I'd have to say that the best time to give your children Christmas presents is when they're little, as their wants are simple, the toys are easy to understand, and they're happy with almost anything as long as they can unwrap it.At least that's how I remember it. Thinking again about a gift I ...

Selections that will delight passengers during car trip

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Are you headed over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house this year for the holidays? If you have a car ride ahead of you, try out an audiobook or two to help pass the time quickly and entertain the rest of the passengers in the car.Family Friendly: Need to entertain the whole ...

Christmas with the fur kids

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We bought a couple of small red bean bag chairs at a garage sale last summer, thinking the grandchildren would love to sit/play/nap in those when they visited. What we discovered, however, is they used them once and then lost interest in them.What is interesting is the fact that Buster dog kind ...

Become passionate about community

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It's been a wonderful year in Webster City and I'm very happy to be here. Each year goals are set, plans are made and we move forward along our path. I personally find three words that describe the direction of where I want to go. Last year was explore, become, serve. Those three words nicely ...

Thinks city should fix wall

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To the Editor:In regard to bringing business to Webster City, the city should make it more attractive by dressing up and securing the wall of Fuhs Bakery since the city caused the problem in the first place by issuing a permit to tear it down. The cost would be a small amount compared to the ...

The perfect Christmas

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Jam of the week: "Golden Arrow" by DarksideTime sure flies when you're not writing columns. I've been away from the fourth page for a couple weeks busy with stories and the many other facets of my job. Of course, I've been keeping busy outside of work as I'm sure many of you have as you have as ...

Great Christmas concert

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To the Editor:Thank you to the directors and students for the great Christmas concert at the local Webster City High School. Vocal and band, good job.Mrs. Virgil GordonWebster City

Trail talk

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DNR to watch for deer diseaseIowa officials will continue to monitor deer samples for any signs of chronic wasting disease in the wild herd. Department of Natural Resources staff will be in the field collecting samples during the state's shotgun deer seasons. The first season is over. The ...

What would Jesus do?

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When our children were still at home we tried to make our evening meal a family affair. As often as possible, we had supper together and enjoyed a pleasant (most of the time) discussion around the table.One evening the subject turned to the rubberized WWJD bracelets that were the rage at the ...

More blessed to give than to receive

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Some of the frenzy of this holiday time of the year centers on gifts, of course. We think about what we will receive, naturally, especially when we are young. What do we want most of all? And will we actually receive it? Who will give it to us?But there's the giving end of it, too. ...

Thanks to all who supported the Webster City Community Chorus

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To the Editor:I would like to thank Webster City and surrounding communities for your wonderful support of the Webster City Community Chorus this past weekend. Even though Mother Nature scripted bone-chilling cold and snow, your attendance and response to our annual Christmas concert could not ...