Opinion

The threatened beauties

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Those of us who have spent our lives in the Midwest can't help but harbor a special love for monarch butterflies. Of all the beautiful marvels of nature that grace our part of the world, monarchs have earned a place of deserved honor.Along with lightening bugs, ice cream and just-ripened ...

Knock on wood

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Superstitious? Not me. I've never been superstitious and hopefully never will be, knock on wood.Looking ahead I see we have another Friday the 13th on the calendar in December. That's a day superstitious people like to avoid.Superstitious tradition has it that Fridays which fall upon on the ...

Not taking things for granted

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I read once that we often take for granted the things that deserve our gratitude the most. Perhaps that is especially true at this Thanksgiving time of year.If this is so, then I should be grateful for the beauty of the sunrise that surrounds me on my drive through the countryside early every ...

More than $700 raised for WC Senior and Community Center

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:Thank you to all the folks who joined us on Nov. 2 to dance and enjoy the music of Webster City's own Al Welsh Orchestra. We had people attend from all over the area, and the feedback was extremely positive. We raised just over $700 for the Webster City Senior and Community ...

Urges area residents to attend benefit for Emma Kiefer

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To the Editor:My family has personally experienced what the prayers and support of an amazing community can do. I have also watched this remarkable community come together during the unthinkable horror of two of our students being kidnapped and one murdered. Another tragedy has recently struck ...

Outdoor 101 lesson

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So much to say; so little space, so little time. So allow me to quickly give you an outdoor 101 lesson on what's going on around Hamilton County this week.In November, most outdoor types are chasing grouse, quail, pheasants, turkey or deer, bow hunting, getting ready for the annual deer camp or ...

The encroaching Friday

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Jam of the week: "Infinite Us" by MachinedrumI love the late-year holiday season. Even as the days get shorter, I relish the fact that the greatest American holiday will be coming soon. It's a day where the community gathers together despite the increasing cold weather of the season, wait ...

A great big turkey

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The supermarket was busy, especially near the freezer where frozen turkeys were on sale. I had difficulty just getting close to the solid gobblers.Just as I finally got near the freezer case I noticed a familiar figure in front of me. It was my short-tempered old buddy, Eb Griper."I figured Old ...

Remembering JFK

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We all know how quickly and easily the days and weeks continue to slip by. . .and then, suddenly, somehow, another month is gone. The calendar is flipped, electronically or manually, the process starts all over again, and then we're a little surprised that another year is history.And yet, ...

R.I.P., Buddy the Hamster

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We're in mourning at our house. Daniel's pet hamster passed away yesterday.When Daniel was getting ready for bed last night, he noticed that his little friend was very still and called Mom and Dad in to check on Buddy the Hamster. He had, indeed, gone to the big hamster wheel in the sky.I ...

Getting in the holiday spirit at KYL

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Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and we at Kendall Young Library are thankful for many things: our great community, our beautiful building, and Kendall Young himself.We also want to give back to the community, so we are sponsoring a community food drive this month. Now through Nov. 27 we are ...

Dahl says he’s been harshly judged by some in WC

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To the Editor:I have been harshly judged by some in the community of Webster City. I was terminated from a career position that I thoroughly enjoyed in 2011. I have sought employment in eleven different businesses in Webster City and was denied employment by all eleven. I was tossed out of ...

Art for economic development

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When the discussion turns to the topic of economic development, we quickly shift into thinking about traditional approaches attracting new business, new factories or growing an existing industry. Seldom do we embrace the concept that the "cultural climate" of a community may not only be an ...

Choice to pursue higher education was right decision

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To the Editor:Why did I choose to pursue higher education? There are multiple reasons as to why I chose to educate myself beyond the high school level.Graduating from Northeast Hamilton, I knew there was a lot more out in the world to see. I chose to pursue higher education to prepare myself ...

Dislikes Crime Stoppers signs at Briggs Woods

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To the Editor:I am an outsider to the Webster City community. I settled here two years ago, bought a house and got married here. I have much respect and love for this community and all those in it. What made me stick around this area, for the most part, is the scenery and recreation surrounding ...

‘Festival of Trees’ will usher in holiday season in WC

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To the Editor:On Nov. 23, the All Cultures Equal 6th annual "Festival of Trees" brings the holiday season to Webster City.A lot of work goes into bringing this festival to our community. I hope our community can return the favor and attend this holiday event. You will see decorated trees, ...

Surviving in my discomfort zones

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When I was young man, in a quest to improve my lot in life, I listened to and read the top motivational speakers of the day. One of the pieces of advice, I recall, was to get out of my comfort zone."You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and ...

Reflections of veterans

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Veterans Day is here, giving us the perfect opportunity to do more than attend the Veterans Day sale at the local department store or go out for breakfast with the other veterans. Not that there's anything wrong with either of those endeavors; it's just that this national holiday has to do ...

All hail the handyman

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My husband Larry is not the most handy guy around the house. If a computer isn't working, he's your man, but things like electrical work or plumbing are bigger mysteries to him than they are to me, at least it seems that way. Which was why the fact we had a leaky toilet filled me with ...

Plans are under way to save the theater

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To the Editor:The screen is still dark and questions are being raised - what is going on with the Movie Theatre downtown?March 8, 2013 the last movie was shown at the Webster City Movie Theatre. A community meeting was held to discuss how to save the movie theatre. Since that time in April, ...