Opinion

Supports Hawkins and Kierzek for City Council

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:I think Heather Kierzek and John Hawkins would make terrific new City Council members, so I plan to vote for them on Election Day.Heather's vision for the future of this town is grounded in her belief that we should all care about the well-being of our young people, that education ...

Voters, learn about candidates’ visions of the future

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:Thanks to the Daily Freeman-Journal for providing insight into the candidates who are running for positions on the City Council. I appreciate the paper and these people for making the investment in the future of our community.I was encouraged to see that many of the candidates ...

Bird-watching myths

Local Columns

I've touched bases a time or two on this subject over the years, but just in case you didn't grab the brass ring the first time it went by, I'll jog your memory again.Fall is my favorite season, and the fall season is generally the time that "myths" start coming out of the woodwork. A myth is ...

Measuring the years

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As an ambitious young advertising salesman in Sioux City I had tenaciously but unsuccessfully been calling on a particular merchant for several months. He politely listened to my sales pitch and then told me to come back later.On a September sales call, he dismissed me with, "See me after the ...

Halloween from a distance

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One good thing about being an empty nester is that Halloween can now be enjoyed from more of a distance than it was formerly. No longer is deciding on and securing the perfect costume for your children a crisis, nor is doing decorations inside and out or having the perfect treats on ...

Halloween from a distance

Local Columns

One good thing about being an empty nester is that Halloween can now be enjoyed from more of a distance than it was formerly. No longer is deciding on and securing the perfect costume for your children a crisis, nor is doing decorations inside and out or having the perfect treats on ...

Hiding the Halloween candy

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Halloween is kind of a fun holiday. I love seeing the area children all decked out in their creative costumes. If I can arrange it, I like to be there at my front door to see all the ghosts, princesses, zombies, Power Rangers, Iron Man and pirates.Daniel has been bugging me to purchase our ...

Witches, goblins and ghosts — oh my

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In the field across the road, the corn stalks are flattened and tattered. The gorgeous trees across the street are dressed in leaves of scarlet, and out yard is adrift in golden leaves. All around town the yards and porches are festive with pumpkins and many colored mums. Just look at all of ...

The beauty of a Sunday drive in fall

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So I went for a drive on Sunday afternoon to better see and appreciate the glorious fall colors that are showing off their best about now. It all makes for a lovely little trip, if you can just find the ultimate scenery.Have you ever noticed that the prettiest trees seem somehow to always be ...

Changing colors may be due in part to stress

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Leaves are starting to change, and it might be stress. We've been down this road before, you and me. We're starting to see some color in the trees. The leaves are turning and it's not just because fall is ahead of us. It's a bit early for that. A lot of our trees are under stress.There's all ...

The discovery of Trick or Treat

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When a 5-year-old boy moves from the farm into town, albeit a small farm town, he learns a lot of new things. Things like if you go to the drug store with the owner's kid you can get a free soda. And if you go to the produce with the manager's kid, you can watch the men load boxes of eggs onto ...

Heroes and bullies

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My heart has been heavy this week. It's been a disturbing week for news about teens. A young girl in Florida commits suicide after repeated bullying and now a group of middle school students in Urbandale appear to be the subject of bullying on Facebook. And in Massachusetts, a young woman was ...

Unusual finds in KYL DVD collection

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While it is an established fact that Kendall Young Library has books (over 50,000 in fact), you may not realize that we also have a substantial DVD section. This ever-growing collection has the usual suspects like educational programs for children, such as Little Einsteins, but it is also full ...

Disappointed bingo is gone

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:Thumbs down to the Hamilton County Fair Board or whomever is responsible for taking away Sunday night bingo.Many bingo players were greatly disappointed in this action.Ed and Marguerite DonnlleyWebster City

The frightening films of Halloween

Local Columns

Jam of the week: "Crips" by RatatatHolidays are always great occasions for something. Christmas gives me a good excuse to go a bit crazy on the eggnog, New Years Eve marks a rare occasion where I watch network television, and Halloween in the near future means horror movie marathons.I was big ...

Supports Conaway for City Council

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:I am writing in support of Linda Conaway for Webster City Council. I have known Linda for several years and always found her to be logical, truthful, and helpful. Linda has a strong sense of good old fashion common sense and the strength to follow through with her ...

Bitter, cruel and, in some cases, profane

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What is becoming of us? Some Americans can no longer participate in a debate without becoming red hot irate and, in some cases, profane.Popular Science, the 141-year-old source of science and technology news, announced recently that it will no longer accept online comments on news articles. The ...

Old skills, new conveniences

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First I put the set together backwards, the next time I forgot half of it, but finally on the third try it was assembled properly and I got the result I wanted.Do you know what process this is? It's something I had to concentrate on the first few times to get it right. After that it was still ...

Out of touch

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Jam of the week: "Vasoline" by Stone Temple PilotsFor the better part of the last two weeks, I've accidentally slipped through a portal to the distant past. Or at least it seems like it. Webster City still remains largely the same, the dates seem consistent with the present, but my cell phone ...

Squirrel hunts are golden

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Speaking personally, there are many uses for outdoor October, and I savor them all. I could drink that ale-golden month to its dregs and never touch a gun. But without hunting, some of the savor would be missing.I've told you that before - many times. Forty-three times in fact. Every year, for ...