Opinion

Advertising is a good history book

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I enjoy seeing Speedy Alka-Seltzer back on TV. Speedy was "born" in 1951 and was a prominent advertising character in the early days of American television. I hadn't seen him on the tube for a few years and now he's back promoting the speedy relief of the "plop, plop, fizz, fizz" ...

The power of positive thinking

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At the middle school where I work in food service, one day last week while I was serving breakfast two sixth grade boys came in. They were the last to come for breakfast that morning; in fact, they were almost late, but they were happy and joking with each other.The only problem was that there ...

Much to be proud of in WC

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I think anyone who was in downtown Webster City Wednesday afternoon and evening were amazed by the sights. Two-thousand people - that's the estimate - turned out for the RVTV Cy-Hawk celebration. Cardinal red, gold and black stretched as far as the eye could see.I felt a swell of pride for my ...

A chance to showcase WC

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Cyclones or Hawkeyes? Most Iowans have a definitive answer if you ask which football team they favor.The annual in-state rivalry between Iowa State University and the University of Iowa takes to the field this weekend. Fans of both teams are gearing up for tailgate parties and donning their ...

Understanding 9/11

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Each workday, I enter and leave through the Port Authority Trans-Hudson hub that sits right next to the World Trade Center. The six-minute train ride underneath the river lets me sort out my thoughts before my short jaunt to the building that houses Soap Opera Digest. At 6 p.m., I stroll back ...

I’m overcoming; I’m doing okay

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In a few days it will be eight months since my wife of more than 43 years died suddenly. In an instant my life was changed forever.Friends, relatives and even strangers have been so kind and supportive. As I have shared previously, I have been overwhelmed by kindness.I am often asked, "So how ...

Rediscovering the keyboard

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On a library table in my breezeway now sits a keyboard, the kind that makes music. And that's just what I'm doing it with it, after it has been sitting in a closet untouched for at least 10 years now.In recent years I guess I always thought I had something else More Important than playing ...

Lullaby … and good night

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Just when you need it most, it becomes more difficult to acquire. I am referring to sleep.When I was a kid I could lay my head on a pillow, fall asleep in short order and sleep soundly through the entire night.At 65 that isn't the case. These days I generally turn on the TV set the volume low ...

Exercise your brain @ KYL

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September is National Library Card Sign-up Month, the perfect time to sign up for or use your library card, the smartest card in your wallet. Your Kendall Young library card can help you exercise your brain, whether through reading the newest book in your favorite series, watching the latest ...

Reader questions whether athletics are for sale

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:On Saturday, my husband and I were listening to the broadcast of the Iowa game on the radio. The game was about to get underway when the announcer states that the"coin toss is being sponsored by HyVee." Really? We need a sponsor for the coin toss? Have our radio and television ...

A drink too far

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Jam of the week: "River Flows In You" by YirumaOver the weekend, I, along with many other Iowans, enjoyed the Hawkeye football season opener versus Northern Illinois University. As many others also did, I enjoyed a couple drinks while watching the game with my family. The mood in the room was ...

Ready to make the commitment?

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Our poll question this week asks whether readers have ever considered running for a public office. While most folks haven't considered seeking some of the high profile offices like Congress or governor, a seat on a local board or commission can be rewarding and an excellent way to give back to ...

August in WebCity

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August and the hot days of summer - but we keep thinking "remember winter" as we enjoy these warm days. Aug. 2 we played golf and drank a little wine at Briggs Woods Golf club. Aug. 9 brought out lots of people downtown for the last Summer Nights. Live music, good food, free movie and lots of ...

Walks of life

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Jam of the week: "Rollin' and Stratchin'" by Daft PunkOne of the reasons I love my job is that I get an inside look at many different walks of life. I had the opportunity to do just that on Friday when I went on a ride-along with Officer Adam Petersen of the Webster City Police ...

Things I used to do

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The other day I got to thinking about the things I used to do that I don't do now. If you think this is going to be an old timer's true confessions, guess again. My life hasn't been that exciting.Seriously, there are a number of things that I used to do on a regular basis that I don't do ...

Gifts from the garden

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One of my favorite songs is "'Tis a Gift to be Simple," an old Quaker hymn that encourages us without any fuss to "come down where we ought to be." In fact, the song says, to be able to do that is a gift.I guess I'd have to say that right now one of the simple gifts in my life is bounty from ...

Sharing the moments of your life

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Well, much to Daniel's chagrin, I posted the official and traditional first day of school photo this week on Facebook. He refused to smile even though he was excited to be back to school. He dropped his backpack off at school during the open house, so we had no "props" for him to hold in the ...

Discover stories in genealogy section

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Did you know Webster City once had a Hockey Team? We didn't either, until the discovery of a Webster City hockey uniform prompted a member of the community to come looking for the history behind it.The Webster City Leafs, a city hockey team that played from approximately 1937-1947, is the type ...

Alumni Club event is a success

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:The Iowa State University Alumni Association Club of Hamilton County would like to express a huge "thank you" to local and area businesses and individuals who donated merchandise for the silent auction at our recent meeting. With your help and the help of generous bidders in ...

Going home, again

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Jam of the week: "Everything" by Nine Inch NailsIn a couple weeks, I'll be taking a little time off from work to see my family. The thought of heading to see my parents, who I haven't visited since the dead of winter, is exciting. However, the prospect of the trip down to Missouri also brings ...