Opinion

Seeing the world’s awe, wonder

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Most of us cannot remember much from when we were 3-years old. I can recall a number of things from that time in my life but some of my family and friends cannot recall much before kindergarten.That's too bad because at that age we see the world much differently than when we're older. At that ...

Evolving family reunions

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The other type of reunion that's likely to happen during this season of the year is, of course, the family reunion. And I know that such gatherings do still happen, but in a different form, perhaps, than used to be the case. But isn't that true about just about everything in our culture ...

Saying goodbye to clutter

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Is there anything more tedious than getting ready for a garage sale? I enjoy the effects that the clearing of clutter and unwanted items brings. The prep work, however, is one of my least favorite activities.Part of the planning for this upcoming mammoth sale also involves getting rid of some ...

Why crucial conversation training?

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Sometimes, I catch myself acting the way my parents did when I was younger.Sometimes that's good. Sometimes, that's not so good.Being our first teachers, parents impact our behaviors significantly. Youngsters are adept at adopting behaviors they observe and then making them part of their way ...

Record number take part in 5K

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To the Editor:The 26th annual First State Bank Firecracker 5K was on July 4th.This year we had great weather and turnout. A new record of 276 runners/walkers completed the race. The kids fun run was held making the total over 300 total participants.We would like to thank major contributors ...

Commends Meyer for article

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:A tip of the hat to city councilman Geary Meyer for his article on our city manager, Ed Sadler, in the latest City Scene. This type of public support and recognition is, in my opinion, badly needed and long overdue.Jack FosterWebster City

Hotter than Fort Dodge

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Fifty some years ago there lived in Webster City a local character who was known for his quirky sayings. On a stiflingly hot day he would say, "It's hotter than Fort Dodge."Fort Dodge, just 20 miles to the west, was the largest city in the region and was never warmer than neighboring towns. ...

‘Still’ at reunion

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"Still" was a word heard often on Saturday evening, as in "I'm still working at the same place," or "We still live in ..." or even "I'm still always glad to get together with you all."Not so unusual for a 45th class reunion, perhaps, because by now there just isn't much changing locations or ...

Lots to see and do close to home

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There is something simply satisfying about sitting under the canopy of large shade tree on a warm, sunny summer morning. Throw in some kids scrambling for Tootsie Rolls tossed from fire trucks, clever floats, and old tractors and you've got yourself a fine Independence Day parade. And the ...

Committee member offers thanks for Relay supporters

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To the Editor:On behalf of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Hamilton County, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to the residents and businesses of Hamilton County for their generosity and support to our Relay this year. Since this is a county wide event we decided to ...

Making smart insurance choices

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The amount of information in the media about upcoming changes in health insurance is expanding weekly. That's a sign that people are starting to wonder how it all affects them.Anxiety. Since health insurance is a complex topic which many folks don't understand very well to begin with, the idea ...

The treatment of silence

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Jam of the week: "Daydream in Blue" by I MonsterIt's a generally good idea to know what you can and cannot do. That seems like a simple statement, but is worth mentioning after a recent Supreme Court ruling.I've been touching on Supreme Court cases lately. The Court's ruling on the Voting ...

A little ZIP of our own

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Back in 1963 our little farm town of Kamrar located about halfway between Ames and Fort Dodge didn't get much respect. I was 15 at the time and of all the towns we had lived in, Kamrar was the smallest.Fifteen years earlier, in 1948, the Kamrar Komettes had earned the town a great deal of ...

Back to summer camp

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For some reason, I always find it satisfying when it's a case of the more things change, the more they stay the same. I just like knowing that some things are constant. It's known as tradition.Take summer camp. That's been around for about a century now. Camps first got underway when life ...

Time to find a new recipe

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Oh, Paula Deen. You've gotten yourself into some hot water this week. The Food Network star, businesswoman and bigger-than-life personality has fallen from grace following the admission during court deposition that she had used a racial slur. From that point on, no amount of apologizing or ...

June and July are jumpin’ in WC

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The Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes Iowa Home Care, Access Systems, Angel Touch Massage, Walker Insurance, Palmer and Cheryl Schneider, and Kathleen Swon as new member.June 6, we held the first Quarterly Coffee at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds in the New Show Arena. There were ...

Supreme Court passes the ball

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Jam of the week: "The Sun" by The Naked and FamousWhile Edward Snowden doesn't even have the decency to wear a striped shirt to help the U.S. government in a worldwide "Where's Waldo," and others scandals show little new information, the Supreme Court of the United States made headlines Tuesday ...

Jewell to host Relay for Life

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To the Editor:For many years the Webster City community has hosted the annual Hamilton County Relay For Life (RFL). The event is sponsored by the American Cancer Society. This year the RFL committee has extended an invitation to Southern Hamilton Communities to host the event in Jewell quite ...

Live wisely; karma is for real

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I am not a follower of Eastern religions, but there is an element of Buddhism in which I believe. It's a phenomenon called "karma."Contemporary poet Nishan Penwar describes karma this way: "Every act done, no matter how insignificant, will eventually return to the doer with equal impact. Good ...

Advice for the bride-to-be

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'Tis the season for weddings, of course, and that often means a wedding shower or two to go along with it. I went to one on Saturday, a very nice morning affair with many good wishes, lots of smiles, good food, and lovely gifts. I don't know what else is needed for a successful shower.The ...