Opinion

Time for GOP to do its job

Letters to Editor

Letter to the Editor:Halloween is over. The GOP can put away their brooms and their tricks and give Americans a treat. Do their job.Ted Cruz should have visited Iowa on Halloween. His tricks include denying Americans health care, shutting down the government and defaulting on America's ...

Get a jump on holiday shopping

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That time of the year is quickly approaching: the holiday shopping season. Around this time of year we notice a sharp uptick in eReading device questions at the library, ranging from helping people learn how to download eBooks from NEIBORS or eMagazines from Zinio (all possible with your ...

Happy Halloween, welcome winter

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Another month has come and gone and we find ourselves excited for the events past, present and future at the Chamber.Ladies Night Out, the town was filled with women from as far away as Florida shopping, eating and playing in town. Participating businesses were pleased with the results and it's ...

Urges voters to support John Hawkins for City Council

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:We feel John Hawkins would be a very positive addition to our City Council.John is an astute businessman and would offer a fresh perspective on important issues this community is facing.Please consider him for this very important job.Leo and Sherry LambiWebster City

Wants to see change on the City Council

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:Great forum Tuesday night put on by the League of Women Voters. If one couldn't tell by the yard signs around town, Tuesday night made it even more obvious that there is a special interest group behind some candidates and they are not wanting any change.We must have change for ...

Website woes

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Jam of the week: "In Haze" by iceageFor the past month, the recently opened healthcare website launched as open-enrollment begins for insurance with Obamacare has been marred with glitches. The opening has brought a lot of criticism, especially from the lack of testing on the website before it ...

Worried that Gillette will quit again if elected

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:On Nov. 5, we will once again return to the polls to cast our ballots for those running for City Council. One of those seeking your vote is Mark Gillette. It is my hope that the citizens of Webster City do not forget the not too distant past.In November 2009, a week after the ...

Urges support for candidates Conaway, Hawkins

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:I am writing today to encourage my fellow citizens of Webster City to join me in voting for Linda Conaway and John Hawkins for Webster City City Council.I believe Linda has worked hard as a council person to keep our property taxes as low as possible, maintain our infrastructure ...

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

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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

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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

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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 ...

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 ...