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Opinion

Veterans still waiting for service they deserve

Editorials

When President Barack Obama's Veterans Affairs secretary, Eric Shinseki, announced his resignation last week, the president said "the VA needs new leadership," in order to address the systemic failures that have been fatal for at least 40 veterans.Shinseki appears to have turned a blind eye to ...

Much ado about mulch

Local Columns

Finished planting the garden? It is time to put down a good layer of mulch.Why use mulch? Mulches are attractive, conserve moisture, control fluctuations in root and help to inhibit weed growth. Mulch also helps to control disease in plants, such as tomatoes, by preventing fungal spores in ...

Stories from seniors

Local Columns

Jam of the Week: "Edit the Sad Parts" by Modest MouseAt the age of 24, much of my life has involved interacting with people older than myself. However, up until recently, I hadn't had the chance to enjoy much time with seniors.My grandparents had all passed away before I was a teenager. I have ...

Passing down patriotism

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:I understand that every D-Day, French school children write and share with younger children, the history of D-Day and the Allied Invasion that changed the War and the World. Although none of them were alive at that time, they know and understand the history and importance of that ...

Try a river this summer

Local Columns

The Midwest is blessed with all sorts of fishing opportunities. Lakes, rivers, ponds, and reservoirs dot our landscape. Wherever you live, you don't need to drive far to wet a line.Rivers can provide some outstanding fishing action throughout the summer. Actually, rivers can be good year ...

Dancing with Bambi’s mom on the Interstate

Local Columns

A late night trip home from Des Moines recently included a dance with Bambi's mother on I-35.Julie and I attended a play at the Des Moines Community Playhouse after which we enjoyed pie and coffee with a group of friends. Pleasant conversation makes time fly and before we knew it the time was ...

School picnics of the past

Local Columns

Recently a friend told me she was going to attend an end-of-the-year school picnic for her grandsons. That's a phrase and a practice I'd not heard about for a long time; in fact, I didn't even know any school still held a spring picnic even though I believe it's a very traditional way to end a ...

Let’s keep Highway Trust Fund strong

Editorials

No one in Congress wants to take the blame for higher gasoline taxes just weeks before a major election. That probably explains delays in addressing long-term problems with the Highway Trust Fund.But unless something is done to provide an infusion of money for the fund, it will dry up within ...

Spring field day to be held at Kanawha

Editorials

Kanawha - Nitrogen management, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in agriculture and efficient fuel use on the farm will highlight the spring field day of the Iowa State University Northern Research Farm.The field day will take place June 26 at the south location of the ISU Northern ...

Adult child continues party lifestyle

Editorials

Dear Annie: My adult stepdaughter doesn't want to work. Her main goal in life is to drink, smoke pot and pass out naked on the beach. She inherited two family homes and essentially threw them away by not paying the mortgages and having parties with the money she collected as rent.This woman ...

Skin rash associated with many conditions

Editorials

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 64-year-old male in good health. I had an outbreak of blisterlike sores on my upper torso, in my mouth and near my eyes. I had an almost-incapacitating feeling and was able to consume only liquids and shakes because of the mouth blisters. The blisters took their course in ...

USDA mandating virus reporting

Editorials

DES MOINES The U.S. Department of Agriculture today issued a federal order mandating farms that contract one of two epidemic viruses in their hog facilities must report the infection to a state veterinarian or to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.The order went into effect ...

Coffee and conversation

Editorials

Members of the Chamber of Commerce gathered Thursday morning for the quarterly coffee meeting held at Southfield Independent and Assisted Living Apartments.Marilyn Middleton, marketing director with Southfield Wellness Community, welcomed the large crowd of Chamber members and shared a little ...

Summer Nights returns

Editorials

Summer Nights in downtown Webster City returns on June 20 from 5 to 9 pm. The theme of the night is "Be a HERO" and there will be opportunities for those in attendance to be a hero.The Lions Club will be serving burgers, chips and a drink for $5. The Lions Club is driven to perform community ...

Don’t stick a fork in us yet, we’re not done

Local Columns

Editor's Note:?The following is a blog written by Webster City Area?Chamber Director Deb Brown in response to a Des Moines television station's story about dying towns in Iowa. Webster City and Fort Dodge were among those cities listed.Once every quarter I speak in front of City Council to ...

Enjoying the great outdoors

Local Columns

After a long wait, summer has finally arrived. Take advantage of it by getting outside. Get some inspiration from the titles below or others on the shelves at the library."70 Picnic Recipes and Easy Outdoor Eating Ideas" by Christine FranceEveryone loves picnics, but coming up with easy to ...

Thanks to all who helped with Avenue of Flags

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:The Avenue of Flags committee of the American Legion Post 191 extends its sincere appreciation for another successful display of our most beautiful American flags at Graceland Cemetery May 23 to May 30.Thanks to everyone for being careful as you drove through the cemetery. Damage ...

Further review needed for VA scandals

Editorials

At Veterans Affairs medical centers throughout the country, lying, cheating bureaucrats are hoping the buck stops with former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. It should not.Dozens of veterans died while on waiting lists for VA health care, even as agency officials including Shinseki were being ...

Mr. Krajewski goes to Des Moines

Local Columns

Jam of the Week: "Marquee Moon" by TelevisionIn the continuing adventures of Jim getting a chance to attend important events, I visited the state capitol on Friday to cover Branstad's signing of the cannabis oil bill.Of course, my opportunity to attend wasn't entirely by chance. I had worked ...