Opinion

The perfect Christmas

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Jam of the week: "Golden Arrow" by DarksideTime sure flies when you're not writing columns. I've been away from the fourth page for a couple weeks busy with stories and the many other facets of my job. Of course, I've been keeping busy outside of work as I'm sure many of you have as you have as ...

Great Christmas concert

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To the Editor:Thank you to the directors and students for the great Christmas concert at the local Webster City High School. Vocal and band, good job.Mrs. Virgil GordonWebster City

Trail talk

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DNR to watch for deer diseaseIowa officials will continue to monitor deer samples for any signs of chronic wasting disease in the wild herd. Department of Natural Resources staff will be in the field collecting samples during the state's shotgun deer seasons. The first season is over. The ...

What would Jesus do?

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When our children were still at home we tried to make our evening meal a family affair. As often as possible, we had supper together and enjoyed a pleasant (most of the time) discussion around the table.One evening the subject turned to the rubberized WWJD bracelets that were the rage at the ...

More blessed to give than to receive

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Some of the frenzy of this holiday time of the year centers on gifts, of course. We think about what we will receive, naturally, especially when we are young. What do we want most of all? And will we actually receive it? Who will give it to us?But there's the giving end of it, too. ...

Thanks to all who supported the Webster City Community Chorus

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To the Editor:I would like to thank Webster City and surrounding communities for your wonderful support of the Webster City Community Chorus this past weekend. Even though Mother Nature scripted bone-chilling cold and snow, your attendance and response to our annual Christmas concert could not ...

Are we being hoodwinked?

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We are being hoodwinked yet again by big business profiteers. How? Those who seek to legally sell addictive marijuana will reap profits; society and the vulnerable will be left to pay the costs.Consider this: The United States pays about $600 billion annually for all drug use; it is a figure ...

Elf on a what?

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I'm all for Christmas tradition. When I was little, we always had an Advent calendar. Each morning, one of us kids would takes turns opening each little slot that indicated the day of the month. Some years, there was chocolate inside for the taking. One year, there was mouse poop instead (oh, ...

Choosing where to live

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In studies of "happiness" it has generally been determined that money does not necessarily guarantee happiness. On the other side of the issue, there is considerable proof that those individuals that achieve happiness tend to have a greater chance at wealth. True happiness comes from the ...

Drought and hunting

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How does drought affect your fall hunting?And the answer is: It affects it a lot, and we're seeing the effects of it right now. The National Weather Service deemed 2012 the hottest year so far, on record since record keeping began in 1872. And calendar year 2013 wasn't far behind. As of Aug. ...

A letter to Santa

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Dear Santa,Some folks have told me that I'm too old to write a letter to Santa, but I don't believe them. To be honest, people who think one can be too old to write a letter to Santa probably don't believe in you in the first place.So how are you and Mrs. Claus doing? I hope well. I worry about ...

Savoring a good cup of coffee

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Last Christmas I received a gift I use pretty much every day: one of those trendy, one-cup coffee makers that must have been just about the hottest Christmas present a year ago.Making sure it is all set and ready to go the night before, the first thing I do each morning is ooze down the hallway ...

A different kind of Christmas

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I think my favorite part of the Christmas holiday season is the music. I love it all - popular standards, instrumental, contemporary and traditional carols.As a Christmas music aficionado, I know the lyrics most of the songs I hear on the radio. I think it comes from years and years of ...

Car wreck

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It was about this time of year 45 years ago when I experienced my first automobile accident. I was not injured so in that regard it was no big deal. The emotional trauma, however, left a lifetime scar.You see, this accident involved my first new car when it was only six months old. Just six ...

A small airport convenience

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I believe I've decided that the person who invented the roller suitcase should be knighted. Or maybe even made a saint.In the three airports where I was over the holidays, I don't believe I saw anyone who wasn't wheeling their suitcase. You know the style-the wheels on one end of the ...

Fond memories of the WC movie theater

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To the Editor:I can remember sitting in the front rows with my buddies (Keith and Randy Riley, Billy Sherwood, Don Siders, Bruce Keenan and my Bro Joe) watching scary movies and having the crap scared out of us.I then graduated to the middle rows with girlfriends (I won't embarrass them) ...

Kiwanis Club asks for help watching can cage

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To the Editor:The can cage utilized by the Noon Kiwanis Club has been the victim of thefts of large bags of bottles and cans over the past several months. The funds generated by the redemption of the bottles and cans are used for projects such as the Middle School DARE program, the Hospital ...

Thanks for food drive donations

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To the Editor:I want to personally thank everyone who donated items during our recent food drive. With the amount of food collected, we were able to make about 75 meal bundles on our National Day of Service. The meal bundles were donated to the Domestic and Sexual Assault Outreach Center ...

The threatened beauties

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Those of us who have spent our lives in the Midwest can't help but harbor a special love for monarch butterflies. Of all the beautiful marvels of nature that grace our part of the world, monarchs have earned a place of deserved honor.Along with lightening bugs, ice cream and just-ripened ...

Knock on wood

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Superstitious? Not me. I've never been superstitious and hopefully never will be, knock on wood.Looking ahead I see we have another Friday the 13th on the calendar in December. That's a day superstitious people like to avoid.Superstitious tradition has it that Fridays which fall upon on the ...