Columns/Opinions

Wed
30
Jul

Life's a roller-coaster

Life's a roller-coaster

 

 

Becky Walz
News Editor
bwalz@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

So many times you hear the phrase “God never gives you more than you can handle,” and that may be true, but he sure does test individuals throughout life.

Those who know me know that July has been a month FULL of ups and downs.

For years we have lived four houses from my parents in Calmar. Mom and Dad never knew when one of my kids would just stop by to say hi or call for a ride to or from somewhere. It was usually Dad who jumped in the car.

When my girls spent every day all day at the pool before they could drive, it was Dad who would wait until the 3 p.m. break to take them popcorn, candy bars, or cookies, and a pop or water.

He always seemed to know what everyone needed and took care of them.

Wed
30
Jul

If the directions are so accurate, why am I so lost?

If the directions are so accurate, why am I so lost?

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
Sports Editor
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Last week South Winn was in Mason City for a Substate baseball game.

Since Ossian Bee sports editor Becky Walz’s father had just died, I was asked to go to Mason City.

No problem. Go to Google, get directions, and start early, just in case.

The directions to Mason City were simple and accurate enough. The directions to Mason City High School were a classic example of cyberspace’s sense of humor.

What started as an accurate map of Mason City, Iowa, quickly turned to a map of a Mason City from another state, conceivably from another planet.

Wed
05
Mar

Jerry Basye -Warrensburg, Mo.

 

To the editor:

I’d very much like a copy of the UIC 75th Anniversary issue. I’ll share it with brother John. He quarterbacked the’64 Hawks to a 9-0 season, when every game was a road game. John played his junior and senior years at North, and I got to play one year, ’68-’69, as a freshman before we moved to Glenwood. I have only fond memories of West Union.

I really enjoy getting the Union. Thanks!

Sincerely,

Jerry Basye

Warrensburg, Mo.

(formerly of West Union)

Wed
05
Mar

Herman Lenz - Sumner

 

To the editor:

When you attend those “political town meetings,” ask your senator and representative if she/he is “for” or “against” those “political robo phone calls.”

Everyone hates such pain-in-the-XXX calls. If our lawmakers don’t try to get them outlawed, then it means they’re just “career politicians” that represent big money/big business instead of the will of the citizens.

We get enough of that political hyper-bull through the TV, radio and newspapers without being pestered through the telephones. Get ready to be bombarded with such calls this summer and fall.

Herman Lenz

Sumner 

 

 

Wed
05
Mar

Eric E. Durnan - Letter to the editor

 

To the Editor:

What is to be done about a neighbor who lets their dogs do their business in your yard without cleaning it up? It’s easy to see in the snow where the problem is coming from. It stands out like a sore thumb in the white snow. This isn’t an intermittent problem, either. 

I understand that living in town means having to deal with annoyances. I grew up in a large family and learned from an early age to put up with all sorts of annoyances. However, there are times where an annoyance crosses the line into something more. In this case, it’s something filthy.

Wed
05
Mar

Cathy Renwick Bemiss

 

To the editor:

I thought I would try to explain our budget in simpler terms.

Here is a breakdown of expense as a cost per day. Some departments have revenue other than property tax, and I adjusted that expense with the estimated revenue calculated into the overall expense.

Fire department rev. adj. - $63.25 per day (township revenue was calculated)

Airport rev. adjusted - $30.14 per day (hangar rental)

Library rev. adjusted* - $300.57 per days open (state, county, library fees)

Rec program rev. adj.* - $62.43 per participant (500)

Pool rev. adj. - $803.43 per day (12 weeks)

Cemetery* - $295.00 per day (30 weeks)

Street* - $674.88 per day (all expense covered by road use tax fund $s)

Water* - $1123.49 per day (includes water rev. bond payment – all expense covered by fees)

Sewer* - $1172.35 (expense covered by usage fees, capital improvement fees)

Police* - $920.27 per day

Wed
05
Mar

Goodbye, Gene

To the editor:

Goodbye, Gene

I was on vacation when my good friend and Franklin [Street] neighbor passed away. I’ve known Gene Perry ever since I came to town in 1973. Needless to say, he was in the “helping business,” and so that’s exactly what Gene did all his humble life. 

Thu
26
Dec

To the editor: Mark Hanson

 

 

To the editor:

I would just like to say that after reading the article about a Casey’s General Store that I was disappointed. It says how good it would be for the town and that it would employ 25 to 30 people and add additional property tax.

What about all the businesses, families, and employees it would hurt that are already here? All these places and employees already pay property taxes and spend money in town and send their children to school here. Many businesses who give to help our schools, fire department, hospitals, etc.

Fri
04
Oct

Herman Lenz - To the Editor

 

To the editor:

 

The root cause of “climate change and global warming caused by human activity” is because of the growing human population, and one person today does more pollution of every kind than 100 people did 150 years ago.

How many gallons of gasoline, heating fuel, motor vehicles, tires, electricity, electronic equipment, spray cans, bottles, and plastic bags will one person go through in a lifetime?

But the Radical Religious Extremists (RRE’s) deny the “human activity” has anything to do with such damage to the environment, because if they had to admit to such, then they would have to admit that birth control and Planned Parenthood are necessary, but they have their minds shut off to reason, reality, and evidence.

Fri
04
Oct

OPEN FORUM

 

OPEN FORUM

To the Editor:

 

Is the Branstad Administration paying attention to the issue of escapes?

During September there have been six reported escapes from work release facilities in Waterloo, Des Moines, West Union, Fort Dodge, and Ottumwa. One of the two Ottumwa Work Release Facility escapees was serving time for attempted murder, escape, and assaulting a peace officer.

Similar escapes occurred in Burlington, Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Waterloo, and Davenport during prior months. The escape of a Clarinda Correctional Facility inmate led to a sheriff’s deputy being shot, a couple being taken hostage, and the inmate’s death.

Governor Branstad and Director Baldwin are pushing inmates, including those

convicted of violent crimes, toward lower security settings and parole as quickly as possible in order to avoid addressing prison staffing shortages.

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