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Lessons from the past (10/22/14)
If a person doesn't learn from history, then he or she is doomed to repeat it. We have all heard this cliché, taken its message at face value and then dismissed it without giving its meaning any real thought. But it's true; the lessons of the past must never be forgotten...
Letter to the Editor (10/22/14)
The U.S. is expected to yield 14.4 billion bushels of corn, with 2.4 billion coming from Iowan farmers. However, as farmers begin to take to the fields for the fall harvest, the record yield may not turn into record profit. That's because of the current trade spat between the U.S. and Mexico over sugar imports...
What's in a name? (10/07/14)
With so much controversy surrounding the names of professional sports teams, conversations about what a team name means to an organization have started to take place. This conversation has extended past the realm of professional sports and now has many people focusing on the culturally insensitivity of high school mascots...
The independent choice (10/06/14)
America can be divided along many different lines. We find our differences to be a way of defining who we are as people. Differences such as religious beliefs, sexual orientation, race and gender can come to be equated with who we are in life. Among these types of distinctions, what political party a person belongs to, is often the deciding factor when assumptions about another's beliefs are being made...
Education increases awareness (09/23/14)
Hours after Miss America was crowned, people took to social media to discuss the winner. Among the critics of the competition and the fans debating its outcome, another voice made its way into the discussions. That voice lashed out with brutal insults about the newly inaugurated Miss America, Kira Kazantsev...
Not a hero but an opportunity (09/17/14)
Videos of NFL running back Ray Rice assaulting his former fiancé are garnering national media attention. Due to that, questions concerning proper punishments for such crimes are demanding to be answered. The original punishment given to Rice, by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, consisted of a two game suspension from the league...
Letter to the Editor (09/17/14)
Citywide cleanup is happening. I am disappointed in how it is now done. Many people in Le Mars do not have the means or abilities to get their stuff out to the landfill. It worked so well to have it picked up curbside. I believe our community will look even better if we go back to having things picked up and hauled away...
The role of a newspaper, as we see it (09/02/14)
This statement can serve as a reminder for a person to learn from past mistakes to avoid making similar mistakes in the future. Or it can be seen as merely a suggestion that every person should be conscious of his or her role in the world. As reporters, the term "examine" means something else to us...
Can the death of a star serve a purpose? (08/19/14)
Many people have been affected by the death of beloved comedian Robin Williams. Whether we remember his early career as an out-of-place alien or heard his voice throughout our childhood as an over-the-top genie, most of us have fond memories of his life's work...
Are we creating a community of felons? (08/12/14)
The war on drugs in America has had many casualties. Since the era of Nixon, we have been taught that the only way to deal with drug abusers and addicts is to enforce harsh punishments and to enact severe sentencing laws. But now when the nation's attitude towards less harmful drugs are beginning to alter, we believe it's time to look back and reflect upon what the war has cost...
Sex offender reporting misguided (08/05/14)
Iowa, like all states around the country, has mandatory sex offender registration and reporting laws. In this state, sex crimes include criminal offenses against a minor, sexual exploitation, or a sexually violent crime. Iowa's registry is updated hourly, and at press time, listed 5,775 offenders. It includes a publicly searchable database. The registry's website notes its purpose is to "allow members of the public a means to protect themselves."...
Can we end poverty in Le Mars? (07/29/14)
When most people think of poverty levels, they think of national averages. They think of the 46 million people currently living below the poverty line in America. This number seems insurmountable and causes many who wish to help, feel powerless to do so...
Come to the fair (07/23/14)
Get ready for "The Best 5 Days of Summer" -- the 2014 Plymouth County Fair -- July 23-27. For the 73rd year, the Plymouth County Fair Board will host thousands of visitors to the fairgrounds and its activities. Hundreds of 4-H and FFA members will showcase projects from food to woodworking, photography to pets and livestock, the results of nearly a year of work...
Our moral obligation (07/15/14)
In a moment of crisis or disaster, Americans have always been known to band together for the greater good. When a flood wrecks a neighbors house, we give them a bed to sleep in and a warm meal to eat. We would never dream of saying that a property line divides our households and separates our lives, therefore we cannot be bothered to help...
The Anderson report (07/08/14)
New Laws go into effect While the 2014 legislative session didn't address everything Senate Republicans would have liked, the General Assembly did pass a number of laws you should be aware of: E-Cigarettes: Iowa retailers are banned from selling e-cigarettes, alternative nicotine products and vapor products to individuals under the age of 18...
Caregivers beware -- your car can kill (07/08/14)
We keep hearing about children and pets being left inside sweltering vehicles and wonder why. On a 90-degree day, a car can reach 109 degrees Fahrenheit within 10 minutes. However, it doesn't have to be 90 degrees outside for a car to become a death trap for those locked inside, according to experts...
Voting rights for felons? (07/02/14)
When Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad returned to office in January 2011, he wasted no time in making a controversial decision. On his first day, Branstad issued an executive order reversing a policy put in place six years earlier by then-Governor Tom Vilsack...