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Tuesday, Sep. 1, 2015

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What do you plan on doing for Labour Day weekend?
 Take a trip
 Go boating
 Have a picnic
 Stay home
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Remember the fight (08/27/15)
With fall around the corner, this may seem like a time for parents to celebrate empty houses during the day with TVs free of video games. However there are also some serious issues that must remain in the forefront of our minds as we send our children to school...
The conversation we asked for (08/21/15)
Last week, two presidential debates were cast into the spotlight of national media coverage, but perhaps not for the wrong reasons. Picking the next President in a country so powerful and influential that almost every other country in the world has an interest in our political process is a very important decision...
Make them earn it (08/21/15)
Working for a newspaper in an area of the country that garners a lot of attention from politicians during election years, gives us an opportunity to speak with candidates who visit the county. We often hear people say it would be interesting to speak face to face with candidates and how that might provide some insight into each presidential hopeful's real beliefs on different issues...
Beyond party lines (08/05/15)
As the 2016 Presidential elections loom in the distance and more candidates enter the race every week, we find ourselves being pulled apart and divided as a nation. Every issue seems to spark debate, as the public takes sides with the Republican or Democratic parties...
A reason to stop (07/29/15)
Finding a stop sign in Le Mars can be a difficult task. That's not by chance, it's by design. The Le Mars City Council seems to pride itself on being against stop signs in the city, and it has become somewhat of an inside joke for locals. At a recent city council meeting, the council voted to add two stop signs at an intersection near Gehlen Catholic School...
Free to speak (07/21/15)
Over the past few weeks, residents of Le Mars, and neighboring cities, have been confronted with a question of rights. That question being, should there be a restriction on what is covered by the first amendment to the constitution and the right to free speech?...
Funding Iowa schools (07/21/15)
Recently, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad vetoed a spending bill that would have provided additional dollars to K-12 education. The bill was a result of several debates between the two governing parties in Iowa's Legislature. Finally, to end the session, legislators agreed on a budget deal that provided a recurring 1.25 percent increase in the base aid for K-12 schools...
A question of cause (07/09/15)
After years of watching tragedies unfold in our schools, places of worship and public areas, Americans have good cause to be concerned when they see a member of their community walking through the streets with a rifle, even if it is perfectly legal to do so...
Asking tough questions (07/02/15)
Over this past week, our nation has been divided by debates over many social issues. Whether it be same-sex marriage or issues concerning the confederate flag flying over government buildings in the south. These issues have sparked debate between strangers, within families and along political lines...
The role you play (06/25/15)
As Iowa is the first in the country to hold primary elections and caucuses, that also makes this state's population the first in the nation to be courted by presidential hopefuls. Many times, they come to this state with disingenuous stories about how they grew up on farms and believe in small town values, but Iowans have grown accustomed to this behavior...
The noise of a community (06/10/15)
Over the past week, a discussion has started to surface. The question being asked is what constitutes a noise violation and what should be seen as typical sounds coming from people enjoying the town they live in? The discussion began after a fundraiser at a local establishment the weekend before last inspired people in the community to complain about the "noise."...
Deserving of trust (06/03/15)
During Presidential elections, the word integrity is often brought up. A person may like a candidate because that person shows integrity by standing up for what they believe in. But voters can just as easily turn away from a presidential hopeful if his or her stances are seen as lacking in integrity...
Letter to the Editor (06/03/15)
I am sitting in my living room at 9:45 pm Friday evening listening to the band at Mr. Ps, unfortunately this is over two blocks from my house and I don't want to hear the band. Two calls to the Le Mars Police brought no relief or satisfaction. I was told that there had been several complaints. Apparently a business has the right to bother average citizens and they should just put up and shut up. And so it goes...
Letter to the Editor (06/03/15)
This past Memorial Day, I put flowers on the graves of my parents and four brothers. I put them on the graves because I miss them every day, every hour, every minute. I went on Tuesday to pick up my plants, guess what?! With someone's stupidity, there were only two to pick up because you took one...
Letter to the Editor (05/20/15)
As the parents of four children, each one of our children is different. Their differences are evident by their academic and co-curricular gifts, the settings in which they excel, as well as how their personal needs are met. Therefore, we, like all parents, should have the freedom to ensure that our respective children’s unique educational needs are met...
Free speech in action (05/20/15)
At the Daily Sentinel, we believe free speech is the cornerstone of any democratic society. And if the idea of free speech is going to be successful, open debate on any topic must be allowed. Lately, statements have been noticed on our website and Facebook page that many people found distasteful...
Honoring the vocal few (05/12/15)
At the Daily Sentinel, we believe in the process of democracy. We especially enjoy seeing that process at the local level. We attend meetings held by public officials throughout Plymouth County and at those meetings we get a chance to hear members of the public speaking for themselves and issues they are concerned with...