Don't live with limitations
Each of us grows up being taught to obey rules, to live within the boundaries set by our parents and other authority figures. The difference between right and wrong, positive and negative, are so ingrained into our minds as children, many people never move from within those boundaries...
We must work together
In every life there is a need to look inward, to reflect upon the person we have become. We may look and see we are the people we wish to be, but more than likely we will find a few things that can be changed. These reflections should not focus on physical changes or enhancement of money, power or stature, but they should be seen as a chance to become a better person for ourselves and the world we live in...
Make a difference locally
When you live in an area of the country that doesn't receive a lot of attention from the outside world, it's easy to feel disconnected from it. It's easy to become disinterested in national government or issues affecting people you will never meet because those things are not staring you in the face everyday when you leave your house...
A long race
We live in a political country. Our elections often feel as if we are watching a football game instead of choosing a leader. We cheer on our team and bash opponents with disparaging remarks, often in good fun, but from time to time those disagreements get serious quickly...
Remember the fight
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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."...