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Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

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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 fiancÚ 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...
Encouraging the youth of the county to take part in politics (06/24/14)
At some point in every generation there must be a a move away from the political ideology and thoughts of the previous generation. A point comes when youth no longer accept the plans or beliefs of the established leaders in their communities and begin to support candidates who better reflect their own mindset...
What's so new about a selfie? (06/18/14)
Browse any social network for a few seconds and you're bound to encounter one. A music video devoted to it was released earlier this year, and a television show is in pre-production. People are talking about the "selfie." A selfie is a self-taken digital photograph that usually focuses on one's face. ...
The danger of running unopposed (06/10/14)
With primary season over and the midterm elections coming up fast, many politicians are facing difficult re-election campaigns. But here in Plymouth County two legislators have managed to escape the battle for votes and are running unopposed. Both, Sen. Bill Anderson, R-Pierson, and Rep. Chuck Soderberg, R-Le Mars, are seeking re-election without competition from either side of the aisle...
Letter to the Editor (06/10/14)
Cannabis has been used for medicinal and recreational purposes for more than 10,000 years. Despite cannabis's enormous medicinal benefits, the United States government classifies cannabis as a prohibited schedule 1 drug. This means that the general public has no access to medicinal cannabis. ...
Keeping the shade of summer (06/03/14)
Ah, summer. It's a wonderful time to spend outside enjoying nature's beauty and all it has to offer. For some people, it's a time to relax in the backyard under the shade of trees, enjoying the soft breezes. Many families go camping in area parks and campgrounds...