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Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

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How far will you be traveling for the holidays?
 25 miles or less
 26-50 miles
 50-100 miles
 More than 100 miles

Enjoy the season safely (12/16/14)
With the holidays approaching, this is the season for celebration. Many among us will be spending time with family and traveling to see people we don't get to see on a regular basis. During this time of celebration, it is easy to become caught up in the whirlwind of events and overdo it at holiday parties...
Depression during the holiday season (12/12/14)
The holiday season can be a great time for happiness and joy. It can be a season dedicated to the love and sense of family that many of us take for granted the rest of the year. But for others, it can be a difficult time. The holidays, for some, can bring strong feelings of sadness and depression...
A time for reflection (12/03/14)
There are times in every generation of American history where our society is forced to take a step back as a whole, to evaluate the actions of a few. These times are a necessary part of the democracy we have created, because it gives us the opportunity to reflect on aspects of our society that often remain hidden to the majority of our population. These times lend the perspective of the few out to the minds of the many...
Let your voice be heard (11/26/14)
The current atmosphere in American politics can be one of anger, tension and bitter debate. Opinions are running strong with elected leaders, as well as concerned citizens, and there are few from either group who seem willing to compromise with opposing ideas...
Testing the limitations of life (11/19/14)
As children we are taught to obey rules, to live within the boundaries set by our parents and other authority figures. This is something every child must learn to understand the differences of what our society deems to be right and wrong. But as any parent can attest, children will attempt to cross any line they are given...
Taking time for the important things (11/11/14)
With the current expectations of modern life, it's easy to forget about the things that are truly important. Family can often take a backseat to one's responsibilities at work or to any interest that distracts us from the important people in our lives...
Is education worth the price? (11/04/14)
We are currently living in a country with sky rocketing student loan debt and frightening unemployment rates. With these figures hanging over the heads of high school students, who day by day step closer to graduation, many families are asking if a college education is still the best choice...
Disobedience in a free society (10/30/14)
As we look around the world we live in, all of us can find things we disagree with. We can all see injustice, greed, lies and degradation in some aspect of life. Even if we see these things in a different place than the person next to us, we all see some element of this life that does not suit our personal beliefs of what is right and what is wrong...
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...