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Monday, May 25, 2015

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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...
Finding power (05/04/15)
As the next presidential election inches closer, the more issues are discussed and debated. Heated conversations take place at family reunions, barber shops and local bars. We as a society enjoy knowing what is happening in our nation and in the world around us...
Time and place (04/28/15)
While attending a non-political event hosted by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, and other high ranking members of organizations with political ties, we noticed a trend that concerned us. The day was meant to celebrate the achievements of the state's brightest high school students, but if someone was only listening to the tone of the speakers, one could easily assume they had somehow stumbled into a political rally...
How involved are we? (04/22/15)
Every generation is plagued by its own issues. Every generation has its own struggles to overcome and obstacles to surpass. We have all learned about the battles of the past in our history books and through our own attempts to understand where we came from...
Letter to the Editor (04/14/15)
Dear Editor, I attended the Remsen Utility Board meeting in March because I learned that Remsen's nitrate levels in the city water system has been rising since the end of 2012. I pressed the Board on why they, who wanted to be a more "hands-on" board back in 2012, had allowed Remsen's water to reach a nitrate level high enough to prompt a letter from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR)...
Off to the races (04/14/15)
Well, the gun has sounded, the runners are off and the race to decide who the next President of the United States will be is underway. Ted Cruz was the first to announce. He was joined quickly by Rand Paul and Hilary Clinton. Then Marco Rubio added his name to the list Monday...
Letter to the Editor (04/08/15)
Dear Editor, I wish to commend the Plymouth County Historical Museum board for stepping up to try to preserve the cabin presently located at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds. I commend them for their courage to try to find a solution, in too short a time period, to prevent it from being demolished. ...
Power of the people (04/08/15)
We have all heard the old cliché about knowledge being power, but how often do we actually consider the implications of that statement. If knowledge is power and we, as a nation, would like to keep our place of power in the world, education must be the highest priority...
Letter to the Editor (04/01/15)
Dear Editor, [Last] Tuesday's paper had a quote by Clayton Hodgson, "If you want to get elected, you'd better be a member of the dominate party." I would say a more accurate statement would be, "If you want to get elected than you should share the values and principles of the people of Plymouth County."...
Letter to the Editor (04/01/15)
Dear Editor, PLEASE HELP save Joy Hollow Log Cabin at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars! Demolition of the historic 115-year-old cabin could be just around the corner. The cabin has been on the grounds for the past 11 years, having been moved 38 miles from the Joy Hollow Girl Scout camp to the fairgrounds in 2004...
Conversation for peace (04/01/15)
In the world of 24-hour news cycles and opinions masquerading as fact online, attempting to stay well informed can feel like a test of patience. When a newsworthy event takes place, millions take to the Internet to indicate which side of the fight they stand on...
Preparing for the coming storm (03/23/15)
Each year can bring many new things. There can be obstacles to overcome and difficult decisions to make. However, some years can bring the same old things we are never able to avoid. Living in Iowa, in a year before a presidential election, we all know what is about to descend upon us...
Women's history month (03/10/15)
March is Women's History Month in America and to celebrate we believe everyone should take some time to reflect on all of the amazing women who have made great contributions to our society. But more then just admiring the women who have influenced our society in the past, we should also make this month about encouraging the women who will shape our future...
All voices should be heard (03/04/15)
Every time a celebrities choose to voice their opinion, a line is drawn in the sand. That line separates their fans into two groups; those who agree with their statements and those who oppose them. But does that division mean celebrities should not voice their opinions in the first place?...
Letter to the Editor (03/04/15)
Dear Editor, In response to the recent publicity about the staff downsizing at the Le Mars Public Library, I am deeply concerned. Our library has so many facets, which include wonderful outreach programs throughout the year, which my own children, my daycare, preschool and school age children benefit from...
Letter to the Editor (03/04/15)
Dear Editor, Can spring be far away? I saw three robins in our back yard on Thursday! Spring is coming. Roxie Anderson Le Mars
Empowered through information (02/23/15)
We at the Le Mars Daily Sentinel believe residents should know everything going on in the area they live in. We believe assisting a community in becoming better informed should be the goal of any news source. Our decisions of what to put in the newspaper are made with that goal in mind...
Truth and integrity (02/17/15)
When the integrity of a journalist or a news organization is compromised it does more than just hurt the people involved, it damages the entire industry. But more importantly it damages the public's perception of news. The Brian Williams incident, along with every other example of a journalist being caught lying or falsifying a story, causes people to question the trustworthiness and validity of American news...
Focus on today, not a sunnier future (02/11/15)
With Groundhog Day celebrations, winter slowly coming to an end and early hints of spring popping up all around us, it is easy to see why so many people are focused on what the future holds instead of what the present offers. However promising the future may be when compared to the frozen mess of the current climate, we must remember to stay focused on the now, to ensure we don't miss the important events of today...
Take control of your community (02/02/15)
In a democracy as large as ours, it can seem difficult, if not impossible, to effect serious change within our society. On a national level, the federal government is so vast it can feel untouchable and out of reach to the common American. This can cause a person to feel as if the government is ruling over them, instead of representing them and the best interests of the country...
No value in a spectacle (01/26/15)
As we watched the state of the union address last week, we couldn't help but notice the unnecessary pageantry of politics. People stood at obvious applause lines to make sure it could never be said they didn't stand for the issue, while others grimaced to show their commitment to the opposition of what the other person stood for...