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Sunday, Apr. 26, 2015

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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...
Letter to the Editor (01/20/15)
Dear Editor, Does the city have a sidewalk snow removal ordinance? If so, why isn't it being enforced? I began walking outside again on Thursday the 15th and found it to be very difficult, I had to walk in the street in many areas. To still have snow packed sidewalks when it snowed around two full weeks ago is ridiculous...
Truth or death (01/20/15)
In America, we accept that freedom of speech is a right no one has the ability to take away. We feel comfortable in our society knowing our opinions will never be violated, never be stripped from us. However, when we watch from around the world as horrific acts of violence are carried out to keep ideas from being expressed, we must let those acts serve as reminders there are still people who wish to suppress any voice which expresses a dissenting thought...
Letter to the Editor (01/13/15)
Dear Editor, I am writing in regards to your article concerning the use of the Rural services fund to pay for the proposed new deputy position. Wouldn't the county be better served by the incorporated towns in the county being assessed the amount that it will take to fund this position? These towns are required by Iowa law to provide law enforcement and have been provided with free services by the county for as long as I can remember...
Taking power back (01/13/15)
As a country, we have the tendency to put things on autopilot. If we know something is supposed to happen in a certain way, we don't spend too much time focusing on it, we just believe and expect it to happen the way it's meant to. As a society, and as individuals, this allows us to focus our minds on more important things, such as our personal lives and our families. But as a citizenry, this can lead to dangerous trends...
Violence will never carry a message (01/05/15)
In a time of crisis, or in any moment when this country finds itself divided, it can be counted on that our citizenry will let their opinions be heard. Opposing voices will speak out and protesters will call attention to their causes through public display...
Consequences of indifference (12/31/14)
Lately national media sources have been focused on social issues that divide people into two sides. Arguments causing debates over the definitions of terms or whether athletes have the right to speak their minds have completely overtaken any other news story...
Resolve to make a difference (12/31/14)
During this time of year, people begin to reflect on the year that has passed and start thinking about the year to come. It is customary during this time of reflection and thought to make a resolution to accomplish a goal during the upcoming year. For some people this means to stop a bad habit, others may attempt to learn a foreign language or start a new hobby they have been meaning to try...