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Thursday, July 2, 2015

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Do you agree with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states?
 Yes, it's a step toward equality.
 No, marriage should be between a man and woman.
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The role you play (06/25/15)
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 (06/10/15)
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."...
Deserving of trust (06/03/15)
During Presidential elections, the word integrity is often brought up. A person may like a candidate because that person shows integrity by standing up for what they believe in. But voters can just as easily turn away from a presidential hopeful if his or her stances are seen as lacking in integrity...
Letter to the Editor (06/03/15)
I am sitting in my living room at 9:45 pm Friday evening listening to the band at Mr. Ps, unfortunately this is over two blocks from my house and I don't want to hear the band. Two calls to the Le Mars Police brought no relief or satisfaction. I was told that there had been several complaints. Apparently a business has the right to bother average citizens and they should just put up and shut up. And so it goes...
Letter to the Editor (06/03/15)
This past Memorial Day, I put flowers on the graves of my parents and four brothers. I put them on the graves because I miss them every day, every hour, every minute. I went on Tuesday to pick up my plants, guess what?! With someone's stupidity, there were only two to pick up because you took one...
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...