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You can endorse your candidate, just not on the opinion page

I've said in the past that one of the last actual editorials the Dickinson County News published was a piece from September of 2003, which supported funding the construction of the current county courthouse. But, as so often happens with newspapers, you learn something new every day. I came across another while browsing some archives recently — this one from mid-October of 2003.

I want candy

The USDA recently announced it provided $800 million to assist farmers who were struggling to pay their federal farm loans. The USDA's statement said 11,000 farmers had their accounts brought current by the funds, and the USDA also paid went ahead and paid the next annual installment for direct loan borrowers.

Summit isn’t listening, doesn’t care and isn’t here for us

In a barrage of three-page ads found in newspapers across the state, Summit Carbon Solutions tells Iowans it cares, it’s listening and it’s here for us. Designed to tug at our heartstrings with reassuring verbiage and photos of down-home farm folk dressed in obligatory plaid shirts, the ads target thousands of landowners, such as myself, who refuse to sign voluntary easements with the hazardous CO2 pipeline company. After more than a year of land agent visits, emails, phone calls, letters, me

Is seniority really a voting attribute?

Senator Grassley emphasizes his seniority and perfect attendance as prime benefits for his re-election. Really? One would assume these attributes perpetuate legislative success in meeting the nation’s problems or opportunities. In his case it has led to court-packing which has diminished woman’s rights and fair voting laws while increasing corporate monetary influence on elections.

CARES says thank you

Community Advocates Ready to Empower Survivors would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the following businesses and individuals for their generous sponsorships and donations for our CARES Carnival held on Oct. 1. Our wonderful donors and volunteers made it a successful event. More than 240 people attended, and we were able to raise funds for the Family Crisis Centers and the Centers Against Abuse and Sexual Assault.

Firearms rights on the ballot in November

Iowa is one of only six states without a state constitutional amendment protecting firearms rights. On Nov. 8, Iowans will have the opportunity to vote on a new amendment for the state of Iowa’s constitution. One that strengthens the right to keep and bear arms for law abiding Iowans have the right to keep and bear arms. The language in the proposed amendment is like the language found in the United States Constitution. It reads as follows:

Q&A: Salute to Iowa manufacturing

Q: How important is manufacturing to the Iowa economy?

Don’t live a convictionless life


I’m sure you’ve heard the line, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything,” or at least some variation of that.

Patsy sounds fill the Lauridsen Theatre air

Katie Deal came to the Pearson Lakes Art Center Oct. 11 to sing and tell life stories about the singing legend Patsy Cline during a show she calls “Crazy for Patsy Cline.”

Deal came on stage in a very pretty red and white cowgirl dress with all the fringes — plus an appropriate wig to mimic Patsy’s hairstyle — and began telling stories and singing Cline classics we all know and will always remember.

Opportunities for Milford

Editor's note: The Milford Airport Commission postponed the Oct. 24 public hearing. City staff informed the public of the postponement the morning of Oct. 19, after Mr. Cook's Letter to the Editor was sent to press.


The future of the city of Milford needs growth.

Will extending the airport hangar leases from two years to 15 years create new opportunities and bring the economic growth our city needs?

I'm a Republican

To the Editor,

I'm a Republican because:

• Good government is government by the people
• Good governments is based on each person's ability, dignity and freedom being honored
• I believe in equal rights and freedom for all
• We must retain the principles of our forefathers
• We must preserve national strength and pride for peace and freedom, and at the same time share with people everywhere the desire for human rights throughout the world

Revenue Estimate Committee

We are over-collecting your hard earned tax dollars. We have to remember that government revenue is not government money but your money, and we are taking more of it than we need to pay the bills and address your priority issues. I believe that a well run government doesn't need to collect more taxes.  It sends those dollars back to you so that you can grow and expand, and that is the real growth of the middle class and the overall economy.

Q&A: What you need to know to vote


Q: What’s your message to Iowans as Election Day approaches?


Let’s defund EcoHealth

The shady organization that funneled U.S. tax dollars into China’s state-run Wuhan Institute of Virology to conduct risky research on coronaviruses collected from bats is once again being paid by the National Institutes of Health to experiment on bats.


By Gary Olson - retired pastor


Jude is a one-page letter in the Bible — the last book before Revelation.

Many may not remember that Jude, according to my Zondervan Handbook of the Bible, is a younger brother of Jesus and James. Jude writes to warn his readers of the false teaching that have crept in and created division within the body of Christ.

September Revenues are up — again


State tax revenue collections for the month of September were strong, as all three major revenue categories experienced strong growth according to the non-partisan Legislative Services Agency.

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