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Letters to the editor

A Twenty-One Gun Salute?

To The Editor:In military terms, a "gun" is a heavy caliber weapon such as a field artillery or Navy ship cannon. "Twenty-one gun salutes are officially for presidents, dignitaries, and visiting heads of state. Locally, when there are military rites at the funeral of a veteran, VFW members fire ...

Doing Right

To the Editor:I'm proud to call Emmetsburg my home -- have raised a family here and those who know me know that generations of my family worked the land and have been a part of this community.What I've learned in my more than six decades in this community is that farming is a vital part of Palo ...

Blessed To Live In Emmetsburg

To the Editor:During our recent trip to Italy and Greece, I received an emergency call from my sister, Kris, who was staying in our house and visiting our Dad at Emmetsburg Care Center. During the heavy rains, a tile line had backed up and our basement had 4 inches of water in it and rising. I ...

Too Easy To Be “Legal”

To The Editor:It's too easy to be "legal" and "DEAD" on our roads.Few people realize how dangerous it is to be around drivers that are speeding, or driving too fast for conditions, or texting, or talking on the phone, or eating, or not looking at the road, or distracted in any way.There isn't ...

The Future of Palo Alto County

To the Editor:Three years ago I moved back to the area to pursue Ag. Business. In that time I have learned the importance of being diversified to make a living; grain alone won't cut it. Annual revenue from wind turbines would help local farmers be able to withstand fluctuating commodity ...

Appreciating The Greatest Generation

To the Editor:Today I was at my Uncle Marlin's funeral (Marlin Schmeling). He was a proud Navy veteran.It was so moving to watch the men from the local VFW honor him. 11 men, 7 with rifles for the 21 gun solute, 2 holding flags, 1 commander, and 1 with a bugle playing Taps.... All over 70 and ...

I Had A Swell Time!

Dear Editor,It was my great pleasure to speak at the Senior Fun & Wellness Day held at Iowa Lakes Community College.I enjoyed spending time with the wonderful folks who gathered there. Those in attendance were beyond nice.To parapharse Mother Teresa, "Some people come into our lives as ...

Naig: The Right Man For Ag Secretary

I am writing to endorse Mike Naig for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. I have known Mike all his life. I graduated with his parents from high school, we attended the same church, and Mike was in my FFA program at Emmetsburg High School. He was a key member of the soil judging team that qualified ...

Health Impacts of Industrial Wind

While I agree with Mr. Nixon that landowners have a right to use their land most any way they see fit, that right does not extend over your property line. If you are asking neighbors to put up with negative impact of your choices then we have a problem. According to Invenergy only 24 homes out ...

The Wind Blows Clean Energy

To the Editor:I was admiring the "clean energy"production in O'Brien County while driving to Sioux City this week. What a picture! Among the wind towers, farmers were tilling the soil, planting the new crops and hoping for the weather to cooperate.What a sight! It was all "hi tech" ...