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Letters to the editor

Vote To Keep Your Tax Dollars At Home

Dear Citizens of Palo Alto County, As many of you know, a special vote will take place on March 2nd, 2021 regarding the Palo Alto County Public Safety Center. This vote will determine how various aspects of law enforcement will be handled in the future and how they may affect you, the ...

What A Difference A Few Yesteryears Make

To the Editor: The picture on the front page of the Jan. 28, 2021 Democrat made me think of writing this. No, not a few, but a lot of yesteryears ago, like maybe to the year 1933. I was five years old at that time and later that fall turned six. It was late March or early April on a very ...

A New Facility is Fiscally Responsible

To the Editor: I am asking for your support in the upcoming bond referendum for the new Palo Alto County Public Safety Center. I would like to take a moment to address a few of the questions I have been asked. Why build new? Why not just house inmates in one of the surrounding county jails? ...

Food Box Delivery is Appreciated

To the Editor: Last Thanksgiving time, Farmers to Families made a truck delivery of food boxes and produce to Emmetsburg. Many in our county benefited. The delivery was SO timely. On Saturday February 20, another delivery is expected. "THANK YOU" to Sandy Iwen, Elderbridge, Palo Alto ...

New Facility Will Better Serve The Citizens

To the Editor: The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Offices needs the new facility. The new facility will increase the safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of the entire organization and its employees. The new jail will allow for increased safety of the inmates and correctional officers. In the ...

“A Tinder Box Waiting For A Spark”

To the Editor: As an electrician working in Emmetsburg off and on for 50 years, I have spent many hours “wiring” in the old Palo Alto County Sheriff and Jail facility. First hand, I can agree that the old building has done its job and needs to be replaced. I have worked in the basement ...

Vote “Yes” For The Betterment Of Palo Alto

Palo Alto County Residents, I am currently the Jail Administrator and I wholeheartedly agree with Sheriff Schultes on the need for a new facility.  Our Jail is not safe for the Jailers or the Inmates. When we go back to do our hourly checks we unlock the steel door, enter, and lock the door ...

Vote Yes For The Safety of Palo Alto County

To the Editor: Sheriff Schultes said it best: “We are not wishing to build because we want to, we are wishing to build because we need to.” I have been an employee with the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office for about 7 years as a dispatcher, I love my job and I love serving Palo Alto ...

Congrats to E-Hawks

To the Editor: Congratulations to our Emmetsburg wrestling coaches and team on winning their 3rd consecutive Twin Lakes Conference Tournament title! And 4th consecutive Twin Lakes Conference dual team title! This was also our 6th consecutive year without a regular season team loss. Hard ...

The Health of Business and Industry

To the Editor: In response to Dave Rouse's editorial of January 26th, I offer the following comments: I'd like to thank Dave for the positive comments directed towards my recent words of encouragement published in the January 14th issue of THE DEMOCRAT. Shortly after I assumed office last ...