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Letters to the editor

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 ...

Chickadee Checkoff

Like Dave Carpenter’s cartoon says - it’s time to start thinking about filing your taxes. Each year around tax time we receive information about the Chickadee Checkoff. This always appeals to me because I come from a family of birders. And, the chickadee is one of my favorite birds ...

Current Jail Structure “Not Safe”

Dear Palo Alto County Residents, I am currently an employee of the Palo Alto County Sheriff's Dept. I work as a full-time jailer. I can't even begin to tell you how bad this Jail is falling apart. Our current structure is not safe for employees or inmates. In the past years we have squeaked ...

Let Us Know What Is Happening

To the editor: I thank our mayor, Patrick Degen, for his excellent article in the Democrat last week. It was thoughtful, compassionate, and provided a pleasant reminder and challenge to all the residents of Emmetsburg and Palo Alto County. Mr. Degen, I am certain that you are aware that ...

Know Where the Candidates Stand

To the editor: Our community, our state, and farmers across Iowa realized the importance of finding new ways to add value to our corps. It is part of what led to the development of the biofuels industry in our state, creating jobs in Emmetsburg and all over Iowa, and improving farm income. In ...

Two Qualified Candidates

Letter to editor: I couldn't have been more proud after watching the debate between J.D. Scholten and Randy Feenstra. So impressed that we have two such intelligent, respectful people from our district running for Congress! My only regret is that I can't vote to send them both there. If ...

Reader’s Opinion on Election

To the Editor: It was nice to see a response to my last letter; in rural Iowa we can express our different views and still greet each other on the street with a friendly hello. Awesome place to live. During the last debate, both candidates were talking over each other, and President Trump ...

Help Slow The Spread of COVID-19 Simply By Wearing A Mask

Editor’s Note -- Due to its length, LeAnn McGranahan’s letter is continued from Tuesday’s issue of The Reporter: Iowa's ability to stem its growing rate of infection is very simple; wear a mask when you leave your property.  I get the Emmestburg papers, Estherville paper, Spencer Daily ...

Help Slow The Spread of COVID-19 Simply By Wearing A Mask

To the Editor: I know Trump promised a vaccine before November 3rd but please do not hold your breath or cast your vote on the basis of this promise. Trump promised the American people something that other parties have to deliver on. We all know, from experience how doing this often works ...

The 2020 Election – Personality Contest or Political Party Platform?

To the Editor: There seems to be a lot of talk about the personalities of the presidential candidates and voting for or against a candidate because of like or dislike of the candidate’s personality. We need to look beyond the personality issue and look at the platform of each political ...