Category: Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor – Jason Good

To the Editor:
Fentanyl is the strongest opiate on the streets right now and it’s estimated to be 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times stronger than heroin. Not only is fentanyl sold on the streets “as is,” but it’s also mixed into other drugs by dealers who have no regard for human life; all they care about is taking the addict’s money. 
Fentanyl has recently been found not only in heroin supplies, but it’s also been found in other illicit drugs like cocaine and marijuana. Unsuspecting addicts consume the drug in the amounts they’re used to, completely oblivious to the fact that they are about to ingest a lethal dose of fentanyl.  
Fentanyl affects the opiate receptors of the brain and crosses through the blood-brain barrier and creates an intense euphoria and addiction in the user much like heroin. 
Fentanyl was originally only supposed to be indicated for cancer patients and for “end-of-life” pain. Fentanyl was rarely ever prescribed as a “take-home” medicine for chronic pain or painful disorders and never used outside of a hospital. 
Not only is fentanyl available on nearly every street corner nationwide, it’s also being widely distributed throughout the country after being imported from China. 
In order to finally get a grip on the growing opiate epidemic, doctors need to stop over-prescribing opiates so as to not create new addicts and effective drug rehab needs to be made available to anyone who needs it. 
Addiction doesn’t care who you are, how you were raised, or where you’re from; it can affect anyone. Another person becoming an unfortunate statistic is one too many.
For more information on fentanyl, go to If you are in need of a referral to a treatment center, call us at 877-841-5509
Jason Good
Narconon, Suncoast 
Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation and Education

Thank You – Travis Fleshner

Dear Union Community School District Patrons:
On behalf of the Union Community School District Board of Education, I would like to extend a sincere “Thank You” to everyone that participated in the process involving the Voter Approved Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL).
We are appreciative of your recognition that future building maintenance and improvement work was needed and necessary. The School Board will continue to be conscious of the overall school tax rate and will work to keep the public informed of physical plant improvements.
We have lots to be proud of in our schools and your approval of this vote is appreciated and reflects your continued support and community pride in our school system.
Travis Fleshner, Superintendent

Letter to the Editor – La Porte City Garden Club

To the La Porte City Community:
The La Porte City Garden Club has cared for the city gardens for about 20 years. In recent years, we have lost many members to age and death. We are now down to two members- Ann Starr and Vi Neil. We regret to inform the community that this will be our last year. We just cannot do all of the work at the age of 74 and 75. If anyone wants to take over, just let us know. Otherwise, we will be tearing down the beds at the end of the growing season. It’s been a good ride and we appreciate all of the positive comments and support we’ve received over the years.
Vi and Ann, La Porte City Garden Club

Letter to the Editor – Merle Wilson

To the Editor:
When the Supreme Court ruled that billionaires could pour unlimited funds to preferred Republicans running for state and federal offices the election process that had some integrity and honesty was reduced to lies and deceit. In the 2016 election approximately 889 million dollars was spent to put Republicans in the majority. A Des Moines Register editorial on March 12, 2017 was captioned, “Lawmakers rush to enact destructive legislation.” It goes on to say in just 62
days the Republicans in Des Moines have inflicted more damage on this state than anyone could have thought possible. They are hatching bills in secret and running them through committees with little or no public debate. When you are doing the bidding of your corporate benefactors instead of the citizens of Iowa, it’s best to operate with speed and stealth.
A prime example of corporate interest was when Craig Johnson admitted that he voted to end collective bargaining for some employees without ever reading the bill. He did what his anti-labor benefactors told him to do. They would like to do away with all unions and remove workers’ rights. No raise in the minimum wage, destroy the bottle bill that 88% of Iowans approve of and worker’s compensation laws. These things
only benefit the corporations and not Iowa citizens.
Warren Buffet is quoted in the book Dark Money by Jane Mayer, “There’s class warfare but it’s my class, the rich class that’s making war and we’re winning.” They win every time their money puts another Republican in office and the people lose.
These six words sum up my opinion of today’s politicians: lie, cheat, steal, greed, graft and corruption.
Merle Wilson
Jesup, Iowa

Letter to the Editor – Gary Murphy

Dear Editor,
I’m responding to the letter dated March 8, 2017. To those that are serving and have served our country, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I am very appreciative of your BRAVERY.
Sir, you are right, that trying to compare being in the Service and being in prison is like comparing apples and oranges.
Yes, you are right that there are a lot of good and bad choices in life. Good choices have a lot more rewards and benefits. Bad choices, not so much.
You are right, if this prisoner wanted to be remembered by family and friends, maybe they should have contacted them directly to see if they have time for them. Just like a lot of the public does!
Yes, you are right some family and friends are proud of their service members! When have you ever just paid for a service member or veterans dinner without them knowing?
How about all those family and friends and public that are not proud of the military, like back in the 1960s with all the peace protesters and draft dodgers that were against serving and protecting the nation? At that time, there was a split between people supporting troops overseas and those who believed the military had no business there. There is a lot of things that can be debatated here.
I suppose that if a Service member is dishonorably discharged for doing something illegal, they should be prosecuted to the extent of the law, rather than just being kicked out of the Service. Their choice was wrong. There shouldn’t be any extra benefits for service members for medical, psychological, physical? Because it was the choice you made when you signed that line! Knowing the outcome possibilities??
It sounds like you are opinionated about things that you haven’t gotten enough thanks or appreciation for, especially for serving our country? Like some people can be??
I do understand that you stand strong for the Service members. Defend them all the way. I give them thanks as often as I can. I have paid for service members gas or stops at quick stores.
Sometimes, these prisoners write to the newspaper to just let their feelings out, which help them stay in touch with some emotional state of life. When they read responses like yours, they shut down and close up! That’s why when they get out, if they get out, they show NO EMOTION WHATSOEVER! So, sometimes people just need to let them write letters to get things off their chest. Just like you’re going to write a response to this letter.
I would like to meet you and debate this more.
To those serving and veterans, to the incarcerated, thinking of you.
Gary Murphy


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