Category: Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor – Jason Good

Dear Editor:
Drug use is on the rise throughout every state in the US. More kids are picking up their first drug every day and becoming addicted and, unfortunately, another statistic.
One of the biggest contributing factors to today’s drug problem is the lack of good, widespread drug education. Education and prevention is the first step to handling the current drug crisis as we know it and the first attempt at drug education should be done in the home.
Parents should have open and honest communication with their children so that they may be more likely to talk about any problems they’re having down the road. Parents should set a good example and not use drugs themselves. It’s hard to tell your kids not to do drugs if you, for instance, smoke marijuana. Finally, parents need to teach their kids to face and handle their problems instead of running from them.
Drugs are a “solution” to a problem for people and if children are taught to face their issues head-on, they might be less likely to look for the “easy way out” of whatever life throws at them.
For more information on how to talk to your kids about drugs, visit http://www.narconon-suncoast.org/blog/how-to-prevent-your-child-from-becoming-an-addict.html. If you are in need of a referral to a treatment center, call us at 877-841-5509
Jason Good, Narconon
Clearwater, Florida

Letter to the Editor – Rosemary & DG Partridge

Dear Editor:
Devastating flooding in many areas of Iowa is causing widespread pollution from industrial agriculture and adds to our long-term problem with water quality. We have over 750 waterways polluted with nitrates and phosphorus and subject to cyanobacteria blooms. Toxic blue-green algae thrive on the phosphorus and nitrate fertilizer run-off. As a result, Iowa is a major contributor to the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, has many state beach closings and water supplies with dangerously high nitrate levels.
Our state’s solution is the “Voluntary” Nutrient Reduction Strategy. The plan contains practices that farmers and landowners can implement to cut down on run-off, soil loss and lessen the amount of nitrate and phosphorus entering state waters. However, the unfortunate truth is this strategy is not working because there is little participation. At present enrollment rate it would take 100 years to clean up our waters using voluntary measures alone.
For all these reasons and more we support the lawsuit filed by Iowa CCI and Food & Water Watch. Voluntary is not working, and our legislature has failed to act on our worsening water quality. Corporate ag and those who profit from it will want to say this is a fight between rural and urban, but the truth is everyone has a right to clean water.
We need a moratorium on large-scale livestock operations until a mandatory nutrient reduction plan is in place. This may be the only way we finally realize a clean-up that the state promises but never delivers.
Rosemary and D.G. Partridge

Letter to the Editor – Iowa State Association of County Supervisors

To the Editor:
Legislation currently being considered by the Iowa Legislature would hinder the ability of local elected officials to make budget decisions to fund the programs and services their constituents depend on and desire. House File 773 would place an arbitrary 2% annual growth limitation on property tax revenue that a county or city could collect. Senate Study Bill 1260 would place the cap at 0% growth with the ability to go to 2% by resolution and 3% subject to reverse referendum. This one-size-fits-all limit does not consider the varying needs of Iowa’s 99 counties and their citizens.
Perhaps the result of limiting growth would be favorable to some property owners, but at what cost? We must consider what local governments provide with the funding from property taxes and how the programs and services benefit the taxpayer. Roads need to be repaired, bridges need to be maintained, criminals must be prosecuted and jailed, and the courthouse should be adequately staffed to meet your customer service needs when transacting government business like renewing your driver’s license or applying for a marriage certificate. County supervisors know very well and take very seriously the fact that when they set budgets and property tax levy rates they are asking their friends and neighbors to contribute financially for the good of the county and the beneficial services that the county provides to its residents.
Local budgetary decisions should remain local, with the elected officials that live and work in the communities they represent, not with legislators making statewide decisions. Supervisors know much better the needs and desires of their county, and if they fail in that charge, they stand for re-election every four years. Please ask your legislators to maintain local control, reject HF 773 and SSB 1260, and let county supervisors and city councilors make budget decisions that are right for their jurisdictions.

Letter to the Editor – Jason Good

To the Editor:
Methamphetamine has become almost as big of a problem for our society as opioids and benzos. While the overall drug crisis is going “full steam ahead,” it’s easy to forget about meth because much of the country’s attention is on Big Pharma and the fentanyl problem. Some addiction professionals believe meth has become increasingly popular because it’s being viewed as a “safer” alternative to pills and heroin, since fatal overdoses occur less frequently with methamphetamine abuse. Meth is not safe to use, by any means. Each toxic chemical used to make meth would kill a person if ingested by itself, not to mention that meth use can lead to heart attacks, strokes, and psychosis.
As meth abuse has gained popularity, those smuggling the drug into the United States have become craftier in getting the drug through our borders. Most recently, a huge meth bust found the drug in the form of pressed tablets, some even resembling children’s vitamins!
It’s a scary time we live in and now, more than ever, we have to be vigilant in our fight against the drug crisis.
For more information on methamphetamine, go to https://www.narconon-suncoast.org/blog/meth-now-being-disguised-as-childrens-vitamins.html. If you are in need of a referral to a treatment center, call us at 1-888-824-1621.
Jason Good
Clearwater, Florida

Letter to the Editor – Brenda Bonner

Bus Stop Blessings:
In this season of Thanksgiving, we take a step back from our busy lives and reflect with gratitude on those who have and continue to support and bless us. As I make a list of family, friends, and neighbors who have enriched my life, one person comes to mind who rarely gets recognized.
Barb Neuendorf has been a neighbor of mine for as long as I have lived in La Porte City. She has lived here for 39 years and for more than 30 of those years she ran an in-home child care business, retiring about 10 years ago. However, the Locust Street bus stop for Union Elementary School continues to be in front of Barb’s house, as it has been for years.
I have been doing registered in-home child care now for over 10 years and my school-aged children along with three other daycares also use Barb’s bus stop. All of my daycare children, past and present, know Barb affectionately as “The Bus Lady.”
As I watch my daycare children cross the street and walk to the bus stop, most mornings I see Barb watching them from her end of the block keeping an eye on them to ensure things go smoothly and there is no mischief taking place. She gives reminders to those who need them. These reminders are appreciated, since, as a daycare provider, it is impossible to be two places at once. She also will stop over and tell me if there are things which need to be addressed or worked on with anyone at the bus stop to avoid problems in the future. This really helps for accountability since the kids know someone has eyes on them the majority of the time.
Barb invests her time into the lives of the young people at her bus stop even though she certainly does not have to; she could just as easily stay inside and stay warm on a cold morning. However, you will see her outside offering a positive attitude, positive talk, encouragement, a high five, a hug, or offering friendly advice to our kids.
Barb lives by the principle “see the need, meet the need” and does so without hesitation or pause. If the temperatures are very cold or it is raining she will let the kids come into her enclosed porch to shield them from the weather until the bus arrives.Her actions show our youngsters they are important, they are valued, and treasured.
I have heard it said that as adults we should “Be who you needed when you were younger.” I would like to formally thank Barb Neuendorf for being who she is. She is a person who invests in our little people, their lives, and futures every day. Never underestimate the power of a seed you have planted, Barb. You are changing tiny hearts in big ways and for that I say thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are truly appreciated!
Brenda Bonner, Bonner Family Child Care, with Melissa Sauer of Doodle Bug Childcare

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