Category: Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor – Virginia Meyer

Dear Editor,
I have retired to a small acreage and I worry that my property could become unlivable or lose much of its value if an unregulated CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation) is built too close to my home.  Livestock farming is vital to Iowa’s economy.
Livestock operations of reasonable size have thrived in the past. But Iowa’s CAFOs are not of reasonable size. Existing loopholes allow for the concentration of enormous numbers of animalswith minimal oversight or inspections. Some have unchecked problems with manure management, and there is no effective local control of their location.
Factory farm manure spills and runoff have seriously contributed to our 750 impaired waterways, and as these facilities proliferate so does the degradation of our water.
In addition to the many thousands of existing CAFOs, the DNR has recently discovered 5000 unaccounted for facilities, an example of the lack of control in this rapidly expanding industry.
CCI and other concerned citizens are calling for a moratorium on new or expanding factory farms until meaningful and mandatory regulations are passed.
We would not tolerate minimally regulated industry moving in and despoiling the air and water in our urban neighborhoods. Why should rural residents tolerate such polluting industry next door?
Virginia Meyer
Lone Tree, Iowa

Letter to the Editor – Paul Pate

To the Editor: Make Your Voice Heard, Be a Voter on November 7
An election that could have a major impact on your daily life is rapidly approaching. City elections take place throughout Iowa on Tuesday, November 7. Although these elections do not receive very much attention, they are every bit as important as the general elections held in Iowa every two years.
As a former mayor of the state’s second largest city and former president of the Iowa League of Cities, I can assure you that city government plays an important role in the lives of Iowans. That is why all eligible Iowans should make their voices heard and vote on November 7.
Unfortunately, city elections usually have drastically lower turnout than general elections. Iowa is one of the best states in the nation for voter registration and participation, but those numbers do not hold up well for school and city elections. We can and should do better.
When you stop and think about all the things city government oversees that affect you each day, you will realize the importance of city elections. Around 30 percent of your property tax bill goes to city government. Decisions regarding streets, utilities, stoplights, law enforcement, fire departments, garbage collection, and snow removal are all made on the city level. City governments can dictate local ordinances, set curfew hours, decide whether you can use and sell fireworks, and decree what type of pets you can keep. They can dictate whether or not you can build a fence on your property.
Don’t you want a say in how all those things are determined? If the answer is “yes”, then the next steps are simple: Register to vote if you haven’t already. If you are registered, make sure your information is up-to-date. Visit and do it instantly, online. Then, research the candidates for mayor and city council and pick the ones that best represent you and your values. The final step is to be a voter on November 7.
I want all eligible Iowans to make their voices heard in our elections. The way to do that is by being a voter. City elections are about you, your family, and your community. You have a say in how you want your tax dollars spent and your city to operate. On November 7, step up. Be a voter.
Paul Pate
Iowa Secretary of State 

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


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