Category: Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor – Angela Rivas

To the Editor:
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Letter to the Editor – Justin Parson

To the Editor:
Union Community Schools is home to one of the finest track and field facilities in Northeast Iowa. While the ability exists to host home track meets, timing methods are done manually. It is the vision of the Union track program to host more meets with the opportunity to host districts numerous times in the future. In order for that to happen, the track and field facility needs to be equipped with a proper fully automated timing system. Currently, a fully automated timing system can range in cost from $13,000 to $23,000 depending on types. The girls track team sold cookies to raise $5,000 towards the purchase of a new system. While those funds are readily available and a great start towards our goal, we are still in need of funds. Our hope is that we can graciously accept generous donations from the Union Community family and local businesses in pursuit of a new timing system. It is our vision to put up a unique design of a track on our concession stand and list donors on it as follows:
Bronze Donor: $25 to $99
Silver Donor: $100 to $499
Gold Donor: $500 or more
Customary to seeding heat times in track events, Gold donors will have a gold medal with their names on it, and that medal will be placed in lane 4 on the display. Silver donors will have a silver medal with their names on it, and that medal will be placed in lanes 3 and 5 on the display. Bronze donors will have a bronze medal with their names on it, and they will be placed in lanes 1,2,6,7, and 8.
Union High School Track and Union Middle School Track would like to say thank you for your consideration of a donation, and we look forward to displaying your name proudly as we pursue funding towards a fully automated timing system.
Mail Checks to:
(Please make checks payable to UCSD)
Union High School c/o Justin Parson
200 Adams St.
La Porte City, IA 50651
Justin Parson
Union High School

Letter to the Editor – Donna Juber

To the Editor:
It’s a funny thing. Try to protect your home, you’re labeled. Expect to breathe clean air, you’re labeled. Want a clean lake to take your kids to, you’re labeled. Fight for your rights, someone calls you names, someone ‘warns’ you about what
you’re doing. Ask your legislator for help, you’re ignored.
Factory farms are pushing the limits. They’re trying to squeeze closer to homes, businesses, and children’s play areas. They’re trying to see how far they can bend the laws and which county’s supervisors will let them get away with it.
Iowa was called number one place to live; they didn’t check the rural areas. Rural areas aren’t so nice anymore.
A few counties are fighting back, taking it to the EPC. One county is going further, to court. Corporate pig people didn’t like that and wanted their rights taken away.
DNR was given a list of nearly 50 items they could put into place to protect our air and water; all of them ignored. Our elected legislature was given 15 bills to protect our homes, air, and water; all ignored. If we did not do our jobs, we would not get paid.
Maybe it’s not so funny, after all.
Donna Juber
Rural Hardin County

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 


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