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Letter to the Editor – Dave Nelsestuen

To the Editor:

I totally agree with Mayor Neil.  The battle that he faces is people don’t like change and that is understandable, but in most cases change is good. When people say they don’t want that, or that won’t work, I wish they would say why, or even more importantly, what they think would work.  It is so easy to say that won’t work.
I also enjoy living in a safe community and want that to continue, but I don’t think we are safe solely based on the Police Department.  It is my opinion that 41% of the budget going to a Police Department in a town this size is really hard to justify.  The rate and type of crimes just don’t support the figures.
Do we need a police officer on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?  It is my opinion that we do not, and the hours could be cut back.  Is there really a need to have an officer  on duty between 3 AM and 5 PM on Saturday, Sunday or holidays?  During the week is there a need of an officer between 2 AM and 7 AM?  There could be an officer on call during these hours for emergencies.
When buying equipment or vehicles, there really needs to be a lot of consideration about the cost versus the real need. We have to keep in mind that if we were to have a serious crime, we have access to, and will ask for the assistance of the Black Hawk County Sheriffs Department, Iowa State Police and/or Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, who have all the high tech equipment we would ever need.
I know there are people in the community that don’t care what other communities are doing, but they really should.  You can see the changes just by driving through them.  I would like to see what an extra hundred thousand dollars or more a year would do for the community.
If you disagree with the mayor, that is fine, but help us all out and meet with him to share your ideas.  I have always said, “Nothing positive comes from negative thinking,” so give change a chance and let’s grow together into a better community.
Dave Nelsestuen, La Porte City

Zea – 80

Hey! Dave Zea’s turning 80 on February 1st! Help us celebrate with a card shower. He’d love to hear from friends and former students, athletes and faculty. Send birthday greetings to 507 Chestnut Street, Apt. C, La Porte City, IA 50651. No gifts, please. Thank you from his kids, grandkids and great grandkids!

Sheffler – 90

Happy 90th birthday to Myron Sheffler, who turns 90 on January 15. Love, Your Family

Chandler Zeien on Clarke University Dean’s List

Chandler Zeien of Dysart, and a 2010 graduate of Union High School has been named to the Dean’s List at Clarke University for the fall 2013 semester. The list recognizes full-time Clarke students who have earned a 3.65 grade-point average or above, on a 4.0 scale, with a minimum of 12 graded hours.
Clarke University is a Catholic, liberal arts and sciences university dedicated to preparing students who positively impact their workplace, family and community. Academic offerings include more than 40 undergraduate liberal arts and pre-professional programs, a robust adult degree program and six graduate degree programs. Founded in 1843 by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Clarke is located near the Mississippi River in the thriving city of Dubuque, Iowa. It is the only BVM university in the country.

Simply Put – January 15, 2014

La Porte City’s proximity to the Waterloo/Cedar Falls metropolitan area has its advantages, to be sure. Many residents make the commute north to work each day, enjoying the relatively short drive time that makes it possible to access a larger job market while still enjoying the benefits of small town living. And it certainly is convenient to have a wide range of shopping options for those quick stops that need to be made once the work day is done.
Those very conveniences ten miles up the road do create local challenges, however. The prevalence of big box retail outlets in Waterloo and Cedar Falls tends to have an adverse effect on smaller, independent merchants, including those on Main Street in La Porte City. The world in which we live today is vastly different from a time when multiple grocery and clothing stores lined Main Street.
The recently concluded holiday shopping season was newsworthy for the dramatic increase in online shopping, which created logistical nightmares for those entrusted with the timely delivery of packages.
Between the super-sized brick and mortar establishments found in nearby metropolitan areas and the convenience of point-and-click shopping online, the opportunities for merchants in smaller communities like La Porte City become more challenging.
In an effort to support the “shop local” effort, The Progress Review is working to develop a comprehensive onl;ine community directory, one that includes businesses, schools, churches and local organizations. The goal is to provide a “one-stop shop” location on the World Wide Web for all things (and businesses) La Porte City.
The beginnings of this project can be viewed by logging onto theprogressreview.co and scrolling down to click on the Business Directory link at the bottom of the page. If your business, church or service organization is not listed, we invite you to click on the link provided and complete a brief form that will help us share that information on cyberspace.  Because we want the directory to be comprehensive, a basic listing is provided, free of charge, for every local business, church and organization. For those interested, more advanced directory services are available, from photos of the business and links to company websites, to the creation of custom-designed web pages that promote the products and services the business provides.
If you own your own business, or operate one out of your home, make sure it is included in the Online Business Directory. For additional information about The Progress Review’s Online Business Directory project, call 342-2429 or send inquiries via e-mail to editor@theprogressreview.co


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