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Letters

  • Letter to | the Editor

    To the Editor:

    I would like to applaud Senator Ben Sasse, R.-Neb., and 11 other Republican senators (as of this writing) who have found the courage to say they find the timing of the firing of James Comey, “troublesome.”

  • Letter to | the Editor

    To the Editor:

    The committed individuals who nurture and teach the nearly 70 percent of Iowa’s young children outside of their home every day continue to be undervalued despite the importance of their work. The grossly inadequate level of wages for child care staff – roughly $20,000 a year for full-time work, and typically less than that in rural Iowa – has led to difficulties in attracting and retaining high quality early childhood caregivers and educators. 

  • Letter to | the Editor

    To the Editor:

    The Red Oak Rotary held its annual Easter egg hunt in Fountain Square Park on Saturday, April 15.  The event was extremely well attended, with an estimated 200 children collecting eggs and candy that had been donated and coordinated by area businesses.  

  • Letter to | the Editor

    To the Editor:

    Over the past several years, Montgomery County has been ranked among the highest in all 99 counties in Iowa for child abuse, which is not a category in which you want to be ranked high. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, during which time the Family Success Network of Montgomery County is putting together a coloring contest for all second and third grade students at Inman Primary in Red Oak, Stanton Elementary, and Villisca Elementary schools.   

  • Letter to | the Editor

    To the Editor:

    The Iowa State Education Association challenged three main provisions in the recently passed collective bargaining bill seeking to remedy the unequal treatment to its more than 34,000 professional educators.

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    To the Editor:

    Montgomery County Farm Bureau board of directors is celebrating National Agriculture Week, March 19-25.  The theme this year is “Agriculture: Food For Life.”

  • Letter to | the Editor

    To the Editor:

    About 11:30 this morning (March 13) I paid $132.50 by personal check to the Montgomery County clerk and submitted the attached affidavit along with the citation. 

    The Clerk said, “Oh, if you’re paying this, nobody will see the affidavit.” I responded, “Oh, I’ll make sure other people see it.” It was a pleasant exchange. I thanked her and left.

    Affidavit: 

  • Letter to | the Editor

    To the Editor:

    Russia has become, under Vladimir Putin, an organized criminal enterprise on the grandest scale, with a large territory, a military (including nuclear weapons), and a determination to expand. 

    Donald Trump attempted, over a 30-year period, to get in on the action there; he used to brag about that, now he denies it. The question is, did he succeed and if so, how did it affect his election and how might it affect his governing? We need to know.  

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    To the Editor:

     

    The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) reviewed studies that document student learning outcomes associated with an education in and through music. The results show conclusively that music education equips students with the foundational abilities to learn, to achieve in other core academic subjects, and to develop the capacities, skills and knowledge essential for lifelong success.