• Letter to the editor: Planned Parenthood will be missed

     As former Planned Parenthood employees with 26 years of combined employment, we feel there is some misconception with the mission of Planned Parenthood. We were devastated by the closure of the Red Oak and Creston clinics and the impact it will have on the residents in southwest Iowa.

  • Red Oak school district leader’s abilities, motives questioned by reader

     Dear Editor,

    I don’t claim to know it all, and I certainly don’t know allof the politics and legalities of school administration. However, I’m a Mom, community member, and professional in Red Oak and I would like to voice concerns I have regarding recent events and the changes in our school district.    

  • Insight provided into building’s history


    Noticed with interest the photo on page one of last week’s Express the destruction of the building soon to be the Dollar General. Only mention in the article was that it was built in 1950.

  • Reader comments on "doer" letter

     Dear Mr. Orear,

     I must say I am disappointed and appalled that a person who has no acquaintance with Jennifer Horner and quite possibly has never even been in our community could be allowed space on the page to say terrible things about a local citizen. To say that she is the reason that babies will not see an Iowa sunrise or the veiled comparison to Hitler is horrific.

  • Reader has questions for School Board

     s chosen the old tried and true method of dealing with your headache: the buy-out.

    This is hardly the creative solution many hoped for.

    However, it does provide you an opportunity to clear the air by answering questions about how you got into this mess.

    How about providing the public with your side of the story?

    First and foremost, do you intend to deal with any of the allegations High School Principal Jedd Sherman made public?

  • Reader offers thoughts on foreign affairs

     Dear editor,

    I think the world may be about to come to an end. Ms. Miner wrote a column in last week’s paper that I totally agree with.

    If it were up to me, Mr. Cheney and his sock puppet, George W. Bush, would spend the rest of their lives in prison. But it isn’t and they won’t.

  • Florida resident offers thoughts on “doers” column

     Dear editor,

     An acquaintance sent me a copy of your June 24 “What’s Going On” article. Permit me to offer just a quick note from down here on the  Gulf coast where the Goodemotes used to live. I very much appreciated  your ‘doer’ article and can testify that Rod hasn’t changed much since he left to be nearer to family. 

  • Sherman following the path of biblical underdog

     Dear Red Oak Community:

    Once again, Davey and Goliath have started. Jedd Sherman was a very fine and respected man in Spirit Lake High School.

    You talk about kids bullying others. Here are two grown men, both very well educated, with one man’s ego and jealousies trying to destroy another’s reputation.

  • Please show respect for cemetery decorations

     I have lived all of my life in Red Oak. I write this letter with a very sad and disappointed heart as my passed away five years ago and I visit the cemetery every day faithfully. 

    Every time I visit my wife’s grave I try to place something new and beautiful on her grave to show how beautiful she was and to remind myself of the small things she enjoyed. 

  • Parent appreciates Orear’s ‘be a man” advice

     Mr. Gregory Orear,

    My name is Sherry Powers and I am married to Drue Powers and we have two boys that are 22 and 19 and after reading your article on “Being A Man” made me feel so good as a mother and knowing my husband has given our boys some good sound advice.