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Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Ever have a day when something keeps needling you and you have a chance to let it out and you grab it? Today was the day! After wallowing in the mud on Tama County gravel roads for the last two weeks, the Tama County Supervisors meeting was to be held today at 9:30 a.m. My first question was ...

Wind farms bring windfalls for rural schools

Editorials

On the website for the local school district in Blackwell – a town of just over 300 people in rural Texas – school Superintendent Abe Gott says: “We believe that no matter your dreams, you can achieve them from Blackwell, Texas.” To back that up, the Blackwell Consolidated Independent ...

Dengler Domain: April Fools’ Day

Local Columns

April Fools’ Day talks a big game, but nothing happens. Not one time has this day come and gone, and there was something which fooled me. I do not know any pranksters, but this day is all talk and no walk. Never once has a friend or family member started off a sentence with, “Oh, you know ...

On Nature: Climate Predictions Happening

Local Columns

The world’s climate is changing, caused by an atmosphere warmed by the increased amount of carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels. Atmospheric scientists have warned for many years that this warming would have serious consequences, and now, according to the book “A Global Warming ...

Iowa Legislative Update

Editorials

We’re in the ninth week of the Iowa Legislature’s 2022 session. Since our last update, the first funnel deadline has passed, trimming the list of legislation eligible to continue in the process. Currently, lawmakers are focused on debating bills. Perhaps the most newsworthy development ...

On Nature: Arctic Warming

Local Columns

It is well known that the Arctic has warmed much faster than the rest of the world, but the reasons for this accelerated warming are less clear. Part of it is caused by changes in the Arctic’s albedo or reflectivity. Snow and ice reflect much of the sun’s light. However, as the Arctic ...

Dengler Domain: History

Local Columns

History is beautiful. Every little part of it. The best part is that is always around. Every day, a new piece of history can be unveiled. For example, driving through Pleasantville, Iowa, I came across an old school or Masonic Temple with gorgeous stained glass. While it did not look used for ...

On Nature: Introducing David Voigts

Local Columns

Tama-Grundy Publishing is excited to welcome native Tama Countian David Voigts as its newest columnist. Voigts is a retired ecologist and the current Conservation Chair for the Prairie Rapids Audubon Society. Having grown up in rural Tama County, Voigts spent many youthful days hunting and ...

Dengler Domain: Education

Local Columns

A public school district is the most important part of a rural community. It is the cultural, educational, and job center of the town and surrounding towns. A decent chance exists for it to be the highest employer in town and the surrounding communities. They are a vital fabric for the ...

Senate removal of press won’t keep Iowans informed

Editorials

Typically, in the days leading up to the start of a new session of the Iowa Legislature, the attention is on lawmakers’ goals and priorities — and on the pledges they make to work together for the good of the people of Iowa. This year, however, Republican leaders who control the Iowa ...