Letter to the Editor
Letters to the Editor 3-21-09
Saturday, March 21, 2009
To the editor
The cow-calf refund was put into place in 1996. It was a good idea then, and it still is, particularly to encourage hard-working beginning farmers. Most young farmers start out with little capital. Labor is their biggest asset, making effort-intensive livestock production a logical initial investment.
Governor Culver has proposed cutting the cow-calf refund, a decision that would be highly detrimental to local young farmers. Currently, there is no market for independent hog producers. Cutting the cow-calf refund would reduce the incentive to produce cattle as well.
With our aging farmer population, the Iowa family farm is at risk. The quality of life in rural Iowa is in jeopardy. In the past, Iowa farmers feed all the corn they raised. The money generated from the corn and livestock circulated in and through Iowa. Now many farmers and elevators are building more storage. Additional storage makes harvest faster and easier. It also means more and more grain and financial resources are being shipped out of the state. It means fewer harvest time jobs. Beef processing businesses have also left Iowa. Along with the cattle shipped to out-of-state packing plants, additional personal incomes and circulating revenues for Iowans are lost.
As I approach retirement, I am convinced that young independent farm families, rather than corporate farms, are needed to stimulate Iowa's economy. Rather than talking of cutting the cow-calf refund, our governor and legislators should be adding more to the cow-calf incentive. I don't want to eat the ethanol by-products but our cattle can. We should encourage young farmers to produce quality livestock and promote "Iowa's Corn-fed Beef."
2007 Clay County Cattlemen of the Year
To the editor
I have just recently finished reading the book about Dewey, the Library cat; a most compelling and sensitive story. I bet the release of Vicki Myron's book has brought renewed interest in the city of Spencer and her residents.
I write this letter in hopes that some effort is being made to create a loving, "No Kill" shelter in your area for those cats and kittens who are not as fortunate as Dewey. Along with the Spencer Public Library, I truly believe that other animals would benefit greatly from Dewey's story; as an extension of the love he shared.
This is an open request to Vicki and those directly involved with Dewey, his story and his legacy, that some of the financial profits gleaned from proceeds of the sale of his story as well as any movies or subsequent publications go towards creating a save haven for other cats and kittens and companion animals who are not as lucky as Dewey was; such as the three kittens which were placed in the alley drop box behind the Spencer Public Library, or the hundreds purportedly offered to the library; some as far as Texas.
Wouldn't it be a testament to the love felt for Dewey to extend this compassion to other cats and kittens. My belief is that, given half a chance; any cat or kitten saved as Dewey was would turn out to be wonderful, too.
Please consider this suggestion. I sincerely feel that this would be a fantastic result of Dewey's story; Vicki Myron's love and the incredible acceptance the city of Spencer gave to beautiful Dewey.
With much appreciation,
To the editor
I heard your (Kevin Tlam and Randy Cauthron) interview this (Friday) morning and I thought all these guys were on board to help Lite 104.9 & The Spencer Daily Reporter raise a little money for our Shayla Bee families.
I don't know why jerks like people like Beer Money Inc. have to try and ruin a fun and rewarding idea, but the Shayla Bee Board and our hundreds of supporters have encountered people like that before, they only make us more determined.
I don't know how they do it in the big city, but in Iowa, you simply don't run your mouth about our town, there might be a few redneck farm boys that could body slam that idiot with one hand while holding a bale of hay in the other. Besides that I know of a couple hundred bikers that have made Shayla Bee what it is that are not afraid of dynamite.
I am not much of a sports fan and rarely watch wrestling, and a lot of us would probably never go to one of these events. However, I have already heard from a few of my larger friends that may just decide to go to the Events Center on the 28th and give Team 3D the night off.
Please tell Beer Money Inc. that they may just want to tone it down a little this time. Respect is everything in our world, if they thought leaving Spencer was the best part of their visit last year, they could really be thankful for leaving this year. On second thought, we'll tell em our selves!
Thank god for people like team Team 3D, The Daily Reporter and Lite 104.9. See you at the match.
Thank you for everything,
Shayla Bee Fund Chairman, & Shayla's Grandpa
To the editor
Now that spring yard work has begun and Spencer citizens will be driving yard waste and tree branches to the dump site north of town, I write to warn everyone that driving over the old bridge on the usual route can be hazardous to your tires, due to exposed nails on the bridge. Therefore you should use the alternative (bridge free) route via the gravel road east of the airport.
I first noticed exposed nail heads on the bridge when I drove over it last November. At that time I took a closer look by walking the bridge end to end. I found dozens of large nail heads sticking up a significant height from the wood planks on the bridge. The nail heads looked destructive enough, but even worse I found one nail head had broken off, leaving a sharp-ended nail shaft sticking up about three fourths of an inch. When I reported the problem to City Hall, I was told the bridge was the county's responsibility. When I spoke to the engineer, he promptly sent a work crew to pound the protruding nails down.
That fix apparently was only temporary, as the problem of protruding nails is again obvious this spring, including another broken nail shaft sticking up like a spear. The problem is worse on the south 25 feet or so of the bridge, where gravel gets onto the bridge planks and abrades the wood surface away from the nail heads.
In my humble opinion, the bridge should be closed pending a substantial repair job, especially near the south end of the bridge.
I realize that the city sees the bridge as a county responsibility and the county does not want to pay to maintain access to the city's dump, but this bureaucratic buck-passing must end. It has been too hard on my tires and the tires of my fellow citizens.