Letters to the Editor 6-2-09
Greedy gas suppliers
To the editor
Here we go again. People have lost their jobs, over 300 to 400 in Spencer alone, and the greedy gas suppliers are again raising their prices to way above normal pricing.
Oil is not the cause as their prices have gone way down to $61 per barrel compared to over $120 a barrel last year. At these prices, gas should be $1.19 to $1.49 per gallon at the highest.
At $2.49 per gallon and rising, you can see who is benefitting, the gas people not the general public whom have lost jobs and cannot afford to go places they wish.
Come on gas suppliers, wake up and be normal like the rest of us.
To the editor
Recently, I heard that the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is cutting their field staff who go out to check on factory farm sites from 19 staff persons to 13. Thirteen people throughout the entire state is not enough to check on the 5,450 permitted and numerous non-permitted factory farms we currently have.
The aging population of rural Iowa should not have to put up with the degrading circumstances of living by factory farms.Now it will be even worse when we have next to no one to respond when a factory farm operator is polluting. If you find this outrageous call DNR director Rich Leopold at
515-281-6794, to let him know.
To the editor:
The Spencer Girl's and Boy's track teams would like to thank Jeff Hasselmann and the Spencer Daily Reporter for the excellent coverage of this year's State Track Meet. Not only were Spencer's results well reported, but the surrounding area also had excellent coverage. Jeff, you did an awesome job of putting in print the many memories that will undoubtedly last a lifetime. Thanks again for all the hard work and time you put in, and the support you and the paper have given the Track programs in the area.
The Spencer Girls and Boys Track Team and Coaching Staff