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Ann Welch ann4plus1@yahoo.com

Union of Concerned Scientists evidence for global warming

Oct 22, 2014 9:51am

In my last column I wrote about how progress dealing with climate change is being impeded by denial of global warming by our huge energy interests such as Chevron, Conoco, BP, Exxon, and Shell. In...

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Ray Harden rayharden2@aol.com

Yellowthroat: a common Wood Warbler

Jul 09, 2014 5:14pm

Every morning I hear the call of a yellowthroat coming from the tall prairie plants about twenty feet from my patio. The common yellowthroat is in the wood warbler family. It is a bird that is...

Ticks and mosquitoes

Jul 09, 2014 5:11pm

Beware of ticks and mosquitos if you go into a wooded area, or an area of tall grass. It’s wise to wear long pants, socks and closed shoes and use insect spray with DEET or Permethrin.

When...

There’s something about a small town celebration

Jul 09, 2014 5:06pm

It wasn’t the same as returning to a childhood, but a visit to the Fourth of July celebration in Slater certainly stirred some memories from years past.

For sure, times have changed – what...

The farmer wave

Jul 09, 2014 5:02pm

One of the things I enjoy about being back home in rural Iowa is the farmer wave. Out here where there seems to be a little less skepticism about the people around you many drivers wave when they...

Other health care options

Jul 09, 2014 4:59pm

Dementia is an increasingly degenerative disease that haunts us all with some form beginning as early as age twenty. There are approximately 70-80 different varieties of dementia, many know it...

Ann Welch ann4plus1@yahoo.com

Why the honey bees are dying

Jul 09, 2014 4:53pm

Honey bees are very sensitive to a new family of pesticides called neonicotinoids, or neonics for short. Scores of plants including fruits, vegetables, and ornamentals are sprayed with neonics,...

Letters to the editor 071014

Jul 09, 2014 4:52pm

New factory hog farm construction

To the Editor:

Once again our local community is facing the construction of a large factory hog farm by absentee landlords. We were given no notice...

Bill Haglund

Whatever happened to Ernie Cammack, Ernie Cammack?

Jul 02, 2014 11:13am

Admittedly, I haven’t watched each part of the series, but on those occasions that I’ve tuned in to the television documentary on the 1960s it’s sent my mind racing back in time.

We all know...

Ik heff een dicke buuk

Jul 02, 2014 11:12am

My first lessons in anatomy were in Low German. My parents are both East Frisian (northwest corner of Germany; northeastern corner of the Netherlands) and their dialect of Low German was spoken by...

Letters to the editor 070314

Jul 02, 2014 11:09am

Fireworks remain illegal

To the Editor:

Iowans will gather with lawn chairs and blankets in their communities to enjoy firework displays during the Fourth of July celebrations across...

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