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  • To the Editor:
    My daughter, Amy Arends, and I represented Texas Gov. Rick Perry at the Republican caucus held at the Pleasant Ridge Community Church on Jan. 3. My daughter drove over from Illinois, and I came from my hometown of Midland, Texas.
  • To the Editor:
    Another of those somewhat inane governmental/bureaucratic emanations that cause me to wonder how I have managed to live this long.  I’m referring to the proposed U.S. Labor Department rule that would restrict the type of work kids have done for years on the farm including corn detasseling.
  • To the Editor:
    Now that we are into the Iowa winter season and the snow has covered the ground, the snowmobilers are out in force enjoying the trails throughout Carroll County. We live on the Sauk Rail Bike trail and watch the snowmobilers ride by day and night.
  • To the Editor:
    I had heard of Carroll’s 2012 action plan when I attended a city council meeting a few weeks ago. The few ideas that drew me, as a Carroll High School student, was the lazy river at the aquatic center and the library.
  • To the Editor:
    The news has stated that the deficit-cutting super-committee did not work. News flash: the party is made up of Republicans and Democrats. The committee has said that they have worked hard but it will never come to a decision together. Why then did they put it together in the first place even though they knew that they wouldn’t agree?  It is because Congress is divided and is trying to find ways to reduce our debt.
  • To the Editor:
    The annual story just ran about how much certain city activities “lose.” Every year there is the same old song about the golf course and Rec Center budgets.
  • To the Editor:
    I get it, the Carroll Daily Times Herald editorial staff are strongly against the Republican presidential candidates.  Week in week out, in the jeers section you ridicule them for no reason other than they are Republican.  If you want to put them in the jeers have some sort of facts to back up your jeers.
  • To the Editor:
    Just got back from the doctor’s office with a very sore index finger and a bill for $255, neither of which makes me happy.  While the doctor was injecting what seemed like a quart of cortisone into my finger, he asked me if I frequently played video games with the grandkids or sent a lot of messages over my cellphone, and I told him that at 80 years of age I can’t even set the clock on my VCR, say nothing about that other high-tech stuff.
  • To the Editor:
    As the Community of Concern begins our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, you would usually be hearing from our good friend of the food pantry, Jim Kanne. Jim was a willing and caring supporter. We will miss Jim greatly. You will recall how he cheerfully helped to pick up many of the food collections you gathered for us.
  • To the Editor:
    Jeers to whoever jeered the lifting of specific-breed bans on certain dogs in the Wednesday, Oct. 12, DTH.

    You would think someone involved with printing news would bone up on a few facts about specific breeds. Just about every major breed has been involved in killing and maiming of animals and humans.  Yes, pit bulls are at the top of the list, but that is only because of the type of training they have received at the hands of their human masters.
  • To the Editor:
    “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), president of the United States.
  • To the Editor:

    Please join The Richmond Center, your local behavioral health-care provider, in spreading the word about ADHD Awareness Week Oct. 16-22.  Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common, brain-based medical disorder that affects children and adults from all types of backgrounds.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that 9.5 percent of children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with ADHD.  Additionally, other mental-health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, often co-occur with ADHD.
  • To the Editor:

    An open letter to all candidates running for office and our school board:


    The expansion of city government needs to stop. Carroll’s tax base has not increased in 10 years. If we continue to add more parks and facilities at the rate we have been over the last 10 years, it amounts to a pyramid scheme as it takes more people to maintain them. Projects that are donated (like the basketball court on the northeast side or the Veterans Monument) are an “invisible” increase in expenses as the city has to fund insurance and repairs/upkeep. If the expense of a new library is partially covered by donations, the fact that those donations will not cover the ongoing expense of repairs, insurance, and maintenance needs to be considered.
  • To the Editor:
    Does anyone else remember the term “feather-bedding” or “goldbricking”?  I recall they were used to describe the railroad worker union’s forever lobbying to retain an occupied caboose and a fireman in the diesel engine long after there was any justifiable need for either.
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