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November 17, 2016 Letter to the editor - 11 -17-2016
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Thanks to the Scouts

To the editor:

The Wellman Food Pantry would like to extend a thank you to the Wellman Boy/Cub Scout Troop #234 for their recent donations of food from the Scouting for Food Drive.

We appreciate all the hard work, organization, and thoughtfulness in helping provide for the needy in our communities.

Asbury United Methodist Church

Missions Committee

Hoping for news

coverage of Lone Tree

Letter to the editor:

What is the reason that the Lone Tree Reporter was sold to the Kalona paper? Was it because we (Lone Tree) didn’t have enough news to support it, or was it because our town wasn’t canvased for news? We had dedicated businesses who advertised in the Reporter and many subscribers. Will these loyal subscribers continue to support an “out of town” newspaper, or hope to see local up-coming events and times posted on the Post Office windows?

It is amazing that for so many years when Lone Tree was stagnant and struggled to grow in any fashion, that we still had a small town based newspaper. It is, however, very encouraging to see Lone Tree slowly expanding with new housing additions, new business, and Community Wellness Center and yet discouraging to lose our newspaper. We need to work to retain our businesses…not allow them to walk out on us with our best wishes and very little notice of that change. What is wrong with this situation? We should be supportive and continue with the latest efforts to invite new business to the community.

In closing, I do hope the Kalona News gives more room for news pertaining to Lone Tree…which goes without saying that Lone Tree must be actively canvassed for news and report that news to the Kalona Newspaper.

Dave Smith

Lone Tree Resident

M-P Cross country


a dream come true

A state championship in cross country for Mid-Prairie. That’s a dream I’ve had since starting the cross country program 20 years ago. And now it has come true! But not without talented runners, a lot of hard work and dedicated coaching from Mark Hostetler and Aaron Fleming.

There has been steady improvement since the original six boys and girls first stepped onto a golf course to run in 1996, not sure if they could complete the two and three mile races (both boys and girls now run 5k-3.1 miles) From the beginning, each runner’s dream was to qualify for the State Meet. It took ten years, but finally, in 2005 Drew Frees became the first Mid-Prairie runner to qualify for the State Meet in Ft. Dodge. Chelsea Anderson became the first girl to qualify the following year. After that, the lid was lifted and there has been at least one Mid-Prairie runner competing at the State Meet every year since.

As a team, the boys have run at State seven times in the last ten years and the girls have competed the last three years. Each year Mid-Prairie runners have shown improvement and finally, in 2016 the boys won the championship and the girls placed third in the state. In addition, Anna Hostetler has won Mid-Prairie’s first individual championship and her sister Marie was runner-up. Anna set a new meet record and ran the fastest time of any girl, no matter what class in the state. The Mid-Prairie School District has always had a state-wide reputation as a top-quality academic school with strong athletics and arts programs. Bringing home these championship trophies proves it is a well deserved reputation.

Congratulations to the Mid-Prairie cross country runners and coaches for bringing home a State Championship!

Gary Curtis


Wellman mayor

knows his numbers

Letter to the editor:

First of all, I would like to high five and give Kudos to Mayor (Ryan) Miller for setting the record straight on the facts about our financial situation in our small sleepy town of Wellman. He knows his numbers, and infrastructure of what it takes a small town to operate.

Like myself and maybe others, I don’t get it all. We just all want to live in harmony. In a town where everyone knows your name, it’s not such a bad thing. We like our small town for many reasons and we all know what they are; small enough we don’t have much crime and traffic jams, yet big enough we can get what we need.

One thing I like about the town is having its own newspaper, which seems to have fallen by the wayside. Since our paper had been melted into “others” I have been having a slow time adjusting to this. I have nothing against Lone Tree or Riverside, it’s just not our people. I just want to go pick up my paper and go home and read it.

By the time this paper hits the stands, we will know who our new president will be. I believe I have made the right choice. I really don’t want to see Donald Trump’s fat face the next four years, you know he eats like a pig, plus he knows it all, and if he doesn’t he will just punch you in the face just in case you don’t. What a guy. When it’s all said and done he will need to get his big boy hanky out, and sit in his golden tower of power to count his stacks of money and get over it!

Deb Davis


Greatly disillusioned

with college sports

I used to like college sports, specifically men’s football and basketball. From the underdog stories, to the come-from-behind victories, to the dominance of a great athlete, and so on. And I can’t exactly put my finger on everything that went wrong in the last few years that moved my eyeballs away. What I do know is that the hound dog-like advertising and marketing, the 24-7 sports pundit analysis, the network to cable television migration, and the money-cash-money mentality hasn’t helped, but I still stuck with it.

Then I just couldn’t stand the coaches. The leaders of our favorite university teams. The role models for our talented youth. And the winners of a great lottery, where money, power, and popularity is handed over to them with ease, like a parking ticket in downtown Iowa City.

Think about it this way, in the worst of American economic times (flashback to the year 2008), one thing the world could count on was hefty increases in American college football and basketball coaches’ salaries. No downturn there. So much privilege. So much luck. So why the attitudes?

Yes, it was the coaches that became my camel’s straw. From the temper-tantrums of the likes of Fran McCaffery and Bo Pelini, to the sleazy tactics of Rick Pitino and Bobby Bowden, to the repeated NCAA rule-violations of Jerry Tarkanian and many others, it all slowly turned me off.

And with my camel’s back broke, it was only a matter of time before she died. And that time came when I read something that was said this week by Nick Saban, the popular leader of the Alabama Crimson Tide, and highest paid coach in college football history, making $7 million per year. The day after one of the most divisive and arguably important political seasons in modern American history, Mr. Nick Cool said on Wednesday: “I didn’t even know yesterday was Election Day. So, it was so important to me that I didn’t even know it was happening. We are focused on other things here.”

I’m not joking. Those were his exact words. Such a great example to set for all those players in his program that likely won’t go on to making a career in football via the NFL, and alternatively may face the reality of working at an unlivable, minimum-wage job; players that will have to deal with, in some way or another, the war on terrorism, on climate change, on drugs, on decency; players that most likely will be faced with life-changing football injuries to the knees, back, and brain, and might not have the necessary health care coverage, including adequate mental health counseling, to save them from falling away from a normal life in our society. But Nick will be fine. He’s focused on other things in Alabama, like making stadium-loads of cash, and re-negotiating his contract every few minutes.

So come on universities, get with it. Send your coaches (and ISU President Steven Leath while you’re at it), to the same HR orientations on ethics, values, and harassment that you send your staff. Give them a regular behavioral review, instead of just pie-charting the wins, losses, and tickets sold. Hire individuals with good character and intellect. But somehow I know it won’t happen, as the powerful, money-perverted personalities in men’s college sports already took our great institutions through a deep black hole now at the center of our once-beautiful sports universe, and they’re probably not coming back, even with the help of our brightest stars.

Yes, I’m naïve to think it will change, but the universities are also naïve to think that the personalities of the coaches they hire won’t affect the bottom-line, and more importantly, the lives of their student-athletes. From the cheating SMU Mustangs of the 1980s, to the more recent Florida State University scandals, all the way down to the terrible and unspeakable events at Penn State in Happy Valley, a university can most certainly fall hard from the hands of their coaches. And after last Tuesday night, if you still don’t believe the unthinkable can happen, then you’re as clueless as Nick Saban.

Cam Conrad


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