The Ottumwa Courier

Letters to the Editor

October 5, 2013

Support Matt Dalbey

When I learned that Matt Dalbey was running for City Council I was thrilled. I know what a hard worker he is and how committed he is when he takes on any task. I’ve worked on several projects with Matt and have been impressed by the qualities he brings to each challenge. Not only does he do the work, but he does it better than most anyone I’ve been involved with. He’s highly organized and listens to, and considers, all sides of an issue.

Matt and his wife Melanie and 4-year-old son Spencer are lifelong residents of Ottumwa. Melanie is an Ottumwa teacher and Matt has been employed for 16 years at John Deere Ottumwa Works as a manual arc welder. They are committed to this community and want to raise their family here.

Matt believes one of Ottumwa’s biggest problems is a lack of “livable wage” jobs. He believes we have to do the things in the community that make it more inviting to businesses that employ a large number of people and pay a “livable wage.” He knows that when that happens, that money stays here in our community and those employees are not only able to pay their bills and taxes, but are able to adequately provide for their families. Those jobs help broaden Ottumwa’s tax base. That makes it easier to maintain the current level of services provided by the city. He feels it is crucial to preserve the full-time essential public safety services, including police, fire and emergency services.

He is especially concerned about protecting seniors on fixed incomes when considering the city budget and property tax policies. He believes that local elected officials should work as a team and that all citizens’ concerns should be listened to and considered before making decisions.

Matt will make an excellent city council member. He has my full support, and I hope he will have yours.

Cloma Gates

Ottumwa

1
Text Only
Letters to the Editor
  • Guardian angel rescued me On Dec. 18, I had been to Walmart and as always, I stopped by the Walmart gas station to fill my car up. I got out, pumped gas and I went to get in the car. I locked my keys in! So I had no choice but go see if the cashier could help me. And lo and b

    January 21, 2014

  • Why close plant when it could be cleaned up? Doe Run Company, south of St. Louis, is the third-largest lead smelter in the world and the only one in the western hemisphere. They provide for the lead demand in the U.S. and are a major contributor to the world market. On Dec. 31, they close due

    November 8, 2013

  • Collect lids and fight breast cancer The Southeast Iowa Affiliate of Susan G. Komen represents a 10-county area in its fight to end breast cancer. Your local affiliate is fighting for the screening and treatment programs that save lives and the research that brings us closer to a cure.

    November 8, 2013

  • Who are Tea Party Patriots? First and foremost, if you love God, you may be a Tea Party Patriot. Second, if you love this country we call the United States of America, you may be a Tea Party Patriot. Third, if you value freedom and all the people in our past and present who hav

    November 5, 2013

  • Branstad, please use the heart God gave you To Gov. Terry Branstad of Iowa: Please use the heart that God gave you. I am a senior citizen who is suffering needlessly because you have outlawed the only substance that can take away my horrible pain and discomfort. Pharmaceutical narcotics are in

    November 5, 2013

  • Library doing many great things for the community This past week was National Friends of the Library week. Here in Ottumwa, our public library would not be able to provide all the materials, resources and programming that it does without the support and assistance provided by our local Ottumwa Publ

    October 29, 2013

  • It's up to you to make Ottumwa great If a person were truly honest with themselves every time they bought something they would ask, "Am I getting my money's worth?" If the person selling would truly be honest with themselves they might ask, "Have I met or exceeded my customers' expectat

    October 29, 2013

  • Life too complex My knowledge of electronics stops with the on and off switch. I was persuaded to try a new-fangled cell phone. One of the more simple ones. It takes pictures, prints them, records day, date, time. Tells me where I am, where I should be, how I got the

    October 29, 2013

  • Think before voting We just had a Sara Palin type month. Now I hear that the Tea Party wants to take over the Republican Party. They think we have too much government. People out of work, not their problem. People living on the streets, they don't care. The Tea Party th

    October 29, 2013

  • Why micromanage Halloween? I take no pleasure in composing this letter. Once again another year, the Ottumwa police have made their draconian edict of setting the date and hours for beggars night. It's too bad that even a volunteer kids' holiday has fallen under the auspices o

    October 29, 2013

Obituaries
Record
Facebook
AP National