The Ottumwa Courier

Letters to the Editor

April 17, 2013

Attitudes can change perspective

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Kids are the most important resource we have and deserve the best we can give them. Thanks for helping me earn this award! It actually belongs to all of us!

Heidi Kildow

Eldon

Southern Iowan proud of Ottumwa

I thought the segment on The Today Show was great. It showed the best of Ottumwa and how hard you have worked to make the transition of languages and differences in lifestyle mesh together and how lucky everyone feels to live in Ottumwa.

Yesterday, a small group of us talked about the reach-out work the churches in the area did to make new people feel welcome. It included visiting back and forth between countries and learning each other’s languages.

Ottumwa, you make all of us southern Iowans feel proud!

Frances Benell

Moravia

Attitudes can change perspective

I know, for many years, that the city of Ottumwa has been going through financial hardship. We’ve lost major employers, and the city’s tax base has decreased. We have an aging demographic, and there’s no question about that. However, the Ottumwa school district added a large kindergarten class this year, the biggest in over a decade. That encouraging piece of news is just the tip of the iceberg.

Indian Hills Community College is one of the most superb public institutions in America. We have a beautiful civic center that most towns our size could only dream of, and the arts are making a comeback. The Wapello County Trails Council is working on developing an extensive citywide trails system. Our downtown revitalization project, spearheaded by Main Street Ottumwa, is already showing signs of revival and new life. The Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation and The Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation are hard at work and actively recruiting new companies to help existing businesses expand and grow. The Young Professionals Organization targets young people in our community to help retain and grow that demographic. The Ottumwa Regional Airport is the largest field in an 80-mile radius. Very soon, Ottumwa will receive a new water treatment facility to replace the existing century-old plant. Our city’s aging infrastructure is being brought into the 21st century. A new sewer system is in the works, and now, individuals are working on bringing fiber optic capabilities to Ottumwa.

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