The Ottumwa Courier

Letters to the Editor

June 5, 2013

Ottumwa is an amazing community


Another reason why gun confiscation is the “line in the sand” for Americans is because gun confiscation is normally followed by massive democide (death by government). The mosters of the 20th century all took the guns before they began the roundups and purges, the gulags and death camps, and the firing up of the crematoriums. It would be the height of naiveté to ignorantly assume that is cannot — and will not — happen here.

Wendell E. Carr


Use sense

in education

I found it quite ironic that Gov. Branstad chose to publicly sign the new “education reform” bill at Des Moines North High School since the recent great strides at North predate the bill.

North High has shown the amazing things can be accomplished with an innovative and fearless principal who has the support of dedicated teachers. When students and parents see the results, they buy in, too.

It’s a pity that common sense often takes a back seat to complex education proposals that cost too much and don’t directly address the problems.

John Hesling


A organization

to be proud of

On May 17, 2013, Marine Sgt. Ross Gundlach is surprisingly reunited with Casey, a 4-year-old golden lab that served with him in Afghanistan. Their duty while in Afghanistan was sweeping roads of the rugged terrain for bombs. Casey and Sgt. Gundlach carried out over 150 missions together, and at some point during their tour Gundlach made a promise to Casey. He told her that “if they made it out alive, he would do whatever it took to find her.” He felt like he owed it to her and that he wanted to “take care of her and give her the best life she could have from then on.”

This amazing reunion wasn’t as easy as it seems ... you see, Casey had been retired from the military and adopted by the State of Iowa Fire Marshal’s Office and stationed in Indianola with a new handler to continue to sniff for bombs. Sgt. Gundlach thought he was at the statehouse in Des Moines to plead his case before a government committee to get Casey back. Much to his surprise, he would be taking Casey home with him that night.

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