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  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 7, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    There should have never been a rebuttal. The Constitution says the President shall from time-to-time deliver a report. It says nothing about a public address. It says nothing about a rebuttal. From anybody. At any time. Anywhere. It’s all political one-upmanship. It is especially distasteful when some like this offers a rebuttal.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 7, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Why in the world did they choose someone who lost , who has no job, and is in debt ????? ANYONE ????

    • anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 7, 2019 at 9:16 pm

      I would bet that whatever job she chooses to take will be much more entertaining and lucrative than any job you have held in your life.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 7, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    Abrams rebuttal had nothing to do with the State of the Union it was about herself she wrote her speech a week before the rebuttal. Plus she sprinkled in lies throughout about jobs and the economy.

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 7, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    Abrams left me scratching my head. She said the economy was so bad that truck drivers had to buy their own trucks. That’s bad? To me, an independent truck driver is a person that is successful in working for themselves. A small business. A success.

  5. Allen Reply Report comment

    February 7, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Now I hear that Meredith Willson is racist, along with Joy Behar and Lois Lane. That’s right, superman’s girl friend. Whats this world coming to, is it all a big lie.

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 6, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    They can investigate all they want. They just love, love, love spending and wasting tax payers money. Hey, it pays their bills, right. Got to pay for that new car and/or house somehow. Guaranteed the house will be secured by some sort of wall, barrier, whatever too because only the rich are entitled to security. The rest of us are on our own.

  7. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 6, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    The President said it .Socialism is not the will of the people ,There is NO good socialism.

  8. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 6, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    MAYBE: Harris had an affair with a married gang drug dealer that is donating to her campaign so she will keep the borders open…
    Why not? She loves to have affairs with married men to help her career …

  9. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 6, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    Typical democrats. They think if they say something, it makes it so. They are so use to lying, they think people are stupid. What they don’t realize is that we saw the whole speech. Stupid Pelosi.

  10. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 6, 2019 at 8:09 am

    Trump stating that the U.S. will never become a Socialist country was probably the single-best moment of this entire speech. I bet Ocasio-Cortez is still doing backflips over that comment.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 6, 2019 at 4:34 pm

      Maybe she’ll break her neck.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 7, 2019 at 2:58 pm

        You are an ass.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          February 7, 2019 at 3:45 pm

          Ha ha ha ha, ha ha ha ha etc. etc. etc…….

          • Anonymous

            February 7, 2019 at 9:17 pm

            You are also, as I suspected, not very bright.

  11. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 6, 2019 at 8:08 am

    I’m a President Trump supporter and I will be until the end. He’s done more for America than the last three presidents combined! The Democrats refuse to acknowledge any of his successes because it makes them look bad since the majority of them have been there for many years and have nothing to show for their time in office!

  12. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 6, 2019 at 8:07 am

    Well if late term abortion is what women have brought to the political table I believe suffragettes would be horrified. These females in their KKK costumes are supporting eugenics and murder as I watch them sit in congress with their smug faces I am embarrassed.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 6, 2019 at 5:35 pm

      KKK costumes? That is rich. You are an idiot.

  13. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 6, 2019 at 8:06 am

    These PATHETIC AND DISGUSTING women don’t REPRESENT the majority of American women. They are a DISGRACE TO AMERICAN women.

  14. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 6, 2019 at 8:05 am

    They even look like fools all dressed in white. They do not represent intelligent women. A better representation of real women is Nikki Haley.

  15. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 6, 2019 at 8:04 am

    Most women I know… disagree wholeheartedly with this disgrace but voted for female candidates due to gender and the unique opportunity to do so but now their elected representatives are now forsaking that trust in favor of the liberal agenda. Many of the Muslim elected candidates are now being exposed as liars to obtain political seats. Perfectly acceptable in their home culture. Men have done the same for self centered motivations. This is destroying America.

  16. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 6, 2019 at 8:04 am

    I also loved when he was talking about building the wall and noting wealthy politicians against it who live safely in their walled off alarmed and armed houses… he schooled them!!!

  17. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 6, 2019 at 8:03 am

    The president was clearly sending very direct messages to specific members of the house. Wish they would have showed Oman’s and Talib’s reaction to his comments about anti semitism and isis. But Bernie’s face after Trump slammed socialism was priceless. Great job Mr. President

  18. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 6, 2019 at 1:43 am

    I think I’m still in love with my ex even though I’m engaged and getting married this year.

  19. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 5, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    I don’t want to hear a failed politician Stacy Abrams give a rebuttal from a failed Democratic Party! The party of division and hate!

  20. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 5, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    I will not be listening to the rebuttal. That Abrams is another loud mouth like Maxine. Have no time for divisive, race baiting, angry and hateful individuals. The louder they get, you know the lies are spewing.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 6, 2019 at 5:33 pm

      And. they are both black. Too bad they weren’t white then this wouldn’t be a big problem, right?

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 6, 2019 at 6:04 pm

        That’s really hard to say. But at most, they probably wouldn’t be race baiting, angry and hateful towards whites.

  21. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 5, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    There is nothing fine about a woman that would welcome illegals to vote in our elections, owes back taxes, and tried to scuttle the election because she lost.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 6, 2019 at 5:34 pm

      And she figures if Al Sharpton doesn’t have to pay taxes she shouldn’t have to either. Libs don’t pay taxes. They just want everyone else to.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 6, 2019 at 5:36 pm

        Trump doesn’t pay taxes. Is he a lib?

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          February 6, 2019 at 6:14 pm

          Another anonymous poster trying to spread false/fake information. Try telling the whole story, maybe then people will believe you. Not!

  22. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 5, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    The exact same people fighting against the wall, are the exact same people fighting voter ID…. Imagine that !!

  23. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 5, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    The blame should be on the citizens of the United States of America for putting up with the people in Washington D.C. We are the ones that needs to change things on our Southern Borders. Start a new Congress. We as the citizens need to get the power back into the states hands.

  24. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 5, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    This is a wonderful day for the caravan arrival. The SOTU address is tonight and we need the WALL. What better way to prove it is 2000 more people trying to cross our borders illegally. That should help our President hammer the point across.

  25. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 5, 2019 at 10:21 am

    What are all of you trumpanzees smoking????????

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 5, 2019 at 11:37 am

      Adderall- that’s the President‘s drug of choice.

      • Cheech Reply Report comment

        February 5, 2019 at 3:13 pm

        Smoking Adderall will not have any effect for which it was intended.

        • Chong Reply Report comment

          February 5, 2019 at 4:35 pm

          You should know

          • CM

            February 5, 2019 at 5:45 pm

            Actually I looked it up to see if it was true. Believe it or not, there are posters on this site that continually post false(fake) information.

          • Anonymous

            February 6, 2019 at 4:54 pm

            And they are LIBS.

    • Oh Yeah Reply Report comment

      February 5, 2019 at 1:43 pm

      I don’t smoke, but if I did, it would be some good high grade shit, through a bong filled with Boone’s Farm strawberry wine.

  26. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 5, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Nasty Nancy will never give President Trump the respect he deserves for making things better for America. Thank you President Trump for standing up for the American people and delivering us from the corrupt politicians in Washington DC.

  27. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 5, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Politicians want socialism even though they know it will result in the people having less. They know in the end they get richer and the poor gets poorer.

  28. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 5, 2019 at 8:18 am

    Basketball and football players have turned into THUGS–plain and simple.. The time will come when they will lose it all.

  29. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 5, 2019 at 8:18 am

    I stopped watching big mouth Hollywood actors. If more people did that there would not be any more big mouths in Hollywood. If NO one watches them they stop being seen.

  30. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 5, 2019 at 8:17 am

    Some of us know the difference, actors, actresses and athletes get paid to entertain us , nothing more, it’s the uninformed who elevate these people to something they are not !

  31. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 5, 2019 at 8:16 am

    They have explained what their intentions are. Up to the day before delivery if the woman has any issues the baby can be killed. Look at Virginia where their proposal is the baby can be born then they decide if it lives our die. Don’t be foolish, this is evil on display.

  32. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 5, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Like my mom said after reading the complete Bible
    Democrats are evil!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 5, 2019 at 2:23 pm

      Who ever read the bible and understood it?

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 5, 2019 at 9:34 pm

      your mom cant read. Come on. Tell the truth.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 6, 2019 at 7:48 am

      She doesn’t even know who your real father is.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 6, 2019 at 12:43 pm

      She can’t read a stop sign.

  33. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 5, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Snowflakes are exclusively liberal!

  34. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 5, 2019 at 8:04 am

    The governor of Virginia should just switch parties then he could stay in office. just like Trump, King and Kavaghau.

  35. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 4, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    These Muslim socialists are completely devaluing our American constitution and laws of this country and expecting us to just shut up and sit down so these wet-behind their ears traitors can take over. I believe Pelosi is their brain-dead comrade-in-chief ringleader.

  36. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 4, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    First Congress has bill right now for Term Limits.
    Demand it be passed now!
    Next we had law in 50s that clearly stated that no one who was a clear danger to the nation could hold any office.
    You might ask Nancy and Chuck why in 1990 they were part of the group who voted it out.
    Clearly they did not jump up and make it known to the public.
    And it left the door wide open to bring in those who want take over from within that had been going on openly in other nation’s.
    The law needs to be brought back now.
    The bill should hit the floor now. Voted on so we know those traitors.

  37. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 4, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    Over 100 languages are ripping the foundation of our educational system and national cohesiveness. Even barbaric cultures that practice female genital mutilation are growing as we celebrate “diversity.” American jobs are vanishing into the Third World as corporations create a Third World in America.

  38. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 4, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    Democrats are still having a problem acknowledging where they made all their mistakes about how to govern America. They continue to do so.while thinking they got everything right and half of America got everything wrong. They should show some humility and apologize to America for their history of failure and indicate their appreciation for President Trump to have turned America back to some semblance of what it used to be. Their path for America has been wrong, plain and simple.

  39. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 4, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Nancy’s as wrong about the wall and she was about Hillary….do the right thing Nancy…do what the American people want…oh that’s right the people don’t know what they want…but you do…time for you to go…you’re a disgrace!!

  40. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 4, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    All Nasty Nancy does is work to destroy this country, she doesn’t care about the American people.All her and her cronies work for the one world order !

  41. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 4, 2019 at 9:29 am

    They called it a Arctic blast, now they use polar vortex to scare people into giving up their money to climate change. Climate change was made by God. If we didn’t have climate change, we would still be in the ice age. LOL

  42. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 4, 2019 at 9:28 am

    These four Muslim women need to stop before someone gets tired of their crap. They think they are powerful, but they really are the four dumbest people on earth. They need to be careful before they piss off the wrong people.

  43. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 4, 2019 at 9:27 am

    Diversity was never intended to mean diverse ideas about our country. Immigrants were supposed to assimilate. Not come in and make our country just like the one they fled from.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 4, 2019 at 4:36 pm

      The USA, soon to be the next, third world country

  44. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 4, 2019 at 9:26 am

    None of these Muslim women should be in our government for obvious reasons. The Democratic Party has become the socialist party and wants to take the nation the way of Venezuela. They must be stopped. By force if necessary.

    • FBI Reply Report comment

      February 4, 2019 at 11:07 am

      Are you threatening United States Congress members?

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 4, 2019 at 1:53 pm

        Why, are you afraid?

        • FBI Reply Report comment

          February 4, 2019 at 3:22 pm

          Hardly. You keyboard warriors most likely would pee your pants if an agent showed up at your door.

          • Anonymous

            February 4, 2019 at 4:38 pm

            As would you!

          • Anonymous

            February 4, 2019 at 6:23 pm

            FBI is just a big mouth liberal. All mouth and no guts.

          • Anonymous

            February 4, 2019 at 6:24 pm

            Nancy’s as wrong about the wall and she was about Hillary….do the right thing Nancy…do what the American people want…oh that’s right the people don’t know what they want…but you do…time for you to go…you’re a disgrace!!

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 4, 2019 at 4:37 pm

        Some of them need to be threatened!

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          February 4, 2019 at 6:30 pm

          Snowflakes are exclusively liberal.

  45. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 4, 2019 at 9:25 am

    Punish! They want to punish DHS by taking away their money. Is this how we are going to budget now? Punish those we disagree with. What about need and understanding a dept’s requirements and discuss. These Muslim morons are only showing their disgust for the system that has worked for years. We must do better than this.

  46. Anon Reply Report comment

    February 4, 2019 at 9:17 am

    Is N.I.T. anything like kimt? What I mean is that if I am screwing one of your reporters, will you guys come out and do a story about the frozen pipes in my house too?

  47. Observer the Original Reply Report comment

    February 4, 2019 at 5:10 am

    I thought it was an Unwritten Duty of the local press to report the issues of the day to the citizens of the community it serves.

    I found another example today of the Globe Gazette’s dereliction of Duty to our community.

    This morning’s Des Moines Register reported, on its front page no less, about the ongoing investigation of the misappropriation of $2 million by the former superintendent of schools.

    Why has there been relative silence on the subject from the Globe Gazette? The story has far-reaching effects to our community. It involves misconduct of public officials. It involves betrayal and eroded trust in our institutions.

    And I believe the public has a right to know every detail. O

    • Observer the Original Reply Report comment

      February 4, 2019 at 6:47 am

      And I would be remiss, if I did not note my appreciation of NIT for it’s coverage.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 4, 2019 at 9:14 am

        It is a cover up by the local elite’s. It’s been going on for years and is the main reason Mason City is in the shape it is.

    • NIT Publisher

      NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

      February 4, 2019 at 11:27 am

      The Globe Gazette is totally corrupt and cannot fairly report on city business. Its Publisher sits on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors – therefore, he is corrupt and part of the problem in Mason City, the mouthpiece of Robin’s Chamber, which helped destroy Mason City. Sam Gett and his dwindling staff will never report fairly. It’s on the record they engage in censorship. Don’t buy that newspaper.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 4, 2019 at 3:42 pm

        I always enjoy reading your unbiased thoughts.

        • NIT Publisher

          NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

          February 4, 2019 at 6:01 pm

          If I give you my thoughts, they will likely be biased, and that’s dandy if you like them. If you don’t, I don’t care at all.

  48. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 3, 2019 at 10:05 am

    How come not one single democrat is under investigation, it’s truly pathetic when lady justice is blind to one side , but not the other . All the lies and corruption and selling out of America under Obama/Clinton: Uranium One and High Tech Sales to Russia, Fast and Furious, The IRS, Solyndra, Benghazi and telling the lie to the families and the American people that it was a Youtube Video, Pallets of cash and Secret Deals to Iran, trading Traitor Bergdahl for 5 Muslim Leaders and 5 million in cash, the invasion of Libya and the disappearance of their Gold, the only Gold permit ( in 40 years given) for a mine in Haiti to Hillary’s brother ( perfect for laundering the Gold thru from Libya), the Raping of Haiti, spying on Congress, unMasking Americans, pay for play deals to the Clinton Foundation for favors, rigging an Presidential Primary, trying to rig a Presidential Election, top Obama officials using Aliases to email Hillary on non-secure email systems, private servers and then destroying 33,000 emails and phones after receiving a Congressional Subpoena, not turning over the DNC and Anwan brothers Servers to the FBI. All done so the IG and Congressional Oversight couldn’t see the laundry list of corruption, particularly Uranium One, Weapon’s Grade Nuclear fuel to make Bombs to a enemy, a hostile state, run by a dictator for CASH and smuggled it out of the country for 2 1/2 years…
    Not to mention all the people that ended up dying under the Clinton Obama dynasty . Seth Rich hacked the DNC , and gave it to WikiLeaks and soon after he committed suicide by shooting himself twice in the back of the head . I am sure I missed a few but you get the point. The Silent Majority has Awakened!!!

  49. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 3, 2019 at 7:07 am

    Demoncrats are the new Communist Party!!! They only care for themselves!!!
    If we let them they will destroy America as we know it!!!
    Nothing but a bunch of low life bottom feeding scumbags!!

  50. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 2, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    Great a Muslim wants to cripple our economy and disarm our military. And this surprised anyone because?

    • TheSeer Reply Report comment

      February 3, 2019 at 8:42 am

      It’s coming, be prepared!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 3, 2019 at 9:15 am

      Not true.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 3, 2019 at 10:06 am

        It is true. And, they are having the same problems in Canada.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 3, 2019 at 10:08 am

        How to college like a Liberal: 1. Go to college, 2. Accumulate debt, 3. Pick a Stupid major 4, Party for four years 5. Graduate with useless degree 6. Play Victim 7. Blame Society 8. Vote Democrat

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 3, 2019 at 10:12 am

        GET INVOLVED IN OUR SCHOOLS!! The head of the snake is our schools. Socialism ideology is spreading because our sick liberal public education which are nothing more than “Indoctrination Camps,” where they are lied to and brainwashed to hate capitalism and move towards building the Bushes, Clinton’s and Obama’s One World Order is taking hold!! They are taught to tear our country down, to HATE America and merge with the world as ONE!!!! HELL NO!!! Thank you God for giving us Donald J. Trump!!!!!

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 3, 2019 at 10:38 am

        WE ARE IN TROUBLE HERE FOLKS!! Democrats are definitely not going in a good direction for THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!! Immigration-Full Term Abortions- Medicare for all with no plan on how to pay for it-anti-Semites in our government-racist-division- not a clue about economic – Foreign policy- or Trade !! AND HEADED FOR Venezuela socialism violence and Riots !! AND THAT’S ONLY A FEW!!!!

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 3, 2019 at 10:39 am

        So the CA governor has a wall to keep people out and if one jumps over they get arrested. Hmmm…sounds a lot like hypocrisy to me

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 3, 2019 at 10:40 am

        Don’t you know it makes Obumer furious that he was not smart enough to accomplish anything other than destroying our health care system? Then along comes Donald Trump (not a politician) and fixes so many of Obumer’s mistakes.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 4, 2019 at 9:15 am

        It is true. Once again you are a liar.

  51. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 2, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    100% ON THE TRUMP TRAIN AND NOT GETTING OFF UNTIL JANUARY 2025.

  52. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 2, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    Mueller is obviously MORE influenced by the ” Political Machine” and their “hate Trump” interests than getting real criminal activity. Our Country is not an issue at all. WE can SEE the Writing on the wall. Which is where OUR money would have been better spent.

  53. Observer the Original Reply Report comment

    February 2, 2019 at 3:19 am

    A request to the City of Mason City.
    The property at 1641 N. President, while it is zoned Residential, there exists an appliance demanufacturing facility.

    Is that ‘facility’ appropriate in a zoned residential property?

    Does that “facility’ have a permit from the DNR to operate?

    Does the ‘facility’ adhere to Iowa Administrative Code 567 Chapter 118 (including final disposal of components)?

    Does the City allow scrap on trailers from that ‘facility’ to be stored on public streets?

    Does Holcim allow scrap in trailers from that ‘facility’ to be stored on it’s private property, zoned commercial? Do they also require a DNR permit?

    Does the City permit that ‘facility’ to encroach on the public alley behind that property?

    Finally, have you notified neighboring residents about the potential pollutants that are at that ‘facility’, and the risks associated with those materials?

    The citizens of the community deserve honest answers to these inquiries.

    • Common sense. Reply Report comment

      February 2, 2019 at 8:16 am

      The City of Mason City might read this page, but they will not answer any questions asked of them on it, You need to call the number below to get your answer, don’t be scared! Neighborhood Services
      (641) 421-3380

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 2, 2019 at 5:44 pm

      I think the city web site has a place to file complaints. What you are describing would suck. Stand up for your neighborhood, many others are scared to so take the lead. Your request is not unreasonable. It does look like crab, I have seen it when going to the ball diamonds. Just what the people form other cities need to see when coming to a baseball tournament

      • Observer the Original Reply Report comment

        February 3, 2019 at 7:33 am

        I don’t think it is a matter of ‘if’ they read, but when. They may never respond, but I am sure that someone within the organization will pass it up the food chain. However that was not my motivation.

        And fear of retribution is also not a factor. There is protection for those who expose wrongdoings. No, the fear is, if it were reported to local authorities, the possibility is no action would be taken, for what ever reason. This is after all, a small town.

        However, if I read Iowa Code correctly, the State DNR could look into this particular situation, and take action from their scope of authority. Of course, they will ask questions about zoning, and so forth to those in charge of that enforcement. No one likes, or wants someone with authority looking over their shoulder, examining their processes.

        And don’t think for a moment, one would make any kind of accusation, in such detail, without hard evidence to back it up. A picture is worth a thousand words as the adage goes. Several speaks volumes.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          February 3, 2019 at 10:00 am

          The reich family are a bunch of idiots. If you are afraid of retaliation from them, you need to grow a pair. They have been adding to their garbage piles on the north end for years.

          • Observer the Original

            February 4, 2019 at 3:56 am

            I believe it was said that the fear of retribution was not a factor. Our legal system has an obligation to protect those who expose behavior that goes against the communities rules.

          • Anonymous

            February 4, 2019 at 9:18 am

            These people have been turned in on See/Click/Fix many times as has Russ Hardy. The City inspectors just ignore it and the problem continues. I don’t know if they are being told to ignore it or are just lazy.

  54. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 1, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Start a 10 ten list of things to improve Mason City.

    1. Improve the look of the town by cleaning up blight properties including RR properties and cement plant locations. (Under pass by Wendy’s look bad!). Nothing say welcome to MC then coming in from the south. I wonder how many travelers do a u-turn before they hit Mc Donald’s to get back to the Avenue of the Saints and to safety.

    2. Fix stop lights in town. Nothing like stopping for no reason at every light.

    3. Improve quality of life. People are just surviving not thriving! (Jobs with livable wages and benifts.) Request a report for economic development outcomes that group that receive tax money to see suscess or failures. Stop supporting low producing and increase support of high producing. (Bye Bye chamber)

    Please Add to list and lets have NIT create a poll for citizen to vote on what needs to be at the top of the list and present it to the city council.

    • Observer the Original Reply Report comment

      February 2, 2019 at 2:12 am

      Very well done, your thinking is in the right direction. Make Mason City look like a city that wants people to come here.

      A few corrections if I may. First off, the Chamber is not wholly funded by taxpayers dollars. They do get taxpayers money there is no doubt. But they are a tax exempt organization, and have no vote in what should go on in the community.

      The Finance Director of Mason City wants to increase funding to North Iowa EDC by $23,000 per year. My question is, would that increase put good money after bad? What has the NICEDC brought to our community that would warrant more taxpayers funds?

      Our City needs to enforce the laws they have on the books. Especially when it comes to blight. You will note in the current proposed budget, they want more money for demolitions. Why are we paying for it at all? What about the property owners paying for it, they caused the problem, not the citizens of the community.

      In that light, the City needs to be transparent in what it is doing about blighted properties. What it is doing to correct illegal operations such as open trash dumps, or storing scrap on city streets. How the City operates is an operation of government, and thus should be open to it’s citizens. Why has no public official come out and tell us exactly what they are doing about this problem?

      Absolutely, we need jobs that can sustain a family. But in reality, anyone who wants to invest in our community, takes a good look at Mason City, ends up going elsewhere. The reasons are many.

      Yet there exists other Rural communities across the U.S. that have attracted new industries. Examine what they are doing. Look at what other successful communities do to make theirs an attractive, clean place to live. I guarantee those communities do not allow parking on lawn and parkways, nor mowing their lawns into the streets. And they enforce things like that.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 2, 2019 at 11:43 am

        our OWN Park/City Department mow into the street. Constantly on Kentucky by the park.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 2, 2019 at 5:40 pm

        I agree with you!! I did not mean the chamber is bad, but they should account for the tax payers money they are spending. Look at business trips, are we getting our money’s worth or are hey just using the trips as a fun getaway. I believe the city did budget more money to clean blight property’s. I could be wrong, but I think the sale of the land processes helps offset the cost. 100% I not sure about that. Hopefully. As far as the city being transparent, if you give them a call or your Council person they may answer your questions. Believe it or not there are good people that work for the city. Let start something positive and help improve the city ourselves. That may be just picking up a price of trash and throwing it away.

    • Observer the Original Reply Report comment

      February 2, 2019 at 2:37 am

      Let’s look at what property owners could be doing, instead of boarding up properties.

      Example; USDA sponsors a Multi-Family Housing Revitalization Demonstration Program with grants to provide affordable housing to low income residents in rural areas.

      Then there is HUD, which has many grant programs in place to assist property owners create better places to live.

      Property owners should work with local housing agencies to help get grants like this, and fix up their properties.

      There is no reason what so ever to end up with properties like 422 4th Street NE.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 2, 2019 at 3:06 am

        422 4th ne is owned by russ hardy.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          February 2, 2019 at 8:01 am

          Of course it is. All of Hardy’s slum properties are junk. Especially his illegal junk yard on South Monroe.

      • NIT Publisher

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        February 2, 2019 at 6:02 pm

        There is a reason – the city clearly only cares about downtown and pet projects for the well-connected (27th street construction? Sculptures in front of rich retailers’ front doors, erected by city staff?). The neighborhoods have fallen to neglect and now the city looks awful. Elected officials have been pandered to, intimidated by or been bought off with a sammich for years by the Chamber Witch. I seen them eat these sammiches, it ain’t pretty, along with cookies and chips and even a sweet, bubbly soda pop. Chamber hag knows the formula to get her votes. Now the city looks like Baghdad and is the punchline in the DM Register. You know the cast, thank them next time you see them in public.

    • NIT Publisher

      NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

      February 2, 2019 at 6:09 pm

      Good suggestions. Boot the chamber out of city hall would be the top of the list. Make the NICEDC actually show results of their “work”. Apparently in next budget hey get another big raise. This is not how smart people run a business, just throwing more $ at what looks like an in-effective solution to our growth/economic problems.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 2, 2019 at 10:29 pm

        Do you have any ideas on what the chamber has been productive on? Give them the benefit of the doubt. What have the flopped on? What is there budget a year? I would also suggest “struggle towns”(MC, Mashaltown, Fort Dodge,…..) quit sending money to the state economic group as all that money is spent in the Des Moines area.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          February 4, 2019 at 9:21 am

          They have flopped and mismanaged everything for years and years. They need to be kicked out of our city government.

  55. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 1, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    I’m thinking Mueller is going to keep investigating Russia fakes until President Trump gets out of office. I believe he was brought in to cover the tracks of all corrupt politicians.. see how defensive democrats gets when they think president trump might get him fired . Mueller I believe is a part of the corruption in Washington.

  56. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 1, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    The reason we’re seeing all these junior political hacks is because the media pushes these people in our faces everyday.its like they’ve opened the political looney bin doors

  57. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 1, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    And the more people they let in for votes for free stuff is where the socialist tactics come in and the burden on the taxpayer gets worse and worse and worse.you know the routine…our country is turned into a shithole while they gain more and more power.which causes more crime and more gun laws/confiscation…until by law they are justified in persecuting US on our streets and in our homes.aim for the face

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 2, 2019 at 11:30 am

      There are mountains of evidence out there that state, unequivocally that there is no crisis at the border. Trump’s intelligence chiefs, sheriffs on the border, agents, all say this is a manufactured crisis. The Dems just offered $55 billion to Homeland Security including $15 billion for more technology at the border. The big problem are drugs and they come through ports of entry. This money will put more money into stopping this through greater technology and security.

  58. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 1, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    The Demonrats say the same thing about the border wall: “expensive solution in search of a problem”; the problem is the Demonrats

  59. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 1, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    Former Stamford Democratic Party Boss charged with falsifying absentee party ballots

  60. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 1, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    But, the Dems keep saying there is no proof of voter fraud.
    They say efforts to secure election integrity is just an expensive solution in search of a problem.
    The Demonrats know that if they can’t cheat, they can’t win.

  61. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 1, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    Trump feeds his followers one lie after another, and they swallow every one of them hook, line and sinker.
    He lied to them about watching thousands of Muslims cheering the 9/11 attacks, about Mexico paying for a great wall,
    about knowing more about military strategy than the generals, about passing a great health care plan, about draining the swamp of Wall Street plutocrats and the list goes on and on.

    Trump has completely duped his supporters, and even now after they have finally figured out they have been duped they cheer him on.
    The more Trump lies to them the more they support him. They couldn’t be prouder that they sent an inattentive,
    autocratic narcissist to Washington to embarrass this country on a daily basis.

    So when Trump says his base is stupid, he knows what he is talking about.
    It isn’t just Trump who is endangering American democracy. It’s also his supporters.

    • Billy C. Reply Report comment

      February 1, 2019 at 5:26 pm

      I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Monica :Lewinski or Jennifer Flowers or…………

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 1, 2019 at 5:58 pm

      If you think your life sucks, just imagine being a Demonrat! Your spokesperson rotates between a 28 year old socialist, a low I.Q. Con Artist, a Marxist who honeymooned in Russia, and a criminal who lost the most winnable election of our lifetime and a fake native American

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 1, 2019 at 6:04 pm

      And yet another LIBUFFOON flatulent post.

  62. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 1, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Big drug bust in the 200 blk of 8th SE today about noon. Full swat, hangem Danno!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 1, 2019 at 2:23 pm

      That’s probably where that softball size ball of heroin was going.

  63. NIT Publisher

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    February 1, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Mason City Multi-Purpose Arena – Bid Package #2 (Structural Steel, Concrete Foundation, Ice Plant, and Elevator) Mason City, IA

    Owner: City of Mason City
    10 First Street NW
    Mason City, IA, 50401

    Sealed contract category bids for the structural steel demolition and erection, concrete foundation demolition and installation, pre-cast stadia, CMU, ice plant, and elevator will be received tangibly at Mason City City Hall; 10 First Street NW, Mason City, IA 50401; until 2:00 P. M., local time, on February 6th, 2019, at which time the bids will be opened by ICON Architectural Group / City of Mason City at Mason City City Hall Conference Room A. Bids are to be delivered to Mason City City Hall Clerks Office. Bid forms will not be accepted electronically.

    Proposals received will be opened, read aloud, tabulated, and referred to the City Council for consideration at 7:00 p.m. on the 19th day of February, 2019. Bids will be acted upon at such time or at such later time as may then be fixed. Prior thereto, at said time specified above, in the Mason City Room at the Mason City Public Library, a hearing will be held on the proposed plans, specifications, form of contract, and estimate of cost for said Improvements, and at said hearing any interested person may appear and file objections thereto.

    The Drawings, Information to Bidders, Form of Bid, Form of Contract, Form of Performance-Payment Bond, Technical Specifications, Addenda, and other contract documents as prepared by ICON Architectural Group may be examined at the following places:

    The office of ICON Architectural Group, Grand Forks or West Fargo, North Dakota.
    The office of City of Mason City, Mason City, Iowa.
    The documents may also be viewed electronically through Submittal Exchange.
    North Dakota Builder’s Exchanges at Grand Forks, Fargo-Moorhead, and Bismarck.
    Iowa League of Cities, Des Moines, IA
    North Iowa Builders Exchange, Mason City, IA
    Sioux City Construction League, Sioux City, IA
    Master Builders of Iowa, Sioux City, IA
    Sioux Falls Builders Exchange, Sioux Falls, SD
    Plains Builders Exchange, Sioux Falls, SD
    Omaha Builders Exchange, Omaha, NE
    Lincoln Builders Bureau, Lincoln, NE
    Minnesota Builder’s Exchanges at Minneapolis/St. Paul, St. Cloud and Duluth
    Dodge Plan Room, Construction Market Data, Minneapolis, MN

    Bidders may obtain copies of the construction documents including addendums after registering with Submittal Exchange. Please contact Kim Pastir at ICON at kimp@iconhd.com to receive user name and password. Upon registration with Submittal Exchange all bidders acknowledge receipt and responsibility of understanding all construction documents to prepare their bids.

    Each bid must deposit bid security with the bid. The bid security must be in a sum equal to five percent of the full amount of the bid and must be in the form of a cashier’s check or certified check drawn on a state-chartered or federally chartered bank or a certified, state draft drawn on a state-chartered or federally chartered credit union or the governmental entity may provide for a bidder’s bond with corporate surety satisfactory to the governmental entity. The bidder’s bond must contain no conditions. A bidder’s bond must be executed by the bidder as principal and by a surety, conditioned that if the principals bid is accepted and the contract awarded to the principal, the principal, within ten days after notice of the award, shall execute a contract, or accept and return the award letter, in accordance with the terms of the bid, the bid bond, and any condition of the governing body. The bid security shall be made payable to the City Clerk of the City of Mason City, Iowa.

    Sales Tax Exemption. Contractors and subcontractors shall not include sales tax for material purchases. At the time of the contract acceptance by the City Council, the prime contractor and all subcontractors will be issued a certificate of exemption.

    Bids shall comply with Chapter 26 of the Code of Iowa “Public Construction Bidding” shall govern submittal, opening and award of bids, as amended. If a successful bidder does not execute a contract within the time allowed, the bidder’s bond shall be forfeited to the governing body and the project awarded to the next lowest responsible bidder.

    No bidder may withdraw this bid within thirty (30) days after the actual date of the opening thereof. The Bid Bond of the three lowest Bidders for each contract will be retained until the contract has been awarded and executed, but no longer than thirty (30) days after the date of the Bid.

    By virtue of statutory authority, a preference will be given to products and provisions grown and produced within the State of Iowa and to Iowa domestic labor.

    In accordance with Iowa statutes, a resident bidder shall be allowed a preference as against a nonresident bidder from a state or foreign country if that state or foreign country gives or requires any preference to bidders from that state or foreign country, including but not limited to any preference to bidders, the imposition of any type of labor force preference, or any other form of preferential treatment to bidders or laborers from that state or foreign country. The preference shall be equal to the preference given or required by the state or foreign country in which the nonresident bidder is a resident. In the instance of a resident labor force preference, a nonresident bidder shall apply the same resident labor force preference to a public improvement in this state as would be required in the construction of a public improvement by the state or foreign country in which the nonresident bidder is a resident.

    Bidders will be required to complete a Bidder Status Form from the Iowa Department of Labor regarding the Contractor’s resident status within the State of Iowa. Failure to submit a fully completed Bidder Status Form with the bid may result in the bid being deemed nonresponsive and rejected.

    Bids shall be in accordance with and submitted on the Bid form supplied within the Bid Documents. Failure to do so may result in rejection of the Bid. The Owner reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive any irregularities therein, and rebid the project until a satisfactory bid is received. The owner reserves the right to award to the lowest responsible bidder as may be determined by the owner.

    The successful bidder will be required to furnish a bond in an amount equal to one hundred (100) percent of the contract price, said bond to be issued by a responsible surety approved by the Owner and which shall guarantee a faithful performance of the Contract and the terms and conditions therein contained and shall guarantee the prompt payment of all materials and labor and protect and save harmless the Owner from claims and damages of any kind caused by the operations of the Contractor and shall also guarantee the maintenance of the improvements constructed for a period of two (2) year(s) after completion and acceptance by the Owner.

    The work of this Project shall be phased as defined on the Drawings and Project Manual. Occupancy and life safety systems shall be maintained during construction.

    Published upon order of the City Council of the City of Mason City, Iowa.

    CITY OF MASON CITY, IOWA
    Attest: /s/ Aaron Burnett
    City Administrator

  64. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 1, 2019 at 9:42 am

    Ilhan is an anti-Semite!!!!!! We must call her out for her hatred of Israel; and, the House must expel her because of this hatred.

    • bodacious Reply Report comment

      February 1, 2019 at 11:10 am

      You just want to cause trouble and you love repeating the right wing wacko spin on things. She is not anti-Semitic rather she is criticizing their leadership. When is the right going to realize that just because one might criticize the government, one is not criticizing the people or is anti- anything other than governmental policies. This is what she said, “And so when I talk about places like Saudi Arabia or, you know, Israel, or right now Venezuela, I’m not criticizing the people, I’m not criticizing their faith, I’m not criticizing their way of life. What I am criticizing is what’s happening at the moment and I want for there to be accountability so that the government … can do better.”

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 1, 2019 at 12:49 pm

        Nope, Dems aren’t anti-Semites. That’s why they won’t say anything negative about Louis Farrakhan. That’s why Obama tried to sabotage their election. That’s why the picture of Obama and other Dems yuking it up with Farrakhan wasn’t promulgated until after Obama left office. Your post is drivel.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          February 1, 2019 at 2:10 pm

          Trump hosts first iftar dinner, recognizes Islam as ‘one of the world’s great religions.

          “Wishing Muslims around the world a “Ramadan Mubarak” — a blessed holiday —
          President Donald Trump on Wednesday hosted his first White House dinner for Islam’s holy month of Ramadan”. June 7, 2018

          “In gathering together this evening, we honor a sacred tradition of one of the world’s great religions” – Donald Trump

          • Anonymous

            February 1, 2019 at 5:56 pm

            Bull Shit

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          February 1, 2019 at 6:02 pm

          I think these Muslims are propped up by George Soros and Obama to wreak havoc anywhere they can. No sane person would do this without being rewarded with big money. First-year corruption.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 1, 2019 at 5:59 pm

        More Bull Shit from Bodacious the Bull Shit teacher who was fired for Bull Sitting.

        • bodacious Reply Report comment

          February 4, 2019 at 11:05 am

          I did not sit on a bull. And I wasn’t fired. You are wrong AGAIN!

  65. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 1, 2019 at 9:41 am

    .Islam is the faith of a lot of Muslims. There are laws preventing Islam ( Shariah) from being in America for a reason. Freedom of religion does not mean control others with your religion. If people don’t calm down over their religion it will eventually be the destruction of mankind. Shariah is Anti -Constitutional Shariah rejects fundamental premises of American Society and values. America does not welcome all religions!!!!!

  66. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 1, 2019 at 9:37 am

    If you think your life sucks, just imagine being a Demonrat, your spokesperson rotates between a 28 year old socialist, a low I.Q. Con Artist, a Marxist who honeymooned in Russia, and a criminal who lost the most winnable election of our lifetime and a fake native American

  67. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 1, 2019 at 9:36 am

    Plus the President locked in a 5 million ton soybean contract with China yesterday that goes into effect now to help our farmers now. We don’t waste time on trying to kill babies stop walls that are necessary. This President is doing what he promised!!

  68. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 1, 2019 at 9:35 am

    The U.S.Added 304,000 jobs, unemployment rate is 4%, labor force participation rate rose 0.1% to 63.2%
    Awesome!! Thank you, President Trump!!!! Can’t wait to vote Trump/Pence again in 2020!!!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 1, 2019 at 11:12 am

      Pence won’t be his running mate in 2020. Probably be Don, jr.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 2, 2019 at 11:09 am

      The rate went down because over 200k people left the labor force, not because they found jobs. Idiots.

  69. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 1, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Bottom line, President Trump has kept every promise! Which makes the Demonrats and past presidents/ political figures look bad. They will do anything to stop him from keeping a promise to the American people

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 2, 2019 at 11:10 pm

      He promised to release his taxes too. Haven’t seen them. He promised better health care options for all. Haven’t seen it. He promised Mexico would pay for the wall. Not happening. He promised he wouldn’t play golf. Nope. He promised he would hire only the best people. That is a joke. He has appointed 2 SCOTUS judges but any donkey could have done that.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 3, 2019 at 1:40 am

      You poor delusional bastard.

  70. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 1, 2019 at 9:33 am

    The Clinton’s, and Nasty Nancy Pelosi are the crime families. Muller has been trying to find something on Trump since he got elected, and there’s nothing to find! Why don’t we take the immigrants to Nancy’s house and see if she welcomes them in???

  71. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 1, 2019 at 9:31 am

    An old socialist is even sadder than a young one. A young socialist hasn’t had enough life experience to dilute the brainwashing they received in school. An old socialist has no excuse, unless they’ve spent most of their life in politics and have never actually worked for a living!!!

  72. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 1, 2019 at 8:30 am

    An old socialist is even sadder than a young one! A young socialist hasn’t had enough life experience to dilute the brainwashing they received in school. An old socialist has no excuse, unless they’ve spent most of their life in politics and have never actually worked for a living!.

  73. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 1, 2019 at 8:18 am

    The Clinton’s and Nasty Nancy Pelosi are the crime families!! Muller has been trying to find something on Trump since he got elected and there’s nothing to find! Why don’t we take the immigrants to Nancy’s house and see if she welcomes them in?????

  74. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 1, 2019 at 7:27 am

    Is there really an “Ethics” committee at this point in our history?
    Is there a committee that knows anything about “Ethics”?
    Does this committee oversee the $17MM paid out in tax payers money to cover up conducts of sexual misconduct and misbehavior of our elected members of Congress?
    After a few minutes of thinking about this they are not the Ethics committee they are the Empower committee.

  75. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 31, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    The Russians didn’t have a thing to do with me voting for Trump!! I voted for him because he was the best qualified person running!! He is draining the swamp… And trying hard to make America great again… and the democrats are doing everything in their power to stop him!! PRESIDENT TRUMP!! YOU HAVE MY VOTE AGAIN!!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 31, 2019 at 10:59 pm

      Bet your adult diapers are always full…

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 1, 2019 at 8:30 am

        That would be your head

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 1, 2019 at 9:27 am

        Saving it for your mouth.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 1, 2019 at 9:38 am

        They were until you ate them

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 1, 2019 at 9:43 am

        Just so you have a place to eat

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 1, 2019 at 9:44 am

        The U.S.Added 304,000 jobs, unemployment rate is 4%, labor force participation rate rose 0.1% to 63.2%!!
        Awesome!! Thank you, President Trump!!!! Can’t wait to vote Trump/Pence again in 2020!!!

  76. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 31, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    I’ve never been polled for when any of these polls either. Pay no attention to polls. The Democrats don’t know what negotiating is; thank goodness I’m a part of the 50% that like what you’re doing President Trump. Leave the government open and build the wall. Get yourself MORE votes for 2020!

  77. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 31, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    According to the ‘Polls’ in the 2016 Election, Hillary was supposed to win by a landslide!! I don’t trust the Polls at all!! They are mostly taken on the coast or by left leaning college’s. I don’t know anyone who was ever polled.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am

      She won by almost 3 million votes, that seems like a landslide? Defaulting electoral college members are the only reason trump won. There are more people against trump now than during the election, so you could probably easily triple that 3 million margin at this point.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 1, 2019 at 8:33 am

        She won the popular vote by 3 million illegal California votes and lost the legal electorial vote. You liberals lost and know it.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 1, 2019 at 9:38 am

        She won the popular vote by 3 million illegal California votes and lost the legal electorial vote. You liberals lost and know it!!!

  78. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 31, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    Oh Trump was responsible for shutting down the government (and for good reason) but the democrats were responsible for the reason it lasted as long as it did.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 1, 2019 at 12:57 am

      Wrong, trump refusing to negotiate unless he got a wall that won’t work was the reason. You blame others for your bad behavior as well don’t you? Trump should be shamed, and then put in prison with his friends. Hillary and her goons should join him.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 1, 2019 at 8:15 am

        Wrong is on your side as usual. Trump was more that willing to negotiate and started the government up on Nasty Nacy’s promise to do that. But, being a liberal she lied, again and again. Get your head out of your ass and off CNN.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 1, 2019 at 8:21 am

        Pelosi stated she would not negotiate before Trump agreed to a 3 week continuing resolution so government workers would be paid. She then lied and said she would negotiate if Trump would grant the CR. After Trump granted the CR she stated again she has zero intention of negotiating. Pelosi is a liar.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 1, 2019 at 8:35 am

        Pelosi stated she would not negotiate before Trump agreed to a 3 week continuing resolution so government workers would be paid! She then lied and said she would negotiate if Trump would grant the CR. After Trump granted the CR she stated again she has zero intention of negotiating. Pelosi is a liar!

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 1, 2019 at 9:28 am

        Bottom line, President Trump has kept every promise. Which makes the Demonrats and past presidents/ political figures look bad. They will do anything to stop him from keeping a promise to the American people!!

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 1, 2019 at 9:29 am

        Pelosi stated she would not negotiate before Trump agreed to a 3 week continuing resolution so government workers would be paid! She then lied and said she would negotiate if Trump would grant the CR. After Trump granted the CR she stated again she has zero intention of negotiating. Pelosi is a liar!!

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 1, 2019 at 11:03 am

        Former Stamford Democratic Party Boss charged with falsifying absentee party ballots

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 1, 2019 at 11:04 am

        The Demonrats know that if they can’t cheat, they can’t win.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 1, 2019 at 11:04 am

        They say efforts to secure election integrity is just an expensive solution in search of a problem.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 1, 2019 at 11:05 am

        But, the Dems keep saying there is no proof of voter fraud.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 1, 2019 at 11:05 am

        he Demonrats say the same thing about the border wall: “expensive solution in search of a problem”; the problem is the Demonrats

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 1, 2019 at 9:40 am

      Pelosi stated she would not negotiate before Trump agreed to a 3 week continuing resolution so government workers would be paid. She then lied and said she would negotiate if Trump would grant the CR. After Trump granted the CR she stated again she has zero intention of negotiating. Pelosi is a liar.

  79. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 31, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    It is hard to believe that some states have put an end to lethal injections to prisoners on death row because it’s inhumane, but yet, they don’t think that killing a baby in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd trimester is inhumane? Wow, this country has really gone wacky! So my summation is this: you have a better chance at life if you are a prisoner on death row than you do as a baby being born in our country. Pretty sad, if you ask me.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 31, 2019 at 6:40 pm

      No one asked you Sad Sack.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 31, 2019 at 10:56 pm

        The Democratic party is now the DEATH party.

  80. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 31, 2019 at 10:49 am

    I heard it’s so cold back east that AOC is having to put her hands in her OWN pockets.

  81. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 31, 2019 at 10:24 am

    What in the hell is up with Jay Urdahl ???

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 31, 2019 at 1:07 pm

      Once Blodgett finally decided to be a Republican, he lost his mind. It is going around in that party.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 31, 2019 at 6:19 pm

        Blodgett has always been a Republican you friggin Dumb Ass. And he has nothing to do with what Urdahl does. You Dumb Ass Democrats voted him in for years.

  82. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 31, 2019 at 9:08 am

    What’s more terrifying is that the new generation is falling for the left’s agenda. And regardless of what some say, there’s a lot of teachers in public schools brainwashing their students with their own political beliefs.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 31, 2019 at 9:31 am

      Speaking of brainwashed….have you looked in the mirror lately?

  83. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 31, 2019 at 9:07 am

    Try as they might, they cannot get rid of God and they can be sure that they will one day answer for what they are doing!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 1, 2019 at 1:01 am

      Sadly you will never be able to witness it, because people like you have been waiting for “god” to come back for over two thousand years. Maybe, just maybe god never existed, and you were lied to? Can’t be that though, look at all that evidence proving he’s real, oh wait. There is zero factual evidence.

  84. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 31, 2019 at 9:07 am

    The entire Democratic leadership have voted for walls in the past to help protect the the people of the USA. In this case they are voting against Trump. Decisions should be based on the issue not the personality. We have 70,000 deaths per year from drugs, etc. brought mainly from across the border. We have by the the latest MIT and Yale study 20,000,000 illegals in the USA, that is right twenty million illegals in the USA. I have been for a wall/fence for years. Walls work they are all over the world we are contributing one billion dollars to Jordan to help them build a wall. I know that a wall will not stop everyone but it will greatly reduce the inflow.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 1, 2019 at 1:03 am

      Name one singular wall that has worked without threats of death for passing it?

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 1, 2019 at 11:08 am

        DUH, don’t people build walls to (keep,) something out? I put up a wall/fence around my kingdom/land to keep something out. Animals are the only creatures that can figure that out. Man, on the other hand, can’t figure it out, so he finds someway to get to the other side. Unfortunately, sometimes the only way to keep something out, is to kill it.

  85. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 31, 2019 at 9:06 am

    I want a good solid hard to get over barrier along the entire border. I know that some will get through and some will go around; but it would greatly reduce the number of illegals. We know an open border doesn’t work with millions of Illegals in the USA. I am for legal immigration. I am also for green cards IF the USA would strictly enforce them.

  86. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 30, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    Give Me Some Good Old Time Global Warming:

    Three themes are emerging from the newly released emails: (1) prominent scientists central to the global warming debate are taking measures to conceal rather than disseminate underlying data and discussions; (2) these scientists view global warming as a political “cause” rather than a balanced scientific inquiry and (3) many of these scientists frankly admit to each other that much of the science is weak and dependent on deliberate manipulation of facts and data.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamestaylor/2011/11/23/climategate-2-0-new-e-mails-rock-the-global-warming-debate/#135e1e227ba6

  87. NIT Publisher

    NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

    January 30, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    2nd Floor Conf. Rm, City Hall 1-24-19
    Mason City, Iowa 6:00 P.M.

    MINUTES
    COUNCIL WORKSESSION

    The City Council of the City of Mason City, Iowa, met in Worksession pursuant to law and rules of said Council, in the 2nd Floor Conference Room of City Hall at 6:00 P.M., on January 24, 2019. The meeting was called to order by the Mayor Pro tem and on roll being called, there were present, Mayor Pro tem in the Chair Adams and the following Council Members: Masson, Adams, Jaszewski, Thoma, Symonds, Lee. Absent: Schickel.

    1. Final Capital Improvements Budget: Jacobson updated the Council on the CIP and provided a summary of the projects and changes, advising all Enterprise Funds had an increase in rates expect for the Ambulance Fund. The fee for the average homeowner for Capital projects will be approximately $38.00 for the year.

    GENERAL PROJECTS FUND: There were no comments.

    STORM SEWER: Adams mentioned it was his understanding that both the Eastbrooke and Plymouth Road project involved land acquisition and wondered where the money would come from for that with Rahm stating there was no anticipated acquisition on Plymouth Road, however Eastbrooke did involve acquisition and there would not be enough money in that Fund and Jacobson advising the money for that would come from the Storm Water Sub-drain, explaining that was a catchall and money could be pulled from that, adding this Fund had decent reserves. He further stated if however, the cost exceeded $200,000 further review would be necessary.

    Adams asked if the $250,000 covered the high priority fixes with Rahm stating it would cover the 4 or 5 options.

    AMBULANCE: Jacobson stated the Fund was relatively stable and believed it might be getting better with long distance transfers and increases in revenues.

    SANITATION FUND: Jacobson discussed how staff tried to maintain lower rate increases.

    WATER FUND: Jacobson advised the largest project was the Remote Radio Read Project. He explained there was $1.1 million in reserves (fund balance requirement was $800,000) and the rate increase was 1% which was under the Consumer Price Index, adding in 2024 there would be a lot of capacity in this fund (payoff of bonds for the Water Treatment Plant).

    SEWER FUND: Jacobson talked about collection system maintenance and sewer televising and noted Sewer had not had a rate increase for some time. He stated they would be using operating revenue and reserves, but wanted to increase the reserves because of the sewer needs. He also mentioned this fund had some outstanding debt with the final payment occurring in 2029. The Fund rate increase included 1% for operating for a total of 2.54% and the current rates were in the 45 percentile compared to other cities.

    Symonds questioned the 26% jump in year 5 with Jacobson stating it was Nutrient Reduction Project.

    Adams asked if the $800,000 in System Maintenance would take care of all the category 4’s and 5’s with Stangler stating probably the majority, but there were still some of the major problems.

    Adams asked if $800,000 was enough with Burnett commenting on reducing the “rate shock” and try and provide a smoothing of that rate, explaining he would hope for a better goal of than 4’s and 5’s, however once staff starts televising they would be better able to answer that question and concluded by stating $800,000 was good to start.

    Further discussion followed regarding whether to raise the rates further with Stangler stating he was satisfied with the $800,000 for that fiscal year.

    LOCAL OPTION: Jacobson provided an update on the Highline Trail and when the Local Option Sales Tax expired (2023).

    ROAD USE TAX: Jacobson stated the Streetscape Pavers was a large project, advising total projects amounted to $2.1 million and they needed $653,000 in additional bonding.

    GO BONDING: Jacobson stated the biggest project was the River City Renaissance Project. He stated the fund was good and money would be available in April and he would invest excess in CD’s.

    Lee referred to the $0.29 increase and asked how much of that debt was just for RCR with Jacobson stating $0.23 to $0.24.

    Discussion followed regarding the lease payments related to the Arena Project and where that money was coming from (Operating).

    OUTSIDE SOURCES: Jacobson advised it was dollars in and dollars out, so if they did not come up with the money, they wouldn’t do the project. He also pointed out he put in $150,000 for Channel 4 per Masson’s request.

    CONCLUSION: Jacobson stated he would be bringing this forward to order a public hearing at the February 5th Meeting and Burnett advising this was a responsible lean budget

    1. Preliminary Operating Budget: Jacobson provided an overview of the Operating Budget. He mentioned the Fire Department had a substantial reduction in wages with long term individuals retiring and new hires coming on, however he did increase the overtime budget $6,000 to $72, 000 total.

    Comments followed about the need and cost of a new fire truck in the following fiscal year.

    Masson referred to the demolition budget of $30,000 and mentioned and asked for an update on that with Burnett stated unfortunately the City has not made enough progress with that but the $30,000 would address 2 or 3 houses and in the next budget year they would have a better idea of how things are going.

    Jaszewski asked how many properties needed to be addressed with Van Steenhuyse stating 15 and staff was considering working with a different law firm to get things moving quicker.

    Jacobson commented on the pay of transit drivers and the discrepancy between the money NIACOG was paying their drivers and what Mason City Transit was paying.

    Adams asked why the number was so high in Mayor and Council with Jacobson stating there was $65,000 included for legal services and Burnett stating the line item for Travel and Conference had also increase so they could attend more Iowa League of Cities programs should they so choose.

    Jacobson asked Police Chief Brinkley to present his proposal to the Council and request for $19,000 which currently was not in the budget.

    Brinkely stated he was looking at doing away with the 6 Sergeant positions and transitioning through attrition to 8 Lieutenants from the current 4 Lieutenants. He explained his reasoning for having 2 Lieutenants on 1st, 2nd and 3rd Detail, and noted Sergeants were currently being paid very close to Lieutenants. He provided a flow chart showing the change, advising of the 8 Lieutenants there would a position entitled “Safe Neighborhoods Team Lieutenant” which would have 3 officers and a Community Resource Officer and be able to handle more neighborhood type complaints. In addition, he stated he was looking at five 10 hour days for Lieutenants with the Safe Neighborhood Lieutenant being a floater that would fill in on days off.

    Discussion followed regarding how many Reserve officers there were, what they did, whether the City would lose officers to other Departments, etc.

    Jacobson asked Fire Chief Bullinger to discuss the EOC Plan with Bullinger providing an overview.

    Discussion followed regarding whether this was in the budget (it was not), the amount the City was contributing ($27,000 for 10 years on top of the $45,000 current contribution) and where the money would come from.

    Jacobson reviewed the funds, current expenditures, proposed expenditures, proposed revenue, the difference and change. He stated the Internal Services Fund was the only fund with a deficit and they were probably looking at rates next year to make some adjustments with that.

    OUTSIDE ORGANIZATIONS: Jacobson reviewed the requests stating the increase was an addition $5,000 in Main Street Mason City and $23,000 more to NICEDC.

    Discussion followed regarding how this was handled in the past and how much Clear Lake was contributing.

    Burnett referred to $5,000 increase for Main Street stating year after year they had been dipping into RAGBRAI reserves and he had discussed this with the Mayor and felt $5,000 was fair, stressing he had seen follow through and good continuity, but they would have to find ways to increase their revenue. He also touched upon funding the NIACC Pappajohn Center again this year stating last year was to be a one time allowance, but Tim Putnam had made the request and he decided to include it again this year.

    HOTEL/MOTEL RESERVE PROJECTIONS AND PROPERTY TAX ASKINGS AND BOND AMOUNTS: Jacobson stated there was $60,000 in reserves that could be used moving forward. He advised he was only budgeting for 2/3 of the commercial backfill. The reduction in Property Tax Levy was a reduction in taxes of $5.90, but the rollback was an increase of $17.79 which amounted to an overall increase of $11.89. With Water, Sewer, Storm Sewer and Garbage, based on a $100,000 home that used 500 cubic feet of water each month, the Council was looking at a yearly increase of approximately $49.90.

    Jacobson also commented on the projected increases from the FY2020 budget process, the outstanding debt, advising we were currently at 67%, but the payoff schedule was very aggressive.

    Jacobson stated he would include the Police and Fire Chiefs additional requests and bring those updates to the January 31, 2019 Budget Council Worksession and concluded his comments by stating this budget would take care of $9.4 million in capital projects and with the increase in rollback the City was in a good position and thanked staff for their help.

    Burnett stated the pressure was always flat or less, but in some cities their budgets included fat so there would be things to cut off, however this was a lean, fiscally conservative budget and it would tough in the future to maintain this, especially if the rollback went away and healthcare costs continued to rise.

    It was the consensus of the Council that staff had done a great job and they were comfortable with the proposed budget.

    The Mayor adjourned the meeting at 8:09 P.M.

    /s/Bill Schickel
    Bill Schickel, Mayor

    ATTEST:
    /s/Aaron Burnett
    Aaron Burnett, City Clerk

  88. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 30, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    I love how when their global cooling was debunked as a total joke they went straight to global warming. Then when that started to be debunked they stuck with the warning BS and added cooling into it. So no matter what they can say they are right. Even though this shit has been going on sense the Earth began.

  89. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 30, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    If Pelosi refuses to negotiate then stop ALL congressional pay until an agreement is meet. Congress, do your job. Leave the rest of the wages alone. I bet Congressmen will start showing up and working.

  90. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 30, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    No wall? No balanced budget? Then if you don’t want to shut down the government, then shut down the pay and the benefits of Congress for failing to do their jobs and taking so much time off. And it it true they recently tried to give THEMSELVES ANOTHER RAISE!!! Unbelievable!

  91. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 30, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    No one wants the government “telling a woman what she can do with her body”…. but there IS a law against murder, and the unborn child should have rights also….we have laws to protect endangered species; birds, turtle, fish, etc. but we cannot protect our OWN ???? Barbaric. This country will suffer for this atrocity.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 30, 2019 at 10:00 pm

      But we do have stand your ground laws. You can defend yourself and kill someone if you feel threatened. That is ok with you. But a woman can’t decide what is best for her? Quit being the moral guide of America. It isn’t your job.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 31, 2019 at 4:36 pm

        If your IQ ever reaches 50, sell. It’s not going to get any higher.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          January 31, 2019 at 8:06 pm

          Great comeback. You must have finished 4th grade.

  92. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 30, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Get to work on the security, immigration laws, prescription drug prices. Health care with Insurance Companies. So much time you are wasting on taking God out of this country. Get priorities straight Nancy or step down. God is not leaving no matter what you think or try to do…

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 30, 2019 at 10:07 am

      God never leaves but hopefully Trump will. He is an idiot.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 30, 2019 at 11:22 am

      You religious nutjobs need medication.

  93. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 30, 2019 at 9:34 am

    Nobody with half a brain is going to listen to her bullshit lies after President Trump uses facts and logic to explain why he’s doing and what he’s doing to save this great country of ours.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 30, 2019 at 10:35 am

      bwaahaa…
      Do you really believe that bullshit or you just that stupid?

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 30, 2019 at 12:21 pm

        bwaahaaa, I really believe it. Why all the name calling, does it make you feel superior? Truth be told, your not.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          January 30, 2019 at 1:50 pm

          So you admit that you believe that bullshit. Interesting because that what it is, pure bullshit.

          And by the way, you should have used “you’re” not “your”.

          The words “facts and logic” should never be used in conjunction with Trump. He is a liar, narcissistic blowhard and draft dodging coward.

          • Anonymous

            January 30, 2019 at 5:49 pm

            If pronunciation was our biggest problem, we wouldn’t have anything to worry about. And by the way, I do believe that we need a wall or something to keep out the thousands of people that are trying to sneak into this country illegally.

          • Anonymous

            January 31, 2019 at 1:52 pm

            I also believe this statement by, Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, taken from another article. Just so it’s clear, this legislation codifies President Trump’s executive order to ensure illegal immigrants who commit crimes are detained and held to account

      • anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 30, 2019 at 2:05 pm

        Facts and logic? Ha ha. I see he just said his intelligence experts who testified yesterday that he is wrong about Iran and N. Korea’a nuclear capabilities, don’t know what they are talking about. That has absolutely no logic behind it. I wonder where he gets his info.

  94. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 30, 2019 at 9:33 am

    The State of the Union, given by our President, is not a debate. No need for a lying liberal rebuttal. Have you ever heard of such a thing??? Now whenever our President speaks to the American people, the lying liberals must speak right after to lie and twist the President’s words???? This is an outrage and should not be allowed. Stop with the resistance. Vote every lying, resisting liberal out of office.

    • anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 30, 2019 at 10:12 am

      A couple of things – First, the opposition party always replies to the President’s SOTU address. It has been that way for years. If Trump would just lay out his plans for the next 2 years and leave it at that, then perhaps the rebuttal wouldn’t be so caustic. But, he cannot do that. Instead, he will do what he has always done – bash his opponents, call them names and whine about not getting his way. He will not stick to the script and will be his typical whiney-assed self.

  95. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 30, 2019 at 9:33 am

    Let’s see—–a failed candidate who miraculously “found” more votes after she lost, and the Democrats are parading her out as if she is their newest model??? Can only imagine the hate that will come out of THAT response—–she is just another corrupt liberal.

  96. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 30, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Never in my life did I think that the Democrats would stoupe to such a DISRESPECTFUL low life play of the black card for political gain. Just use\ing her as a pawn SAD.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 30, 2019 at 10:24 pm

      Damn, where’s the grammer Nazi, this one is really bad.

  97. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 29, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    So many showed up at Stone’s house because the FBI and Justice Dept. are corrupt and rotten to the core. There needs to be a house cleaning but no one has the balls to do it.

  98. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 29, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    This from the party who cries foul when children are separated from their parents at the border and stands up for abortion even up to 9 months and advocates for open borders and the elimination of ice. It’s no wonder they want to rid themselves of god in anyway they can.

  99. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 29, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    The moral glue that has held us together is slowly being removed. God help us when it all goes away.

  100. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 29, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    If the Democrats can’t say so help me God they do not deserve to be in office.This nation was founded on God. If God put them In office He also can take them out.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 29, 2019 at 6:33 pm

      Your ignorance knows no limits.

      “The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.” – John Adams

      Anybody who ignorantly insists that our nation is founded on Christian ideals need only look at the four most important documents from our early history
      the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the Federalist Papers and the Constitution to disprove that ridiculous religious bias.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 29, 2019 at 8:20 pm

        Your full of it!

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 30, 2019 at 9:32 am

        You wrote the book on ignorance. All through our constitution and laws are the words “So Help Me GOD”. “In God We Trust” It is on our money, in our laws, in our court houses and in our Federal Buildings as well as on our money. You are just a atheist, lying P.O.S. trying to convince better people of your lies and it will not work.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          January 30, 2019 at 11:30 am

          Better people? How many wars have been started over gods? Conflicts on the news? You are living a lie, and are incapable of accepting the truth. 1956 was when god was allowed on money and in court houses ect. You can’t even do simple internet searches to not make you look like a dumb a$$. Your fairytales have destroyed nations all throughout history.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          January 30, 2019 at 11:34 am

          The constitution does not have god involved fyi, you are thinking of the declaration of independence. You would know that if you actually could think for yourself. How does it feel knowing you live a giant lie? I bet you spew this to your friends, and they eat it up like the little idiot cavemen they are. Religion is soon to disappear. The age of information has made it easier to see the fraud that is god.

          • Anonymous

            January 30, 2019 at 2:08 pm

            Some friendly advice for you buddy. If your IQ ever reaches 50, sell. It’s not going any higher.

          • Anonymous

            January 30, 2019 at 10:27 pm

            It won’t be funny, when your time comes!

          • Anonymous

            January 30, 2019 at 10:32 pm

            Damn weather, it’s playing right into the hands of the global warming scientists.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 1, 2019 at 11:20 am

        your just not a smart person, are you like 9 years old?

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 1, 2019 at 11:36 am

        This arena push through shows the seriousness of the issue that a few citizens on a board have too much city control. When a proposal is voted on and that proposal’s elements change, a re-vote needs to happen. I am disgusted that this bait and switch has occurred and what was a full proposal with multiple elements and voted on, was reduced down to a fragment of the its originalism and pushed through. I feel cheated. I have lived in MC almost my entire life. I own two businesses in this city. I feel baited and cheated. SHAME ON THIS MAYOR AND COUNCIL for not sending this issue back to the citizen’s for a re-vote.

  101. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 29, 2019 at 8:09 am

    Harris cant even take care of California, much less the United States! Health care for all? Yeah… right. Ask Venezuela how that worked for them.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 29, 2019 at 6:03 pm

      Harris is a perfect dem candidate. She is obnoxious, condescending and has no scruples. The dems have become the communist/socialist party of America. Harris wants free, free, free. Well, Kamala nothing is free. Smart people will abandon the dems. They are puppets for Soros who wants globalization.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 29, 2019 at 6:38 pm

        “…is obnoxious, condescending and has no scruples.”

        Congratulations, you just described Donald Trump to a tee.

  102. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 29, 2019 at 8:09 am

    This little NUTCASE A.O.C. needs to be impeached. NOBODY cares what she does. The folks in her district NEED a whipping. They have to be the dumbest people in our country!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 29, 2019 at 8:50 am

      “They have to be the dumbest people in our country!”

      No, that would be you.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 29, 2019 at 9:07 am

        And now you feel superior, to your twin anonymous. Enjoy the rest of your day.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 29, 2019 at 10:27 am

        LoL!!
        Kind of tells you the education level of this guys doesn’t it

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 29, 2019 at 11:08 am

      You are correct sir! Vote Democrat Socialist ticket. Venezuela here we come.

  103. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 29, 2019 at 8:08 am

    I believe Mason City, (which never closed schools for anything when we were attending and kids other than rural, had to find their own way to school), are closing for 3 days starting today. The expected lowest temp for the day is projected at -14 and the buses pick up everyone of them now, so no one has a long walk to school. Just a different culture. Roosevelt Junior high was 18 blocks from our home and I survived every winter.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 29, 2019 at 10:02 am

      I have two children that attend school so I get it, But they often jump the gun and cancel the night before .Last Tuesday the cancelled and nothing happened.Yesterday they cancelled when they could have gotten by with a two hour delay.Now they are already talking maybe about cancelling Thursday also.

      • Old Man Winter Reply Report comment

        January 30, 2019 at 11:48 pm

        Did any of you fools step outside today? Unless you have on a snowmobile suit with layers and your head and face covered up, it was nearly unbearable. You want kids waiting for their bus in the morning with -50 windchill and skin freezing in 5 min. Something happens to 1 kid and there is a million dollar lawsuit waiting to happen. Get a clue.

  104. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 29, 2019 at 8:08 am

    OUR PRESENT SITUATION !
    Children of Congress members do not have to pay back their college student loans.
    Staffers of Congress family members are also exempt from having to pay back student loans.
    Members of Congress can retire at full pay after only one term.
    Members of Congress have exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed, under which ordinary citizens must live.
    For example, they are exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment.
    And as the latest example, they have exempted themselves from Healthcare Reform, in all of its aspects.
    We must not tolerate an elite class of such people, elected as public servants and then putting themselves above the law.
    I truly don’t care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent, or whatever. The self-serving must stop.
    Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon their states.It only takes 38 (of the 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention.
    If each person that receives this will forward it on to 20 people, in three days most people in The United States of America will have the message.
    Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution:
    “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the Citizens of the United States …”
    This is an idea that should be passed around, regardless of political party.

  105. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 29, 2019 at 8:07 am

    Congressional Reform Act of 2017
    1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they’re out of office. And, no more perks go with them.
    2. Congress (past, present, & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.
    3. Congress must purchase their own retirement plan, just as ALL Americans do.
    4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
    5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
    6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people (i.e. NO MORE INSIDER TRADING!!!).
    7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women. Congress made all these contracts by and for themselves.
    Serving in Congress is an honor and privilege NOT a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators should serve their term(s), then go home and go back to work … not get all kinds of freebies.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 29, 2019 at 10:37 am

      You should really think about switching to decaf

  106. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 29, 2019 at 8:06 am

    How can our society slip so low that human lives become so unimportant ? When you take God out of families, take God out of our schools, when you take God out of our society, take God out of our country and take God out or our daily lives, look at the results ? When you talk about abortions, you are only hiding behind this word which is the same as Murder. When you have a low life human being signing a bill in which full term murders are allowed, we have reached a new low for our society. This action from those who have no regard for the sanctity of human life have put us on the edge of destruction of humanity. Please let us all do what we can to stop this. Your voice in this matter is extremely important. Stop this insanity, Stop Murdering Unborn. Give these kids a chance at life.

  107. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 29, 2019 at 7:56 am

    Where’s the fire?

  108. ACHTUNG !!! Reply Report comment

    January 29, 2019 at 3:27 am

    There are DOGS. And there are SLUGS.
    The vast majority of these INANE RANTS on “Whiners’ Den” were quite obviously created by the offspring of dogs and slugs that have mated.
    These “people” have the BARK of DOGS but the INTELLIGENCE of SLUGS. How pathetically entertaining they are!
    Any time you feel a need to laugh. Or vomit, the crap you read on here works better than sticking your finger down your throat. Or picturing Donald & Hillary doing jumping jacks. Side by side. While they are totally naked. In a motel room. Live on national television. With Polosi singing Marilyn Manson tunes in the background.)
    Bottom line here? If ya feel a need to laugh. Or shake your head. Or puke, you came to the right place!
    Want to see MORE comments like THIS? Then YOU post something clever. Then I will. etc. OFFER NOT VALID IF YOU USE THE NAME “Anonymous”.

    • Who Cares Reply Report comment

      January 29, 2019 at 6:59 am

      What would be the difference with using the name “Anonymous” or “ACHTUNG” Both names have no merit.

  109. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 28, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    I’ve heard people say that the globe is warming up.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 28, 2019 at 11:06 pm

      It is warming up. Why do you think we had so much extreme swings in weather?

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 29, 2019 at 11:02 am

        But the question to be answered is it man made global warming. Perhaps with all the hot air being blown out by libuffoons.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          January 29, 2019 at 5:24 pm

          Sorry buddy but I will take actual science over your word any time.

  110. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 28, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Why is the City of Mason City afraid to enforce the laws we have on the books regarding blighted properties? If they are doing something, why are they not transparent about the process to the citizens they serve? Let us know what is going on. Tell us what and why buildings are boarded up and abandoned for so many years.

    And explain to us why the State had to step in and shut down an illegal solid waste facility. A solid waste facility that had been operating for several years. Where was the City? Can’t they enforce the zoning laws?

    Lastly, I ask, where were the neighbors of these run down properties and illegal waste facilities? How come we have never heard about them from those who live next to them?

    As a citizen, you have the right to make your neighborhood, your community a good place to live. If it means publicly embarrassing someone, so be it. Make it known to your elected officials that you will not accept this kind of thing.

    Or, you can continue to bury your head in the sand and ignore the problem.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 29, 2019 at 8:03 am

      Start with Russ Hardy’s junk yard on South Monroe then you can move to any of his rentals.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 1, 2019 at 11:23 am

      MC/Cerro Gordo law enforcement has a history of enforcing the laws they want,when they want, on who they want. They have picked on and drove businesses out of business, aka the Urdahl recent incident where if it would have been anyone else, they’d been booked. SELECTIVE law enforcement thrives in MC.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 1, 2019 at 11:25 am

      MC/Cerro Gordo law enforcement has a history of enforcing the laws they want,when they want, on who they want. They have picked on and drove businesses out of business, aka the Urdahl recent incident where if it would have been anyone else, they’d been booked. SELECTIVE law enforcement thrives in MC.

  111. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 28, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    Helium heels Harris. The legs went up so she could do her best work on her back.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 28, 2019 at 9:02 pm

      You are seriously mentally ill. See someone soon. Please.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 29, 2019 at 8:11 am

        I see you, a worthless P.O.S. and it didn’t help.