Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

Letters to the Editor

July 16, 2013

Story behind our 'National Anthem'

Dear Editor,

In the early days of America, Briton was unwilling for the pioneers of the 13 United States of America to be free. Consider the statement included in our Declaration of Independence written in 1776, "The history of the King of Great Briton is a history of repeated injuries and usurptions, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States." Included was The Stamp Act which was taxation on Americans to raise funds to help support the British Army stationed in America after 1763. Those early American pioneers were confronted with much adversity in establishing the great nation which America is today.

During the War of 1812, British forces had taken prisoner a physician, Dr. William Beanes and held him aboard a warship in Chesapeak Bay. Francis Scott Key and John Skinner both from Washington, D. C. were given permission by the Secretary of State James Monroe to communicate with the British in an effort to get the doctor released.

The British were preparing to bombard Ft. McHenry which protected the city of Baltimore. The bombardment started on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 1814 and continued all day and all night. When confronted concerning Dr. Beanes, the British agreed they would release him but they continued to hold him and the other Americans until after the battle ended. Toward morning of Sept. 14, it became clear the American forces had withstood the 25 hour bombardment. After sunrise, the British did release the three Americans. And after Francis Scott Key was released and he saw our flag flying, he was inspired to write a poem about what he had seen and heard that night concerning the Star Spangled Banner. The poem was set to the melody of an old military march and became popular immediately. But it wasn't until March 1931 Congress officially approved the song as our national anthem. As we hear and sing it today, it is hard to realize the circumstances of our National Anthem.

Text Only
Letters to the Editor
  • Representative Larry Sheets' Snapshot Dear friends, The House was ready to finish but the bills are not forthcoming from the Senate. April 22 is the last day the taxpayers pay for our services, so I expect the Senate to drag it out that long. Last Monday the House debated a bill concerni

    April 22, 2014

  • Social Security debt collection: Is it right? If the federal government overpaid someone in your family more than 30 years ago, should you be held responsible for the debt? And should the government have an indefinite amount of time to try to collect the overpayment? Those questions are pending

    April 22, 2014

  • State Sen. Ken Rozenboom Newsletter Nearly two weeks have gone by since House File 2462, a bill that would protect Iowa workers and create a more transparent government, was passed in the Iowa House. During that time, the Senate majority party has talked endlessly about the need for mo

    April 22, 2014

  • Farmers engaged in Iowa water quality initiative Many Iowa farm fields are turning green earlier than normal this spring as a rapidly growing number of farmers are using cover crops to help better protect the soil and water they depend on to make their living. Farmers are always looking for new and

    April 17, 2014

  • Raising permit fees will harm city Dear Editor, Surcharges, fees, franchise fees, (3 percent on Alliant bills -- council voted 5-0 on 04/10/14), special assessments, $5 million bonding (which will raise property taxes), and now city's attempts at increasing permit fees for landlords f

    April 17, 2014

  • What do you think about rental permit fees? The Daily Iowegian will publish an Editorial Question of the Week on the Opinion page. The Iowegian wants readers to think about rental permit fees. The Centerville City Council has conducted two working sessions and a third one is planned in order t

    April 17, 2014

  • The talk radio party? So what does the Tea Party want this fall? A repeat of 2010, or a repeat of 2012? The Tea Party succeeded spectacularly in 2010. Its principled enthusiasm put Republicans back in charge of the House of Representatives and, if the Tea Party hadn't bee

    April 17, 2014

  • State Sen. Ken Rozenboom Newsletter Traditionally, voting on the department budget bills signals the end of a legislative session. The budget process lasts through much of the session. This year, the process was tweaked to move things along faster than in past sessions. House Republica

    April 15, 2014

  • Make Centerville, Iowa your home Centerville, "America's hometown." Centerville, "Home of the world's largest square." Centerville, "You can't describe it, you just have to go there." Centerville, "Welcome home." These are just a few of the brands depicting Centerville that have bee

    April 15, 2014

  • April is National Community College Month Buy someone a cup of coffee. Read to a child or an older adult. Volunteer at a local hospital. Play games with or offer services to senior citizens. Walk dogs at Heartland Humane Society. Assist neighbors with yard work or spring cleaning. Volunteer

    April 15, 2014

  • Former resident applauds mayors Dear Editor, Recently, I read the March 30 Daily Iowegian story “Area mayors combat sexual assault.” I want to applaud the mayors of these local towns for signing proclamations to battle sexual assault, especially those in Centerville, Moravia and Ra

    April 10, 2014

  • Main Street in Centerville Dear Editor, Organizing for Main Street has been asked, "Why do we need another group?" Main Street is not only committed to the revitalization of downtown districts, but is also focused on the long-term sustainment of the heart of a community's comm

    April 10, 2014

  • What do you think about food prices? The Daily Iowegian will publish an Editorial Question of the Week on the Opinion page. The Iowegian wants readers to think about food prices. Are you paying more than you were last year for certain food items? According to a survey by the American Fa

    April 10, 2014

  • U.S. in dire straits U.S. in dire straits Dear Editor, Our country is in dire straits with President Obama and his agenda to transform the United States into a socialist nanny state which is being promoted by the liberal media. The left wing bias that dominates Big Medi

    April 8, 2014

  • Sheets Snapshot: Hurry up and wait Dear friends, This is a season of hurry up and wait. The House passes a large list of bills and then must wait on the Senate to do their work. HF475 bill allows any peace officer in the state the power to request a warrant for a GPS bug. I stood up a

    April 8, 2014

Obituaries
Featured Ads
Poll

The Iowegian wants readers to think about rental permit fees. The Centerville City Council has conducted two working sessions and a third one is planned in order to get a feel for the public's appetite about raising rental permit fees from charging a landlord $25 every two years to charging a certain amount per rental unit per year. So, the question of the week is, "Are you in favor of Centerville increasing rental permit fees?"

A. I'm in favor.
B. I'm not in favor.
C. I'm not sure.
     View Results
Iowegian on Facebook