Where are the Christmas decorations?

I am writing about the Christmas dec... I mean the lack of Christmas decorations in Council Bluffs. I do not understand why someone coming into our town has to drive to Bayliss Park to see any holiday spirit!

We have a great city and I think it’s a shame to not show it. We should be decorating for Christmas and spreading cheer to all around. Instead, it looks as though Christmas is just another holiday to come and go and our town is not acknowledging it. I know we have the decorations, so why not use them.

This is a time of year people can get depressed or distraught and maybe that little bit of decorations and spirit could help to lighten their lives a little. I know growing up here, I loved driving down Broadway and seeing the lights and the things on the poles, I would love if my children and now my grandchildren could have the same memories of a town full of spirit.

So come on Council Bluffs let’s bring back some joy, spirit and Christmas cheer to our city!

Tara Hemiller, Council Bluffs


Reduce animal food consumption in 2019

With the glow of Christmas barely behind us, we look forward to the new year and the customary New Year’s resolutions: reduce social media, reduce weight, and, this year, reduce animal food consumption.

One third of consumers already report reducing their consumption of animal foods. Hundreds of school, college, hospital, and corporate cafeterias have embraced Meatless Monday. Even fast-food chains Chipotle, Denny’s, Panera, Subway, Taco Bell, White Castle are rolling out plant-based options.

A dozen start-ups, led by Beond Meat and Impossible Foods, are creating healthy, eco-friendly, compassionate, convenient, delicious plant-based meat and dairy products. Meat industry giants Tyson Foods, Cargill, and Canada’s Maple Leaf Foods have invested heavily in plant-based meat development. So have a number of Microsoft, Google, Twitter, and PayPal pioneers.

According to Plant-Based Foods Association, plant-based food sales have grown by 20 percent in the past year, 10 times the growth rate of all foods. Sales of plant-based cheeses, creamers, butter, yogurts, and ice creams are exploding at a 50 percent growth rate. Plant-based milks now account for 15 percent of the milk market.

The plant-based New Year’s resolution requires no sweat or deprivation — just some fun exploration of your favorite supermarket and food websites.

Abbot Price, Council Bluffs


A gift that keeps on giving

We all have people in our lives who don’t need or want more stuff. A great gift that will continue to give value to the recipient all year long is our local newspaper, The Daily Nonpareil. There may be senior citizens, who have cut back on expenses by cancelling their local newspaper. What better way to keep our seniors engaged in our community than the gift of the local newspaper. Plus, with special offers and coupons, they may also save some money.

It is so important to the growth of our community that we have an informed public. Our newspaper does a good job of keeping us informed about local, state and national events. This holiday season or for someone’s birthday think about giving the gift of the newspaper. The person receiving The Daily Nonpareil will think fondly of you every day their newspaper arrives.

Marie Larchick, Council Bluffs

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