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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Apr 3, 2008

An earlier on-line poll asking Daily News readers to tell whether they approved or disapproved House File 2613 indicated that 77 percent of those responding approved of the bill. The legislation would require county sheriffs to provide a written reason for not issuing a concealed weapons permit.

The poll was criticized for not being large enough of a sampling.

After running a series of letters on the issue, both pro and con, plus running the full text of House File 2613, we took another poll both on-line and by paper ballot at the Daily News office. The results showed 224 approving of House File 2613 and 60 against, or 77.7 percent in favor, the same, exact percentage as the previous poll. On-line ballots were 215 for and 56 against and paper ballots were 9 for and 4 against.

Does anyone think we need to take another poll?

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If you haven’t read a good fairy tale lately, you have two chances to see fairy tales on the stage this weekend.

Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Once Upon a Mattress, a musical adaptation of The Princess and the Pea, will be held at the Iowa Lakes Community College gymnasium.

Dillon Bennett’s delightful portrayal of Princess Winnifred, the Woebegone, the princess who is sensitive enough to feel a pea through 20 mattresses, is balanced by Jeannene Larson’s wonderful rendition of Queen Aggravain.

A great pool of other talent was drawn from both Iowa Lakes Community College and the community at large. It’s yet another ball out of the park by the many-hatted Carol Ayres who has taken on the formidable job of conducting the orchestra pit as well as production manager.

Meanwhile, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Armstrong-Ringsted students are performing Cinderella at the Armstrong School gymnasium. Producer Deb Govern has assembled eight lead principals, 20 chorus students, and 30 elementary students, in another delightful production.

April Gunderson as Cinderella demonstrates that her voice is only getting better. You will be awed by her performance.

Deb Govern has done an exemplary job of production in getting so many students of different ages to work together. She’s received great backing with accompanist Athlyn Black.

So don’t just sit there. Go someplace this weekend!