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Sehaty Foreign Exchange


February 21, 2001

Sad, in a way

I just read you little article about Persia, Iowa. I, too, am from Persia, the Iowa town. I, too, am a journalist by training. I spent a few years as a farm magazine editor and the past 20 working in corporate communications.

When I was growing up in Persia, it was a nice, active town (1954 - 72). There were three grocery stores, a hardware store, two gas stations, two farm grain elevators, a lumberyard, two barbers, three bars, etc. The town had a school high on the hill.

What has happened is sad, in a way. The sad fact is Persia residents refused to invest in upgraded water and sewage systems. There wasn't much there for young families or children, so they moved out. Today, the town's residents are mostly old widows.

Anyway, I wanted to respond to your post. It sounded like you had a fun trip across the US.



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