The Decorah Nespapers
April 26, 2017
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  • Dear Editor:


    After reading the little note in last Thursday’s issue of the Decorah Journal after Roland Lillegraven’s award of a quilt of valor for his 100th birthday, I feel moved to add a little more information about his military service in World War II.

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  • Dear Editor:


    In the letter titled “Will not hand Decorah over to radical leftists” (Decorah Journal, April 13), E. Thomas Beiwel declares that he refuses to live in fear. Unfortunately, it seems like that ship has already sailed, for the tone of Mr. Beiwel’s letter demonstrates that he is positively consumed by fear.

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  • Dear Editor:


    I have been so angry for weeks now and I finally decided I have to get this off my chest. In April, I was on the Frankville blacktop by the landfill. I hit a pothole on the pavement by the fogline. It was not the hugest thing but the deepest. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    It has been two generations since the loss of the military draft. Two generations since the loss of two of the last vestiges of shared American experience that the draft included which made America what it is/was. Those lost vestiges are the loss of the melting pot, and the loss of working for your country.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Throughout our nation’s history, public support of science, public accessibility to scientific data, and evidence-based decision making have resulted in tremendous advances in health care, agriculture, industrial processes and products, and major advances in technology, communication, transportation, and defense.  

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  • Dear Editor:


    I am saddened by our president’s bad attitude about anybody who is not American. And now we have Iowa’s Republican Congressman, Steve King, in the news world-wide saying “We won’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”

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  • Dear Editor:


    It is a travesty, that in these times, partisan politics are the trend. Our politicians don’t want to take the time anymore to cross party lines and talk or listen to the their constituents. They most certainly do not vote their personal conscience. They vote what their party tells them to. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    An open letter to the constituents of Michael Breitbach, State Senate District 28; Chairman, Iowa Senate Government Oversight Committee:

    In his recent “legislative listening post” at City Hall in Decorah, Mr. Breitbach stated something to the effect that many of the votes he had made or planned to make this legislative session should come as “no surprise” to people, “it is what I campaigned on.”

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  • Dear Editor:


    The article “Decorah teen shares his story of transgender” is a very important and well written story. It was handled by Lissa Blake, the writer, and Didrik Luntvedt, his family, and others close to him with matter-of-fact anecdotes and a genuine tone that could have been difficult to achieve. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    I would like to use the well-deserved awards given at the I-ACT Festival to congratulate all those involved in the New Minoa Players’ production of The Pillowman.

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  • Dear Editor:


    A few weeks ago Winneshiek County Habitat For Humanity (WCHFH) sent out several hundred letters asking county residents to consider supporting the building of another family home in 2017. Many have responded with generous financial gifts, which will help finance the 32nd home that will be built in the county since 1992.

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  • Trial lawyer Nick Rowley stands atop one of two buildings he owns in downtown Decorah.
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  • Dear Editor:


    Last fall we received a Michael Bergan campaign brochure targeting senior citizens. In it he declared he “shares [our] values” and believes in protecting “Iowans who need our help the most.” The House Human Resources Committee, of which he is vice-chair, is considering a bill (S.F. 2) that, in effect, would deny vital health and family planning services to those least able to afford them. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    The Republican replacement for Obamacare is being debated in the congress. The bill is an abomination to healthcare. It would:

    1) Cause about 24 million people to lose their healthcare insurance within 10 years.

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  • Dear Editor:


    As a lifelong resident of Winneshiek County and a fourth generation farmer to farm in Winneshiek County, I feel that agriculture and tourism both are thriving in our county.

    My family and I have farmed here all our lives and have raised hogs and crops here for as long as we have farmed. Our operation has grown and changed with the times and now incorporates hog confinement buildings as the preferred way to raise hogs. 

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