The Decorah Nespapers
September 30, 2016
  • Dear Editor:


    My grandson, Quincy, age 15, is severely autistic and suffers seizures every day and night. He does not speak, walk, or even stand by himself. His parents, who both work, manage to care for him 24/7, have tried many doctors, specialists, clinics and have rushed to several emergency rooms.

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  • Dear Editor:


    While serving as Winneshiek County supervisor many years ago, I learned an important lesson about what it takes to be an effective supervisor: do your homework and always build consensus with everyone else in the room.  

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  • Dear Editor:


    I will be voting for Jan Heikes. She is not only very hard working, but very capable, and very community oriented. Her voice and experience are very needed now in our Iowa Senate. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    During our recent problems with flooding in our campground in Bluffton, we had loaded all our canoe and kayak inventory on trailers and moved them to higher ground. Higher ground was close to the West Ravine Road in Bluffton. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    Rarely do we have a candidate running for the Iowa Senate whose qualifications match our current needs in the State. Jan Heikes is such a candidate.

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  • Dear Editor:


    We have received several phone calls from concerned citizens concerning the poisoning of cats. We still do not know who the “lunatic” was who poisoned the cats. No one has come forward.

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  • Dear Editor:


    We are very grateful to Luther College for providing the two lectures by Dr. Douglas Tallamy, entomologist and author of Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants. His message was clear and inspiring. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank the dedicated staff of Barthell Eastern Star Nursing home as well as Kathy Petersburg, the nurse practitioner who visited my folks so faithfully, for the incredible, patient, caring ministry to my parents, Ted and Freda Jacobsen for almost a decade.  

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  • Dear Editor:


    I feel compelled to write our appreciation for the outstanding, above and beyond, dedication and service we have seen recently in Decorah.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Options have expanded in Decorah for families looking for another approach to education.

    The Northeast Iowa Montessori School opened its doors to elementary students ages 6-9 years old this fall. The program, E1, gives a unique meaning to fun and structure at school. From exploring personal interests that arise from discovering their part within the historical journey stories of ‘Cosmic Education’ to planning their own field trips, children are able to move through an age-appropriate curriculum that supports their deep need for freedom within limitations.  

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  • Dear Editor:


    We all receive political mail but one piece this week caught my attention. It read “Neighbors helping neighbors, that’s how I grew up.” It was for Jan Heikes and it struck me as a perfect summary of her attitude on life and not simply a political slogan.

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  • Dear Editor:


    The voters of Northeast Iowa have the opportunity in the upcoming election to choose a caring, concerned and competent State Senator for District 28 -- Jan Heikes.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are both horrific choices to lead this country. There have been countless articles, interviews and speaking engagements which illustrate this point regarding Trump, so this letter will focus on Clinton, the darling of the business class.

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  • Dear Editor:


    The other day I was in a local diner and I observed a fellow diner eating alone. When he finished he continued to remain at his table and periodically make noises.

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  • Dear Editor:


    I am writing this not so much as a commentary on what occurred in the Nordic Fest parade, although a couple of points do need to be clarified, but more as a warning as what I see a dangerous drift back towards a dark time in Constitutional history. To begin with, the clarifications.

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