The Decorah Nespapers
June 29, 2017
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  • Dear Editor:


    No words can express our gratitude and appreciation to all the volunteers who arrived to help us after the hailstorm on Monday, May 15. The brotherhood of fellow firefighters was shown and shared. It wasn’t firefighters alone, but people in general.

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  • Dear Editor:


    In August of 2011, when then President Obama visited Decorah, I stood on a cement barricade in front of the hotel where he was staying and gave a speech about what I did not like about the president’s views of America. Several unruly Democrats attempted to disrupt the oration and were promptly hauled away by the Secret Service. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    Today a long school year has completed for the students of Northeast Iowa Community College.

    Tomorrow some two hundred graduates will walk across the stage to receive their diplomas. At last a sigh of relief has come on my part. Why I say this sigh of relief is because of the transportation issue I had to face coming and going each day to class at Northeast Iowa Community College. Since I have no set of wheels of my own except for one old bicycle and one new bicycle, I have been left with no sure ride to campus each class day.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Sometimes we just want to get on with our day and ignore the hate speech hurled our way. Or we think it will be more trouble than it’s worth to report the crime. Or worse, no one will listen. Decorah is listening and learning.

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  • Dear Editor:


    On Saturday, June 10, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Farmers & Merchants Savings Bank will hold a shred event in Decorah. Anyone that has old personal documents stacked up is invited to dig them out and bring them to the Walmart parking lot to have them shredded. We have procured a shred truck, which will gobble them up on site.

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  • Dear Editor:


    May is Community action Month. The local community action agency is Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation (NEICAC). It is the mission of NEICAC to strengthen communities toward lifelong success. NEICAC’s vision is that all individuals and families participate in their community and access resources and opportunities as they develop economic security. NEICAC’s values are: dedication, compassion, respect, accountability, self-sufficiency, responsibility, honor, progress and trust.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Civility has reached a new low in Iowa House District 55. I’m one of many Iowans who feels we’re living in a state whose current administration seems intent on dismantling our state motto (“Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain”) rather than strengthening it. Even so, we all should be able to respectfully disagree and it seems reasonable to look to our public officeholders to set the tone.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Every day, each one of us has healthier, safer and more convenient lives because of science. Our human curiosity, our human ingenuity, and our human connectedness have driven us throughout time to look for answers to questions -- allowing us to expand our minds and build new technologies that were once only futurist ideals.

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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:


    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:


    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:


    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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