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August 31, 2015
  • Dear Editor:


    We have never been any prouder of our hometown than we were on July 17. 

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    Sorry you missed the Community Conversation on Gun Sense at the Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center as our guest was Mary Ann Humpal, executive director of Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation, who shared some very interesting data on poverty. 

    We invited her because the majority of the 80-90 gun deaths that happen every day in the country are suicides. We wanted a better picture of what financial desperation might have to do with it.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    In a recent Des Moines Register, I read that Governor Branstad vetoed the compromise bill that would have given school districts additional funding of $55.7 million.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    ... and Liz Rog. The letter that Liz wrote about not spraying dandelions (5/14/2015), was well-timed. I had just gotten a flyer in my mailbox from All-American Turf Beauty, and I must confess that I was sorely tempted, mainly because in my front and side yards, I don’t have grass with some dandelions, I have dandelions with some grass, and the eastern three-quarters of my little backyard is mostly Creeping Charlie, with the remainder perversely growing in obscene, weed-free luxuriance at the rate of about an inch an hour. 

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    Recently, President Obama directed federal agencies to serve antibiotic-free meat and poultry in government cafeterias. 

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    Once again, Chuck Gipp and the ironically misnamed Iowa Department of Natural Resources has indicated that CFO profits still trump environmental quality and public health by giving preliminary approval for a new hog confinement near Cardinal Marsh, a state wildlife area.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    Is anyone in Decorah or Winneshiek County happy with the customer service, rates, or reliability of your current Internet service provider? It’s quite clear that our current options have not proven competent.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    There are some pretty stark numbers that you will have to deal with if you want to argue against Bill Stowe and the DMWW’s (Des Moines Water Works) lawsuit. I will go through only a few below.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    Last week was National Police Week. This is a national week of observance for those in the law enforcement profession who have had their lives taken in the service of their communities.  

     
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  • Dear Editor:

     

    After attending the School Board meeting on Monday, May 11, reading the Thursday, May 14, Decorah Journal, listening to part of “Our Town” on the radio on Thursday, May 14, and watching the “live stream” on the computer, of the 2015 graduation on May 17, I urge our school board to respect our well-established separate Decorah graduation traditions. 

     

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    Everybody knows the value in planning, protecting assets and investing carefully. Nobody likes waste. 

    For these reasons, most county residents I talk to are opposed to frac-sand mining. They believe that the county has more to lose than to gain. While we examine the economics of frac-sand mining, we must also examine the economics of fracking because it created the demand for sand.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    This time of year I see lots of dandelions in people’s yards, both blooming and going to seed. I always wish I had little thank-you letters to drop in their mailboxes.

     
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  • Dear  Editor:


    It is hard to believe, but bipartisan efforts to get serious about bullying are stalled in the Iowa Legislature.

    When will Iowans finally say we won’t take this anymore? When will we agree we will do anything and everything to try to help children in our schools?

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    What kind of citizen are you?

    What ever happened to respect and trust for our justice system and the people we employ to uphold it? Have we become so skeptical that we feel compelled to challenge these people at every turn? 

     
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