The Decorah Nespapers
June 30, 2016
  • Dear Editor:


    We volunteer at the Visitor Center in Decorah, usually on a Sunday afternoon. We have a plea to downtown businesses – please open on Sunday afternoons.

    We obviously see only a tiny portion of the visitors to Decorah, but you’d be surprised at who drops in, where they’re from, and why they’re here. When they ask what’s to do and what’s open, it is disappointing to realize that most downtown businesses don’t seem to want their business if they’re here on Sunday. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    The Orlando killer, armed with a rapid-fire, military-style weapon, took a fearful toll: 49 dead, 53 wounded. Could he have been stopped if somebody in the crowd had a gun?

    One Des Moines Register reader thinks so: “One patron, bartender or bouncer with one bullet could have prevented this mayhem” (Good guy with  a gun ends yet another shooting, June 15 letter).

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  • Dear Editor:


    Many of you were undoubtedly shocked by the violent shooting at a gay club in Orlando, Florida last Sunday. Even though our society has become tragically accustomed to gun violence, the sheer magnitude of this massacre has impacted most of America.

    Behind the numbers are the individual stories of the victims – most of them Latino/Latina and many of them also lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ). We think of the loss of life and the devastation to their families and loved ones left behind.

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  • Dear Editor:


    At approximately 2:30 p.m., Thursday, June 2, while driving from Calmar to Decorah on Highway 52, I experienced a medical emergency. With no cell phone and afraid for my life, I frantically attempted to wave-down passing motorists to assist me.

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  • Dear Editor:


    We live in a great area. We had the honor of hosting a lunch for veterans on Memorial Day. We had the privilege of having over 200 people at our Elks Lodge. Our board and lodge members worked very hard to make it aa success.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Once again, the powers that be are trying to draw the American public’s attention away from the real problems that are facing us by creating a crisis out of nothing. This time, whom should use which bathroom is the crisis de jure however the unseen ramifications should be the real concern especially to those in spotlight this time.

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  • Dear Editor:


    I am a new guy in town. Moved here couple years ago from a community that had a robust YMCA, now named the “Y.” It had exercise equipment, a walking track, a gym for basketball/volleyball and free weights, two racquetball courts, several meeting rooms, and drop in child care.   

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  • I have been told that the reasons I hold on the war are my opinion, rather than factual history and well thought out positions. So, people are saying that they can thank veterans for their role in Vietnam because they were drafted and didn’t have a choice, or like me, if they volunteered, then you signed up for anything. Of course, I don’t agree with that.
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  • Dear Editor:


    This is the time of year when the sight of dandelions in yards tells us that the people who live there have chosen to keep a truly green lawn -- one that excludes toxic sprays that harm children, pregnant women, insects, birds, and the rest of us mammals. Thank you.

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  • Dear Editor:


    I am supporting Steve McCargar for District 55 state representative. Steve has a 34-year history of community service in Northeast Iowa. He has an in-depth understanding of issues facing our region through research and personal involvement. 

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  • Dear Editor:

    Although this play appears to be a psychological drama, for me a more accurate descriptor is a character study. Just as an onion has layers to peel away, each of the characters came to life, revealing the underlying experiences, perceptions and biases that all brought to the situation.  

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  • Dear Editor:


    One of my favorite country music songs is a tune that was first recorded by Ed Bruce, written in the 1970s by him and his wife, Patsy Bruce. Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson made their own (fabulously successful) recording in 1978. The first three lines of the chorus go something like this —

    Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys.

    Don’t let ‘em pick guitars or drive them old trucks.

    Let ‘em be doctors and lawyers and such.

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  • Dear Editor:


    With the political hysteria surrounding the process of filing the vacancy created by the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia reaching a crescendo, it is time to separate the ignorant hype from the actual reality of the situation.

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  • Dear Editor:


    This was the headline a few days ago on MSN: “Japanese fleet returns with quota of 333 whales in Antarctic.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Hawkeye REC and Tri-County Electric Coop (TEC) have asked member/owners to vote to approve a merger of the two to make one large cooperative. The latest newsletter cites a number of reasons that make this seem like a good thing to do. 

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