By Sharon DelVento
I love trees in winter. My favorite is the pin oak. As a youngster, I spent many a spare moment under the branches of our pin oak in the back yard, listening; because it retains its leaves all winter long, whenever the wind blows, the susurration is gentle and soothing, and when it snows, the pitter-pat sound of the snowflakes hitting the dried leaves tickles your ear.
By Stephanie Fromm, Executive Director, WCDI
Economic Development brings great opportunities to any city or county. It increases jobs, business revenue, our tax base, and our property values many times.
By Dr. Paula Carlson, Luther College President
I would like to extend my gratitude to the greater Decorah community, which has so warmly welcomed me to this wonderful place.
It may sound pessimistic, but some of the best advice I ever got from my dad went something like this: “If you lower your expectations of people, you’ll never be disappointed.”
At the time, I thought it was terrible advice.
It’s no great secret that not everyone on the planet loves the American people.
But in light of a stunt last week by a couple of tourists from California, I’m wondering if we can really blame them.
By Darrel Branhagen
Iowa House of Representatives
Although there was a lot of ceremony in both the House and Senate this past week, there was a very significant first step towards addressing the state’s next two-year (“biennial”) budget.
By Todd Green
Two years ago, Luther College Political Science Professor John Moeller and I led our first January Term course on Islam in Europe for Luther students. This week, we find ourselves in Europe again with a new cohort of students with whom we’ll spend three weeks studying the political and cultural debates concerning the place of Muslim minority communities in five European countries.