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November 29, 2015
  • What would Lincoln do with Islamic State?
       I know that we, in the U.S., are supposed to stand for democracy, human rights, goodness, and light; I know that it is the path of honor, not to stoop to the level of our enemies, and to rise above the evil hunger for revenge. I admire President Obama for talking about “bringing to justice” the bastards behind the recent massacre in Paris, rather than about the possibility of stringing them up by their naughty bits and flaying them alive. 
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  • Trees I have known -- and loved

    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.

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  • Decorah Jobs - economic development

    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. 

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  • Honoring our veterans and a shared history between Luther, Decorah

    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. 

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  • Competition vs. compassion

    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. 

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  • No Marathon Man for me, please
     I have had a phobia of needles for as far back as I can remember. To this day, I do not get flu shots, and I have never had my ears pierced, or any body parts tattooed. To me, wasps are nothing but evil, ornery, unpredictable flying syringes. 
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  • Improving detection of breast cancer
     Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States (behind skin cancer), and is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. 
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  • Seriously? Desecrating the Roman Colosseum?

    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. 

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  • Ensuring Iowans can get to jobs
          In communities both urban and rural, many Iowans have no way to get to work. Maybe their job is a couple towns away from where they live, or perhaps they work third shift in a town with no late-night public transit. 
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  • Iowa invests in teacher leaders
        Iowa has become the first state to create a teacher leadership system designed to boost student achievement, increase teaching expertise and raise the status of the teaching profession. 
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  • Two big events in recent Legislature
    There were two big events recently, one for Iowa and one for me personally. 
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  • Way to strengthen middle class
    All Iowans deserve to get paid for the work they do. Strengthening Iowa’s middle class depends on it. Sadly, $600 million in wages are stolen from Iowa workers each year. 
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  • 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.  

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  • 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.

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  • The eleventh day of the eleventh month is designated as Veterans Day. Communities across the nation celebrate and pay tribute to hometown heroes, too many of whom have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. Thanks to the sons and daughters who put their boots on the ground on the battlefield, Americans from all walks of life enjoy the blessings of freedom more than two centuries after the birth of a new nation. 
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