The Decorah Nespapers
February 22, 2017
  • Dear Editor:


    Based on the Obamacarefacts.com website we have over 27 million Americans today still without health insurance coverage. I cannot wrap my head around this, Obamacare was implemented to provide healthcare for all Americans, clearly this program is a failure.  

    Why are there over 27 million Americans still without health care insurance? The cost of course. Those that did gain Obamacare coverage receive it at no cost for the taxpayers cover their cost, which explains why the cost of insurance continues to climb.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Essential democratic liberties and institutions are being threatened by words, actions, and new legislation in Washington and statehouses nationwide. Our freedoms of speech, assembly, and the press are under frequent attack.

    Labor unions represent one of the crucibles of democracy where members learn and practice democratic skills such as accepting the majority vote, debating issues, compromising to reach agreement, accepting scientific evidence, campaigning for candidates and advocating for positions. These skills help create a robust democracy that works.

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  • Dear Editor:


    I would like to clarify a couple of points that were made. First of all, the executive order is not to ban all immigrants coming into the U. S. The ban is only on 7 of the 47 other Islamic countries. These 7 countries were also on Obama’s list of countries of concern. 

    During the Obama’s term his intelligence people were telling him that we had some serious problems with our borders and immigration. I heard them state this myself on TV. However, Obama chose to basically ignore them.

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  • Dear Editor:


    A number of concerned Decorah residents joined together recently to create a resolution in support of our Muslim friends and neighbors, as well as Muslims around the country, who are more and more under threat from all sides. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    I do not have a fire truck for the parade or a victory bell to ring, but this letter will have to do in support of Indigo Fish and all the other artists she included in her letter on Feb. 9. I know Indigo, and I know her well. Why? Because I have clapped my heart out for the many superb performances she and many other young people in our community have worked endlessly hard to gift us in our very fortunate community.

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  • Dear Editor:


    I would like to congratulate and thank all of my former colleagues in the Decorah Community School District for once again rising to the top in our state in preparing our students for the future. I know how hard they work to create challenging curriculum that meets the standards of the 21st century. It is almost becoming an expectation that this level of excellence will always occur.

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  • Dear Editor:


    A few of many questions for us in Winneshiek County:

    1. Will withdrawal from TPP hurt our local farmers and consequently, businesses in our small towns?

     2. Will we pay for the Wall as consumers or taxpayers?

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  • Dear Editor:


    As a second semester senior at Luther College, I have never been as proud to call Decorah my home, as the cold winter night when over 500 Winneshiek county residents stood together, outside of the courthouse in support of refugees and immigrants.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Every school in northeast Iowa should request a special matinee for “Hidden Figures.”

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  • Dear Editor:


    In regard to troubled by the letter to the editor about “Echos of the Past” photo:

    The article was printed on Nov. 11, 1943 Veterans Day. Therefore it is part of history. You being a historian and history teacher should know its history. I suggest you teach history as it is.

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  • Dear Editor:


    I would like to know how much more extreme our vetting process needs to be in the eyes of our new president? Before his executive order to ban all immigrants coming into the United States, immigrants had to wait sometimes years to get on a list for consideration. Their names moved slowly up the list if they were fortunate. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    Thank you to all the visitors and residents that attended the third annual Taste of Winneshiek last Friday night in downtown Decorah.

    Special thanks to Rachel Huisman and Meg Storkamp, Winneshiek County Convention & Visitors Bureau staff, who were actively involved in all aspects of the planning, implementation and marketing of the event. Without them the Taste of Winneshiek would not have gone off as smoothly as it did.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Have you ever done something in front of hundreds of people? Football players have. Their games are in front of huge crowds of people who either want them to win or lose. Cross country runners have. Their meets are filled with people who, again, want their own teams to do their best. But unknown to many, music and theatre kids do it, too.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Resist -- to anyone paying the least bit of attention or to anyone who can be just a little objective, Donald Trump is a disaster, and it appears to be getting worse by the day.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Responding to your Jan. 12 editorial on political confusion “Dumbing down of America has repercussions,” I agree: we need valid and reliable news sources and we need to devote the time to read and digest in depth coverage. 

    I would like to add: we also need to cultivate opportunities for conversation about the issues we face. With home entertainments so prevalent, there seem fewer venues where people who do read and think about problems can meet to exchange and challenge each other’s information.

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