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December 19, 2014
 
  • Dear Editor:


    I hope Pastor Hermeier will rest his case with some satisfaction after reading last Thursday’s venomous response to his previous letter about racism. I believe he, with due sorrow, lamented quite accurately that we may be victims of racism, not that we are all racists, as was Mr. Riley’s argument.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    Another and another and yet another African-American male, unarmed, is shot or choked to death by trained law enforcement and there is no “probable cause” allowing for a jury of fellow citizens to decide if the actions of these officers went too far. 

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    Well the election is over and the most oft question that I have been asked is why do I think it was such a landslide victory? My answer is simple, the message finally pierced the clouds of misinformation and the truth shined through. 

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    This is a quick follow-up to Darrel Pierce’s letter published on Nov. 21 titled, “Miss good old days before Global Warming.”

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    Last Saturday night my brother, Jerry Kelly, and his family provided the Decorah area with an awesome free fireworks show as part of the Holiday Lights 10-year celebration. I hope many of you were able to enjoy it too.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    I was one of many veterans who was privileged to attend the Decorah High School Veterans Day  observance. 

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    We would like to express a special thank you to the Jerry Kelly family of Clermont for their unique contribution to Holiday Lights 10th anniversary. The Kelly family, under the direction of Jerry Kelly, donated the fireworks display that welcomed visitors on Saturday, Nov. 29. For those of us who watched from the Holiday Lights display at Decorah Campground, it was truly overwhelming and spectacular.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    Cal Wendlandt’s letter in the Thursday Decorah Journal urged people to contact their representatives to prevent the government from “taking over control of the Internet.” OK, you’re entitled to interpret the idea of “Net Neutrality” any way you want, but at least get the most fundamental facts right.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    I imagine that Pastor Gene Hermeier shall label me an atheist. Why is this? For I disagree with Pastor Hermeier as he accuses every American of demonstrating racism when they disagree with the direction Barack Obama is leading our nation. In fact, I personally thought Pastor Hermeier’s letter to the editor reprehensible; an effort to divide the country and our community apart.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    As Thanksgiving season approaches, I’d like to thank one of the treasures of Decorah -- the Hometown Taxi Company, which started in 1988. Over these many years, I rarely needed to use a taxi, but I was always aware that, if needed, a helpful taxi driver would safely take me where I needed to go.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    My cousin, Daniel Werner, died from injuries sustained in a bicycle-pedestrian accident on the Trout Run Trail. Although Daniel was not the first person to be injured on the trail, my hope is that he will be the last.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    I still prefer our Novembers before Global Warming. We didn’t have this much snow and it wasn’t nearly as cold.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    I am pleased to find that Decorah Newspapers continues to report regularly to the people of Winneshiek County on the details of the mining of frack sand and its use in the business of fracking for gas and oil. 

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    Amending the U.S. Constitution to eliminate or at least reduce the tide of negative campaign advertising is a bad idea, according to Karl Knudson (Nov. 6). However, an idea called the “People’s Pledge,” which has nothing to do with a constitutional amendment, worked pretty well not long ago in Massachusetts to cut negative advertising way down.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    Excerpted from the most recent Republican platform, published by the Republican National Committee:

     
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