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October 22, 2014
 
  • Dear Editor:


    David Faldet’s piece on Winneshiek County and the Civil War was interesting and provocative, and perhaps it leads to the question of whether we may be entering another “raw and violent era.” I hope you intend to publish additional installments by Prof. Faldet on this subject.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    In six years of professional “No-ing,” the GOP has accomplished very little. They’ve shut down the government, accused the president of trying to destroy the country, cooked up every sort of conspiracy theory you can imagine, attacked women, gays and minorities and fear mongering about multiple things.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    Darrel Branhagen is the Republican candidate for Iowa House District 55. Darrel has returned to his home in Northeast Iowa after serving his country in the U.S. Army rising to the rank of colonel. I believe his vast experience has made him uniquely qualified to serve the citizens of Northeast Iowa.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    The AAUW sponsored forum on Oct. 11 at Luther College provided an opportunity to compare and contrast the local candidates for political office with audience submitted questions. I was particularly interested that the answers of the two candidates for the Iowa House, Rick Edwards, Democrat, and Darrel Branhagan, Republican, illustrate their differences.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    I read with interest recent letters to the editor critical of the Decorah CSD Board of Directors’ decision to create a digital learning initiative in the District. These letters arrived in my mailbox during an especially frustrating time (technology-wise) in my classroom. As a fifth grade teacher in Decorah, I am excited about the opportunity the initiative provides. I am writing to add my voice to the conversation.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    I am an elected county commissioner from Mora County, New Mexico. I will be in your community early next week to share with citizens the story of how and why we banned fracking. Our story is connected to your county’s current questions around frac-sand mining.

    I will be speaking Sunday night at 7 at the Cellar at 521 W Water St., and Monday morning at 10:30 with the Board of Supervisors in the Winneshiek courthouse.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    The Board of Supervisors has stated that Iowa is a home rule state. While this is true, currently there are no counties with a home rule charter, and only four cities. Moreover, the home rule amendment to the Iowa Constitution does not guarantee our protection. Indeed, it leaves us extremely vulnerable to the whims of our state legislators.

     
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    A recent column by Dana Milbank describes Americans’ declining optimism about the future and attributes it to our dysfunctional politics. Other reasons might include stagnant wages, rising debt and the looming threat of global warming and climate change.

     
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    Just seen in the computer that only 500 people did the survey for the community center out of a possible 5,000.

     
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  • Dear Editor:

    On Thursday, Aug. 14, the Peace and Justice Center hosted a gathering for a community conversation on gun sense highlighting one of the four pillars of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. The focus was domestic violence and our presenter was an advocate from Helping Services.

     
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    More and more frequently in these days of political acrimony, a rumor crawls out of the woods that the Internet and the partisan crowd will not let die and will do anything to give it legs to stagger about on. 

     
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  • Dear Editor:

     

    The start of another school year is just around the corner and I would like to encourage the parents of incoming Luther College freshmen to subscribe to the Decorah newspaper so you can read about what is happening in the community in which your son or daughter has chosen to make his/her home for the next four years -- I wish that I had subscribed. 

     
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  • Dear Editor:

     

    Hi friends of Pokey Pete. Today I received a beautiful letter from Pokey explaining how he enjoyed the wonderful story Lissa put together for the Decorah Newspapers on Ernie’s recent visit.

     
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    The six-week children’s summer reading program, “Fizz! Boom! Read!” at Decorah Public Library, has ended with 21 programs and 1,560 attendances. To date, 152 (and still counting) children have completed their 15 hour reading goals and have claimed their rewards of free library T-shirts designed by Kalea Oftedahl, sponsored by the Friends of the Decorah Public Library. Free coupons from Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut and Pizza Ranch were generously donated and gratefully received.

     
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    One evening this week I returned home to find a message on my answering machine. It was an irate call asking me to stop calling them trying to sell some device.

     
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