The Decorah Nespapers
January 20, 2017
  • Dear Editor:


    As Popeye the sailor used to say “That’s all I can Stands I can’t stands no more.”

    The Liberals can’t accept that they lost the election and they lost it fair and square according to the laws of this country. If things don’t go their way the law is unfair and should be changed. Maybe if they at least got a participation trophy they would feel better. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    If the last two Decorah superintendents – Chambliss’s and Haluska’s -- leadership would be followed, over 75 percent of Decorah would be abandoned or destroyed.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Peter Reitan “Electoral College paved the way for Abe Lincoln” writes that Hillary Clinton “won” the popular vote. Why the quotation marks? The fact is that Clinton actually won the popular vote. No doubt about it and more Americans voted for her than any other losing presidential candidate in U.S. history.

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  • Dear Editor:


    The following is a synopsis of my 13 years on the Winneshiek County Conservation Board. I am sending this to you in an effort to help the county citizens understand a bit more about what all the conservation board does, and has accomplished in the past 13 years.

    In thinking about my tenure on the board, several things come to mind that I want to share with you.

    First, the members of the board have always been a great group of people to work with. There is no way I would have lasted on the board 13 years without it being a rewarding experience. It has been working with a great assortment of folks, who all have common interests and goals, that has made it enjoyable.  

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  • Dear Editor:


    During my annual winter-time archaeological dig of my desk, I came upon a paper, browned with age, entitled “Most of What I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”: by Robert Fulghum, typed from The Kansas City Times. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    Recently, a little over half of those who voted in our community selected Mr. Trump. I did not. In addition to many disagreements over social and economic policy, I could not tolerate Mr. Trump’s emotional instability, misogyny, and overt appeals to racism and xenophobia.

    If the polls and my own informal conversations with Trump voters are to be believed, a large number of Trump voters disliked those qualities about Mr. Trump, too. While it is true that some voted for him precisely because of these inflammatory statements about women, Muslims, blacks, and Latinos, more than half of Trump voters found his views to be repugnant. They voted for him in spite of his words and actions, not because of them.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Thank you to the Decorah and Mabel fire departments for responding to the fire at our residence in the early morning hours of Dec. 19. We can’t imagine what would have happened if those two 1,000 gallon LP tanks had ignited.

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  • Dear Editor:


    A letter recently appeared concerning the Electoral College.

    The Constitutional Convention established the Electoral College to choose a president without political parties, without national campaigns in the 13 large and small states up and down the 1,000-mile Atlantic coastline barely connected by transportation or communication.

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  • Dear Editor:


    It turns out that Richard Nixon wasn’t the only one who supported the Electoral College – John F. Kennedy did too.

    In 1956, John F. Kennedy, in opposing changes to the Electoral College, said, “It is not only the unit vote for Presidency we are talking about, but a whole solar system of governmental power. If it is proposed to change the balance of power of the elements of the solar system, it is necessary to consider the other.”

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  • Dear Editor:


    On Dec. 19, many citizens across this nation protested the Electorial College system. Based on my observations these protesters are at the very least under-educated.

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  • Dear Editor:


    I am hitting my existential peak during a time when my morals and grasp on reality are being heavily tested by people around me fighting harder for theoretical and symbolic justice than for real and material justices, or the whole Donald Trump being the president thing. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    The electoral decision of Tuesday Nov. 8, 2016, revealed something that is making not just a few of us reexamine previously held assumptions.

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  • Dear Editor:


    I had assumed I was going to a straight forward presentation of the FDA’s latest attempt to lower antibiotic use in agriculture. The three hour presentation by ISU Extension – Iowa Veterinary Medical Association – and the Farm Bureau was advertised as a discussion of what the FDA’s new Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) program would mean for veterinarians, feed mill operators and producers in Iowa in relation to antibiotic use.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Many of your readers are likely familiar with Holiday Lights Magical Nights, the lights display at Decorah Pulpit Rock Campground, benefiting Helping Services for Youth & Families.

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  • Dear Editor:


    It turns out that Richard Nixon wasn’t the only one with a “Southern Strategy.” The so-called Founding Fathers had one, too. About two dozen of the 55 white men who wrote the Constitution were slave owners. To placate them and to make adoption of the document more likely by southern states, the Framers baked racism into the pie.  

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