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April 16, 2014
  • Dear Editor:

     

    It’s hard to know where to start because this is the age of our federal and state officials tripping over each other cutting budgets to, in the end, only hurt everyone.

     
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    Suppose the Iowa Legislature doesn’t pass the gas tax increase in 2014. The media may be reporting closed country roads and impassable bridges due to lack of funding Iowa’s rural infrastructure. Delivery of our food goods will diminish or cease.

     
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    In light of the centenary celebration of his birth, we should remember there is a sense in which Norman Borlaug’s Green Revolution can be viewed as one of the most serious and sustained human-caused pollution events in history.

     
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  • Dear Editor:

     

    Winneshiek County is indeed a beautiful and healthy place to live and visit. In fact, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently designated Winneshiek County as the eighth healthiest in the whole country. The threat of frac-sand mining on the health and beauty of the county is real, and I am glad to see the supervisors taking this threat seriously.

     
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    Regarding the Community Rights Alliance proposed ordinance establishing a community bill of rights to protect our environment, Supervisor Dean Thompson was quoted as saying “it serves to have the federal and state constitutions nullified when inconvenient.”

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    We want to thank the excellent Family Physicians and their colleagues in Decorah who have graciously and effectively served as teachers for medical students from the University of Minnesota Medical School-Duluth campus over the past year. Dr. David Heine has been the primary mentor for Mr. Jeff Rossow over the past two years.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    What do eggs and frac sand have in common? Both are somewhat rounded in shape, but other 
    than that, very little to nothing. Except that they’re both extremely profitable articles of interstate commerce.

     
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    We saw the film, The Cost of Sand, at the Oneota Film Festival recently. It documents the current damage to farms and communities by frac-sand mining across the Mississippi in Wisconsin. We face a similar threat here to our soil, air, water, farms, hunting, fishing, roads, bridges as well as to the natural beauty cherished by all of us.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    Let me say at the outset that we agree with much of what Rick Fromm said in his editorial (March 6, 2014) about frac-sand mining in Iowa. That said we hope to clear up some misconceptions about the Winneshiek County Protectors’ work and our stances concerning possible frac-sand mining in Winneshiek County.

     
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  • Dear Editor:

    I am writing regarding the letter by Amalia Vagts concerning “welcoming churches.” I am thankful that she took the time and had the courage to write about this issue, and I appreciate the candidness of her letter. 
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  • Dear Editor:


    In Decorah we are blessed with an excellent street department and wonderful people in big trucks who clear the streets in the morning before we need them.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    I read Amalia’s letter recently about being bisexual and not feeling welcomed at some local churches. I wasn’t surprised by the reactions it produced. 

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    Iowa Rivers Revival is presenting its “River Town of the Year” award to Decorah on Friday, March 7. The public is invited – 11 a.m. at the Peace Dining Room at Luther College.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    America -- going full circle? Why did the settlers and pioneers come to the new world which is now called America? They left families, relatives and friends and many of their possessions in Europe to make the journey. And they had no idea as to what they would face when they got here. 

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    It’s difficult to imagine I’m the only parent in the school district who’s more than a little concerned about the amount of time our kids are (not) spending in class these days. Consider for a moment our Decorah Community Schools 2013-14 calendar, by the numbers.

     
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