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August 22, 2014
  • Dear Editor:

     

    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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    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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    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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    You get your name in the news if you do bad things, but the good things done usually go unproclaimed and unrewarded, done just because it’s the right thing to do.

     
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    I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Nordic Fest Board for all the hard work they put into another successful Fest. Each of you play a vital role in the planning, preparation and execution of Nordic Fest and your time and efforts are appreciated by many in the community.

     
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    The story of how Noah followed God’s direction and built an ark to save two of each kind of creature from the coming flood, may be nearly universally known by most children in this country, whether Christian or not. For us as adults, the story of God’s desire to save and protect species from destruction speaks to the value that God had in all that had been created. Likewise this may be an example of how we  might act to care for the earth.

     
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    While major problems erupt on our U.S. border as well as in the Ukraine, Iraq and Gaza, President Obama flies around the country socializing with the rich and famous and fund-raises for the Democrats. Is he trying to set a record for partisan fund-raising events?

     
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    I would like to comment on the issue of the Second Amendment as commented on by Mr. Williams (July 3, 2014) in reply to Ms. Hagen’s original comment.

     
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    I have always believed, deep in my heart of hearts, in the overall balance of the universe; not just in an impersonal, geological/biological, cause-and-effect kind of way, but also in an individual, what-goes-around-comes-around, karma kind of way. In my most sunny, optimistic moments, I believe that Evil has a hard time keeping up with Good, and matching it tit for tat.

     
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    Want to learn more about a town? Go to its Farmers’ Market. As first time visitors to Decorah, as well as its Farmers’ Market, my wife and I found a lot more than dried beans and baked bread; we also found free-bees like smiles and friendly people.

     
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