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March 29, 2015
 
  • Dear Editor:


    After a month of persistent and crippling snowstorms, I do look forward to spring weather, green grass and flowers in bloom.

    The advent of spring is also a great opportunity to turn over a new leaf on our dietary habits. In fact, hundreds of communities welcome spring on March 20 with an observance of the Great American Meatout. Visitors are asked to go vegan, at least for the day, and to explore a healthy diet of vegetables, fresh fruits, legumes and grains.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    Seven years ago, two film aficionados — Kyrl Henderson and the late Walter Ordway — decided to pitch a big idea to Luther College administrators. A dedicated group of volunteers, they enthusiastically argued, could create a free festival that would give filmmakers the opportunity to show (and spark discussion about) films on topics that matter — if only there were a venue in Decorah willing and able to host the event.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    Upon reading the obituary of Cyril “Peanuts” Klimesh in Thursday’s, March 12, Journal, I noticed there was no reference made to the book he authored, “They came to this place.”

     
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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:


    In the last week, one of the famous Decorah eaglets was killed on one of our poles in rural Keokuk County. It was about 150 miles from where it hatched, and in a part of the state where we haven’t seen many eagles in the past.

    We want our customers and fellow Iowans to know that we are saddened by this event, and we are taking more steps to protect the eagles and other wildlife in our territory.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    I understand that there is a three-way competition for a new sheriff in Winneshiek County. I am sure they are all excellent candidates but, in my opinion, Dan Marx stands out from the group.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    Contrary to assertions made by trap-neuter-release (TNR) proponents, there is no evidence that TNR reduces stray and feral cat populations (“Program spays/neuters feral cats to reduce numbers,” 2-25-15). 

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    I would like to applaud the Winneshiek County supervisors for their decision to appoint the next Winneshiek County sheriff. I, along with everyone I’ve spoken to, believe it is crazy and irresponsible to spend $12,000 to hold a special sheriff’s election when the sheriff is up for election next year in 2016 anyway.  

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    On March 1, 1961 President John F. Kennedy started the Peace Corps. The three goals of the Peace Corps are:

    1. To provide volunteers who contribute to the social and economic development of interested countries.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    A convergence of a number of recent events prompts me to raise the question: Why can’t Decorah create their own high-speed fiber optic network broadband telecommunications system for commercial and residential users?

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    Things haven’t changed. As I remember growing up in Decorah back in the 30’s and 40’s, everything that went wrong was always the fault of Luther College. You needed an escape goat then and it seems that you are using them still today. Low and behold you certainly aren’t going to admit that you could be wrong.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    On Monday, March 2, the county supervisors took a very important step toward preserving the bluffs, streams, roads and bridges of our county.

    Supervisor Dean Thompson and former Supervisor Dennis Karlsbroten, who have worked diligently and thoroughly in gathering the data related to large-scale silica sand mining in the county, presented their findings of fact.  

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    When growing up, I learned that the three most basic human needs were food, clothing and shelter. Now our needs are even more basic ... adequate air, water, soil and climate. We assumed those environmental conditions would always exist.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    The U.S. Advisory Panel on Dietary Guidelines has finally mustered the courage to recommend that Americans eat less meat and dairy products.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    There was a time, not long ago, when Iowa schools led the nation in student achievement. Since his inauguration in 2011, Governor Terry Branstad has put forth many reform proposals designed to provide world-class schools for all children in Iowa.  

     
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