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April 23, 2014
  • Dear Editor:

     

    We want to offer our congratulations to all those Luther College students who donated their time, effort and money in making Luther’s first annual Dance Marathon for the Children’s Miracle Network/University of Iowa Children’s Hospital a huge success.  

     
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    The Community Rights movement is gaining more national attention these days than ever before. ?This ?
    is an exciting and democratic response to powerful industries that claim a corporation’s right to make millions of dollars trumps our right to a healthy environment and democracy.

     
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    About last week’s letter on freezing without fracking, I hope he was teasing. I think it is clear, don’t dig frac sand ‘round here or we all may be coughing and wheezing.

     
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    Though we are of different generations Congressman Bruce Braley and I grew up in the same small Iowa town. His uncle was one of my good friends. We showed livestock together at the Poweshiek County fair. We share Iowa small town values. 

     
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    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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    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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    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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  • Dear Editor:


    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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    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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