The Decorah Nespapers
April 30, 2016
  • Dear Editor:

    Although this play appears to be a psychological drama, for me a more accurate descriptor is a character study. Just as an onion has layers to peel away, each of the characters came to life, revealing the underlying experiences, perceptions and biases that all brought to the situation.  

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  • Dear Editor:


    One of my favorite country music songs is a tune that was first recorded by Ed Bruce, written in the 1970s by him and his wife, Patsy Bruce. Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson made their own (fabulously successful) recording in 1978. The first three lines of the chorus go something like this —

    Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys.

    Don’t let ‘em pick guitars or drive them old trucks.

    Let ‘em be doctors and lawyers and such.

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  • Dear Editor:


    With the political hysteria surrounding the process of filing the vacancy created by the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia reaching a crescendo, it is time to separate the ignorant hype from the actual reality of the situation.

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  • Dear Editor:


    This was the headline a few days ago on MSN: “Japanese fleet returns with quota of 333 whales in Antarctic.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Hawkeye REC and Tri-County Electric Coop (TEC) have asked member/owners to vote to approve a merger of the two to make one large cooperative. The latest newsletter cites a number of reasons that make this seem like a good thing to do. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    TransCanada, the company who wanted to build the Keystone XL pipeline, is now suing the U.S. government for the loss of (unknown and unknowable) future profits because of the pipeline’s cancellation. A panel of international lawyers will decide this lawsuit, not a U.S. court. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    I enjoy reading the letters to the editor in newspapers. You get to see what people are passionate about. Writers put a lot of time and effort into expressing how strongly they feel about an issue. The letters are original and heartfelt.

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  • Dear Editor:

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    Drastic changes in how politicians are elected to office is what is needed in order for real change to occur in our government and our country.

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  • Dear Editor:


    I have been following the comments in the Decorah newspaper about Luther’s Islamophobia petition with more interest than I do most short-lived, hot-button topics that seem to pop up in our community.  

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  • Dear Editor:


    Once again, it’s time for New Year’s resolutions, particularly those to improve our diet and exercise routine.

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  • Dear Editor:


    This is a report at the end of 2015 about what the Community Conversations on Gun Sense, sponsored by the Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center, have covered since Julie and I read that book, “The Last Gun,” by Mr. Diaz.

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  • Dear Editor:


    The holidays are over. Time to focus on the next big day. February 1 in Iowa is big. Caucus day. The day Iowa starts the process to elect the next president of the United States.

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  • Dear Editor:


    On Christmas Eve, the newspaper published a letter from Joie Cole in which she took me to task for my work against Islamophobia. She made it clear, as she has on other occasions, that Luther College would be a better place without me.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Rather than learn from enlightened Muslim and Christian leaders, who are concerned about radical activities of the Islamic State (ISIS), Todd Green is once again rallying students to call persons, who are concerned with violence, “Islamophobes.”

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  • Dear Editor:


    I am not here to write about Joie Cole. I am not here to defend my father, Todd Green, about Ms. Cole’s Christmas Eve opinion piece titled, “Green Makes Luther a School to Avoid,” as much as I would like to.

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