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October 30, 2014
  • Dear Editor:


    During a recent appearance on television, President Obama said this, “Although my name will not appear on the ballot for this election, my policies will be on the ballot. All my policies will be on the ballot.”

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    I knew the name Rick Edwards before I ever met the man Rick Edwards. My wife and I moved to Decorah a little over a year and a half ago. We both greatly appreciate green spaces and parks, both of us spent our careers in high intensity, long hour jobs that required those few hours we could get out into the peacefulness and quite of nature.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    Many people get an annual physical or check-up. I’d like to encourage another type of check-up — a Medicare Part D check-up. It’s easy to sign-up for a drug plan and stay with it year after year. But the state of Iowa’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) has found that doing an annual Part D check-up can save money.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    Joni Ernst’s campaign ad people are clever. With their ad about her knowing how to castrate a pig, and the one where she shoots at the Affordable Care Act, they caught people’s attention.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    Like many Iowans, I refuse to watch political TV ads. They tend to distort and defame candidates while insulting the intelligence of citizens. 

    What I have watched is Bruce Braley’s real work for Iowa in Congress. I have come to appreciate his even-handed, sensible, sometimes independent approach to shaping public policy.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    A balance between private and government control seems reasonable. When the pendulum swings too far either way, the balance shifts and excesses can occur.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    The past two years I’ve been impressed with the workings of the Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors. Their decisions seem to be made on fact, research and logic, as opposed to emotions or agendas.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    How proud I am of my friend Barbara Massman for raising the bar for women serving Winneshiek County and lending her voice at the supervisor’s table.  

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    Governments were created to protect the rights/equality of its members, (life, liberty and pursuit of happiness). Those rights are being bought by the billionaires. We must vote to reverse this.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    There is a reasonable concern over our response to  Ebola occurring in the U.S., in light of which I would like to ask why the position of surgeon general has not been put on the floor of the Senate ? 

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    As a fourth generation Decorah Iowegian, I would like to endorse Darrel Branhagen for the Iowa Legislature.  

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    I am pleased to support Rick Edwards as the candidate for House District 55. I have known him for that past 20 years. He was Decorah’s Parks and Recreation director when I served two terms on the Decorah City Council. 

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    David Faldet’s piece on Winneshiek County and the Civil War was interesting and provocative, and perhaps it leads to the question of whether we may be entering another “raw and violent era.” I hope you intend to publish additional installments by Prof. Faldet on this subject.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    In six years of professional “No-ing,” the GOP has accomplished very little. They’ve shut down the government, accused the president of trying to destroy the country, cooked up every sort of conspiracy theory you can imagine, attacked women, gays and minorities and fear mongering about multiple things.

     
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  • Dear Editor:


    Darrel Branhagen is the Republican candidate for Iowa House District 55. Darrel has returned to his home in Northeast Iowa after serving his country in the U.S. Army rising to the rank of colonel. I believe his vast experience has made him uniquely qualified to serve the citizens of Northeast Iowa.

     
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