The Decorah Nespapers
December 6, 2019
  • Dear Editor:


    If you have a hard time believing that climate change, or global warming, or climate chaos, is real, you are not alone and there is good reason for that. Since the 1970s, the oil and gas industries have deliberately misled the American public about the reality of climate change and its cause. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    At last count, a precedent-setting 55 [updated: 61] city councils and county boards of supervisors in Iowa have passed resolutions asking the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) to deny most or all of Alliant Energy’s proposed increase to base electric (and gas) rates.

    IUB dockets aren’t generally on local government agendas, so what’s happening across eastern and northern Iowa?

    Clearly rates matter. Alliant’s are some of the highest in Iowa and throughout the Midwest. Their rates just went up in 2018, and the company has indicated in IUB filings that another increase is likely by 2021.

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  • Dear Editor: 


    We are writing to support Emily Neal’s election to the City Council. We live just a few houses away from Emily and her family, and she is a good, concerned neighbor. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    The recent controversy over flag-flying on patriotic occasions in Decorah got me reading up on the origins and multiple meanings of the “Don’t Tread on Me” symbol, a coiled snake against a yellow background.  

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  • Dear Editor:


    As someone who considers Decorah my hometown, the town in which I spent my formative years, I avidly follow its developments even though I have moved away. Throughout the past few years I have watched the city council make many questionable decisions, but stood silent as the referendum on these decisions comes in the form of elections. However, a statement in the most recent City Council meeting caught my eye.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Although I passionately care that people vote and that every vote counts, it would be great if the newspaper placed a moratorium on the publication of letters that endorse candidates or parties.

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  • Dear Editor:


    It’s a fact and not an opinion that it is not possible for a Muslim to be anti-Semitic.

    Why? Because the holy book of Islam is written in a Semitic language (Arabic) and the Hebrew of the Jewish holy scriptures is Semitic as well.

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  • Dear Editor:


    It was exciting to recently see Emily Neal get appointed to fill the city council position left vacant by Dan Bellrichard’s departure. I’ve had the good fortune to work with Emily on several issues in our great community and she has shown that she has what it takes to be a successful and engaged member of the council.

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  • Dear Editor:


    As a resident of Decorah, I believe Emily Neal possesses all the characteristics of an effective City Council member. Having worked with Emily, I have witnessed her ability to work well with others, listen carefully and weigh all options before making decisions, and always consider the interests of all parties. 

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  • Stephen Paris 55, Ridgeway, was arrested on a warrant for a violation of the sex offender registry Monday in Ridgeway.
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  • Dear Editor:


    Thursday, May 2, is the National Day of Prayer. This is a nonsectarian annual observance enacted by Congress “on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation.” (Public Law 82-324.) This day belongs to all Americans, not just Christians. In this time of increased religious violence, it is important for people to come together to pray and meditate for our nation.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Hello David (BECKER), I think I remember you from my days on the mail route there in Burr Oak. A good man as I recall!  I was impressed with your letter on the editorial page a week or two back, challenging the DHS students about climate change, and am writing in hopes that your efforts be rewarded with some response.

    These are serious days of reckoning about how we are doing on this good earth, and as you say, we need to think for ourselves and dig a bit for the whole truth.

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  • Dear Editor:


    I think we can all agree that it was an exceptional winter and are again reminded by recent late snowfall of the heavy snow melt and rain in March, which made for challenging conditions along our rivers, streams … and roads. 

    In Mid-March the Sheriff’s office warned that “many of Winneshiek County’s gravel roads have become impassable to 2-wheel drive and small vehicles due to the thaw and resulting mud.” Buses and cars were getting stuck. Alternate routes or higher-clearance, 4-wheel drive vehicles were recommended.

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  • Dear Editor:


    There has been some controversy over the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s office Easter Facebook post, which had an overtly Christian message of “He is risen.”  

    First of all, personally I share the sentiment expressed in that message. A look at my personal Facebook page would show that during Holy Week and Easter, I posted many things related to my faith. I appreciate the ability to express those sentiments in a relatively public forum on my personal Facebook page and I make no secret of that affiliation.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Alliant Energy has been less than truthful to Decorah and continues to be so as it spins numbers to support its request to the Iowa Utilities Board to raise residential utility rates 25 percent.

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