The Decorah Nespapers
July 20, 2017
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  • Dear Editor:


    I agree with the president of the Iowa Pork Producers that the current bio-security system of Iowa hog confinements is inadequate. (“We must do more to protect our farms from terror threats” DSM Register 7-10-17). You see, it seems we can’t keep any of the dangerous toxic sewer gasses, antibiotic resistant organisms, and other harmful constituents of confinement waste (so-called valuable manure) inside the confinements.

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  • Dear Editor:


    I am worried. My mother is in a nursing home. Patty Elwood Center, that specializes in taking care of people with dementia. She has a severe dementia, and needs to stay there, I would not know how to take care of her, nor would she be able to go to a different nursing home that does not specialize as PEC does.

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  • Dear Editor:


    It seems we have a discussion started on the topic of political discourse in America upon the pages of your newspaper and considering recent events, I, and it seems others, believe it relevant to continue it.

    With regards to the first half of Mr. Dale’s letter of  June 15, there has always been “disrespect” in politics since the first time we had two different ideologies competing for the same office in 1796. In fact, some of the “negative” politics in today’s races pale in comparison to those of the past, especially the Adams-Jefferson races which were particularly nasty ones. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    I am responding to Mr. Riley’s letter to the editor of June 22. Isn’t it ironic that while Mr. Riley pleads for civil discourse, he uses lies and inflammatory talking points to make his case. Case in point, he states that the online mission statement of the Indivisible movement is to “destroy Donald Trump.” Here’s what the actual mission statement says, “Our mission is to fuel a progressive grassroots network to defeat the Trump agenda.” Not exactly the same thing, but then I suppose it plays better when you make claims using the word “destroy”.

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  • Dear Editor:


    It should be no surprise of the origin of the extreme beliefs which fueled the Finsbury Park massacre terrorist.

    Stop labeling people who speak about their suffering under Muslim persecution as being “Islamophobic” and fearful of the poor immigrants from Hondourus. Such accusation is wrong. Stop labeling people who love sin-less-Jesus more than sin-full-Muhammed as anti-arab and would never want to speak Arabic.  

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  • Dear Editor:


    Three years ago, some members of First United Methodist Church approached me with an interesting question. They wondered if international Muslim students staying at Luther College over the summer would be interested in coming to the Methodist church once a week during Ramadan for an iftar meal (the meal that Muslims use to break their day-long fast after sunset).

    From this question has sprung an ongoing ministry of the Methodist church to organize iftar meals for Luther students during these long days of fasting when Ramadan occurs during the summer months.

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  • Dear Editor:


    As a Democrat, I condemn the violent acts of James Hodgkinson, the congressional baseball game shooter. So does every Democrat that I know. Political violence is unacceptable. Political violence is not a Democratic value nor an acceptable means to any end.

    If we care about stopping political violence we must do what I just did: condemn those from our own party that act violently. No violent nut on either side will be convinced to forgo violence by the “other side,” whom they consider the enemy. So merely blaming the “other side” will accomplish nothing.

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  • Dear Editor:


    I was disappointed and offended to see Bruce Riley’s letter last Thursday. After reading it, I simply had to refute the false narratives and lies that Mr. Riley was peddling.

    First, James Hodgkinson, the man who opened fire on members of Congress, was not a member of Indivisible. There are multiple, credible sources, that all say that Mr. Hodgkinson was not a member of his local Indivisible chapter. The only source I have found that says he was a member of Indivisible is Rumor Mill News, a known satire and conspiracy website.

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  • Dear Editor:


    In response to the writer of the recent letter regarding the violence of the Democratic party and Indivisible, I can only say: Really? This is your perception? That the liberals are promoting hatred and violence? Um, I respectfully beg to differ.

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  • Dear Editor:


         Bruce Riley writes in his letter published June 22 that “we need to return to [being] a more civilized nation where [disagreements are] settled in an adult manner via conversation and elections …” I agree completely.

    But demonizing the people you disagree with is no way to start an adult conversation. That’s what Mr. Riley does to the Indivisibles: “The intent of Indivisible, as stated clearly in their online mission statement, is to destroy Donald Trump and anyone who supported the election of Donald Trump.”

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  • Dear Editor:


    “… indivisible, with liberty  and justice for all.”

    These recognizable words capture the spirit and intent of the Northeast Iowa Indivisible Chapter.

    Our goal is to unify -- not divide -- by bringing Northeast Iowans together to address our common challenges, including those that have increased as a result of the last election cycle. We aim to support citizenship by providing opportunities for NE Iowans to more fully engage in the democratic process -- a process in which complacency has real consequences. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    It’s important how we use our words to defend or promote our political opinions. Bruce Riley’s words about Indivisible (6/22 letter to the editor) are untrue, inflammatory and mislead your readership. Here are some of Mr. Riley’s real-world “fake news” assertions:

    1)  “Indivisible [the organization] is trying to destroy Donald Trump and anyone who supported his election;”  

    2)  “A member of the Indivisible movement opened fire on members of Congress” at a baseball practice;”

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  • Dear Editor:


    Thank you, members of the community, for all you have done to impact me. It is not one specific thing you have done, but the life you have lived. 


    I first moved here when I was going into seventh grade. By this time I had grown in many ways, but I still had a lot of maturing to do. As I reflect on who I am and who I want to be, I realize how lucky I am to have experienced my teenage years in Decorah.

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  • Dear Editor:


    With Water Street full of people celebrating the traditional Nordic Fest, music is flowing through downtown Decorah as children play and we all enjoy the Scandinavian foods we all have come to love. Then it happens, a disillusioned person opens fire with a rifle at all those in attendance. Those who were celebrating moments ago are now slain in a bloody mess.

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  • Dear Editor:


    No words can express our gratitude and appreciation to all the volunteers who arrived to help us after the hailstorm on Monday, May 15. The brotherhood of fellow firefighters was shown and shared. It wasn’t firefighters alone, but people in general.

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