The Decorah Nespapers
October 18, 2017
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  • ear Editor:


    I cannot say that I am an extremely patriotic person. One of the reasons for this is that I am a Christian, and that means that my primary allegiance is to another kingdom.  

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  • Dear Editor: 


    To Sen. Ernst and Sen. Grassley: I have been watching the Ken Burns series on TV about Viet Nam and have come to realize that for as much potential good that politicians could do, the damage they actually do is far beyond the decent stuff. 

    And now taxpayers are paying politician’s wages as they cruelly plan to take away health care benefits for the most needy of our country ... and on top of that .... making sure those really needy people are not treated fairly by the for profit insurance companies. Those people will get to pay more for their insurance. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    I read an article the other day about a discussion a friend and I had recently and though I greatly respect and admire him despite our political difference I believe his representation of our discussion and myself is a bit, off, and I would like to verify things.

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  • Decorah Police officers suffered minor injuries while attempting to arrest an Eitzen, Minn. man. Friday.
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  • Dear Editor:


    Make no mistake about it. Regardless of your political party or point of view. Regardless of your level of education, your profession, your religious persuasion, your marital status, your age, your race, your sex or sexual orientation, whether you are conservative or liberal, young or old, whether your ancestry is Norwegian, English, Mexican, Afro American, German, Somali or any other, if we as a nation allow ourselves in a pique of anger, paranoia, or schoolyard brinkmanship to “ totally destroy North Korea,” which means by definition to kill, burn alive, incinerate 25 million men women and children, then we must make no mistake, we must have no illusions but that life for us as a nation with a national identity as a free and democratic people will be over. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    This is an exciting time for Decorah as we explore establishing our own municipal electric utility and our own fiber telecommunications utility. I am excited about the way these utility dollars would be recycled in our local economy rather than mailed away to out-of-state companies and their shareholders.

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  • Dear Editor:


    We are simply amazed when we look at Decorah today in comparison to the Decorah we grew up in. We are fortunate in so many ways – one of them being a stronghold of long-time community leaders like Lorraine Borowski. 

    Not only has Lorraine dedicated herself to the community through her life’s work at the Decorah Public Library, but she has also spent two decades attending, watching and recording City Council meetings for public access rebroadcast. This work has helped Lorraine understand both the successes and shortcomings of our City Council. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    The “thought” of building the Wall is the right direction to go.

    The “Maginot Line” was built to keep out a military power; a formidable task. The “Berlin Wall” was built to keep people in that desired freedom of movement and conscience. The “Wall Street Wall” was built to protect the settlers from the Native Americans after they had massacred most of one of the tribes one night. The “Great Wall of China” did keep out the invading hoards for a period of time. It is true that all of these met their end in one way or another but the significant part is that they did accomplish their goal for a period of time as they met a need at that moment in time. So, we are not the first to build a wall; there is precedence.

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  • Dear Editor:


    I had the pleasure of working with Lorraine Borowski on the Winneshiek County Community Foundation (WCCF) Governing Committee not long after its decision to affiliate with the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa (CFNEIA). 

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  • Dear Editor:


    This letter was to be about Mike Bergan and his town hall meetings. I  have not heard of any.

    Instead, I have to rebut an inappropriate and misleading Sept. 7 letter to the editor (LTE) from a former Democrat and now the leader of the Winn repubs.

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  • Dear Editor:


    The Winneshiek County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has been promoting Winneshiek County at the Iowa State Fair since 2005. This endeavor would not be possible without the help, encouragement and support of Winneshiek County residents who volunteer their time to staff the booth.

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  • Dear Editor:


    I want to applaud the woman in the crowd (an organizer I believe) at the peace vigil at the Winneshiek Courthouse Sunday night who took issue with the BLM = KKK sign from the Republican Party of Winneshiek County and challenged it. The crowd was on her side. 

    There are so many things wrong with that sign held by this faction of the Republican Party in our county. But for the purposes of this letter I want to address one of the other signs they held. As a middle aged white male, I do believe all lives matter. However, not all lives, and certainly not those of my middle aged white male group are imprisoned, shot, or denied equal access to the economy/jobs, housing, etc. at the rate Black Americans experience. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    On Aug. 20, I attended the candlelight vigil for peace and love held at the Winneshiek County Court House. This was an inspiring event, yet I was deeply disturbed by the presence of leaders of the Winneshiek County Republicans displaying signs articulating a moral equivalence between supporters of the Black Lives Matter Movement (BLM) and the Neo-Nazi and KKK groups who recently marched in Charlottesville. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    One of the great moral compasses I have encountered in my life, at first through his writings, and then in person when I was a Luther College student, was Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize winner, novelist, and great moral presence in a world turned upside down during WWII. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    I was born at the beginning of WWII and two of my uncles served; one didn’t come back. What was it that my uncles and the rest of the Greatest Generation fought against in that war? Historians will give you many reasons. But one of the things they were fighting against was the violent, racist, bigoted ideology of the Nazis and its potential to threaten our shores and eventually destroy the freedoms that democratic societies enjoy.

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