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July 10, 2020
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  • Dear Editor:


    I am so very proud of the way our Winneshiek County caucus events were conducted.

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  • Dear Editor:


    I am writing in response to the proposed constitutional amendments that would take away Iowans’ right to safe and legal abortion. As a registered Iowa voter, I’m outraged that politicians insist on limiting health care options by inserting themselves into what should be private decisions.

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    The debate concerning artists and morality has been raging for centuries. We can put the question this way: Can the art be truly good if the artist is truly evil? Or perhaps this way: Does the moral depravity of certain artists diminish the aesthetic value of their work?  

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  • Dear Editor:


    It is my belief that it is past time to end our antiquated caucus process. In the beginnings when fewer people were involved and we met in homes, the process seemed to work relatively well but as more people are attending the process it has become unwieldy to point of confusion and prone to error.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Volodymyr Zelensky, the young, inexperienced – newly elected – president of the fledgling democracy of Ukraine, ran for president on the promises of honesty, transparency and the end of endemic corruption.  

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  • Dear Editor:


    My friend and I went to the Decorah Hospital to have our Christmas dinner.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Hello, my name is Elisabeth Maurus. I moved to Decorah just over four years ago. One of the things that really amazes me about this wonderful place, is the sense of community I’ve witnessed. I’ve both experienced and observed people’s willingness to show up for one another and lend a hand time after time. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    On behalf of the Rude and Amundson families, I would like to say thank you to everyone that has offered support towards Jared, Amanda and their daughters as Jared recovers from his recent fall. 

    On Dec. 7, Jared was working at his home on scaffolding when it collapsed. Jared fell, landing face down on the concrete floor in their shed suffering a traumatic head injury. He fractured his temporal bone, causing a brain bleed and also fractured facial bones and vertebrae. He was airlifted to La Crosse where he remained in the ICU for several days then in the neurology department for several more. 

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  • 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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