The Decorah Nespapers
June 21, 2018
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  • Dear Editor:


    You can live in a town; you can live in the country. You can own a home or a condo or rent an apartment. You can be old or young, have kids or a dog or just live by yourself. You can pay a lot for where you live or not. 

    But no matter if you are famous, infamous, or just a regular person, an important piece of your life is your neighbors. There is nothing better than a good neighbor and nothing worse than a bad one. You can respect your neighbors and vice versa even if you have a different lifestyle and set of beliefs.

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  • Dear Editor:


    In response to your opinion ion Tuesday, May 24: “Synchronicity: Even the Pope supports ‘Pride.’”

    Each week at church we confess our faith with the words of the Apostles Creed which is a statement of what Christians believe and teach (also the Nicene Creed).

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  • Dear Editor:


    When Decorah’s first settler, William Day, arrived here with his family 169 years ago, June 10, 1849, he established his homestead beside the spring that came to bear his name.  

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  • Dear Editor:


    The Menard’s spokesperson, Tyler Edwards, has suggested that the digging of fill from the floodplain, to build a retention pond, will insure that there is no increase in the likelihood of flooding. It is useful to distinguish a “detention pond” from a “retention pond.”

    A detention pond doesn’t hold water between storm events, while a retention pond retains water in the pond between storm events. The only floodplain ponds I know of in NE Iowa are “retention” ponds. Usually their surface water levels are similar to the adjacent stream.  

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  • Dear Editor:


    Monday night’s Planning and Zoning Committee meeting was an exercise in true community.

    Twenty six individuals spoke and raised concerns about the Menards construction on a flood plane. The concerns not only pertained to personal property concerns, but those affected downstream. Decorah takes care of its own. This is the pure definition of community. Those in attendance signaled to Menards a resounding “no” that no matter where they lived in Decorah, Menards should not be built on a flood plane.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Why do We the People allow large business corporations to interfere in our constitutional right to vote? That’s exactly what happened on May 1, when Alliant Corporation effectively manipulated Decorah’s public debate (and likely its election result) by deliberately confusing and scaring Decorah voters with a series of mailers and advertisements – claiming that a public power system would cost a lot more, would be much less reliable, and would result in a net loss of renewable energy. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    How nice for Chuck Gipp that his name will be appended to the Decorah Trout Hatchery. 

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  • North Winn Road closing Monday for repaving
    The North Winneshiek Road (county road A-34) is closing 7 a.m. Monday, June 11, for repaving.
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  • Dear Editor:


    Last night I hosted a special gathering at my home for a small group of friends. One woman who had been eager to come couldn’t make it after all. Her next-door neighbor had just had their lawn sprayed with herbicides, and she was sick from the fumes.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Thank you for your recent coverage of the 2018 Decorah Pride Parade and Festival. As the organizers of Decorah’s first ever LGBTQ+ Pride parade and festival, we are incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support and energy from throughout the Decorah community.

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  • Dear Editor:


    I am voting yes on May 1 and the following are the reasons for my decision:

    First: I recently paid our February electric bill. Our bill was $131 before taxes. If our home was located in Osage, our bill would have been approximately $97.80. If it was located in either New Hampton or Cedar Falls, our bill would have been approximately $73.50. It appears to me that our current electric supplier has some of the highest rates in the region.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Some of us are old enough to remember back in the mid-eighties when Winneshiek County was confronted with the opportunity to purchase what is now the Winneshiek County landfill. The previous owner had entered into a sales agreement with Waste Management, Inc. to purchase the landfill, but the county had a contractual “right of first refusal” to match Waste Management’s offer and to purchase the land on the county’s behalf. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    When I first heard about the possibility of having our own municipal electrical utility I was excited by the idea of local control and accountability, not to mention jobs and dollars staying in Decorah.

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  • Dear Editor:

    Decorah has a choice between public power vs. bully power. Alliant Energy’s campaign to scare residents into voting ‘no’ in the upcoming referendum on an electrical municipality is extremely misleading, insulting, and dangerous. 

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  • Dear Editor:

    As an Alliant Energy retiree, I support voting “no.” I am very proud of the work we did for Decorah and I see the same pride in our current local crews.

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