The Decorah Nespapers
February 20, 2019
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  • Dear Editor:


    Two years ago I stopped watching news on TV. I ordered a daily newspaper and read it every day. If I have a question and want to explore an issue more fully, I go on line to other newspapers and read additional information. 

    Reading led me to write editorials and emails to friends and people in the state and federal government -- phone numbers in my phone contacts for Ernst, Grassley, Finkenbauer, Reynolds, Bergan, Breitbach, Loebsack, Axne -- email lists bookmarked for Iowa and federal reps and committee heads.

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  • Dear Editor:


    May I respond to inaccuracies in Tim Borseth’s letter to the editor, “What should Christians think about the wall”?

    First, the assumption there is one specific way “Christians should think” is arrogant and uninformed, much less that one person can define that “should” for other sincere Christians. Mr. Borseth refers to the Apostle Paul’s statement about governments in Romans 13. I searched the text and find no guidance for border-separating walls, nor government’s necessity to “protect” their citizens. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    Pastor Tim Borseth’s letter Jan. 17 is so rife with ignorant misinformation about immigration and so violates my personal understanding of the teachings of Jesus that I am compelled to respond.

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  • Dear Editor:

    As many are aware, the race for House District 55 remains unsettled after County Auditor Ben Steines refused to count 33 absentee ballots from the November 6 election because of no official postal service postmark. After Kayla Koether filed a legal challenge to that decision, a judge ordered that the ballots envelopes’ intelligent mail barcodes be examined by the postal service, after which it was officially determined that 29 of those ballots were indeed legally cast on time. 

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  • Dear Editor:

    There have been recent letters promoting the use of the North Winneshiek school buildings in the future. That would be a very bad idea for any children who happened to have to attend school there.

    This probably would have been a good idea, in fact North Winn was a good idea, back in the early ‘60’s before hog confinements came to Iowa.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Over a month ago, your newspaper carried a story about my granddaughter, Tinashe, who was appearing on “Dancing With The Stars.” For those of you not familiar with the television program, it is in its 14th year on ABC where a “professional” dancer is paired with a “star.” 

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  • Dear Editor:

     I have been perplexed that good people will vote against their own (and our own) best interest. How is it, that in these times, when our society becomes more and more obviously toxic, tragic, and divided, can decent, intelligent, good hearted people, prepare to vote for more of the same earth killing, people crushing, money driven insanity that we can hear and see every day?

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  • Dear Editor:


    Well, my dear Decorah area voters, what do you think of your president as he struggles to hold on to Saudi arms sales? Not for the first time, he buddies up to corrupt dictators with blood on their hands.  

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  • Dear Editor:


    Though I am an Iowan right-leaning independent voter, first and foremost, I am a woman. I simply cannot accept the recent behavior of the Republican Party. Uncivil and unjust actions such as separating families from one another, forcing children to be caged, publicly mocking victims of abuse and assault, and the uncalled for TV ad campaigns which threaten other parties are just some of the reasons for which I am currently troubled. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    In the election of our next Iowa governor, I believe a candidate’s character matters most of all. Because for decades I knew Fred Hubbell and his extended family while rearing my three daughters in Des Moines, I believe I should share what I know of Fred Hubbell’s character.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Winneshiek County is fortunate to have good people running for offices on both sides of the political spectrum, as well as those running as Independents.   

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  • Dear Editor:


    The position of Winneshiek County Recorder is on the ballot in November. The incumbent is not running. I urge you to consider voting for Connie Askelson-Kuennen for County Recorder in the November election.

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  • Dear Editor:


    It is my privilege to write a letter of support for Jayne Schultz, candidate for Winneshiek County Recorder.

    The citizens of Winneshiek County have been fortunate to have a Courthouse staffed with capable and fine people. As part of that staff, Jayne has been Deputy Recorder for 15 years.

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  • Dear Editor:


    I write to share my strong support for Jayne Schultz, running as an independent candidate for Winneshiek County Recorder. You probably know Jayne, because she’s been the Deputy Recorder for the last 15 years. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    Here’s some information for voters to consider before casting a ballot in this election. The Republican corporate tax cuts have helped create a 17 percent increase ($113 billion) in the federal deficit to $779 billion in 2018 going against all historical patterns when the economy is strong and unemployment is down.  

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