The Decorah Nespapers
April 17, 2019
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  • Dear Editor:


    According to the notice I got in the mail yesterday, Alliant Energy wants to increase my electricity costs by 24.45 percent. By their own estimation, their rate hike would increase the average homeowner’s bill by $20.13 from $82.31 to $102.44 every month. Wow.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Our illustrious Iowa Congress voted on several bills that greatly changed Iowa. One important question remains unasked, What was wrong with these programs that change was warranted? I have seen no answers. They provide talking points to deflect from this question, but no answer.


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  • Dear Editor:


    Rick Fromm’s recent editorial (March 21), to use a baseball analogy, hit it out of the park. I had the same thoughts as I read about the city looking to hire a search firm to analyze the best way to hire a new police chief. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    Decorah Friends Meeting, of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), wish to state/minute that we stand with Ilhan Omar, the representative from Minnesota who has been open in her criticism of the state of Israel’s genocidal policies toward the Palestinian people. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    Thank you for your editorial about hiring the next police chief. You’re absolutely right; we don’t need to spend money hiring a search company to comb the U.S. for candidates. Not when we have the right man
    for the job right here: Dave Smutzler.    

    He has the credentials, and the experience f

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  • Dear Editor:


    You are so spot on with your piece on Gary Dolphin. Poor man can’t open his mouth without someone else putting a foot in it. 

    I thought of King Kong as the big, strong guy — not anything racially connected. It’s good to see common sense written in today’s paper. And — I’ll be chuckling over your deer story for quite some time.

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  • Dear Editor:


    In Henrik Ibsen’s famous play “The Enemy of the People,” the main character (a doctor) is given this label for confronting corrupt politicians. He has found that the town’s highly profitable spa is contaminated and toxic.

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  • Dear Editor:


    A fist raised overhead can be a symbol of pure joy or domination. After seeing the February 2019 bridal issue in the Decorah Newspapers, several community members expressed their concern to me as chair of the Decorah Human Rights Commission about the image on the front cover. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    I moved to Decorah from Virginia in 2013 to be closer to my daughter and granddaughters and just love it here.

    My first winter came complete with below 20 degree temperatures and heavy snow, just as promised. After the first snow, I was awakened very early in the morning by snowplows and trucks working on the roads and parking lots. I was annoyed by the noise so early in the morning and just figured I’d better get used to it.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Sometime in the 90s I tried to start an apple tree from a seed ... since you do not know what kind of apple will come, this appealed to my sense of mystery and the unknown. It did not take much to entertain me.

    Nothing happened. I put the dirt back in the potting soil sack. The next year I used the soil to start tomatoes and four apple seedlings came up also. I babied them along for a year inside and then planted them outside. They all grew ... but the apples were crab apples and only the one I planted outside the kitchen window tasted good, just a little tart.

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  • Dear Editor:


    I attended the South Winneshiek School Board meeting Monday Feb. 11, with all intentions of speaking. The audience was addressed and told you have one minute to get up from your seat and place your name on a sheet of paper in order to be recognized or even have a chance to speak. 

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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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