The Decorah Nespapers
April 21, 2018
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  • Dear Editor:


    I spent 26 years working for Municipal Electric Utilities in Muscatine, Iowa (22 years) and Shakopee, Minnesota (4 years) in the Finance and Accounting Departments of each Utility. In both cities the electric rates charged to the customers were significantly less than investor owned Utilities in each state. 

    Also, each city received significant returns in the form of PILOT (Payment In Lieu of Taxes) as well as other benefits. In each city the residents received excellent local customer service and timely and excellent maintenance and operation of the electrical system. The people of these cities had a say in what happened with their utility. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    I need a support group. You know, the kind where you can talk about everything that concerns you. 

    Where you can vent your frustrations and give your family and friends a break from listening to you.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Please vote yes on May 1. Our yes votes preserve an opportunity to help Decorah’s energy future and do it fairly, safely and economically. Most agree that Alliant Energy is doing a good job keeping our lights on but this comes with a price. We pay the highest rates for electricity in the state. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    If Decorah Power is convinced an electric utility is such a lucrative venture why don’t they garner some venture capital and start their own Electric Co.? It is usually easier to be optimistic when you are playing with someone else’s money. I do like their choice of color for their campaign signs, bright red, the universally accepted color to warn of danger. A few concerns we might have are:

    Did the original feasibility study come back with a negative result?

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  • Dear Editor:


    Since 2001, April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This year, the theme is “Embrace Your Voice.” It seems fitting, given the national conversation happening around sexual assault. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    I wish to thank the DHS Robotics Teams - the Norwegian Ninjas (freshmen/sophomores) and the Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tube Men and Women (juniors/seniors) - for putting together a great season.

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  • Dear Editor:


    In a recent edition of the Decorah Journal, Alliant Energy ran an advertisement encouraging Decorah voters to “keep Decorah’s electric service local, reliable, and safe” by voting “no” on May 1. I agree that Alliant has provided Decorah with reliable and safe electric service—we have experienced very few power outages during my 18 years living here. But local? Not a chance.

    Alliant is an out-of-state public corporation that, like all public corporations, is in the business of increasing value for its shareholders. Alliant may provide safe and reliable electric service to its customers, but this is not its end goal. The service Alliant provides is a means to the greater end of increasing shareholder profits.

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  • Dear Editor:


    I think a big factor in the debate about whether to allow the Decorah City Council to proceed with an application to become a municipal utility is whether you trust Alliant Energy, an investor owned utility to act in your best interest. I do not....

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  • Dear Editor:


    I keep telling myself this: I need to talk to my neighbors about this referendum. I know some of them probably have varying opinions about whether municipalization would be good for our community. They’re all good people, we have a rapport, we’re a small community ourselves in our little neighborhood.

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  • Dear Editor:


    The city wants to take over the electric utility. The city already has a municipal utility for water. How is that going?

    Well the utility is operating at a $160,000 annual loss and the city is considering raising rates 30 percent. That increase will get the city closer, but not quite to breaking even. If you feel like the rates just went up, you’d be right. The city has raised rates in 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2008 and again in the early 2000s.


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  • Dear Editor:


    The city of Decorah currently operates two municipal utilities, the city water system and the city sewer system. In the March 22 issue of the Decorah Journal, the city council voted down a proposal to increase water rates by 30 percent and sewer rates by 25 percent.  

    The city manager was then asked to provide information on previous rate increases by the municipal utilities. From 2012 to 2017 increases in water rates totaled 33.11 percent and sewer rates for the same period increased by 29.56 percent. There were also rate increases in 2008, 2006, and 2000 with no percentages given.  

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  • Dear Editor:


    As someone who lived in Decorah for two and a half years before moving back to Illinois last year, I maintain my Decorah newspaper subscription.

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  • Dear Editor: 


    Last week on this page, a letter was attributed to me. While I certainly agree with the sentiment offered, I cannot take credit. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    I understand the lure of not rocking the electrical utility boat. Everyone wants stable electrical service and we have that. And there is comfort in not “fixing” something that doesn’t appear broken. But I urge people to see beyond fear, uncertainty, and doubt. There is great opportunity because it actually is broken.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Because I live out of town, I won’t get a vote on May 1, but I still want Decorah to buy out Alliant, our current provider. Not to raise the hackles on my country neighbors, but don’t be a stumbling block just because we can’t vote: we don’t have a choice with Alliant either. If another company bought the same section of the grid, do you think we’d get a say then? New boss is the same as the old boss that way.

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