The Decorah Nespapers
June 20, 2019
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  • Stephen Paris 55, Ridgeway, was arrested on a warrant for a violation of the sex offender registry Monday in Ridgeway.
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  • Dear Editor:


    Thursday, May 2, is the National Day of Prayer. This is a nonsectarian annual observance enacted by Congress “on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation.” (Public Law 82-324.) This day belongs to all Americans, not just Christians. In this time of increased religious violence, it is important for people to come together to pray and meditate for our nation.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Hello David (BECKER), I think I remember you from my days on the mail route there in Burr Oak. A good man as I recall!  I was impressed with your letter on the editorial page a week or two back, challenging the DHS students about climate change, and am writing in hopes that your efforts be rewarded with some response.

    These are serious days of reckoning about how we are doing on this good earth, and as you say, we need to think for ourselves and dig a bit for the whole truth.

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  • Dear Editor:


    I think we can all agree that it was an exceptional winter and are again reminded by recent late snowfall of the heavy snow melt and rain in March, which made for challenging conditions along our rivers, streams … and roads. 

    In Mid-March the Sheriff’s office warned that “many of Winneshiek County’s gravel roads have become impassable to 2-wheel drive and small vehicles due to the thaw and resulting mud.” Buses and cars were getting stuck. Alternate routes or higher-clearance, 4-wheel drive vehicles were recommended.

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  • Dear Editor:


    There has been some controversy over the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s office Easter Facebook post, which had an overtly Christian message of “He is risen.”  

    First of all, personally I share the sentiment expressed in that message. A look at my personal Facebook page would show that during Holy Week and Easter, I posted many things related to my faith. I appreciate the ability to express those sentiments in a relatively public forum on my personal Facebook page and I make no secret of that affiliation.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Alliant Energy has been less than truthful to Decorah and continues to be so as it spins numbers to support its request to the Iowa Utilities Board to raise residential utility rates 25 percent.

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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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