The Decorah Nespapers
December 17, 2017
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  • Dear Editor:


    College: A place where one ripens the mind, expands their thoughts and beliefs, and spends thousands of dollars to get a little piece of paper that says you’re qualified for some type of job. Yes, I’m talking about college, but mainly about four year degree programs. 

    Yes I know that college can be a large commitment of time, energy and funds (thank God for scholarships), and the thought of this can deter even the most devoted student. Before you reconsider, here are a few things to look for at colleges when applying as well as attending.

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  • Dear Editor:


    ISU Extension Service extends University research to Iowa citizens and counties -- it does not promote “corporate industrial Ag” as stated in the Nov. 9 Decorah Journal editor’s water quality editorial. Land grant universities like ISU have three functions, to teach, do research and extend that knowledge to citizens. ISU Extension Service does not tell farmers to use confinement pig facilities.

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  • Dear Editor:


    No one who has known you even casually would doubt your care for Iowa. I was interested, however, about your recent editorial concerning hog feeding operations in Iowa.

    My wife and I decided to return to Decorah during our retirement years. We are both deeply involved with Luther College. We met at Luther, and have had 4 children and 4 grandchildren graduate from Luther.

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  • Dear Editor:


    As an avid follower of many high school sports — and a proud parent of a Decorah High School bowler — I was thrilled to open the November 14 issue of the Decorah Newspapers and find a good part of page B1  devoted to the schedule for area winter sports teams. “Welcome to Winter Sports” the headline proclaimed — and the article then proceeded to list the schedules for all area school sports teams: boys and girls basketball (check!), wrestling (check!), boys swimming (check!), and boys and girls bowling (check?).

    I read through the article again — this time more carefully — and, to my surprise, there was no mention of the Decorah High School girls and boys bowling teams’ schedule anywhere in the article or elsewhere in the paper.

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  • Dear Editor:


    The mantra of the Democratic Party seems to be if they tell a lie often enough, it becomes fact. With the liberal media’s support, the sad fact is that this becomes true more often than not. This is sad for there are many out there, including some in our community, that seem to fall prey to this tactic over and over again.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Please turn out Nov. 7, Tuesday, and vote for Brett Robinson.

    Brett Robinson’s City Council responsibilities:

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  • Dear Editor:


    I support Chuck Lore for 5th Ward council. Chuck is conscientious and approachable. I have appreciated his listening and follow up when I have contacted him regarding concerns.  

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  • Dear Editor:


    As a former fellow serviceman in the United States military, I am honored to support and vote for Charles Lore for 5th Ward councilperson.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Many letters to this paper have already established Lorraine Borowski’s strong professional qualifications for the job of mayor:her years of service at the library, and her deep familiarity with local government from years of attending/recording city council meetings. 

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  • Dear Editor:


      Lorraine Borowski will be an excellent mayor. Lorraine consistently demonstrates commitment to making Decorah a welcoming place for everyone. In addition to years of working for the well-being of Decorah residents, Lorraine has also served as a community member on the Luther College “Just Action” committee, demonstrating a commitment to making Decorah a just and welcoming place for students who travel here from several states and countries. Many Luther students even chose to live and work in Decorah after graduation.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Because I live away from my hometown it is often several days after publication that I read the Decorah Journal. And such was the case as I just recently read the article written by Dr. Salma Patel and her personal story of immigration from Tanzania to the United States. As a refresher, this young woman left her home at a very early age to come to America for a better life. Fortunately for her, and for us, she found Luther College.

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  • ear Editor:


    I cannot say that I am an extremely patriotic person. One of the reasons for this is that I am a Christian, and that means that my primary allegiance is to another kingdom.  

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  • Dear Editor: 


    To Sen. Ernst and Sen. Grassley: I have been watching the Ken Burns series on TV about Viet Nam and have come to realize that for as much potential good that politicians could do, the damage they actually do is far beyond the decent stuff. 

    And now taxpayers are paying politician’s wages as they cruelly plan to take away health care benefits for the most needy of our country ... and on top of that .... making sure those really needy people are not treated fairly by the for profit insurance companies. Those people will get to pay more for their insurance. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    I read an article the other day about a discussion a friend and I had recently and though I greatly respect and admire him despite our political difference I believe his representation of our discussion and myself is a bit, off, and I would like to verify things.

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  • Decorah Police officers suffered minor injuries while attempting to arrest an Eitzen, Minn. man. Friday.
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