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Wed
20
Jun

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... that as I write this, President Trump and the dictator of North Korea are just a few hours away from their scheduled “first” meeting, in Singapore. The United States hopes to convince North Korea’s leader that if he gives up his nuclear ambitions his nation can prosper, much as his peninsula-sharing South Korea has.

It pains me to think that I doubt much will be accomplished. I hope I am wrong. If nothing comes of it, could that be considered a failure? Actually, not trying would have been the failure.

What the meeting has brought to mind is the fact that it might not have been necessary had different actions been taken near the end of the Korean War, in 1952.

Wed
13
Jun

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... that June 6 is sometimes referred to as “The Longest Day” in recognition of the D-Day landings in WWII. The longest day of the year is really around June 20-21 each year.

But I thought about that as a robin was singing when I awoke around 4 a.m. this morning. I often can still hear them as late as 10 p.m., so they might put in a 16 hour day some days. Really a long day. Do they take a siesta in the afternoon?

Speaking of birds, I heard a succession of various songs coming from the same tree area one morning. I could not place the usual familiar blue jay, oriole or cardinal pattern with which I am familiar. Then a catbird flew away and took all the tunes with it. They are sometimes called a mocking bird because of the ability to mimic or create many bird calls. It’s as if God made up for their drab dark grey color by giving them this other talent.

Wed
13
Jun

Word for Word 6/13/18

Rev. Ron Pederson
Rev. Ron Pederson

Pray with Confidence

The writer to the Hebrews says: “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are - yet without sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrew 4:15-16).

I remember when I was about five or six years old and wanted to be sure that I confessed my sins the right way. I prayed to God confessing my sins but I didn’t feel like I was doing it the way God wanted me to. I especially didn’t feel like I was sincere enough or felt sorry enough for my sins. Finally I decided that the next time I got hurt and started to cry, then I would confess my sins to God; then I would be truly sorry for my sins in the way God wanted me to be. And so that is what I did. But I was disappointed. It didn’t seem to help much.

Wed
06
Jun

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... on this day on which Memorial Day is observed, even though it isn’t the “real” Memorial Day (that’s May 30) I am thinking about weather.

If forecasts came true, the first few days of June were about 20 degrees cooler than the last few days of May.

This morning, May 28, as Iowa forecasts predicted another high in the upper 90 degree range, I was watching reporters for the weather channel along Florida’s gulf cost wearing North Face parkas in middle 70s temperatures!

And I was thinking about weather yesterday (May 27) afternoon when my home was involved in a power outage, which lasted a couple hours.

When the utility, in response to my contact, said it could take that long to have power restored, I figured I was in serious trouble.

Two hours on one of the warmest days on record with no air conditioner. Not even juice for fans. No electric range. No television.

Goodbye, cruel world.

Wed
06
Jun

Letter to the Editor: Memorial Day appreciation

To the Editor:

During Memorial Day weekend I visit many cemeteries and there is always a flag on our veteran’s grave. Someone had to place the flag there. Appreciation goes out to all of the unseen volunteers.

On Memorial Day I went to the Oakland Cemetery for the program where we heard Sean Liddiard give his “Voice of Democracy” essay. Good job, Sean! Also, appreciation goes out to the ladies that presented their “Quilts of Valor” to some area veterans.

I then went to the Vets Hall for chicken dinner where I found many Boy Scouts volunteering. Many of the volunteers are the next generation and will do a great job.

It takes a lot of volunteers on Memorial Day to put up a beautiful Avenue of Flags, and the Boy Scouts helped with that also. Thanks to all who turned out to help, Veterans and all.

A senior citizen,

Ada Marie Kerndt
Waukon

 

Wed
06
Jun

Grief Support Group to meet at VMH

The local Grief Support Group will hold its monthly meeting at Veterans Memorial Hospital Tuesday, June 12 at 5 p.m. in the Education Conference Room. This informal meeting is open to anyone suffering from any type of loss whether it be death, divorce, illness or some other grief. Feel free to attend and bring a friend. This grief support group now meets the second Tuesday of each month at Veterans Memorial Hospital.
 

Wed
30
May

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... that I have been doing my best to keep up with the baseball team at the University of Iowa this spring, and was happy to see they qualified for the Big (whatever) tournament.

Part of what made it difficult is that baseball does not get the coverage that sports such as football, basketball and wrestling do. Crowds are smaller and fan interest isn’t high.

I think I am right in saying Iowa is the only one of the major universities in the state to still offer the sport. Conversely, all have softball for coeds. In fact, that is part of the reason why others dropped baseball, the need to keep up with Title 9 rules that both sexes have the same number of varsity sports in which to compete.

Iowa high schools still field teams and Iowa gets some, but not all by any means, of the better high school players.

Wed
30
May

Letter to the Editor: Cost of not caring: Stigma set in stone

To the Editor:

The failure to provide treatment and supportive community services to people with mental illness - both in the community and in hospitals - has overburdened emergency rooms, crowded state and local jails, and left untreated patients to fend for themselves on city streets.

The USA routinely fails to provide the most basic services for people with mental illness - something the country would never tolerate for patients with cancer or other physical disorders.

Mental health is a separate but unequal system. We have a wasteland of people who have died or been disabled because of inadequate care.

Although most people with mental illnesses are not violent, the USA’s dysfunctional, long-neglected mental health system is under a microscope because of mass shootings in which the perpetrators had serious psychiatric problems.

Wed
23
May

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... that television news shows over the weekend and into Monday were heavily covering the official move of the embassy of the United States to the Israeli capital city of Jerusalem.

This is something which a succession of American presidents have promised since the majority of the civilized world 70 years ago established Israel as the homeland for the Jews. All have reneged under pressure from Muslims, Palestinians and Arabs in general.

So I found it ironic to listen once again, as I have for those 70 years, the words of a Gospel writer read at mass Sunday which held the promise of a Jewish homeland with its “holy city” of Jerusalem.

Those who opposed the fulfillment of that often promised move by the U.S. said they feared the Palestinians would not accept it and would riot, and would be joined by Muslims and Arabs around the world.

Wed
23
May

Word for Word 5/23/18

O​n Friday May 11th, an ecumenical gathering took place to mark the 10th anniversary of the Immigration raid at Postville.  Over 300 people attended THE SUMMONS, as it was entitled, at St. Bridget Church. An interfaith prayer service took place, including inspiring talks by many who were present during that very troubling time.  During May of 2008,  there were 389 arrests, numerous imprisonments, and the threat of mass deportation of many employees of Agriprocessors.   Many families were split up, and those left behind had feelings of abandonment and the worry of facing an uncertain future.

Attorneys and activists who helped counsel those affected by the raid were present to speak at the anniversary gathering. Ministers and clergy members of several faiths who united their congregations ten years ago to give sanctuary and aid to family members in need shared their memories.  Most memorable were the stories and testimonies of the people directly affected by the raid.

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