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Wed
21
Feb

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... that regardless of how Americans feel individually about recent congressional decisions, many feel uneasy about the conduct of some of those legislators.

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi stood at the podium and talked, or read letters, for eight consecutive hours, supporting a view which she knew was a lost cause. But it was her cause of the moment, and she wasn’t about to give up without making that view known, ad infinitum.

Later, Republican Senator Rand Paul talked until the wee small hours of the morning, repeating a position he has repeated and echoed time after time, again, in a lost cause.

As a result of the above, the legislative bodies toiled all night before reaching an early-the-next-moming vote, which confirmed what everybody knew all along would be the outcome.

Wed
21
Feb

Word for Word 2/21/18


Mission trip to India ... In the photo above, Pastor Steve Oden prays for healing and visits with a family. Robin Oden, pictured below, prays for the leader of a slum village. Submitted photos.

My wife and I have just returned from a mission trip to India. Just as India is half a world away, so their culture is just as different. It’s a place of the 5:30 a.m. Islamic call to prayer, cattle roaming the streets amidst heavy traffic, people everywhere, traffic (and the steering wheel) on the wrong side of the road,  roosters crowing all night long, 85 degree temperatures by 10 a.m. (and it’s their winter), Hindu priests walking and chanting through the neighborhoods receiving offerings of rice in their headdresses, no road signs, and if there are any, no one pays attention to them anyway (they are just “road decorations”), stench from the open sewers running along the sides of streets and homes,  this is India! As I said several times upon arrival, “We’re not in Kansas anymore!”

Wed
21
Feb

Letter to the Editor: We are not the problem!

To the Editor:

I’m writing to correct the misinformation and falsehoods stated by Angie Chambers about the pork industry in her February 7 “We are the problem” letter. As a northeast Iowa pig farmer, I have to stand up for myself and my fellow producers.

The Iowa Pork Producers Association and the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers strongly encourage hog producers to work with Dr. Steve Hoff at Iowa State University to properly site environmentally controlled hog barns. The coalition assists producers with site analysis to consider the location of neighbors, public use areas like parks and lakes, topography and prevailing wind directions. Potential livestock odor can be managed with proper siting and various other solutions.

What’s more, as heavily regulated as the pork industry is in Iowa already, the state requires producers to adhere to additional rules and regulations to build on karst terrain.

Wed
21
Feb

Letter to the Editor: Mental healthcare and gun legislation

To the Editor:

With the astounding total of 18 school shootings in the past 45 days, that means that every 2.5 days a child is either killed or injured at school with a gun. This is not acceptable. We as a country need to start investing real money into accessible mental healthcare. Right now in the state of Iowa the police, corrections officers and sheriffs are given the unfair task of being not only a peace officer, but a mental healthcare provider. This is not what these men and women were trained to do, and it is unfair to our police officers.

We need mental healthcare reform throughout the nation. We need access to counselors,  psychiatric nurse practitioners, psychologists, psychiatrists and other medical workers who are specifically trained to help those individuals suffering with mental disease and distress.

Wed
21
Feb

Letter to the Editor: Smart meter concerns

To the Editor:

I have received positive comments in regards to Oklahoma drawing up a bill to protect its citizens from non-ionizing radiation due to smart meters. The bill gives decision making back to the people. Currently, the wireless industry via the utility companies with government funding has taken that away. There have also been some questions brought up.

What’s the life span of smart meters? Smart meters have a five to seven year life span and have the ability to violate the 4th Amendment due to the detailed data they collect. Mechanical analog meters have a thirty to forty year life span, are quite accurate and do not have the capability to violate the 4th Amendment.

Wed
14
Feb

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... in life, they say, sometimes timing is everything.

I was thinking about starting this column when I noticed that the classic movie channel was going to show an hour long documentary featuring Robert Frost. The poet. I have been a fan of his poetry since college days, when I used to sneak up to a remote area of the university library and listen to recordings of Frost reading his own poetry.

That would have been in the mid-1950s. He was well into his 80s when he died in 1963, and his voice was old and raspy on the recordings. But his words were powerful then and remain so today to anyone who listens closely. For someone who has made his life writing words, it is humbling to be aware that there are writers, and then there are WRITERS!

With that as prelude, I begin this column, which I intended to be mostly about the Super Bowl.

Wed
14
Feb

Word for Word 2/14/18

Pastor Duane Smith
Pastor Duane Smith

Valentine’s Day is upon us again. We all knew it was coming and yet many of us will be rushing to buy cards and flowers at the last minute. This is a day for those who are married (or hope to soon be married) to express their undying love for their significant other. While this is a good thing, many people feel the obligation of the holiday can take away from the sincerity of the expression of love. I believe husbands and wives need to communicate their love for one another and if it takes a holiday to make them consider how to express it, well, at least they are doing it!

Wed
14
Feb

Letter to the Editor: Now is the time to get things done

To the Editor:

Right now we have a Republican President and Congress and it’s time that they show some gumption and take this bull by the horns. Put the Bible and 10 Commandments back in our schools. Defund Planned Parenthood.

Put a stop to all the huge benefits they have voted for themselves. I would not deny all the perks if our country was in a sound financial situation. American companies don’t give big bonuses if the company is losing money, they fire the manager. Republicans, please quit sitting on your hands and pass a bill that would eliminate all perks and benefits you voted for yourselves, or are you just a part of the good old boys group?

Now is the time to get it done. It would show good leadership and concern for our country.

Kindest Regards & God Bless,
Osmond (Ozzy) Quandahl
Waukon

Wed
07
Feb

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... that since I have been retired for nearly 20 years from daily association with the profession, I feel the freedom to be critical of the written press from time to time.

One of the first things we were taught in J-school was to be careful not to bury the lede. That is, the most important things that happened at a meeting or in an event should appear in the first paragraph, answering as many of the who, what, when, where and why quintet as possible.

Tiger Woods played in a golf tournament in La Jolla, CA, his first action in some time. He finished well behind the leaders, maybe 28th or so. The Gazette Sunday printed a 15-paragraph story from Reuters news service, all about Tiger, and it wasn’t until that final paragraph that it was noted there was a playoff among three golfers for the tournament championship. The Register ran an eight paragraph article which mentioned nobody but Woods.

Wed
07
Feb

Letter to the Editor: We are the problem

To the Editor:

We are the Problem

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