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Wed
26
Jul

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Arlen L. Wonderlich

To the Editor:

The speed limit on the Great River Road south of Lansing is 35 mph from just past the Lansing Harpers Road until you pass Columbus Road by the Driftless Area Education Center, where it changes to 45 mph. Of interest; at the intersection of Whalen Hill Road and Great River Road the visibility to the west is very limited; however, the speed limit has already been changed to 45 mph!

A short distance past the intersection with Whalen Hill Road the speed limit increases from 45 mph to 55 mph. The 55 mph is in effect from that point until you reach Harpers Ferry.

I have met with the Allamakee County Board of Supervisors asking them to consider reducing the speed limit from just past the Whalen Hill intersection to access to the Alliant Energy property, a distance of 1.8 miles. This reduction in speed from 55 mph to 45 mph would require an extra 25 seconds of driving time.

Wed
19
Jul

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Kathy Hannum

To the Editor:

Governor Reynolds and her MAGA Republicans will not stop until a woman’s right to control her own body has been taken away from her.

Most of us try to live our lives without interfering in other people’s lives. We know that a woman may end a pregnancy for different reasons. We cannot make a woman’s decision because we have not walked in her shoes. Tragically, sometimes a woman gets a diagnosis of a serious health complication that threatens her life or health. Other times, a family learns late in pregnancy there is a serious fetal diagnosis, or the baby is dying and can’t survive. When people are making difficult, personal medical decisions, one-size-fits-all laws don’t work.

Wed
12
Jul

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Ann Hart

To the Editor:

I grew up in the Iowa of long ago. My father, a small farmer, was able to provide all four of his children with a college degree from one of our state universities.
In those “before times” when the wise leaders in Iowa provided nearly 80% of the funding to those schools, tuition was affordable for the masses. Our legislature currently only provides 30.5% of Regent funds. A two- or four-year degree allows for more choices and employment opportunities.

Wed
05
Jul

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Karen Pratte

To the Editor:

On the 4th of July, we celebrate our nation’s freedom and independence. Freedom is a bedrock value for nearly every Iowan and American.  We all want the freedom to make our own choices and be in control of our lives and our long-term pursuits.

Freedom allows us to make decisions that benefit our families and future generations, to think for ourselves, and to stand up for what we believe. We want the freedom that an education provides: to pursue a meaningful life, and to have the opportunity to thrive, and to retire with dignity.  But how free are we?

Wed
28
Jun

Word for Word 6/28/23

Rev. Grant VanderVelden
Rev. Grant VanderVelden

“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Holy Spirit. There are varieties of services, but the same Lord. And there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” – the apostle Paul, 1 Corinthians 12:4-7

The more things change, the more they stay the same – or so goes the clichéd formula.

But you’d think followers of Jesus, empowered as we are by the promise of God’s Holy Spirit in Christ, would enjoy immunity from such apathy and inaction.

Yet, if you compare what the apostle Paul writes to early Church to what he might write to us some 2,000-odd years later, the similarity of message is stunning. In candid assessment of the sorry state of our affairs these days, a colleague pointedly observes: “If Paul could see the Church in America today, we’d be getting a letter.”

Wed
28
Jun

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Osmund (Ozzie) Quandahl

To the Editor:

Way back in the 1930s, President Roosevelt instituted the Social Security Scheme because we Americans were too stupid to handle our own money. Back in the 1930s, the Christian Church was very strong and they helped people in need and our communities were safe and had very little crime.

Now, the Democrat Party is disrespecting the Christian Church and our law officers with Defund the Police policy. David Horowitz, the very strong Democrat for years, has come full bore for Trump. I say, what took you so long to see the light? Horowitz says the Democrats have the mentality of gangsters, and how true that is.

Wed
28
Jun

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Dick Kistler

To the Editor:

I talked to a friend recently about how I was bothered with all the abortions taking place in this country, and he told me the soul doesn’t enter the body until after you are born, so it was just a fetus. I told him that I read, in the Bible in Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.”

So God has the whole life planned out for this child and someone kills it. Do you think that makes God happy? Then I told him I listened to Andrew Wommack the other day and he said that if you vote for a pro-abortion politician, you are an accessory to murder. He wanted to change the subject, so I just said that it is something to think about.

Dick Kistler
Waukon

 

Wed
21
Jun

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Sheriff Dan Marx Winneshiek County

To the Editor:

The following is in response to numerous accusations and attacks that WMT radio has been waging against me and my office on multiple media and social media platforms.

WMT Radio out of Cedar Rapids sponsors and hosts an annual “Tractorcade” event. WMT (branch of iHeart Media Incorporated out of New York, NY) is a large, private, for-profit business. The $150 entry fee plus additional costs, that go directly to the coffers of WMT/iHeart Media, is charged to each participant wishing to participate. Furthermore, there are multiple businesses and corporations that sponsor the event and that WMT profits from.

WMT has been sponsoring this event for many years. During this time, they have successfully been able to get publicly-funded law enforcement agencies to go along with providing private security functions, such as shutting down highways and busy intersections to motorists, for their private event and subsequent personal profit.

Wed
21
Jun

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Edie Ehlert

To the Editor:

According to the Midwest Farm Report of May 31, 2023, “Iowa State University economists estimate pork producers lost $49.47 per market hog sold in April, making it the sixth consecutive month of losses. Market hog prices are at their lowest level since January 2021.”

Farm markets do fluctuate. U.S. hog producers were hoping for large pork exports to China, but this is unlikely to happen since China now plans to prioritize their own pork production within their country.

Add to this concerns about hog diseases that can wipe out an entire livestock facility, and industrial-size hog production is becoming a more dangerous proposition. Is it wise for farmers to seek risky financial expansions into the CAFO industrial model at this time?

Wed
21
Jun

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Judy Felke

To the Editor:

When I was married to my first husband, he did not want any more children. We had three at the time. I became pregnant again with the fourth child.

It was the year they passed the law that it was legal, in 1973, to kill babies. He said I had better get an abortion.

I was so young at the time, and he was extremely violent. There were no advocates at the time, when families were threatened, to go to for safety.

I begged him to “let me have this baby,” and if he did I would get my tubes tied. I did, and I am so grateful I had the baby.

Today, it is no big deal to murder babies. It also includes selling baby parts to various agencies after a torturous murder. They also call a baby fetus a glob of tissue.

God created baby human beings between one man and one woman. It starts at conception. So, why do we think we have the right to murder God’s creation?

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