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Wed
14
Jan

Letter to the Editor: Take care of investment in Great River Road

To the Editor:
As leaders in the State of Iowa consider measures to improve and repair the state’s transportation infrastructure, multiple measures should be used to prioritize investments. Certainly, a pragmatic approach is necessary and routes which offer vehicular efficiency and access to markets for manufactured and agricultural goods are critical.

Wed
14
Jan

Allamakee County Corner: January is National Roden Action Month

by Laurie Moody, Allamakee County Environmental Health Sanitarian

We’re all familiar with the U.S. Surgeon General’s warning on the hazards of cigarettes. But what many don’t know is that the Surgeon General also warns against a substance that is the second-leading cause of lung cancer, can be present in any home or building, is especially prevalent in Iowa and may be presenting a health risk to your family right now. That substance is radon.
Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that comes from the breakdown of naturally occurring uranium in the soil. Radon can enter homes through cracks in the foundation and other pathways. Any home can have radon, regardless of age or foundation type. High-rise apartments, commercial building and schools can also have high radon levels.

Wed
14
Jan

Letter to the Editor: What happend to CoOpportunity Health

To the Editor:
On Christmas Eve 2014, CoOpportunity Health, an Iowa-based health insurance provider, was taken over by the state of Iowa causing confusion and many questions amidst insurance providers and customers. The world of health insurance is a complicated one, but looking at CoOpportunity’s situation “differently” helps to clarify what’s really happened.

Wed
14
Jan

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, Editor Emeritus

Wed
14
Jan

Word for Word

by Rev. Tom Buresh

Wed
07
Jan

Letter to the Editor: Weed through marijuana messages

To the Editor:
Society is always changing directions in terms of what’s acceptable and what’s not. We hear about the best ways to raise our children, the best plan to make healthcare affordable for everyone, and the best people to be in public office. Another hot topic is marijuana. Is it the best move to make it legal? Is it safe? Is it healthy? Is it medicine? How will it affect our children’s’ future? These tough questions must be asked and answered before society decides what to believe.

Wed
07
Jan

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, Editor Emeritus

Thu
01
Jan

Letter to the Editor: Thanks to local first responders

To the Editor:
With all of the news about law enforcement being broadcast, I wish to take this opportunity to thank the men and women in our local law enforcement agencies for the fine job they do. When we need them at the hospital for help, they are there. When there is a medical emergency, they are there. When there is a fire, they are there. And while we are in our homes or at work they are there to serve and protect.
Along with the fire departments and EMS, we are fortunate to have such dedicated and skilled professionals available when needed. Again, thank you for all you do and may you always be safe.

Mike Myers
Waukon
 

Thu
01
Jan

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, Editor Emeritus

Wed
24
Dec

Guest Editorial: Local control is important to Iowa schools

by Dave Herold
Superintendent of Schools
Allamakee Community School District

The following letter is one that I wrote to Dr. Brad Buck, Director of the Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Governor (Terry Branstad) and our local legislators.  Dr. Buck sent a letter to all Iowa schools this week letting them know that early start waivers would not be accepted anymore except in extreme circumstances.  This is my response to that letter.

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