Viewpoints

Wed
11
Mar

The Bottom Line

by State Senator Mike Breitbach

Wed
11
Mar

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, Editor Emeritus

Wed
04
Mar

Letter to the Editor: Are basic American values being ignored?

To the Editor:
I was recently talking with my 5th grade granddaughter about our National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag and country. It troubled me to learn that her class seldom recites either.
As an elementary school student and citizen I was taught, and recited it every morning as school began and we did it with our hands over our hearts. We also learned our national anthem. We continued to better understand and appreciate more of what each of these meant as we matured. Patriotism, respect, support of country and dedication to these United States just for starters.
Are we becoming so jaded by the dance of political correctness that these basic American values are being diminished and ignored? As adults, it’s imperative that we guide our youth to instill the highest civic values and respect for this country.  Talk to your kids.  You might be glad you did when they’re running it some day.

Wed
04
Mar

Letter to the Editor: Praise for hypnotist entertainment

To the Editor:
On February 16 we attended entertainment at the Waukon Banquet Center, “Doug Thompson - The Hypnotist.” Cudos to Audra Peterson, Becky Decker and staff for providing this area with a great night of fun.
After attending the previous show, “Dueling Pianos,” in November, we knew we didn’t want to miss the next event they had planned. The decor for both shows was upscale and the appetizers delicious. The cost of the tickets was very affordable and the work that went into the events was evident.
We appreciated these two nights of laughter and fellowship with friends in the middle of a long winter. I can’t wait to see what you have planned next.

Brian and Kay Deeny
Waukon

Wed
04
Mar

News from the State House

by State Representative Patti Ruff

Wed
04
Mar

The Bottom Line

by District 28 Senator Mike Breitbach

It has been a very busy week. I proposed a fix to the Disabled Veteran’s Property Tax bill that passed last year, but needed to be adjusted. The revised legislation eventually made it through the Senate and a companion bill went through the House. This bill passed Wednesday, and I’m sure will be signed shortly by the Governor.

Wed
04
Mar

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, Editor Emeritus

Wed
04
Mar

Word for Word

by Rev. Grant VanderVelden

Wed
25
Feb

Letter to the Editor: Give low wage workers credit for holding down a job

To the Editor:
In a letter to the Editor in the February 4 edition of The Standard, the writer was unhappy about the possibility of increasing the minimum wage to 10 or 15 dollars per hour because people working for the present minimum wage are having trouble supporting their families. McDonalds and Walmart were specifically mentioned. Those two companies are not the only ones guilty of feeling their employees’ time is so worthless and keep them at slave or almost starvation wages while some CEOs are making a million dollars per year. Most of those large companies would hardly notice a difference in their bottom lines if the minimum wage were increased.

Wed
25
Feb

Letter to the Editor: Rethink purpose of Public Safety Center

To the Editor:
Catfish Annie here and I’m officially spitting out the hook! What happens when the citizens of this county are not informed by elected officials about the reality of decisions being made on their behalf? Although they may blindly try to avoid fish nets, they can end up on a hook.
Here’s the bait, as I smell it. We have the opportunity to demolish Makee Manor and dispose of that building. Believe me, the asbestos alone is a serious environmental and health hazard. Why haven’t those costs been included in the estimates for a new law enforcement center, or “public safety center,” on that site?

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