Viewpoints

Wed
10
Sep

Letter to the Editor: Navy veteran expresses appreciation

To the Editor:
Recently The Standard newspaper of Waukon presented lines of print concerning my grandsons, Dolan and Aidan Jones, replicating their grandfather’s remembrance of Killed In Action shipmates of the USS Quincy CA-39, names being orally recalled. I am so very proud of my Waukon grandsons that volunteered to take over the responsibility of this remembrance that I am not physically capable of doing any more.
Dolan’s name is actually the surname of his grandmother, my first wife. Aidan’s name is a recall of the Catholic church where I repaired the chimes in the steeple.
There has been a 70th anniversary commemoration recently held by the city of Quincy, MA in memory of its namesake ship, USS Quincy CA-39. There were many speakers recalling the ship being constructed in the Fore River Shipyard, so this particular ship was aptly named and I was certainly proud to have been assigned to this ship that had been constructed locally.

Wed
10
Sep

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, Editor Emeritus

Wed
10
Sep

Word for Word

by Fr. Jim Dubert
St. Patrick Catholic Church, Waukon

Wed
03
Sep

Letter to the Editor: Make good use of your right to vote

To The Editor:
We have probably all noticed all of the political ads showing up all over by signs in yards, newspapers, radio and television. It may be overwhelming, but this is a necessary part of our elective system. We must use as much of this information as possible to help us form an opinion on who best qualifies for the office position in question.
We must make good use of our right to vote in all elections, because, if we don’t, there may be a day when we no longer have that right. And besides, do we really want people on the state and national level making decisions for us when they don’t have the same values and/or beliefs that we do?
So, listen, watch and even take notes if necessary, then when election time arrives, we can feel confident that we are voting for the “best” person.

Kathy Kruse
Dorchester

Wed
03
Sep

Letter to the Editor: Suicide is an epidemic

To the Editor:
I find myself writing this after the tragic loss of a Hollywood icon. It’s not an easy subject to talk about, but it’s one that just cannot be ignored. Chances are, your life has been affected by suicide. You may have had a relative, a friend, co-worker, an acquaintance, or spouse take their life. Often times people ask, “Why?” “What could be so bad that they would want to end their life?” “How could they be so selfish?” It is questions like these that show just how uneducated society is about mental illness.

Wed
03
Sep

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, Editor Emeritus

Wed
03
Sep

Word for Word

by Rev. Laura Odegard, United Methodist Minister, retired

Wed
27
Aug

Letter to the Editor: Corn Days Committee outdid themselves

To the Editor:
Bravo to the Waukon Corn Days Committee. They outdid themselves this year. It was a great time for many people of varied interests and lasted for a number of days. I heard many good comments from young and old, city and country folks.
The 1940s Corn Days organizers have nothing on you  people. You did a great job. Lock in those dates, tweak it in a few areas and they will come. You showed area people that Waukon knows how to entertain, which is nothing new. “Remember the capacity Threshing Days crowds.”
The car show was great and quite entertaining, as well as the parade, sweet corn feed and even the dog show. Just keep building on it, involve more people and groups.

Wed
27
Aug

Letter to the Editor: County emergency services commended

To the Editor:
I would like to acknowledge and express my sincere appreciation for our local EMS, law enforcement personnel and all individuals for their assistance August 5. Once our 911 call regarding the situation with our canoe accident on the Upper Iowa River was received, their reply to our need was promptly and professionally handled.
I would also like to commend Veterans Memorial Hospital’s ambulance crew and employees who provided compassionate and professional care.
We are fortunate to live in a community with responsive and caring individuals.

Geralyn Smith
Waukon

Wed
27
Aug

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, Editor Emeritus

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