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Wed
13
Nov

Word for Word 11/13/19

Rev. Ron Pederson
Rev. Ron Pederson

A Dying Man Shows Christian Doctrine Practical

Several years ago I had the privilege of calling on a dying man. The doctors had told him he had three days to live. He had four. He was not a member of the church but his wife was. She called me and asked me if I would come to the hospital and visit him. I said sure.

Wed
13
Nov

Letter to the Editor: Musical revue

To the Editor:

Football is in the air; on the stage and on the field. Outstanding players in both are exciting fans of athletics and the performing arts alike at the Waukon High School.

Good News! The musical made a play for our hearts and won. Ethan Hooten as the BMOC (Big Man On Campus) Tom moved as a true hero. His love, Connie, was played winningly and wise by Oonagh Ahouse. Aislinn Goettel lit up the stage with her smile and flounce portraying the pixie Babe. Ryan VanderVelden excelled at physical comedy and vaudevillian mugging as he brought the underdog Bobby to life.

Denzel Decker made his character, Coach, convincing as he wooed the staid academic professor, Kenyon, played with verve by Madelyn Helgerson. Fine character performances came from Chase Boydston, Ashton Gallagher, Haillie Bresnahan and scene stealer Miann Barr. A special applause to flapper Alaina Gebel.

Wed
13
Nov

Letter to the Editor: Speak up for farmers

To the Editor:

Iowans need to speak up for our farmers, and against federal policies that endanger Iowa agriculture, our biofuels industry and our rural economy.

A proposed rule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could cripple rural America by weakening the Renewable Fuel Standard.

It also would be another broken promise; the EPA rule is contrary to an ethanol plan announced in early October by the Trump Administration.

Iowa farmers are worried about these mixed messages out of Washington, D.C. - especially after ongoing trade wars and bad weather, which have created extra challenges. The Iowa Corn Growers and other commodity groups object to the EPA’s plan.

I encourage all Iowans - farmers and non-farmers - to join a quick and easy public comment initiative by the National Corn Growers Association.

Wed
06
Nov

Word for Word 11/6/19


Fr. Mark Osterhaus

Last week we celebrated Halloween. As many of you know, the term comes from “All Hallows Evening”, or the night before the Feast of All the “Hallowed Ones”. “Hallowed” can also mean “Holy”.  Another term for the “Holy Ones” are “Saints”. So the day following Halloween, November 1st, for centuries, has been known in some churches as All Saints Day.

I go into all this to talk about saintly behavior. I know that none of us are perfect, and we probably think we are far from sainthood.  But I would like to point out some saintly actions I have witnessed in our area:

A postal carrier who paused on her route last winter to ask if I needed help getting out of a snow bank when I was stuck at Yellow River State Forest.

The person who bakes pies for every benefit and fundraiser.

Those people who make frequent phone calls to a lonely neighbor.

EMTs and First Responders who help at a moment’s notice.

Wed
06
Nov

Letter to the Editor: Help complete ‘Wall of Faces’ Project for Vietnam Veteran Memorial

To the Editor:

As we approach Veteran’s Day, I would like to share two very important numbers with you: 58,276 and 405.

As of Memorial Day, 2019, there are 58,276 names on the national Vietnam Veteran’s memorial, the Wall of Faces, honoring service members of the U.S. Armed Forces who fought in Vietnam, those who died in service in Vietnam/South East Asia, and those service members who went unaccounted for during the war.

A 1973 fire in St. Louis, MO destroyed their military records, leaving no photos behind. In 2013, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund set out to find the pictures to preserve their legacies and sacrifices. As of October 2019, only 405 names are still missing pictures.

Across the country, volunteers and organizations like the National Newspaper Association and the Newspaper Association Managers (NAM) are helping the program leave no one behind.

Wed
30
Oct

Letter to the Editor: Poppy Day campaign

To the Editor:

VFW Auxiliary #4117 held its annual Poppy Day campaign. Poppies are made by disabled veterans. Proceeds are used to benefit veterans assistance programs locally and at veterans hospitals and facilities.

Locally, funds are used for veterans medical assistance, support for patriot quilts, recognition for veterans in care facilities and support for Veterans Affairs needs. The Auxiliary appreciates all the individuals and businesses that generously donated for these veteran needs.

VFW Auxiliary #4117
Sherry Bechtel
President

 

Wed
30
Oct

Letter to the Editor: What can be done?

To the Editor:

On or about October 15, my husband and I were leaving an eating establishment in downtown Waukon. Our vehicle was parked on the south side of Main Street, and it was about 7:15 in the evening.

As we started pulling from our parking space, I looked in my side mirror, and coming down the street from the Post Office direction was a kid on a skateboard, coming full tilt in the roadway.

It was just getting dark and the skateboarder was wearing dark clothing so hard to see. If I wouldn’t have looked in my side mirror, he would have hit us, which would have been bad at the speed he was going.

He continued down the road and turned and went down Spring Avenue. I’m sure he probably was thinking the new streets are perfect for the ride.

This isn’t the first instance I have observed this sort of occurrence since the new surface has been put on the streets. Kids on bikes doing the same thing this kid was doing on his skateboard.

Wed
30
Oct

Letter to the Editor: Reversing the trend of global warming

To the Editor:

If you have a hard time believing that climate change, or global warming, or climate chaos, is real, you are not alone and there is good reason for that. Since the 1970s, the oil and gas industries have deliberately misled the American public about the reality of climate change and its cause.

We have all been denied the right to be correctly informed about the risks of carbon use. The tactics the industry has used for decades, such as fake experts and conspiracy theories, came directly from the tobacco industry’s playbook. The actions of the fossil fuel industry have kept the public in the dark about the truth and lowered the support for climate action.

Wed
23
Oct

Letter to the Editor: The Allamakee County Food Shelf

To the Editor:

The Allamakee County Food Shelf is a non-profit 501[c]3 organization. We are located at the west edge of Waukon for our community residents. Volunteers man the food shelf to stock shelves and help clients select food items.

Anyone who needs help, and everyone needs help sometime, can get help from us. We are open Thursdays 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Volunteer opportunities are always available. We have a wealth of community support both in donations and volunteers. We appreciate this year’s garden produce and all that you do.

Julie Rotach and Ann Roed  Co-coordinators
 

Wed
23
Oct

Letter to the Editor: Public Measure to be voted on November 5

To the Editor:

I would like to bring your attention to one of the public measures coming up on the November 5, 2019 election ballot.

This item is a proposed tax of 7% to overnight visitors who pay for lodging outside of the city limits but within Allamakee County. If this public measures passes, it will be effective July 1, 2020.

Just so you know, an overnight visitor who pays for lodging within the city limits of Waukon or Lansing currently pays a 7% hotel/motel sales tax. As of right now, if this overnight visitor paid for lodging outside of the Waukon or Lansing city limits, he/she would not pay a hotel/motel sales tax.

A locally imposed hotel/motel tax ranges from 1% to 7%. The majority are collecting the maximum of 7%. A hotel/motel excise tax of 5% is currently collected and paid to the State whether the property is within the city limits or outside of the city limits.

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