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Wed
06
Feb

Letter to the Editor: Do you want the USA to be like Venezuela?

To the Editor:

If you have watched the news at all, you know the mess Venezuela is in. Once a very nice place to live, the Democratic Socialists and Communists took over the government, and look what is happening. In my opinion, the devil has taken over the U.S. Democratic party. Read what Catholic Voice President Brian Burch has to say in his recent letter to me:

“On Election Night, with all Florida precincts reporting, pro-life Rick Scott led his pro-abortion opponent by 12,536 votes and was declared the winner by all the major news networks. But lo and behold, days after the votes had been counted, election officials in two Democrat strongholds ‘found’ thousands of uncounted ballots! Amazing!

I’m writing before Florida concludes its statewide recount but my point is this:

Godless pro-abortion extremists do not relinquish power willingly! They will lie, cheat, and do whatever is necessary to steal elections.

Wed
23
Jan

Letter to the Editor: The importance of community in Waukon Community Meals

To the Editor:

Initially, I want to express appreciation to all of you who have provided food, service or any type of donation to the Waukon Community Meals. Your generosity has enabled the monthly meals to keep on growing.

Personally, I continue to be blown away by the response from the community. What began as a reaction to the level of free and reduced-price breakfasts and lunches served at the public school has translated into a true opportunity to grow us as a community.

Because we are such a small community, the core committee decided early on that we would not put out any donation baskets or ask for any proof of need. Anyone who is hungry is welcome to come on in. Being low income, temporarily strapped for money, or laid off is stressful enough. Our committee wanted and still wants everyone, rich, poor or in between, to come together to enjoy a meal.

Wed
23
Jan

Letter to the Editor: Support for 2018 Holiday Lights

To the Editor:

On behalf of our team at Helping Services for Youth & Families, my gratitude to the community for supporting 2018 Holiday Lights!  This support is crucial in ensuring programs at Helping Services continue to thrive in communities throughout northeast Iowa.

Over 400 volunteers helped with Holiday Lights, from setting up displays to greeting visitors. The popular Walk-Through Night attracted over 1,500 visitors, a 150% increase from the previous year. The donated soup, cookies, coffee and hot chocolate were once again a big hit.

During the event visitors helped us break the all-time attendance record for Holiday Lights by 281 cars. We are grateful to report that free will donations to benefit programs at Helping Services surpassed $35,000 for the first time. Good weather and the public’s enthusiasm made for another remarkable Holiday Lights’ year.

Wed
09
Jan

Letter to the Editor: What’s it worth?

To the Editor:

In the early 2000s, Allamakee County had a million dollar surplus. The last I read in the paper it was put in a Waukon bank on interest.

Now, by the Rule of 72, if it was on interest, say, for two percent, it would double in 36 years. So, it’s been 18 years. Gee, we only have 18 years to go.

Who’s in charge of such a mass amount of money? But it’s growing.

Earl Jones
Harpers Ferry

 

Wed
02
Jan

Word for Word 1/2/19

Rev. Ron Pederson
Rev. Ron Pederson

The True Christmas Spirit
 
I remember when I was a child how exciting Christmas time was. How we waited and waited for Christmas to get here. It seemed like it took forever. As a child there seemed to be a special spirit or feeling in the air at Christmas time. It was a feeling of excitement and happiness that only children experience.

But when I got older, about 12 years old or so, I remember feeling disappointed because that feeling of Christmas was no longer there, like it used to be. I tried to get it back but it would never be the same again.

But then a new Christmas spirit replaced the old one. Christmas took on a much deeper meaning. Now I was old enough to understand what Christmas was really all about. Those Christmas Carols: Away In A Manger, Silent Night, Joy To The World, and O Holy Night, began to take on a new meaning.

Wed
26
Dec

Letter to the Editor: One-mile strip of concrete

To the Editor:

Congratulations to the one supervisor who recognizes that remote camping will always be remote camping. It was that way when the tents were there, and no amount of pressure should ever try to normalize an area that is not normal. Traffic count can be faked. Where does the traffic go at the end of a one-mile ribbon? Does it end at the end of the rainbow, or at the end of the other one-mile strip - the field of dreams?

When getting my hair cut recently, my beautician commented that she noticed a couple of black hairs - that I must be getting ready for my next life. November 21, when I picked up my mail, I said, “Oh, my first hate mail!” It turned out it was a thank you note.

It did my heart good to see Matt Brandt call out the editor for printing what he thought was hate speech. I thought now that the elections are over, some of the political narrative could well be toned down.

Wed
26
Dec

Letter to the Editor: Small Business Saturday shopping made a big impact

To the Editor:

Hopefully you visited a small business on this year’s ninth annual Small Business Saturday November 24. If you did, your efforts and those of many others made a big impact.

This year’s total reported spending of those who said they shopped at independent retailers and restaurants reached a record high of $17.8 billion, according to the 2018 Small Business Consumer Insights Survey from American Express and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB.) That makes it clear that Small Business Saturday and your support of it makes a big difference in sales that help small businesses prosper and grow. Since 2010, the study reports estimated sales at $103 billion.

Wed
19
Dec

And then I wrote...

The following are tributes submitted in honor of Dick Schilling - former editor and editor emeritus of this and other publications under the Waukon newspaper realm over the past five decades - following his unexpected passing November 27. Those wishing to submit their own tributes for publication here may do so by sending an email to news@waukonstandard.com or mailing their submission to The Standard, P.O. Box 286, Waukon, IA 52172.


I was saddened to learn of Dick Schilling’s death. I always looked forward to reading his weekly column and had been a faithful reader for years. His comments were insightful and often brought a smile to my face.

Wed
19
Dec

Letter to the Editor: We need Medicaid to work

To the Editor:

Medicaid makes it possible for thousands of low-income Iowans - low-income children and adults, people with disabilities and seniors - to access quality health care services without having to choose between being healthy and paying the rent.

We also know our state’s Medicaid program isn’t working as well as it should. But it has become so politicized that a productive conversation on how to fix the program is nearly impossible.

The election is over. It’s time to listen to Iowans, build on the good things Medicaid does and fix the things that aren’t working. Iowans are great problem solvers; we know how to find practical solutions.

In Allamakee County, 27 percent of kids get their health insurance through Medicaid or hawk-i. Statewide, more than 550,000 Iowans are covered by Medicaid.

Wed
12
Dec

And then I wrote...

The following are tributes submitted in honor of former editor and editor emeritus Dick Schilling following his November 27 passing. Those wishing to submit their own tributes may do so by email at news@waukonstandard.com or by mail to The Standard, P.O. Box 286, Waukon, IA 52172.

It was with a sense of loss when I read on the Martin Funeral Home website that Dick Schilling had passed away. I am old enough to remember when the Hulls had the Waukon newspaper and remember when Dick started working for the Waukon newspapers (back in the day when there were two issues - one the Republican and the other the Democrat).

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