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Wed
18
Sep

Letter to the Editor: Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation

To the Editor:

Whether our neighbors are experiencing a temporary setback or face a continuous challenge to meet their basic needs - too many struggle to achieve a good quality of life. On a national level, nearly 40 million people are still living in poverty and even more are just one missed paycheck away from hardship.

We believe everyone should be able to take care of their families and have an equal opportunity at success. Community Action Agencies serve 99% of all American counties with life-changing services to help families achieve financial stability. All agencies are locally controlled and represented by the private, public and low-income sectors of the community.

Wed
18
Sep

Letter to the Editor: Community vision

To the Editor:

Mayor Monserud’s most recent column entitled “The Definition of a Small Community” left me both perplexed and disappointed.

I will agree that for the past year it has been an extraordinary privilege to serve on Waterville’s School House Development Board (SHDB) committee. For close to 30 years, as a paralegal, I have achieved a considerable amount of experience in commercial transactions and corporate governance areas of law. In addition, I am co-owner of a property management company that specializes in managing multi-family housing communities. Like myself, other members of the committee bring and offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise that informs our collective commitment to repositioning the former school. It is this experience that we each offer and contribute to the SHDB.

Wed
11
Sep

Word for Word 9/11/19

Pastor Steve Oden
Pastor Steve Oden

THOU SHALT NOT HUNT
How would you view a Sunday hunting ban?

Efforts to overturn Sunday hunting bans in nine
 states have been met with a luke
warm reception 
from, believe   it
 or  not, hunters! A survey recently conducted   in North Carolina found that 53 percent of hunters oppose the idea of Sunday hunting. Sixty-eight percent of those who opposed cited religious reasons ... (article and survey continues).

Wed
11
Sep

Letter to the Editor: What lies beneath: The stigma of mental health issues

To the Editor:

We all wear masks in various aspects of our lives to fulfill our daily roles, to be professional, to meet expectations. For people who experience mental health difficulties, including anyone with an eating disorder diagnosis, the mask is one that they often struggle to discard. The idea of being completely honest about who we are, admitting that we have struggles and difficulties is often overwhelming. We all want to fit in; to belong, and exposing ourselves as somebody who is struggling or less than perfect brings significant turmoil, angst, and distress. People may struggle with coming to terms with a diagnosis of mental illness and a journey to recovery which may not be straightforward.

Wed
04
Sep

Letter to the Editor: Parents and adult fans: The biggest challenge facing high school sports today

To the Editor:

Inappropriate adult behaviors at high school athletic events across the country have reached epidemic proportion.

When more than 2,000 high school athletic directors were asked in a recent national survey what they like least about their job, 62.3 percent said it was, “dealing with aggressive parents and adult fans.”

And the men and women who referee or umpire those contests agree. In fact, almost 60% of new officials registered in Iowa in 2016-2017 did not return to officiate in 2017-2018, and unruly parents are often cited as a major reason why. As a result, there is a growing shortage of high school officials here in Iowa, and in baseball, football, track and field, and wrestling, the IHSAA is seeing record lows. No officials means no games.

If you are a parent attending a high school athletic event this fall, you can help by following these six guidelines:

Wed
04
Sep

Letter to the Editor: Support our local hospital and be part of the political process by caucusing in 2020

To the Editor:

How about some good news? Here’s some! At our own local hospital, Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH), anyone can go to the Wellness Clinic, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., for very inexpensive and comprehensive lab tests. It took me 15 minutes last week for a complete package of lab tests. Call 563-568-3411 for more information.

What a great way to help support our small, hometown hospital, instead of “big box” clinics which charge over $1,000 for fewer tests! Of course, Medicare helps pay for us seniors, but isn’t this part of the reason we hear Medicare is having trouble?

Wed
28
Aug

Letter to the Editor: Concerned with USMCA and Big Pharma

To the Editor:

Senator Joni Ernst has stated that she is prioritizing lowering prescription drug costs for Iowans. She is also an ardent supporter of USMCA and has stated that Iowans need this legislation. In supporting both bills, Ernst has put herself in quite a conundrum.

The USMCA would protect pharmaceutical companies from generic competition. At issue is a section of the USMCA that would protect pharmaceutical companies with new biologics from generic competition, so-called “biosimilars.” Those most likely to be affected are receiving treatment for cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. Even though only two percent of patients in the U.S. use biologic medicines, they represent 40 percent of the total prescribed drug expenditure.

Wed
28
Aug

Letter to the Editor: Benefits of keeping the Lansing swimming pool open

To the Editor:

The people of Lansing wish to express their appreciation to the Park and Rec Board and the City Council for getting the Lansing swimming pool up and running this summer. This is the 50th anniversary of the pool. And as we all know, when you hit 50 (or even sooner), things don’t work quite like they used to.

Although it was a late start, due to technical difficulties, the pool was a godsend for many during the hot days of the last half of the summer. We appreciate  the lifeguards, and past and present pool managers for all their dedication, especially Patty Olson, Beth Galema, Spencer Colsch and Chloe Severson, plus those who work at maintaining a safe pool, like Rick Welsh, who has kept the chemicals and maintenance of the pool up-to-date for 20-plus years.

Running a summer pool is an expensive enterprise and we know that the income from the pool can never equal the expenses created, but there are untold values in having a community pool.

Wed
21
Aug

Word for Word 8/21/19

Rev. Ron Pederson
Rev. Ron Pederson

How Can We Be Ready To Meet Our Maker?
    
Jesus said:  “Because I live, you shall live also” (John 14:19)

Certainly we cannot make ourselves alive spiritually. That would be impossible. For in order for us make ourselves spiritually alive we would have to keep all the commandments perfectly. God’s Law demands that we be perfect. God is perfect and He demands no less of us. Jesus said: “Be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.” All it takes is just one sin and we stand condemned before God.  Jms writes: “Whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.” And even if were able to avoid outward sins, God’s Law demands that we must be sinless in all our thoughts too. And that means we must never have one thought of lust, revenge, or jealously, or hold any grudges against anyone.

Wed
21
Aug

Letter to the Editor: The fight to save the Affordable Care Act

To the Editor:

The fight to save the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and affordable healthcare isn’t over for Iowans. This time the Trump Administration is trying to repeal the ACA through the courts. The case is currently before the 5th Circuit of Appeals and the health care of hundreds of thousands of Iowans hangs in the balance.

If the lawsuit is successful, Iowans will be affected by higher premiums, loss of protections on pre-existing conditions, and a rise in prescription drug charges. We cannot return to a time when women pay more, seniors pay more, and young people are no longer covered by their parents’ insurance. The health care of 187,000 Iowans is at risk.

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