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Wed
10
Jul

Letter to the Editor: Left wondering after recent town hall

To the Editor:

At her recent town hall in Decorah, Senator Joni Ernst spoke about working with anyone right or left in Congress. One issue where Ernst could work together with Democrats is election security. Recently, Senator Amy Klobuchar put forth bi-partisan legislation, the Secure Elections Act, to protect our democracy from attacks and foreign influence. Ernst’s name is not listed as a co-sponsor. Instead, at the town hall, she blamed former President Obama for election interference.

Wed
03
Jul

Letter to the Editor: It will get a lot worse before it gets better

To the Editor:

When it comes to the Mueller report, Mr. Engle will find out the true facts when Mr. Mueller will appear on live TV before all of the country in July. What I said about Iowa, the Trump party senators from Iowa are covering up crimes every day for this White House as they have no courage or morals. My, my, what ever happened to the Party of Lincoln, replaced by the Party of Trump?

Apparently Mr. Engle did not read the report either, as most Trump party members did not, or would just deny and blame Obama. There is at least 10 situations of obstruction of justice in the Mueller report, “but Mueller couldn’t indict a sitting president,” according to Attorney General Barr and the Department of Justice.

Wed
26
Jun

Word for Word 6/26/19

Msgr. Ed Lechtenberg
Msgr. Ed Lechtenberg

For your meditation: 1 Kings 19:16, 19-21; Galatians 5:1, 13-8; Luke 9:51-62

There is a difference between being narrow minded and being single minded. A narrow minded person wears blinders. Such a person sees only a part of reality, and seeing only a part he or she misses the whole thing. Such a person is probably bigoted and prejudiced, a real redneck.

But a single minded person sees all of reality and can distinguish between what is important and what’s mere window dressing. He or she sets their sights keenly on what is important and does not let the unimportant trivia distract he or she from the goal. Such a person is solid and reliable, a decisive person and a person of action. His or her prayer, Psalm 16, “I set the Lord ever before me, with him at my right hand I will not be disturbed.”

This is what Jesus is advising us to be. He says, “Whoever puts his hand to the plow but keeps looking back is unfit for the reign of God.”

Wed
26
Jun

Letter to the Editor: To enhance Yellow River State Forest ... while protecting the integrity ... : Not in favor of ATV/UTV use

To the Editor:

The mission of the Friends of Yellow River State Forest is: To enhance Yellow River State Forest for public use while protecting the integrity of the flora, fauna, soil and water. We, as the Board of Directors of this organization dedicated to Yellow River State Forest, would like to go on the record saying we do not support any ATV and UTV use on County roads within the State Forest.

Time and time again, visitors to Yellow River State Forest (YRSF) say the reason they come here - often from long distances - is for the peace, quiet, tranquility and serenity this place offers. The horse campgrounds at YRSF are very busy places on weekends in the summer, and loud machines and horses often don’t mix well. Allowing the noise of UTVs and ATVs to permeate every corner of the State Forest will not result in economic growth - in fact, it will result in fewer visitors and the dollars they bring here.

Wed
26
Jun

Letter to the Editor: Show me the cover-up

To the Editor:

In his letter to the editor June 19, Pat Ward plays the same hand being played by the Democrat Party, especially Congressman Gerald Nadler, and the main stream media. They all claim that there are so many cases of cover-ups by the Trump administration that they are too numerous to enumerate. Yet none of them can name one!

I wonder if Mr. Ward has read any portion of the Mueller report. I would remind him that this report was compiled after over 20 months of investigation by a team that really wanted to be able to charge the president with anything. And they found nothing! There was no collusion and Robert Mueller did not have courage enough to say whether or not there was any attempt to circumvent justice by the Trump administration and so Attorney General Barr stated the investigation failed to prove wrongdoing by the president.

Wed
19
Jun

Word for Word 6/19/19

Rev. Steve Oden
Rev. Steve Oden

Baptism ceremonies held June 9 at Yellow River ... Rev. Steve Oden of New Life Christian Church of Waukon is pictured above during a baptism ceremony, five of which were performed June 9 at Yellow River. Pictured below, over 40 friends and family members were in attendance. Submitted photos.

“Then Philip opened his mouth and began at the same Scripture, and preached unto Him Jesus” (refers to Isaiah 53:7-8; Philip explains to the Ethiopian that the prophet Isaiah is speaking and prophesying of Jesus).

“And as they (Philip and the Ethiopian) went on their way, they came to some water, and the Ethiopian eunuch said, ‘See, here is water; what hinders me from being baptized?’ And Philip said,’ If you believe with all your heart, you may!’ And he answered and said, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.’ So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.” Acts 8: 35-38

This Bible story is about an important dignitary who served Candace, queen of Ethiopia. This man was traveling back in his chariot from worshiping in Jerusalem to Ethiopia. While traveling, he was reading the book of Isaiah aloud. God miraculously sent Philip alongside him to explain to him what he was reading.

Wed
19
Jun

Letter to the Editor: The great cover-up

To the Editor:

There are so many cover-ups of crimes being committed by this White House and the Trump party - or the former Republican party - that they are way too many to even try to mention. Where are the current Trump representatives of Iowa, or as they like to be called, members of the Republican party?

They are assisting in the great cover-up of crimes, too scared to even read the Mueller report, a report of many crimes against this country, the U.S. Constitution and the State of Iowa. These crimes of many make Watergate look like a walk in the park.

The Iowa Trump party members - or the former Republican party - are assisting this administration of crimes against this state and country. Where are they? Seems they have lost their voices and their copy of the U.S. Constitution.

Wed
19
Jun

Letter to the Editor: Concerns about SF 634 and its impact on IPERS

To the Editor:

IPERS is a defined benefit program that covers 350,000 Iowa public employees (teachers, school staff, law enforcement, road crews and hospital personnel to name a few.) Employees contribute 6% of their earnings, matched by 10% from their employers. IPERS is set up to be fiscally conservative so that it will remain financially healthy.

Governor Reynolds, Senator Breitbach, and Representatives Bergan and Osmundson promised to protect IPERS. Yet, in the late days of State session the Republican leadership, under the guise of property tax relief, slipped IPERS into SF 634 using Iowa Code numbers to disguise their lies. The bill was passed in the dark of night. There has been confusion about the impact SF 634 has on IPERS.

Wed
12
Jun

Letter to the Editor: Excellent opportunity

To the Editor:

We need Midwest health professionals to be trained in recognizing, diagnosing and treating health problems where the underlying cause or escalation of the problem is due to man-made electromagnetic radiation.

There is a conference being held September 6-8 at Santa Cruz, CA. Speakers from around the world will be taking part in this conference to train health professionals in how to do these. Those who attend will receive 17 continuing medication education credits. This is an excellent opportunity for our health professionals to become trained in how to care for their patients in an environment saturated with electromagnetic radiation from wireless technology. Those who sign up by June 28 will receive an early bird special. Please, do not pass this up!

Wed
05
Jun

Word for Word 6/5/19

Rev. Kim Gates
Rev. Kim Gates

From all that I’ve learned about the Almighty, God doesn’t take vacation - at least not like we do! I think it’s good news that God doesn’t go off and leave us to our own devices - just think what more of a mess our world might become if God was absent for weeks at a time! But human beings, on the other hand, don’t function well if they are “on” all the time with no breaks. Once again, this is a clear reminder that we mere humans are NOT God.

However, Jesus did take time away from his busy ministry itinerary. Jesus was as fully human as he was divine so the humanity of Jesus needed to “take a break.” In the UMC, our clergy get 4 weeks of vacation every year and a week of continued education (plus every four years we get a 4 week “Renewal Leave”) which are all designed to give pastors the needed breaks that are healthy and rejuvenating so that our ministry doesn’t stagnate or “burn out.”

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