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Wed
03
Apr

Letter to the Editor: Affordable Care Act turns nine

To the Editor:

Sadly, I recall a friend who was seriously ill and seeking treatment at Mayo Clinic.  Not only was she dealing with the stress and worries of an illness but extremely distraught because she learned her insurance company would not cover treatment. Her insurance company determined her illness was a pre-existing condition so would not pay the medical bills.  Guilty over becoming ill and fearing bankruptcy, she felt her best option was to cancel all medical appointments and forego treatment.

Many found themselves facing these kind of choices before the Patient Protection - Affordable Care Act was passed 9 years ago. Prior to this Act, 50 million people were uninsured. One in two people had a preexisting condition like diabetes, heart disease, cancer which insurance would not cover. The number one cause of bankruptcy was an inability to pay medical bills.

Wed
03
Apr

Letter to the Editor: Help replace what is lost

To the Editor:

Our community has lost many trees this spring at our Waukon City Park and along our main streets for a variety of good reasons. I would like to encourage individuals to help replace what is lost.

Trees provide needed pollution control, cut utility usage for homes and businesses, provide habitat for wildlife and add beauty to our world. Even small ornamental trees and evergreen shrubs can make a difference.

Please consider how you can help to continue to keep Allamakee County a special and beautiful part of Iowa.

Julie VanderVelden
Waukon

 

Wed
27
Mar

Word for Word 3/27/19

Pastor Steve Oden
Pastor Steve Oden

Was this past winter an extreme one for you?  Perhaps you didn’t even see or talk to your neighbors for months!  A person may ask, “Who is my neighbor? Why should I care?  Am I my brother’s keeper?”

Quoting Jesus, Matthew 7:12, “Therefore (because), whatever (in all things) you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”  In other words, Do unto others what you would want done to you!  This is an incredible and easy principle to understand and live by, but oftentimes do we?   I conclude many of our services with this charge in the closing prayer: there are people waiting on the other side of your obedience for their God encounter- for their miracle. 

Wed
20
Mar

Word for Word 3/20/19

Rev. Kim Gates
Rev. Kim Gates

Wow! We’ve had quite a winter roller coaster - cold then near record high temps in January then back to bone-chillin’ cold then snow, snow and more snow, yet spring is trying to break through! I believe, eventually, spring will prevail!

The denomination I am a member of has also had a bit of a roller coaster ride over the past year. For months there have been informational meetings, workshops, and prayer vigils concerning our special General Conference that was held in February. As a “mainline” church body, United Methodists have been fighting over the inclusion vs exclusion of the LGBTQ community for a very long time. There has been immense hurt and harm done to people and congregations “on both sides of the aisle.”

Wed
20
Mar

Letter to the Editor: Allamakee County needs towers

To the Editor:

There has been a great deal of back and forth in the last year-and-a-half regarding construction of communication towers in Allamakee County, with one proposed tower near New Albin being the center of some debate.

We’d like to set the record straight and make sure that residents in Allamakee County fully understand what’s at stake. The cell site near New Albin is part of a nationwide federal initiative called FirstNet. FirstNet is a mobile communications network being built specifically to prioritize Emergency Services/First Responders communications in emergency situations. My company, NEIT (Northeast Iowa Telephone Company) is a rural network partner for AT&T, and thereby FirstNet, and is responsible for managing construction.

Wed
20
Mar

Letter to the Editor: Concerns over control of public land development

To the Editor:

This week Senator Michael Breitbach has surpassed his House constituents in trying to take power away from local people and agencies by championing SF548. March 4, hundreds of citizens traveled to Des Moines to speak against a similar house bill, HF542. The size of the crowd made the front page news in The Gazette. The proposal was for the State to take all control over land for public land development… parks, trails, recreation areas, basically taking power away from local people and giving it to the State, only to the State.

Senator Breitbach thinks regular people do not know what is best for them. I work at an area campground and hear every day about what is best. The bike trails, the trout fishing, the parks, the river. Kids and campers at the campground help pick up sticks when we get a big wind. People donate trees and plants and benches so others can enjoy the green and being out in beautiful northeast Iowa.

Tue
26
Feb

Word for Word 2/27/19

Fr. Mark Osterhaus
Fr. Mark Osterhaus

Anger Can Be a Good Thing?
    
Our gospel passage for our Sunday Mass recently was this teaching of Jesus:  “Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you.” I don’t think there is a more challenging instruction in the Scriptures than that!

Today we are often encouraged to protect ourselves by by separating ourselves from those others who hold opposing opinions and worldviews from our own. Today our anger and lack of trust in people and institutions can be stoked by a variety of sources. In way too many cases, anger has led to violence.

Tue
19
Feb

Letter to the Editor: A letter to President Trump

Editor’s Note: The following letter was written to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

To the Editor:

This is probably the most important letter I have ever attempted to write and it may become too long but I consider all that is mentioned related to my reason for writing this letter. My name is Osmund (Ozzy) Quandahl, born in Quandahl, IA in 1926, and at this age I better not put off writing this letter.

Tue
19
Feb

Letter to the Editor: Surviving depression

To the Editor:

It slowly takes over a person’s life to the point where they forgot how it all began. It is insidious, creeping up and building up over time. Little, unnoticeable things change at first, leading to bigger changes. Then, as if out of the blue, that famous black cloud is overhead.

Depression is when everything feels too hard. When you feel so low that things you previously enjoyed no longer hold the same joy. You wonder how you ever enjoyed anything at all. You wonder what other people have that you can’t get hold of. You find it harder and harder to get out of bed in the morning.

You drag yourself through each day. You find it difficult to go to bed at night. The low is so low that it seems to take over, sometimes overwhelming you in a way that you could not have imagined beforehand.

Tue
19
Feb

Letter to the Editor: Is it safe?

To the Editor:

It is the duty of our federal, state and local governments to make safe, informed decisions. It is our responsibility in commercial, professional and private life to do likewise. For 23 years, this has not been the case.

February 8, 1996, the wireless industry bought our government and the Telecommunications Act of 1996 was passed. Politicians receive large amounts of money and the FCC receives revenue from this industry. Even though 100% fiber optics is safe and thousands of times faster, money was prioritized.

August 6, 1996, our government nullified the National Environmental Policy Act for the wireless industry.

When this nation surrendered to deceptive wireless technology, the people, next generations and the environment are of no concern. Denying truth does not erase truth. The cost increases by way of consequences until truth is accepted and decisions made accordingly.

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