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Wed
01
Jul

Letter to the Editor: Freedom Rock

To the Editor:

I would like to share a little information about the Freedom Rock. It all started when Ray “Bubba” Sorensen painted a 12-foot tall, 60-ton boulder near Menlo in Iowa honoring the military men and women. People liked what he was doing and so the Iowa Freedom Rock Tour was created. Each county in Iowa was to have a big rock on which Mr. Sorensen would paint something military honoring our veterans. So far, he has painted about 87 Freedom Rocks in Iowa. To view the Freedom Rocks, go to Freedom Rock Iowa on your computer. Mr. Sorensen has three goals with The Freedom Rock Tour, and those are to honor America’s Veterans, promote Iowa tourism and provide for his family.

Wed
01
Jul

Letter to the Editor: The environment and our elected officials

To the Editor:

During this pandemic crisis, with the importance of lung health well established, the current administration is working against us. They are doing favors for polluters, weakening health safeguards that could lessen air pollution. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning a rollback on protections against mercury in our environment. There is no crackdown on industrial soot. They are gutting clean-car standards, increasing air pollution and fuel costs. The EPA is inviting industrial facilities to stop monitoring and reporting dangerous air and water pollution during the pandemic.

Wed
24
Jun

Letter to the Editor: Drawing comparisons between accomplished pair

To the Editor:

Is there something about the water in small town northeast Iowa... benefiting Minnesota and the world?

Upon researching the history of Waukon’s Michael Osterholm, I am struck by the uncanny life and career similarities between him and another of Iowa’s famous sons and University of Minnesota’s most highly esteemed alumni, 1970 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate the late Dr. Norman Borlaug.  Dr. Osterholm, of course, is a current world-renowned professor and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University.

Wed
17
Jun

Letter to the Editor: Observing World Elder Abuse Awareness Week

To the Editor:

June 15 - 19 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Week. Throughout that week, communities in the USA and all over the world will sponsor events to highlight the growing tragic issue of elder abuse.

The United States Administration on Aging estimates that as many as 1 in 10 older Americans are abused or neglected each year. Older adults are contributing members of American society and their abuse or neglect diminishes all of us. America has confronted and addressed the issues of child abuse and domestic violence, but, as a society we have for too long ignored the issue of elder abuse.

Wed
10
Jun

Letter to the Editor: Combating racism

To the Editor:

If you are looking for ways to combat racism in our country, in addition to or instead of protesting in the streets, here are just some of the things you can do:

Wed
03
Jun

Word for Word 6/3/20

Rev. Kim Gates
Rev. Kim Gates

I was sort of at a loss for an article to put in the June church newsletter and I’m not much more inspired for my turn at the newspaper article! I know the State Of Iowa is slowing “opening” up from the COVID-19 shutdown but there is still quite a bit of feeling like we’re in some sort of a holding pattern. I know many parishioners have been more than ready to return to in-house/face-to-face worship but it can’t and won’t be exactly like it was before the shutdown.

Oh, and speaking of “shut down” I must echo what I have read and heard repeatedly: the Church was not “closed” just the buildings were. The Church is the people - the living breathing Body of Christ on earth - so we never “closed” the Church. Rant over.

Wed
03
Jun

Letter to the Editor: Pollution and our environment

To the Editor:

The current administration has reversed, or is reversing, nearly 100 environmental rules. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was begun by executive order of President Nixon. Many of us remember the smog of Los Angeles, polluted Lake Erie, and the burning Cuyahoga River. These were examples of our dirty environment that have largely disappeared due to EPA regulations, with sincere thanks to that administration.

Now, however, we have more subtle effects of environmental degradation. Iowa’s waterways are polluted. Impaired waters abound, including the Upper Iowa and Turkey Rivers. Our air quality is threatened by relaxing regulations on carbon emissions. Transportation has been America’s number-one source of air pollution, with greenhouse emissions from cars, trucks, buses and other vehicles surpassing every other source.

Wed
27
May

Word for Word 5/27/20

Msgr. Ed Lechtenberg
Msgr. Ed Lechtenberg

Peace of Mind - Peace of Soul

Dear Friends!

Please know that you are loved by an old priest.

I have discovered over these many years that the beauty of a Christian lies in the extent that that life is lived in a loving  union and in the imitation of the life of Jesus Christ, lived during the best of times and the worst of times.

Right now we are living in one of those “worst of times” dealing with this coronavirus.

So how do we imitate and identify our lives with Jesus Christ during this epidemic? Do what Jesus did when He faced horrible situations, especially when He faced His own passion and death. He prayed to the Heavenly Father for grace. He prayed for the will of the Heavenly Father be done. “Father not my will but thine be done.”

Wed
27
May

Letter to the Editor: Sincere appreciation

To the Editor:

In my 37 years of being in the health care field, I have never seen a bigger impact to how health care is delivered than with the changes that have occurred due to COVID-19.

One day Veterans Memorial Hospital is open and access is as simple as going to the front desk or patient room to visit, and the next you are greeted at the only open entrance with a person gowned, gloved and masked. You are asked questions, your temperature taken, and then escorted to where you need to go. It bothered me to have that happen at first, but I have come to realize that COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon.

Wed
20
May

Word for Word 5/20/20

Trusting God -  Finding Peace

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