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Wed
24
Dec

Guest Editorial: Local control is important to Iowa schools

by Dave Herold
Superintendent of Schools
Allamakee Community School District

The following letter is one that I wrote to Dr. Brad Buck, Director of the Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Governor (Terry Branstad) and our local legislators.  Dr. Buck sent a letter to all Iowa schools this week letting them know that early start waivers would not be accepted anymore except in extreme circumstances.  This is my response to that letter.

Wed
24
Dec

Letter to the Editor: Grateful for local fire department

To the Editor:
Too bad we citizens don’t appreciate our local fire department until we need them!
I have always been a supporter of our volunteers and law enforcement, but when I have carbon monoxide in my house on Thanksgiving weekend, I realized what a support they are. I’m grateful to Chief Dave Martin and to Kris Krueger for clearing out my home and getting a new furnace installed for me.

Pat Pettingill
Waukon

Wed
24
Dec

Word for Word

by Rev. Ron Pederson
King Of Grace Lutheran Church

Wed
24
Dec

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schiling, Editor Emeritus

Wed
17
Dec

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

.. that reflecting on how united in purpose the United States became after the attack on Pearl Harbor 73 years ago this Dec. 7 only served to remind me of how divided we are at the current time.

Wed
17
Dec

Letter to the Editor: Low morals have spread like a disease

To the Editor:

We finally got the long-awaited news from Ferguson, MO - Cop Wilson will not be tried. That started riots in Ferguson and several other places - stealing and burning, wrecking the city. How would you like to own and operate a business in Ferguson, MO? The people (I’m generous in calling the rioters people) are much like the Wall Street Occupiers who are led by the likes of Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.

Wed
10
Dec

Letter to the Editor: Rising costs crushing rural ambulance services

To the editor:
Many of you have probably read or heard about the articles that have been posted in the Des Moines Register over the past year. While Des Moines is four hours away, we too have some of the same challenges here facing rural EMS, in every one of our communities, now and in the coming years.
Operating an ambulance service can be very expensive. Rising equipment costs, advances in technology and lack of funding are making it difficult for many ambulance services to stay afloat.
For many years, much of the rural EMS has relied on donations and fundraising to support their ambulance service. But those dollars are no longer enough to pay for the increasing costs associated with running an ambulance. And, contrary to what many believe, most ambulance services receive no funding from federal or state government. In Allamakee County they do receive a portion from local governments, but taxes don’t increase the same as expenses.

Wed
10
Dec

Letter to the Editor: Generosity lights up the night

To the editor:
We appreciate the Jerry Kelly family of Clermont for their unique contribution to Holiday Lights 10th anniversary. The Kelly family, under the direction of Jerry Kelly, donated the fireworks display that welcomed visitors Saturday, November 29.  For those of us who watched from the Holiday Lights display at Decorah Campground, it was truly overwhelming and spectacular.
In our 10th year displaying Holiday Lights, we have reflected on why we put so much effort into bringing this event to northeast Iowa. The most obvious reason is the need to support our mission by raising funds that provide direct services to the families and children who seek our help. We have also wanted this event to be an extension of our mission by providing an opportunity for families to establish an annual tradition that is fun, healthy and fitting with the season.

Wed
10
Dec

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, Editor Emeritus

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