Viewpoints

Wed
15
Oct

Letter to the Editor: Community Meal a positive experience

To the Editor:
I attended the first one of the Community Meals at First Presbyterian Church, and what a positive experience it was. My first thought upon hearing of it was that it was only for people who were unable to afford a meal, but no, it is an event where anyone can freely drop in.
I agree, along with the organizers of this event, that this is what our community needs.
What most excites me about these meal gatherings is how they will benefit our local churches by bringing church goers together to work for a common cause. We really need more unity among our churches.
We have such an array of great churches in our area; it seems the time has come for us to appreciate them.
We can sit in out churches and we can criticize the congregation down the street for not having what we believe is the right doctrine, or we can come to the Community Meal, meet someone from another church and discover a new friendship.

Wed
15
Oct

Allamakee County Corner

by Robyn Carey-Dundee
Allamakee County Victim & Witness Coordinator

Wed
15
Oct

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, Editor Emeritus

Wed
15
Oct

Word for Word

A Kingdom Life Byte to Meditate On

by Pastor Steve Oden

Wed
08
Oct

Allamakee County Public Safety Committee shares its findings (final part of a three-part series)

It is only a matter of time before the current Allamakee County jail will be closed. As presented in the first two parts of this series, there is no repair or remodeling that can be done to bring the facility into compliance with code requirements.

Wed
08
Oct

Letter to the Editor: Vote early at the courthouse

To the Editor:
As a tax paying citizen I would encourage all eligible voters to take advantage of their right and have their voice heard in this upcoming election. Legislation has been in place for a long time to allow for absentee voting for those who were unable to vote on election day. As we can see voting absentee has become the way!
I voted on day four of open voting at the Auditor’s Office and believe I was number 545! In addition to the increased workload on the office staff there is a financial cost as well. Postage alone is $2.59/ballot. This does not include the cost for the envelopes,  wages paid for staff to stuff the packets, apply the postage, label and mail. Nor does this include increased wages for the absentee board who will come in on election day to open, scan and report the results.

Wed
08
Oct

An open letter to the Superintendent of Effigy Mounds National Monument

Dear Sir,
The last telephone conversation we had took place several weeks ago. Something you stated on that particular occasion has been bothering me since. I had asked you basically “When would all of the illegally constructed, resource damaging, ugly plastic wood boardwalks and other obtrusive junk be removed from the ancient landscape of our national monument?”
Your response was such politically correct “government-speak” I was appalled by the message. You stated something to the effect, “...we will have to wait several years for a budget increase to appropriate money to do a trails management draft plan.” Also stating in so many words, “We would have to solicit agency review, tribal input along with public comments.”
Seriously?  After at least four million dollars (that we can track), a decade of criminal waste, fraud and abuse, damage to the cultural and natural resources of the park the agency was placed in charge of, that is the official response?

Wed
08
Oct

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, Editor Emeritus

Wed
08
Oct

Word for Word

by Rev. Tom Buresh

Wed
01
Oct

Allamakee County Public Safety Committee shares its findings (part 2)

The first part of this three-part series, printed in the September 24 edition of The Standard, gave an overview of the process the Public Safety Committee has taken to make the recommendation to build a new Public Safety center at the County Farm and to send a $4.9 million bond referendum to the citizens of Allamakee County for a vote in November.
This second part of the series will take a look specifically at federal and state requirements for jail facilities as they relate to the shortcomings of of the current facility and how those same regulations determine the size and space needs of the new facility.

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