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Wed
01
Aug

Letter to the Editor: The danger is real

To the Editor:

I am responding to Mr. Engle’s letter (July 18) criticizing my earlier letter (July 5). I am afraid Mr. Engle has fallen down the rabbit hole into the post truth world of Donald Trump where shutting your eyes tight, putting your fingers into your ears, and yelling as loud as you can “It is not true” will make any unpleasant elements of reality disappear. Sadly, the real world does not operate that way.

The authors of the book How Democracies Die are respected scholars and diligent researchers who carefully documented all the points they make in their book. In my brief letter I did not have space to cite all the supporting evidence for their arguments, which is substantial.  All the statements I made in my letter are correct.

Wed
25
Jul

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... that the reception, or really rejection, that President Trump experiences in appearances in foreign countries pretty much matches what his casual appearances here in cities in the United States evoke.

Apparently it is just as easy in large foreign cities as in America to call to arms protesters of various stripes to turn out to heckle the president.

Governments, and the people who elect people to run governments, from international to national to state and local, have a lot in common.

As someone who was news editor for Waukon newspapers for 36 years, 1962 to 1998, I can think of several instances locally when boards hired administrators or other professionals to do pretty much what President Trump was elected to do, that is, shake things up, and hang the personal consequences.

Wed
25
Jul

Letter to the Editor: Collusion, corruption, compromisation?

To the Editor:

This is in response to several previous letters.

Yes, Donald Trump won the general election electoral vote; no, he didn’t win the popular vote. Whether Donald Trump or someone on his campaign “colluded” with a foreign government is the reason for the Mueller investigation.

As of July 13, 2018 there are 25 known indictments by a Grand Jury involving Russian meddling in our election and that should make every American upset, no matter what your party is. Our election process is the very foundation of our country and we need to find out if that process has been compromised.

Until Trump’s trip to NATO and England, I thought he was just in over his head. But, after the NATO conference, he proved he is in over his head and has an ego problem that has set back the trust our allies have that the United States can be relied on in the time of crisis; especially under Article 5 of the NATO Treaty.

Wed
18
Jul

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... that government at all levels suffers from a lack of respect these days.

The comments I am about to make might come under the heading of “fake news” because I have not followed the story closely, since I had no personal interest.

When I saw the large tent set up along 11th Ave. S.W. with its huge ape-like inflated guardian, advertising the sale of fireworks, I wondered what effect sales might have on peace and quiet in the neighborhood. With the Fourth of July weekend past, I think I can say it had little effect, and in fact might have reflected the acts of government.

It is my understanding that the state government passed a law which makes it legal to buy and sell fireworks in Iowa, but also allows cities and counties to ban their use. And lots of cities did. Which begs the question, why buy them if you can’t legally use them?

Wed
18
Jul

Wexford Wanderings 7/18/18

by Hugh E. Conway

Easter Vigil

One of the most important celebrations of the liturgical year for all Christian churches including Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Anglican, and Greek and Roman Orthodox is the official celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus during the Easter Vigil, also known as the Great Vigil of Easter or Paschal Virgil. The Easter Vigil coincides with the beginning of spring, a time of lengthening days, extended sunshine, and warmth when the earth is getting ready for new growth. At Wexford, as well as churches across the world, the celebration is held in the hours of darkness between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter Sunday. In most churches the normal time is late on Holy Saturday evening up to midnight. The Easter Vigil service consists of four parts with the first part being the Service of Light.

Wed
18
Jul

Letter to the Editor: Political pretender

To the Editor:

I see God’s name has been used in a letter to the editor of The Standard by someone who thinks he can sway people using God as a crutch, as many in his party do. How can someone be a God-fearing person, if he really is that, and vote for a sexual predator and a liar - noted in his words and video? He can pretend to be a Christian, as many others do in his political party to get what they desire. Remember the old song, “The Great Pretender”? It fits him perfectly.

Pat Ward
Waterville

Wed
18
Jul

Letter to the Editor: Warning lights are indeed flashing

To the Editor:

The pseudo-intellectual diatribe by the author of the letter in the July 4, 2018 edition of The Standard underscores precisely what the author claims. It is noted that two unwritten rules in the political arena have been particularly important: “mutual tolerance - the understanding that competing political parties accept one another as legitimate rivals, and forbearance - the belief that politicians should exercise restraint in deploying their constitutional prerogatives.” The entire letter is exactly the opposite of both.

There is a lengthy discussion of how other democracies have failed in the 20th century, based on a study by two Harvard University professors suggesting that just because the leaders of those democracies were outside the political mainstream the democracies failed. There is no proof offered that this was actually the case. I actually lived in Venezuela and Peru and saw no evidence of what he claims. Democracy did not fail in Peru.

Wed
11
Jul

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... that by the time this gets into print, you will probably know who President Trump has nominated to fill the upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court.

As I began to write this column nine days earlier, I mused that of all the people I would not want to be for the next several weeks it would be that nominee. His or her entire experience of a lifetime will become fair, or perhaps unfair, game for the United States senators who will oppose the nomination.

Lynda Waddington in Sunday’s Cedar Rapids Gazette had an editorial on the subject. More on that later.

One comment she made had me wondering where she was in past hearings. She suggested that until recently “disagreements have largely stopped short of questioning the political independence” (of court nominees.)

Does recently include the “Borking” of nominee Robert Bork by the vicious personal attacks from the late Sen. Ted Kennedy?

Wed
11
Jul

Word for Word 7/11/18

Rev. Kim Gates
Rev. Kim Gates

We’ve been havin’ some warm, no, HOT weather – yech/yuck/ick is my response! I know there are many who love the higher temperatures but for me it’s a bit torturous. So I sure hope I don’t ever do anything which cuts me off from God and sends me to Hades!!!

Well, whether you’re paving a path to Hell or just existing in a 21st Century Iowa summer, when you get physically hot you can become irritable. And I, personally, really don’t want to touch my sweaty body to a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g – bleacher bench, car seat, my cats, or another person. Yet I’m still called to reach out and touch (literally as well as figuratively) those in need.

Wed
11
Jul

Letter to the Editor: Robey Memorial Library is a great resource for Waukon

To the Editor:

The Robey Memorial Library is incredible! Until this summer, I hadn’t been to the library since I was young. It was great to return to the library with my kids while visiting family. It has more books, magazines, movies, albums, computers, etc. Plus the space is expanded, updated, and beautiful.  There was even a display of books in recognition of Pride Month. My kids loved the library. I would like to express my gratitude to Cate St. Clair, the board members, and every person who has been involved in the improvements to the library. It’s a great resource for the community.
 
Brian Brandsmeier
Waukon High School, Class of 1997
North Liberty

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