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Wed
22
Jun

Letter to the Editor: What used to be and maybe could be again

To the Editor:

Although this letter started as a friendly tiff with our editor, I decided to go in a different direction and think of things that used to be and maybe could be again.   As an octogenarian (look it up on your phone), how many people remember the Downs Feed Yard, with the billboard-size Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus ad, or the VanGorder Junk Yard?

This, of course, was before the time of flat sidewalks and parking meters, where a penny bought 12 minutes and a nickel bought a whole hour. A ticket for overtime parking was 10 cents. The City was in the chips - proceeds reported weekly or monthly in the Republican Standard and Waukon Democrat - when the town filled up with shoppers every Saturday night, until the time was changed to Friday night shopping to accommodate store employees.

Wed
22
Jun

Letter to the Editor: Concerns relating to our country's current direction

To the Editor:

Right now, Congress has a real kangaroo court going on regarding January 6 that is as crazy as the Russian hoax - totally disgusting and a waste of time and money. I have attended four Trump rallies in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and La Crosse, and the crowds were all very peaceful and concerned people. Big bucks were spent trying to keep Trump out.

When the true history of Trump is printed, he will go down as the greatest President ever, and we need him back. So, please, Trump, run again. You will get over 100 million votes.

This I hate to say, but we are going downhill so fast in our country, we could go bankrupt and Social Security checks could bounce.

Kindest regards and God bless,
Osmund “Ozzie” Quandahl
Waukon

Wed
22
Jun

Letter to the Editor: Mental health and substance abuse

To the Editor:

Drinking and using drugs to change your moods, face your fears, or deal with painful emotions? Self-medicating may offer some relief in the short-term, but over time it only exacerbates the issues that you are dealing with.

Signs that you may be self-medicating include:

You turn to drugs or alcohol when you’re feeling anxious, stressed or depressed. If you are regularly drinking or using drugs to cope with stress, relieve boredom or improve how you feel, there is a strong possibility you’re self-medicating.

Your problems are multiplying. You started drinking to cope with stress, but now you’ve got health, relationship and financial problems to cope with as well. And the stress is even worse. The more you self-medicate, the more problems it creates in your life.

Wed
15
Jun

Word for Word 6/15/22

Vicar Abraham Faugstad
Vicar Abraham Faugstad

An Unchanging Savior in a Changing World

It seems like this world is always changing. As I was visiting my brother’s farm in northern Minnesota, which was my Grandpa’s farm two generations ago, I couldn’t help but think of the rapid changes in technology. My Grandpa started farming with a horse and plow, but by the end of his farming career he was driving tractors with GPS capabilities. What a remarkable change!

Recently, we have been witnessing more than just our technology changing. Some good and some bad. With all these changes, there seems to be an additional question—“What is truth?” With differing opinions, news reporting, and beliefs, there is much disagreement. We have a hard time deciphering between fact and fiction, truth and falsehood, right and wrong. It can be a difficult and frustrating task determining the truth.

Wed
15
Jun

Letter to the Editor: Appreciation for the Allamakee County Veterans Museum

To the Editor:

Thank you to all involved for the fitting tribute to local veterans as seen in the newly-established Allamakee County Veterans Museum.  I was very impressed with many aspects of it, including the Roll of Honor Wall, the Vietnam War discussion, and the tribute to the most recent area boy to lose his life while serving, Mr. Russell Robinson.

We we can have a sense of pride going forward, remembering the sacrifice of the past.

Matt Brandt
Cedar Rapids

 

Wed
15
Jun

Letter to the Editor: Raising awareness of elder abuse

To the Editor:

June 15, 2022 is World Elder Abuse Day. Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging joins communities across the world to promote awareness and highlight solutions to this systemic social challenge.

As Americans, we believe in justice for all, but we fail to adhere to this value when we allow older members of our communities to be abused or neglected. Older people are vital, contributing members of American society and their maltreatment diminishes everyone. Just as we have confronted the social issues of child abuse and domestic violence, we can also find solutions to address elder abuse, which also threatens the well-being of our community.

Wed
08
Jun

Letter to the Editor: Failing to support veterans

To the Editor:

Memorial Day celebrations honoring our fallen soldiers and our veterans have occurred throughout Iowa. I had hoped that their sacrifices and service would be valued by my U.S. Representative.  However, when it came time to vote on two important bills which  help veterans, our First District U.S. Representative voted no. What a gut-punch to veterans.

Fortunately, the EVEST Act is now law in spite of our U.S. Representative’s no vote, and soon, Honoring our PACT Act of 2022 will also become law.

Wed
08
Jun

Letter to the Editor: Grateful for his Quilt of Valor

To the Editor:

I am humbly grateful and deeply appreciative for the Quilt of Valor that I was given at the annual Memorial Day Ceremonies in Waukon. An early ancestor of mine fought in the American Revolution, two great-great-grandfathers fought in the Civil War, my great-grandfather served in the Army during the Spanish American War, and my grandfather (Dr. R. H. Wheat) was an Army dentist during World War II.

My dad (Daniel Regan) saw significant combat as a corpsman with the 9th Marines in the Pacific. I served in the Navy during Viet Nam.

My own service to our nation was insignificant and unworthy of note; however, I accept with gratitude this incredible quilt, so painstakingly created and sewn, not so much for my military service, but in memory of my family who has seen their duty to don the uniform of this nation in time of war and in time of peace.

Gratefully,
Stephen D. Regan, Ed.D.
 

Wed
08
Jun

Letter to the Editor: Concerns within the city

To the Editor:

I hate to write but there are a few things that concern me.

I have lived in the city of Waukon for a long time and walked on sidewalks that were essentially flat. Now with the new sidewalks in many places - like Main Street, Allamakee Street near the stop light, between the Presbyterian Church parking lot and St Patrick’s Church, to name a few - by some feat of engineering the new sidewalks now slope to the curb.

This town gets a lot of snow and ice. Imagine the hazard when someone steps out of a vehicle onto the curb and ends up under the vehicle. I hope this town has lots of liability insurance when someone gets hurt and the out-of-town lawyer firm hears about it. I expect that the most egregious of these mistakes (yes, I said “mistakes”) to be corrected in a timely manner.

Wed
25
May

Letter to the Editor: Patriotism from the past

To the Editor:

I stopped today, on our county courthouse lawn, gazed up at the statue of a Union soldier, and read Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address engraved on the base. There was patriotism, the men from Iowa, fighting to preserve our young union of states. Iowa didn’t fly a Confederate Flag. Her men sought to preserve the union, not divide it.

As Lincoln saw it, the survivors of the terrible battles of the Civil War have an obligation to honor the deaths of so many and to protect and preserve this new birth of freedom with government of, by, and for the people. Can we not follow the ideals of our great grandfathers, and fight to preserve democracy and  these United States? Our veterans have, in two world wars, two “police actions” (Korea and Vietnam), Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. For their acts of courage, we honor them.

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