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Wed
14
Nov

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... that I had to smile to myself recently when I looked at the issue of National Geographic that had arrived.

There were several photos of dark-skinned South American native females with bare breasts. It brought to memory the olden days when librarians, school and municipal, felt the need to leaf through issues of the magazine before shelving one, to make sure young boys didn’t see such things. It still happens a few times, as I recall after being a subscriber for many years.

I wonder if that still goes on? Maybe not, since the advent of such magazines as Playboy and Penthouse have provided the opportunity for American boys to see American girls in like mode of undress. Or more. Or less, more accurately.

Wed
14
Nov

Word for Word 11/14/18

Thankfulness to God - Psalm 116:7-18

I thank God for the life and the care he has given to me to share this word with you about Thanksgiving. The word Thanksgiving means thanking God for the things He has given us.

November is the month we give thanks to God and we remember the good things God has done for us in our lives.

In the bible, King David was thinking about all the good things God had done for him such as delivering him from enemies and giving him peace.  He asked himself “What shall I render to the Lord for all the bounty he has given to me.” (II Samuel 7:1-3) King David worshipped and thanked God saying “I’ll worship you and give glory among the People.” (Psalm 40:10-11)

So today I want you to thank God for all the good things he has done for you. Jesus died on the cross for our sin. We thank God for the sacrifice of his son who gave his blood for us so we can have life eternal.  Amen.   

Wed
14
Nov

Letter to the Editor: Questions for the Waukon City Council

To the Editor:

I have been having a bad night; somehow (I think) I got hold of some potato salad that may have been more than a couple days old. But during my sleepless night I pondered the letter I had received in the mail, dated 10-25-2018. The return address was “City of Waukon”.

The important message was that my property is not covered with Exterior Water Line Coverage from Service Line Warrants of America, which has partnered with the City of Waukon to offer the coverage to eligible home owners. But for peace of mind, I could buy this protection for just $6.33 per month or just $75.96 annually.

Wed
14
Nov

Letter to the Editor: The facts about Trickle Down Economics

To the Editor:

Thomas Hill has it wrong once again. He has distorted some facts and ignored others to try to prove his point that only a few Americans are benefiting from the Trump Tax Bill in his letter October 24.

Mr.  Hill claims that only a few people are actually seeing any benefits and suggests that the tax reduction for corporations has resulted in windfall profits for those corporations. He fails to understand that the tax cuts allowed those corporations to repatriate almost three trillion dollars at a lower tax rate that had been sitting in offshore accounts. The money they have repatriated has been used to buy back stock in some instances.

Wed
14
Nov

Letter to the Editor: The upside down flag

To the Editor:

For the past several months, a rare sighting has been spotted here in Allamakee County. It has been thought to be disrespectful and is met with concern, puzzlement and probably anger. It has, down through the years, with respect to the best of my knowledge, been proudly flown over the land that it represents. I speak of the Stars and Stripes Flag of the United States of America.

For the past several months, it has been flown upside down. My wife and I totally respect it and have assisted our armed forces with seven years of our lives serving in the U.S. Army and Air Force, responding to a call to help protect this country with our love for this country and the banner that flies so proudly over it, being discharged honorably.

Wed
07
Nov

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... that by now, you know who the winners were in yesterday’s midterm elections. As this is being written, October 29,1 have no clue.

I do know that I have no trust in the polls being quoted. I received the same polling call three consecutive nights last week, seeking opinions on the house district race. It was one of those “press one” type calls, so there was no way I could interrupt to say I had already taken the quiz. So I gave them the same answers three times in a row! I am sure I am not alone in that respect, so how can the poll be accurate?

At my age, I probably should not be terribly concerned about who wins what, since what the winners do isn’t likely to affect me very far into the future.

But I do care.

Partly because according to the Sunday Register editorial, I am an extremist!

Why?

Wed
07
Nov

Letter to the Editor: The Addams Family production is a scream

To the Editor:

How appropriate. Just the day after Halloween the Adam’s Family visited Waukon on the high school stage.  This ghoulish hysterical musical completely entertained and delighted the recently tricked and treated.

Leading the cast was Ryan VanderVelden as Gomez, the passionate, outlandish head of the household. The cool power behind the throne, Morticia, was played with delightful detachment by Leslie Halverson. Uncle Fester capturing his lunar obsession was portrayed handsomely by Sean Liddiard. Oonagh Ahouse captured Wednesday’s pluck and pique perfectly. Lurch, played by Aidan Jones, needed no words to convey his commanding presence.

Wed
07
Nov

Letter to the Editor: Allamakee County Food Shelf

To the Editor:

Recently several volunteers were asked if the Allamakee County Food Shelf is federally funded. We would like to say we are not funded by the federal government or by the state in any way. We are completely funded by our community churches, 4-H clubs, area Boy Scouts and many other organizations, local businesses and residents of Allamakee County among our donors.

Your generosity is amazing. This summer, we announced that if people had extra garden produce, we would gladly take it. The response was great. We express our appreciation to everyone for all they do to help the food shelf. Without all of you, we wouldn’t have the Allamakee County Food Shelf.

Julie Rotach and Ann Roed
Allamakee County Food Shelf Organizers

Wed
31
Oct

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... that one of the adages I have found helpful in life is the one that says to always expect the worst, because that way you will never be disappointed.

So a week ago today, just after my printer turned out a rather unsatisfactory print of my column, my attempt at ordering a reprint was rejected, with a rather puzzling message which I did not understand at all. But then, I don’t speak computerese.

When I turned in that messy column to the editor, I said not to be surprised if I did not have a column the next week, because I did not know where to go to seek professional help, which appears to be very scarce if it exists at all in Waukon.

My call for help to a cousin who is sort of my unofficial techie for the laptop brought the suggestion that maybe all I needed was to replace the color toner unit.

Wed
31
Oct

Word for Word 10/31/18

Msgr. Ed Lechtenberg
Msgr. Ed Lechtenberg

For your meditation: Deuteronomy 6: 2-6, Hebrews 7:23-28, Mark 12:28-34

“Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone! Therefore, you shall Love the Lord your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength. Take to heart these words which I enjoin on you today.”

The words come from Moses, the greatest of all the Old Testament leaders. It’s the main point of the reading from Deuteronomy.

Take a look at the gospel by Mark. One of the scribes (apparently one of the few sincere ones) came to Jesus and asked Him, “Which is the first of all the commandments?” Jesus replied, “This is the first,” and he quotes from Moses, “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone! Therefore, you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength.” And Jesus adds that this is the second, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.”

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