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21
Jul

Word for Word 7/21/21

Rev. Kim Gates
Rev. Kim Gates

This article “came to me” in bits-n-pieces so if it seems disjointed that’s probably why. But mainly it is about what love is/what it does and what it is not/does not.  

Love – what I see that it does: Love steps aside differences and focuses on common ground; it focuses on others (God being first and foremost), not the self. From 1st Corinthians 13, often referred to as the “Love Chapter,” love is: patient, kind, it keeps no record of wrongs; it always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

What love does not do: force itself on anyone nor demand its own way. And again from 1st Corinthians: [Love] does not envy, it is not proud, it does not boast; it does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered; Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth; and finally: Love never fails.

Wed
21
Jul

Letter to the Editor: What could happen

To the Editor:
I originally wrote the following January 9, 2021: For the record, I want to write this editorial. President Trump will go down as the best, most accomplished president ever. He strongly supported the military and police; he is for English only; and he is for putting the Bible and Ten Commandments back in our schools. Our schools, over the years, have become a place of indoctrination, anti-Christ and Bible, and that’s sad.

Trump would protect our historical statues, promote term limits and a balanced budget. He would promote peace in many Middle East countries. Trump would promote the fact that each bill before Congress would stand strictly on its own. Right now, the bill that is supposed to be the stimulus bill is 5,000 pages. Our present Congress is discouragingly bad - 11% approval. Maybe all those amendments put money in their pockets?

Wed
21
Jul

Letter to the Editor: Compassion

To the Editor:

As I review the laws enacted and the policies of the Republican legislature, I wonder, where is compassion? A few examples of these laws include returning $97 million dollars that the public schools could use, stopping the supplemental unemployment the Federal government issued, not distributing the rent subsidies, prohibiting teachers from examining race relations in order to create a better understanding of the divide between minorities and whites, not raising the minimum wage, and sending Iowa State Patrol troopers to the U.S. border instead of keeping them in Iowa to provide law enforcement in our state.

Where is compassion? Are you working hard but still don’t have enough money to make ends meet? Have you been unable to make your farm or mortgage payment on time? Worried about losing your home? Are you fearful that your kids are behind in school due to COVID-19? Are you concerned about the drought, flooding or fires?

Wed
14
Jul

Word for Word 7/14/21

Msgr. Ed Lechtenberg
Msgr. Ed Lechtenberg

For your meditation:

Wisdom 12:13, 16-19
Romans 8:26-27
Matthew 13:24-43

Hello Dear Friends!

In today’s readings, Jesus uses a story from agriculture - the parable of the wheat and the weeds.

Personally, I’m very fond of farming. I used to work for Oscar Sorley out on Dry Ridge and Art Bakewell above the Oak Hill Cemetery. I lived with my Uncle Ben and Aunt Rose in Freeburg, MN. I still love visiting farms. There are problems at times telling the difference between a weed and a wanted plant. I always thought a morning glory so beautiful - not true, when it’s on a corn stalk. I learned that when I was sent to cut them down with a hoe. That’s just one example.

Wed
14
Jul

Letter to the Editor: Biden tax cut for families with children

To the Editor:

This month millions of U.S. families will receive as much as $300 a month per child under the Biden administration’s bold effort to help struggling families.  The Child Tax Credit in the American Rescue Plan provides the largest Child Tax Credit ever and historic relief to the most working families ever - and most families will automatically receive monthly payments without having to take any action.

Ninety-three percent of children under 18 qualify - that’s 669,000 Iowa kids. It is expected to lift thousands of Iowa children out of poverty.

Wed
14
Jul

Letter to the Editor: Searching for information on the former Dairy Queen in Waukon and other parts of his childhood

To the Editor:

I used to live in Waukon, some 70 years ago. My folks owned the Dairy Queen, and I am looking for any help anyone can give in supplying information you may have relating to the business. To the best of my knowledge, it is located where the present Jet’s Meats & Cafe sits (West Main Street across from Quillin’s).

I remember there was a locker plant just to the east of the Dairy Queen and we shared the same parking lot. I stopped last week and did some title searching with the able assistance at the courthouse, and we believe this is the right location.

We spent three summers there, and I ended the school year going to Waukon and started the first month of the next school year there. I was in the fourth to sixth grades at the time. The family I was closest to was the Evans family, and they lived just west of us. There were four boys, and Grant was my age.

Wed
07
Jul

Letter to the Editor: Delivering for everyday people

To the Editor:

Hit by this pandemic, hardworking Americans have struggled to make ends meet and to provide for their families. Millions lost their jobs, couldn’t pay mortgages or afford health insurance and found themselves standing in food lines to put food on the table. Fearing the COVID-19 virus, Iowans drove miles and hours trying to find a vaccination site.

President Biden and the House and Senate Democrats acted quickly to alleviate the suffering by passing the American Rescue Plan and President Biden signed it into law in March.  The American Rescue Plan passed without one Republican vote. The conclusion is that the President and Democrats care about everyday people while Republicans could care less.

Wed
07
Jul

Letter to the Editor: Patriotic reminders of our times

To the Editor:

America’s Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 declared this: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal (mankind), that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Its author, and America’s third president, Thomas Jefferson, also wrote, “God who gave us life, gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever.”

Wed
30
Jun

Letter to the Editor: Iowa is failing History

To the Editor:
Once, Iowa’s education ranked best in the nation. How times have changed. In a recent report evaluating K-12 civics and U.S. history standards from the non-partisan Fordham Institute, Iowa ranked in the bottom third of states, with a D grade for civics and an F for U.S. history. Iowa’s U.S. History standards, it seems, are “almost completely devoid of historical content.”

Given this, you’d be forgiven for thinking the governor and legislature might take steps to improve education for Iowa’s students. Republicans did pass and sign numerous bills affecting education, but none fix the problem. They allocated historically low funding for public schools and universities and eliminated diversity programs used by some schools to serve their students.

Wed
23
Jun

Word for Word 6/23/21

Pr. Matthew Majewski
Pr. Matthew Majewski

CRT Cancels Self-Esteem

Today, the world is full of controversy over what is currently called Critical Race Theory (CRT).  CRT is the idea that society should be understood in terms of class power structures, with the current world order being based on white privilege and systemic racism.

Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with this theory, there is a fascinating cultural shift that is normally lost in the arguments surrounding the merits or faults of CRT.  This is the fact that people – especially “white people,” are being told to feel bad about themselves.

In fact, it is considered a sign of great virtue to agonize over the innate injustice of your very existence.

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