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Wed
05
Aug

Letter to the Editor: Living in a lockdown state

To the Editor:

I am sure that many people had read the Letter to the Editor in the recent issue of The Standard. I did too, and I thought it may be worthwhile to let everyone know the perspective of someone who is living in this lockdown state and how it really is affecting an actual resident of an assisted living facility. Likewise, the same as a nursing home, hospital, etc.

What do the Board of Public Health, CDC and state leaders think they are accomplishing by having facilities like these on lockdown? I have been a tenant at Southcrest Assisted Living in Waukon since mid-February. When I moved in, we as residents were playing cards, Bingo, listening to local bands, singing, laughing and having fun. Unfortunately, not anymore!

Wed
29
Jul

Word for Word 7/29/20

Rev. Diane Koshmeder
Rev. Diane Koshmeder

The Word of the Day is SUFFERING

A reflection by Rev. Diane Koshmeder

If one part suffers, every part suffers with it;
if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
—1 Corinthians 12:26

SUFFERING. I don’t like it. I’m sure you don’t like it either. It’s not fun and self-pity comes easily. SUFFERING might be an inconvenience like wearing a mask in public or the trauma of losing a child to violence. Theologians have asserted that “Why is there suffering?” is the #1 question we ask God. And there is no satisfactory answer.

Maybe a feeling of peace, feeling God’s presence through our SUFFERING, but not an answer as such.

Wed
29
Jul

Letter to the Editor: Life is the greatest priority

To the Editor:

I so often hear statements that make me wonder about people’s priorities. I’m not getting much of a chance to visit with people about their priorities right now, so the best I can do is try to explain mine and hope someone will help me understand.

For me, life is the greatest priority, followed very closely by the dignity of the human person. When someone refuses to wear a mask because it takes away their freedom, they are telling us they care more about their personal freedom than they do about their life or mine.

When they say they don’t believe the science that says masks help, it tells me they don’t believe in the way nature works, including a virus. Science is, after all, the study of nature, of the way things work according to their very nature - the way they were made.

Wed
29
Jul

Letter to the Editor: Adjacent counties, different approaches

To the Editor:

I recently had the privilege of working at the Winneshiek County 4-H dog show. In fact, I have helped out numerous times, even as a judge.

This past week, I was immediately impressed with the COVID-19 precautions that were taken that enabled this senior to feel safe: everyone in the Show Barn wore masks; social distancing was practiced for six hours; hand sanitizer and hand washing stations were readily available; one adult per exhibitor was allowed; check-in was required to access the grounds.

I especially noted how these young people followed all precautions taken in showing their dogs in performance events. I witnessed that mask wearing can be done in the best interest of all involved. In fact, when I saw photos of the dog show in the Decorah newspaper, all exhibitors wore masks and they were socially distanced.

Wed
22
Jul

Letter to the Editor: Another perspective on the Freedom Rock

To the Editor:

I would like to share some facts and information with the public about the Freedom Rock.

It is my understanding that Ardie Kuhse commissioned the artist (Bubba Sorensen) to do a Freedom Rock for “us” here in Allamakee County. Ardie submitted a lot of the requirements needed to start the Freedom Rock project. She says she started this project back in 2016.

With that being said, only a few choice people heard about it until recently when its deadline is fast approaching. She mentioned previously about putting it in her husband’s hometown but was persuaded out of that and into putting it in the county seat, which is Waukon. She has a place picked out at our city park. She noted there was a lot of parking, restrooms, picnic areas along with space to develop and enhance the scope (landscaping) of the tourism project.

Wed
22
Jul

Letter to the Editor: Residents or prisoners

To the Editor:

Do you have or know someone in a nursing home?  Are they allowing any type of visits?

I agree that we need to take COVID-19 seriously.  In the beginning, it was necessary to lock down nursing homes. However, we cannot lock people up for five months, plus how much longer and merely say, “We’re doing this for your safety.”

Long-term isolation is detrimental to everyone, especially the elderly. The elderly are at a high risk for physical and mental decline if forced to live in isolation away from those who are most important to them.

Wed
15
Jul

Letter to the Editor: Learning while beautifying

To the Editor:

Have you noticed the handsome, new, black, sturdy trash receptacles placed on the corners of Main Street in downtown Waukon? If you have, did you wonder where such attractive objects originated?

These containers were fashioned, designed and welded by the Waukon High School students in Mr. Caleb Ferring’s welding class. Also, a special thanks to Benjegerdes Machine and Kol-Gol for working with the students.

Our community is fortunate to have such talented students learning the trade from Mr. Ferring at this young age.

Harvey and Betty Estebo
Waukon

 

Tue
07
Jul

Letter to the Editor: Our society can and must do better

To the Editor:

Our country faces significant challenges and unsettling times. Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation (NEICAC) joins the nation in the devastation of recent events that has, once again, put the spotlight on how the unfair treatment of people of color has impacted communities across our country. Over 55 years ago, community action agencies were born out of the civil rights movement and it was then they committed to the alleviation of poverty and changes to public policy that created economic inequities. Because poverty and race often overlap, we must not only fight poverty, but also battle racism by addressing systematic biases and injustices that often lead to poverty.

Wed
01
Jul

Letter to the Editor: Freedom Rock

To the Editor:

I would like to share a little information about the Freedom Rock. It all started when Ray “Bubba” Sorensen painted a 12-foot tall, 60-ton boulder near Menlo in Iowa honoring the military men and women. People liked what he was doing and so the Iowa Freedom Rock Tour was created. Each county in Iowa was to have a big rock on which Mr. Sorensen would paint something military honoring our veterans. So far, he has painted about 87 Freedom Rocks in Iowa. To view the Freedom Rocks, go to Freedom Rock Iowa on your computer. Mr. Sorensen has three goals with The Freedom Rock Tour, and those are to honor America’s Veterans, promote Iowa tourism and provide for his family.

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