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Wed
25
Mar

Word for Word 3/25/20

Rev. Dr. Grant M. VanderVelden
Rev. Dr. Grant M. VanderVelden

Frankly, my wife is the better parent.

Julie is far more attentive than I when it comes to holding our three children to task for things like homework, household chores, getting enough sleep, eating their vegetables, and taking their vitamins.

Me? Well, while I sometimes parent with the speed and efficiency of a well-oiled machine, I’m more inclined to be the let’s-have-chocolate-cake-for-breakfast-and-binge-watch-some-Netflix kind of dad.

But then came last week Monday, the first day of what looks to be four weeks of no school here in Waukon. With Julie out the door and off to work, I was flying solo – alone on the front-lines of parenting for our two high-school-age sons and our college daughter home on spring break.

Wed
25
Mar

Letter to the Editor: Disapointed in decision to cancel parade

To the Editor:

John Ellingson, shame on you and the rest of the City Council. Your explanation in the March 18 edition of The Standard sounded like a bunch of naughty juveniles who had skipped school.

Do you really care about how many people you upset by your decision to cancel the parade? First of all, many people worked hard to get ready for this. Then all the people  that were going to be there to watch a parade, not a gathering in a building. There was a large bake sale to raise money for the Waukon High School Prom. And I mean a large amount of great baked goods. I know because I stopped in after church.

I also have watched all the talk from the Governor and many others on the coronavirus.

We didn’t see any reason for the council to take this action and to do it right before parade time. This has upset a lot of Waukon citizens and we will remember this.

Wed
11
Mar

Letter to the Editor: Don’t Be Fooled: Proposed Budget Will Cut Medicare and Social Security

To the Editor:

Pay attention friends, your Social Security and Medicare are at risk. Our country’s current administrative leadership’s proposed budget for 2021 includes cuts to Social Security and Medicare. Once again, they insist upon going after working families and vulnerable Americans.

They have shown us who they are. I don’t believe we want leaders of our nation with this line of thinking about Medicare and Social Security.

Very sincerely,

Ann L. Hart
Waukon

 

Wed
04
Mar

Letter to the Editor: 10 Minutes for 10 Years - Census 2020

To the Editor:

The 2020 Census is fast approaching and its success relies on our participation. The Census is conducted every ten years by the US government and is intended to count every person living in the USA. It will include ten questions and will take ten minutes to complete.

When all of us take the ten minutes to complete our Census, we make a significant contribution and impact to our communities. Federal money and congressional representation are determined by total population size, so your Census response assists your community to get its fair share of more than $750 billion per year in federal programs. In addition, Census numbers determine the number of seats our state will have in the US House of Representatives and state allocations for legislative and school districts.

Wed
04
Mar

Letter to the Editor: March is National Social Worker Month

To the Editor:

March is National Social Work Month, a time to reflect on the invaluable efforts made by social work professionals and the positive impact they have made on our society for generations.

The Iowa Child Advocacy Board (ICAB), the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) programs of Northeast Iowa, would like to take this opportunity to thank and acknowledge them for the important roles they fill. Social workers deal with some of the most challenging issues facing individuals, families and communities.

Those of us at ICAB most often encounter social workers while we are advocating for children who have been removed from their homes and are under the care of the Department of Human Services. In these cases, social workers strive to protect children who have been abused and neglected, set up services for families trying to reunify, and help children find a safe, permanent home where they can thrive.

Wed
26
Feb

Word for Word 2/26/20

Msgr. Ed Lechtenberg
Msgr. Ed Lechtenberg

For your meditation: Matthew 5:17-37

This reading comes from “The Sermon on the Mount.” In today’s section, Jesus begins by saying that He has not come to change the law that Moses gave to them on Mt. Sinai. He has not come to do away with it or even to change it. His purpose, He says, is to bring it to its fulfillment. He also points out that the Scribes and Pharisees who are tough, strict, law and order types of people are wrong.

After this introduction, Jesus goes on to give four examples of what he is talking about. They are murder, adultery, divorce and false witness. In each of the four examples, Jesus pushes us back behind the deeds themselves to their motives, and the attitudes that make the external sins become realities.

Behind the murder is hate and anger gone out of control. Behind the adultery is lust without any control. Behind the false witness is distrust and suspicion gone out of control.

Wed
26
Feb

Letter to the Editor: Setting the record straight

To the Editor:

In her letter to the editor in the February 19 edition of The Standard, Ann L. Hart once again resorts to distortion and misrepresentation of the facts in an effort to discredit the current administration and our Republican senators.

She implies that the tax cuts passed by the Republican Party are responsible for the ballooning deficit and debt. She seems to have little understanding of economics and how Capitalism really works.

There has actually been an increase in revenue due to the tax cuts. That is because more private money was pumped into the economy.  Trillions of dollars that had been in offshore accounts came back into the country and much of it ended up in 401Ks and other retirement accounts held by millions of Americans.

Wed
19
Feb

Word for Word 2/19/20

Pastor Steve Oden
Pastor Steve Oden

A True Fairy Tale

This time of year seems to be a time when “love is in the air,” and lots of people intentionally acknowledge and express their love and affection for those they love and care about the most, often with cards, expressive words, chocolates, flowers and going out to eat!  But there is a love affair so intense, even beyond our wildest imagination, that is probably, for most people, overlooked.

It’s the greatest love story of all time - far surpassing any love story between a man and woman. It’s a story about a Son of Man who loved his future bride so much that he willingly suffered an excruciating death to rescue her from a fiery abyss of torment to which there’d be no end.  He was her knight in shining armor. In fact, one day the heaven will rip open and he will come back riding on a white horse to get his beloved bride and take her home.  And they shall live happily ever after… forever.

Wed
19
Feb

Letter to the Editor: The health of IPERS

To the Editor:

With the start of a new legislative session, public workers are keeping an eye on their IPERS. In the past, Republicans have offered little reassurance that our public employees retirement system wouldn’t be harmed. You may remember the “tweak” made to collective bargaining a few years back.

Everyone in our state benefits from the influx of money from this retirement system. It is an economic boon to our local economies.

So, what is the health of IPERS? Some lawmakers will tell you that IPERS is not fully vested at only 80% and that it’s seven trillion dollars behind. This is not a realistic portrayal of the current health of IPERS. In order for that scenario to play out, all participants would have to leave the system at the same time and there would be no new participants coming in.

Wed
19
Feb

Letter to the Editor: Impact of proposed budget

To the Editor:

Our country’s current administrative leadership just released a proposed budget for 2021. According to Fox News, in addition to significant cuts to discretionary spending including education and environmental protection, the budget reflects changes to reduce eligibility for Social Security disability, $465 billion in cuts to Medicare providers such as hospitals, as well as cuts to Medicaid including reductions in the Children’s Health Insurance programs.

Again, this is no surprise. As you know, our Iowa senators support such changes. The deficit has exploded since the tax cut for the rich, yet this administration with the help of our own Iowa Senators continues to claim that the driver of debt is Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid and cuts will need to be made. Once again, they insist upon going after working families and vulnerable Americans.

Remember  Maya Angelo: “When someone shows you who they are, believe them.”

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