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Wed
22
May

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Herb Larkin

To the Editor:

As an old, eccentric, opinionated octogenarian (Google it), if you read page four in The Standard dated April 24, 2024, then you read a report on the County Supervisor meeting held Monday, April 22, 2024. If you studied it as I did, you have to know that inflation is here to stay.

With raises recommended by the Allamakee County Compensation Board in a range from six to eight percent for elected officials, only to be lowered by 50 percent by County Supervisors; with non-elected department heads and union employees getting three percent; with Chauffeurs Teamsters’ Helpers Local Union Number 238 getting three percent increases yearly for three years, it is easy to see that the inflationary spiral is set at, at least three percent annually for at least three years.

Wed
01
May

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Mark Jacobson

To the Editor:

There are five reasons to talk about mental health:

Wed
01
May

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Karen Pratte

To the Editor:

Hardworking families are struggling to make ends meet. Their pocketbooks are getting skinnier and skinnier due to Greedflation. Big corporations are price gouging and exploiting consumers with high, inflated prices while taking in record profits and giving executives lavish bonuses. They are doing this because they can, and because they know everyone needs to eat and put fuel in their cars.

Under Governor Kim Reynolds and her party’s legislators, Greedflation worsens. Their flat tax scheme, which they passed in the final days of the legislative session, benefits the wealthy who will pay less in taxes. This will definitely fatten their wallets. Everyday Iowans will pay more (sales, property, income taxes) on top of the already high prices charged by the corporations.

Wed
01
May

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Herb Larkin

To the Editor:

As an opinionated octogenarian (Google it) I grew up with penny postcards and three-cent stamps, World Books, Britannica, Webster unabridged dictionary, crank phones that hung on the wall, and hand milkers. The post office has now raised stamp prices three times in the past twelve months.

What has happened to the RFD? The “F” is for free. With all the competitive services available, there is nothing cheap about the USPS. Maybe they need to hire more help, since the new Postmaster General (De Joy) had so many sorter machines completely destroyed.

Wed
24
Apr

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Steven Livingston

To the Editor:

I wanted to make sure the residents in your area are aware, that this very minute, members of our state senate are trying to sneak in a new tax on forest lands. This bill has already passed the House. Very few people even know this is happening.

Currently, forest land is not taxed, as a way to encourage landowners to keep trees and not turn that land into crop land. The program has been in place since 1906, and has helped saved countless acres of woodlands.

I do not want to make myself the bad guy here, but facts need to be exposed here. If forest lands are going to be taxed, I will have no choice but to begin harvesting and logging trees on my land. This means cutting down 100-year-old oak trees just to raise money so I am able to pay this tax.

Wed
24
Apr

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Steve Veysey

To the Editor:

The Iowa Environmental Council has submitted a Safe Drinking Water Act petition to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A cry for help for well owners in NE Iowa drinking unsafe water.

In 1988 the Driftless counties in NE Iowa were just beginning to feel the effects of industrialized agriculture’s voracious appetite to feed emerging ethanol and CAFO industries. Corn-bean and continuous-corn cropping practices exploded.  But in 1988 Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and other Iowa scientists were not yet muzzled. That’s when the study “Ground-Water Contamination and Land Management in the Karst Area of Northeastern Iowa” was published. The first paragraph of the abstract states:

“A statistical analysis of existing northeast Iowa water-quality data showed that systematic nonpoint contamination of ground-water quality was occurring in regional carbonate aquifers… Agricultural practices were judged to be the source of the contaminants.”

Tue
16
Apr

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Paul D. Pate Iowa Secretary of State

To the Editor:

There are some topics that are difficult to discuss. One of those topics is sexual assault. April is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and provides an opportunity for us to embrace uncomfortable conversations to support victims of this crime.

Every 68 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. Nationwide, 81% of women and 43% of men have reported experiencing some form of sexual assault and/or harassment in their lifetime. More than 736 million women and girls have experienced intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence worldwide. Sexual assault can happen to anyone, anywhere - from famous movie actors to college students.

Wed
03
Apr

Word for Word 4/3/24

Pastor Laura Gentry
Pastor Laura Gentry

EASTER PEOPLE

Easter arrives at a wonderful time of year. The earth is coming back to life after winter, crocuses are popping up from the thawing ground and we get a sense of new life abounding. Delight and awe are in the air.

In the church Easter season, we celebrate that new life is also coming to us! Christ is risen and he promises to raise us up as well.

Pope John Paul II once wrote: “We do not pretend that life is all beauty. We are aware of darkness and sin, of poverty and pain. But we know Jesus has conquered sin and passed through his own pain to the glory of the Resurrection. And we live in the light of his Paschal Mystery - the mystery of his Death and Resurrection. ‘We are an Easter People and Alleluia is our song!’”

Indeed, we are Easter People. Even in the midst of our struggles, we hold fast to our hope in the resurrection. We can experience joy today in changing times because our joy is rooted in God’s unchanging love.

Wed
27
Mar

Word for Word 3/27/24

Fr. John Moser
Fr. John Moser

In a few days we are celebrating Easter which is the oldest Christian feast day and most important day and season of the church year. We shall rejoice in our Risen Savior! The resurrection of Jesus is recorded in the four Gospels and written about throughout the New Testament. St. Paul wrote extensively about the resurrection and penned that without the Resurrection, “then empty is our preaching; empty, too, your faith … and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain” (1 Corinthians 15:14, 17a).

Is our Faith vain? Absolutely not! Because our hope and trust is in the Lord. The hope of Jesus’ resurrection does not deny sin, suffering, hardships or loss; it acknowledges and overcomes them! Darkness and death do not have the final word. God does! Jesus is proof of this. He brings hope to fruition; Jesus plants in our hearts the conviction that God is able to make everything work for good, since even from the empty tomb near Calvary he brings life.

Wed
27
Mar

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by David Ebeling

To the Editor:

I have lived in the southwest quadrant of the town for the last eight years. Up until the last two years, traffic over here was doing OK.

However, these last two years have seen a major increase in speeding, running stop signs, doing the so-called California stop, and semis or heavy trucks on streets that were not designed to support them.

I would also like to say - last but not least, I will just throw this one in there - I know on the corner of 2nd Street and Main Street there are two signs on Main Street - one facing east and one facing west - that say, “yield to pedestrians at crosswalks”. I have been at those crosswalks in my mobility chair waiting to cross when, on two separate occasions, I have seen a sheriff’s deputy and a Waukon police officer not yield but then had the nerve to wave at me.

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