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Wed
19
Aug

Letter to the Editor: Discover the 5-Bridges Trail and Ridge Trail

To the Editor:

Waukon has a beautiful city park. During this pandemic the park has given many people an outdoor space for walking, exercising their pets and enjoying nature. A slightly unknown area across Eleventh Avenue SW is a loop hiking trail one mile in length known as the 5-Bridges Trail. The area is for walking, running and just treasuring the wild beauty of the area which is known for the five bridges that cross the west fork of Paint Creek and one spring called Fox Spring.

The half mile 5-Bridges Trail becomes the Ridge Trail which is the last half of the mile loop. The 5-Bridges Trail and the Ridge Trail converge at a public parking lot just off Thirteenth Avenue SW. This street leads to the State Highway Facility. Traveling south on Ninth Street SW. Turn left on Thirteen Avenue SW, you will see the parking lot.

The first part of 13th Avenue SW is a city street which continues as a private road for the DOT.

Wed
19
Aug

Letter to the Editor: The 2020 Census still matters and time is of the essence

To the Editor:

The Census has announced their intentions to move the final response date for the Census from October 31 to September 30.

A quick online search and you can find the 2020 Census Response Rate Map. The interactive map allows you to select a county or city and learn what the 2020 Census Response Rate is in the selected area. COVID-19 has decreased the outreach efforts associated with Census completion, but at Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation, we anticipate that the NEED for funding and resources directly affected by Census data will increase exponentially as a result of COVID-19.

Wed
19
Aug

Letter to the Editor: Flexibility

To the Editor:

The absolute and undisputable key factor for this upcoming school year is flexibility. Students, parents, staff and the entire Eastern Allamakee Community will need to exercise a degree of “flow” in all aspects of the return to school this August.

Black and white may be the preferred norm for many, but it cannot and will not work in this time. It is important to safely open schools this fall, and we have been preparing for that. The navigation of the school year during a pandemic means that we will need to be flexible and be able to change on a dime when necessary.

Wed
19
Aug

Letter to the Editor: Broken heart

To the Editor:

March 16, 2020, I visited Mom at a local nursing home. A couple days later, I stopped again and was not allowed in. The next time I was allowed in was 137 days later. The only way I got in was because Mom was on her deathbed. Approximately 27 hours later she passed. She was non-responsive for 98% of that time.

How would you feel if you were not allowed to enter your Mom’s room for 137 days and when you were finally allowed in, it was too late. During that 137 days, your Mom was not allowed to have anyone come in and visit her. Would you like to be forced to live like that?

Wed
19
Aug

Letter to the Editor: A clear wall/window

To the Editor:

How does the visitation go for you with your loved one at a nursing home or assisted living? Are you able to see them in-person or through a window (a clear wall) or by screen (computers, cellphones and tablets)? Is this the new ‘norm’ for loved ones in nursing homes and assisted living centers?

If saying this is the new ‘norm’ for today’s life, are we supposed to just accept or deal with it when companionship is part of life? This way of life is keeping children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends away from holding a hand or giving a hug to their loved one. These individuals worked, had a family, endured many of life’s struggles and joys, involved in our communities (some even building our communities), and/or so forth when they were young. And the reward is confinement, isolation, and distant viewings of loved ones that persists due to COVID-19.

Wed
12
Aug

Letter to the Editor: New school, same struggle

To the Editor:

It’s often said that education is the silver bullet. If we want to break cycles of poverty and give future generations a better chance of success, they need to be well educated.

With everything going on with education and schools currently, there’s one issue I challenge you not to forget about: foster kids. Imagine how difficult this is for your family and your children and then imagine how difficult this must be for them.

Children in the foster care system can end up in multiple homes throughout the year. Oftentimes, when a child moves placements, they move schools as well. Transitioning from school to school only compounds the chaos of life in the foster care system, making a quality education nearly impossible for these kids.

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.

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