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Wed
23
Sep

News from the State House

by State Representative Patti Ruff

Wed
23
Sep

Letter to the Editor: Keeping the State of Iowa moving forward

To the Editor:
Kum & Go has now added E-15 to their 65 stores in Iowa.  E-15 was approved by the EPA for use in all 2001 and newer cars, trucks and SUVs.
E-15 has undergone more testing than any other fuel in history. The Department of Energy concluded when E-15 was compared to gasoline, there were no significant changes in tailpipe emission or drivability.
A solar farm in northern Iowa near St. Ansgar: A ribbon cutting was recently held for Heartland Power Cooperative which recently completed their new Community Solar Project. This project includes more than 2,700 panels, with each panel expected to generate 8,500 kilowatt hours over the 20-year life of the project. The units are being sold to members for $700 per unit, which comes out to 8.2 cents per kilowatt hour - lower than the current residential rate.
These are just a couple among many other interesting activities  taking place in our state of Iowa, keeping us moving forward.

Wed
23
Sep

Letter to the Editor: Iowans Encouraged to “Walk at the Whistle”

To the Editor:
In 2011, the Healthiest State Initiative was formed to help Iowa become the healthiest state in the nation. Each year since, we’ve held an annual walk to renew our commitment to this extraordinary goal.
 This year, the Healthiest State Initiative and the State Fire Marshal Division are combining efforts to keep Iowans safe and a bit healthier. We are encouraging Iowans to “Walk at the Whistle” as part of the fifth annual Healthiest State Walk and National Fire Prevention Week. Walk day activities will include coordinated fire drills and walks for schools and businesses  Wednesday, October 7.
 Delta Dental of Iowa is pleased to sponsor this year’s walk. Our mission is to improve the smiles and health of Iowans. By combining physical activity and taking care of your dental health, Iowa can continue the momentum towards becoming the healthiest state in the nation.

Wed
23
Sep

Letter to the Editor: Responding to Engle, Quandahl

To the Editor:
I see Mr. Engle is still crying over spilled milk, everyone who knows anything about politics knows that one of the very first things that the governor did when he was elected was cut the Iowa school budget and school lunches. Mr. Engle should be investigating his own party and governor to make sure everything they do is nice and legal.
Mr. Quandahl sure tries to blame this country’s downfall on the liberals and a couple of black ministers. But as anyone knows, or should know, our great downfall really started with one-time Democrat and one-time Catholic Ronald Reagan, who switched religions and parties when he divorced his first wife and divorce was very much against the Catholic church laws; and the borrowed 14 trillion dollar Iraq War by a Republican president, George W. Bush.
There are many, many reasons why Reagan should have been impeached, a great president he was not.

Wed
23
Sep

Letter to the Editor: From here to there...

To the Editor:
Just over seven weeks ago I told my husband if I didn’t come home from Urgent Care, I would be at the bottom of Mother River.
Trust me, I am not bitter about the fact every time I saw a medical professional they told me my tests were fine. Despite the fact I always mentioned having a cystic ovary removed on my right side as a young woman, the pain I experienced on my left side was consistently attributed to minor digestive concerns.
Please take note, sisters: ultrasounds, pap-smears, blood tests and x-rays do not indicate the presence of ovarian cancer. Frequent complaints about back pain and bowel irregularities will also fail to yield a timely diagnosis. In my case only a CT skeptically ordered by an Urgent Care doctor, on what I thought was the last day of my life, confirmed abdominal irregularities consistent with ovarian cancer.

Wed
23
Sep

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, Editor Emeritus

Wed
16
Sep

Letter to the Editor: Allow measures to prevent overdose deaths

To the Editor:
Iowa families are needlessly losing sons, daughters, mothers and fathers to overdose deaths. In 2013, nearly 100 Iowans died from opiate overdoses - a sharp increase over the last decade that has yet to receive an effective response from state leaders.
 An individual dying from an overdose can linger for hours. While there is often enough time to get help, the fear of criminal prosecution discourages other people from calling for help. In addition, opiate antidotes can dramatically slow or reverse the deadly effects of an overdose. Unfortunately, it is illegal for non-health care workers to possess or provide this drug to overdose victims.
While we should do more to prevent opiate addictions through better public education and drug abuse treatment, we must do more to save lives now.

Wed
16
Sep

Letter to the Editor: Allamakee County's trauma system

To the Editor:
I was at a recent Board of Supervisors meeting discussing ATV usage within Allamakee County when a comment was made about the lack of a trauma center within Allamakee County. At that time, I started thinking it is time for some updated education to the citizens of Allamakee County. When it was published in the paper, it definitely confirmed the fact that education is needed. Being in the healthcare field probably makes it easier for me to understand but hopefully others will understand after finishing this article.

Wed
16
Sep

Letter to the Editor: The blame game versus problem solving

To the Editor:
56th District Representative Patti Ruff on 1 September wrote one of her “info-commercials” in the Waukon Standard in which she blamed the Republican Party for the state of funding for Iowa’s schools. Then she blamed Governor Branstad for vetoing a bill which would have provided one-time funding for area schools, but which had no provision for sustainability.

Wed
16
Sep

Letter to the Editor: Freedom of speech on the menu

To the Editor:
We got it. Thank you to the politicians who remind us repeatedly they have the right to call people names, make derogatory references to the female anatomy and that being incredibly rich allows them to say anything they want.
Unfortunately, this has resulted in center-stage appearances in front of millions of viewers where the American public is sliced and diced, including their own political supporters. The result is not a debate, it’s a single serving over-priced plate of left-overs.
Freedom of speech, or outrageous spending? We got it, now what are we going to do with it?
It’s just me, but if I have to swallow caustic comments delievered by fish lips I would prefer them lightly breaded, deep fried and not greasy.
Thank you very much.

Ann Althoff Gallagher
a.k.a “Catfish Annie”
Waukon
 

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