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Wed
05
Aug

Letter to the Editor: Grateful for roadside help

To the Editor:
Like many New Yorkers, my worst fear looks like this: Find yourself driving on a rural road at night, far from any town, with little or no cell service and no houses around, when all of a sudden you collide with a deer.
This is exactly what happened to me on Sunday night while driving from Marquette to Waukon on Highway 76, but before I could panic, a car pulled over and a man and a woman got out to help me.
They calmed me down, moved the deer to the side of the road and taped up my bumper so that I could keep driving until I got to a place where I could spend the night. They even gave me their extra roll of duct tape just in case the bumper came loose again.
Unfortunately, in my panic, I didn’t get their names. I hope this message reaches them so that they know how grateful I am for their help.

Antonia Farzan
New York, NY

Wed
05
Aug

Letter to the Editor: What you can do to help Camp Tahigwa

To the Editor:
Last week over 5,000 volunteer hours were put in to make Camptastic at Camp Tahigwa happen. The mantra “Camp must go on” was in each of these volunteers’ hearts.
In 2010, the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois (GSEIWI) Council announced that traditional residential camp would no longer be held at Camp Tahigwa in Dorchester. A fine group of women and men decided that was not an option, thus Camptastic at Camp Tahigwa was born, offering girls of all ages a true overnight camp experience, complete with the famous climbing tower, jell-o fights, and sleeping under the stars.

Wed
05
Aug

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, Editor Emeritus

Wed
05
Aug

Word for Word

by Rev. Steve Oden

Wed
29
Jul

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, Editor Emeritus

Wed
29
Jul

Word for Word

by Rev. Tom Buresh

Wed
22
Jul

Letter to the Editor: Overturn governor's veto

To the Editor:
Just before the July 4th holiday, Governor Branstad left Iowa schools in a lurch just weeks before the start of the new school year with a $56 million veto of urgently needed funding. The veto came as a surprise to everyone because his office was part of the final negotiations to close down the 2015 legislative session. At that time, he gave no indication that he was opposed to the school funding plan or that he would veto the agreement. According to school leaders, the veto means larger class sizes, fewer teachers, and higher property taxes.  One school district said yesterday they will operate in a deficit next year because of the veto.
With 6% growth projected in the budget next year and an additional $1 billion in surplus and reserves, we can afford to make a solid investment in our schools next year. The state closed the 2015 fiscal year on June 30th collecting $33 million more.

Wed
22
Jul

Letter to the Editor: Why did Branstad veto $55.7 for education?

To the Editor:
It was a mystery to me why Governor Branstad vetoed the $55.7 million for one-time education funds that was a bi-partisan agreement that was reached in an overtime legislation session. The state of Iowa presently has over a billion in surplus and this $55.7 million was returned to the general fund - a mere  .005% addition to the surplus. Do you remember the battle over the budget regarding funding for education in this last session? The Democrats came down to a 1.625% increase (down from 4%) and the Republicans hunkered down and said, “No more money for education beyond the 1.25% increase.” Negotiations stalled and time and overtime ran out. So the Republicans talked it over among themselves and decided to offer to make up the difference with a deal to accept a $55.7 million one-time spending deal if it did not go for teacher’s wages - just supplies, books, gas for the buses, etc. 

Wed
22
Jul

Letter to the Editor: Spreading the gospel to telemarketers

To the Editor:
Most churches are involved in some kind of missions work. Some send money, clothing, Bibles, people, or assist with whatever need could be helped. Some even take it upon themselves to go to other countries to help with building projects, doctoring, preaching the gospel, etc.
There is a massive mission field right here in the United States. I read a story years ago about an elderly lady who didn’t have much money and was unable to leave her home very often because of poor health. So what she did was open her phone book and started calling every name in it, page after page, telling whoever would listen about Jesus.
We used to get a lot of calls from various organizations wanting to sell us something. Three or four per day was common. Here is one way you can be a missionary. I do it and it accomplishes two things. It brings to the caller’s mind his or her savior’s name, and it isn’t long before they quit calling. It goes like this:

Wed
22
Jul

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, Editor Emeritus

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